Overunders for the Patriots this season


Overunders for the Patriots this season

Gary Tanguay is joined by Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart and the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley and their talking overunders for the Pats this season.

Sacks for Chandler Jones: Overunder 7:
Tanguay and Hart go with the over for the rookie, who has been impressive in camp. Buckley, however, goes with the under. "He's got a lot to learn and he's never had more than 4 12 in a season," he said.

A 1,000-yard rusher: Overunder 12:
All three didn't think either Stevan Ridley or Shane Vereen would reach the 1,000-yard mark.

Rob Gronkowski touchdowns: Overunder 13.5:
Hart goes with the under. "I think it's really hard to get 14 touchdowns, he said.

Buckley agreed. "He may end up having a better season helping the Patriots, but not a better season statistically."

And finally, wins for the Pats: Overunder 13.5
Hart goes with the under. "Again, it's awfully hard to win 14 games," he said.

Buckley goes the with the under. "So much has to go right," he said.

Ortiz to play rest of regular season for Sox with guaranteed rest before playoffs

Ortiz to play rest of regular season for Sox with guaranteed rest before playoffs

NEW YORK -- Now that the division title has been wrapped up, the Red Sox turn their attention to getting ready for the post-season -- but not at the expense of trying to win as many games as possible.

Part of the planning for the Sox involves how much to play David Ortiz, who is retiring when the Red Sox are through in the post-season.

On Thursday night, his final road game and last appearance at Yankee Stadium, the Sox planned to have Ortiz get at least two at-bats in recognition of the fans in New York who wanted to see him one more time.

As for the last series at Fenway, it will be business as usual with Ortiz playing all three.

"We don't foresee any pullback in terms of his number of at-bats," said Farrell of the weekend series with Toronto. "It's a weekend of celebration well-deserved and we'll have time to recover."

Farrell noted that under the current playoff format, teams which win their division get three full days off after the final regular season games. That helps in preparation.

"The importance of winning and maintaining our daily approach is priority No. 1," said Farrell. "How that might affect how deep a starter goes in the upcoming games might be looked at a little more closely. Still, we feel it's imperative to secure as much home field as we can."

On Thursday night, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon were all given the night off. Others will get the same opportunity over the weekend.