For starters, Red Sox aren't that bad

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For starters, Red Sox aren't that bad

Sometimes it's interesting to see ourselves as others see us.
Steve Melewski of MASN Sports in Baltimore ranked the starting rotations of the five A.L. East teams today, and the Red Sox came in second. No real surprise there . . . but he ranks them ahead of the Yankees, who are third. (The Rays -- with David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore in tow -- are first.)
The Sox, writes Melewski, "could have a formidable group . . . Jon Lester and Josh Beckett are both top starter talents and Alfredo Aceves could be a strong No. 5 . . . " He gives no real reason for putting the Yankees third, but apparently doesn't think the dual acquisition of Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda is as big a deal as our friends to the south seem to think. (Especially in light of Pineda's velocity problems this spring.)
In many ways this has the spring of our discontent, with an inordinate focus on last year's collapse and apologies not given and Bobby's big mouth and other ancillary issues. But this piece serves as a reminder that the Sox are still, you know, pretty good . . . even if there are folks around here who don't necessarily believe it.
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Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.