So, there was another melee today at Patriots training camp. In fact, there were two. Man, its like Fight Club over there these days. I keep waiting for Bill Belichick to cancel practice so the team can stay in and make soap.
Actually, Belichick pretends that he doesnt like the in-fighting. Just today, he made the whole team AND coaching staff (thank God Charlie Weis isn't still around) run three laps as punishment. But deep down, you know he loves this kind of intensity. He loves how personal everyone is taking Training Camp. Sure, he doesnt want to see anyone get injured, but hed rather have a few fights than no fights at all.
Speaking of which, I wonder if that kind of approach could work for the Red Sox?
I mean, at this point they've tried everything else. Tomorrow afternoon, why doesn't everyone get to the park early and just beat the hell out of each other? Have an old school Anchorman-style brawl. Sort out all the BS. Settle all the scores.
And at the end, everyone hugs and goes back to playing baseball.
Why not, right?
Either that, or the Sox could just step up, take three very winnable games from a miserable Minnesota Twins team and let winning cure what ails them. But that would be way too easy.
Fight Club it is.
Everyone have a good weekend.
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BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.