Brady enjoying an old, familiar face


Brady enjoying an old, familiar face

FOXBORO -- Of the new, old faces at Patriots OTAs, one spent a good deal of time telling Tom Brady what to do.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels.
(Did you think it'd be Gaffney or Stallworth?)
It's been two years since McDaniels was in New England; a head coaching job in Denver wooed him away and an OC position in St. Louis detained him further. But he's quickly fallen into step since returning.
And Brady is thrilled.
"It's been a lot of fun. Billy O'Brien was great. He was a great coach. I certainly miss him. At the same time it's nice to have familiarity with Josh kind of stepping into that role. I really enjoy him. We've had a great working relationship for a very long time. It's good to see him out there and work together. It's been a fun spring."
Is it same old, same old? Or does McDaniels have a stronger voice since heading a team?
"It's hard to say. It's so early," said Brady. "And I really enjoyed working with him in the past. I really hope that that continues. He obviously has more experience, so hopefully that serves us all well. I have a little bit more experience as well."
The spark won't be relit as obviously as it was when, say, Brady and Deion Branch reunited -- on-field chemistry being so easily marked. But the quarterback believes he and McDaniels are off to a good start.
The shared desire for winning makes a strong bond. What differences they realize will be handled.
"There's always getting up to speed with certain things that have changed, with what he's done the last three or four years. And certainly we've changed. But his competitiveness is still there. His willingness to do whatever it takes to win is still there. He loves football, that's why we get along so well."

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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