Brady not taking these opportunities for granted


Brady not taking these opportunities for granted

FOXBORO -- At 35-years-old, Tom Brady's time is running out.

But Brady has a different viewpoint than those who are more concerned with the thought of what comes after the Brady era, rather than what will happen in the next month.

"Well, from the day we're born, I think we're always one day closer to dying," said Brady, when asked about his time running out.

"I don't quite look at it like that," added Brady. "Yeah, I'm very appreciative of having this opportunity."

So Brady knows. He's just not thinking of the end of his career. Nor should he be.

Still, he's trying to take advantage of every opportunity he has from here on out.

"It certainly is meaningful for me," said Brady about another playoff appearance. "I know it's meaningful for our whole team, and what we're attempting to accomplish. So, yeah, you don't take these things for granted. It's a privilege to be in this position that we're in. We're one of four teams to have played well enough over the course of the year to deserve the first-round bye.

"And we'll be watching this weekend. You're kind of still on high alert for football, and the situational awareness, and watching the games and so forth. Your mind is still very much in the game. But, when we figure out who we'll play, we'll jump right into that and get going."

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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