Felger: Pats right in the mix for title

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Felger: Pats right in the mix for title

Are you sitting down? Have a glass of water handy? You do?

Then you're ready to hear that a debate arose on "Felger & Mazz" today about the Patriots' championship chances . . . and Michael Felger was the optimist.

Former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, a regular guest on the 98.5 The Sports Hub radio show (which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet), wasn't impressed by the Pats' 34-3 win over the Chiefs Monday night, saying, "Is this team built to win a Super Bowl? Can I say that? . . . I can't sit here and lie and say that they are."

Felger -- yes, Felger -- disagreed.

"Is this a championship caliber team? Yeah, I think they're right in the mix," he said. "Is this a championship caliber roster? No. It's not, not in the classic sense. But they're right in the thick of it! How can you say they're not? They once again have the inside track for the No. 1 seed in the conference . . . "

"But that's by default, though!" Wiggins said, arguing that the Pats are benefitting from the weaknesses of other conference opponents.

"Well, fine!" retorted Felger. "Does that mean the championship doesn't count? They don't get to raise the banner?"

Click the video for the whole segment.

Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.

Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.

The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.

Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.

The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.

As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.

“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.

“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"

 

Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.