Hernandez: 'I feel great' despite head injury

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Hernandez: 'I feel great' despite head injury

FOXBORO -- The Patriots' decision to use tight end Aaron Hernandez as a running back for most of the game paid off Saturday night, as Hernandez finished with a team-high 61 rushing yards in the Pats' 45-10 win over Denver.
But with New England holding a 42-10 lead in the fourth quarter, perhaps handing the ball off to Hernandez on first-and-4 from the Denver 4-yard line wasn't the best idea. He got hit in the head, had to leave the game, and never returned.
Still, he was all smiles in the Patriots' locker room afterwards. When asked how he was feeling physically, he smiled and said, "I feel great."
"I just do what the coaches ask me," said Hernandez. "They put me in position to try and make plays, and I just try to help the team, and just trying to get to the big game."
Hernandez said he was surprised at how much he was used in the backfield, but enjoyed he change.
"I love running back," said Hernandez. "I hope coach Bill Belichick keeps letting me do it. But it doesn't matter. Whatever I can do to help this team and get to that next game."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

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.