McGinest: Wayne would be a good fit with Pats

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McGinest: Wayne would be a good fit with Pats

The Patriots have just two wide receivers under contract for the 2012 season: Chad Ochocinco and Julian Edelman.

It's hard to believe the Patriots would bring back Ochocinco, who's due 3 million next season. And even if they re-sign Wes Welker, it's a position that figures to undergo a great deal of change. Will they draft a wideout? Sign a free-agent receiver? Trade for one?

NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest told the Boston Herald that if the Patriots could get their hands on free-agent-to-be Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, that might be a match that would work for both sides.

Wayne said he's open to the idea.

It came up in the conversation would Wayne ever want to play for the Patriots, McGinest told the Herald. He smiled and said, Who wouldnt want to play there?

If it could have worked with Chad (Ochocinco), it would have been good. It didnt. I just think (Tom Brady) has a lot of weapons, but he can always use that stretch-the-field receiver. When they had Randy (Moss) there, it really made it tough for teams to stop them. Reggie Wayne is somebody who could stretch the field. He has great hands, hes a professional who could pick up the system. Having another big-time receiver like that would put it over the top.

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.