End of a short but entertaining era in New York? The days of Bart Scott running his mouth for the Jets are just about at an end. He's been told to go ahead and see if he can find a trade suitor. That will take the Jets off the hook for the 4.2 million guaranteed salary they owe him in 2012. Sticking in the AFC East, retired Dolphin Jason Taylor says Matt Moore was the team's 2011 MVP but they need to upgrade at quarterback."And I think he understands they are going to do that, but I think he's earned the right to have a chance to compete for the starting job and let it play out the way it's going to play out," said Taylor. Coaches and general managers speak at the NFL Combine voluntarily. And, given the time of year, they face a lot of questions about offseason plans. So when Romeo Crennel makes the observation that one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history would be attractive to his team if he were available - which everyone in the planet is aware he soon will be - and we in the media start screaming about "tampering," we're basically ensuring that the coaches and GMs go Belichick on us and don't talk at all. And then we complain about access. Greg Bedard lays out the landscape for Wes Welker and the way he could deal with being franchised over in The Boston Globe.
BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.
Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.
But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.
“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”
After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation.
“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”
Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.
“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”
Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.
“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.
“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”
Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.
Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”
Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.
“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."
BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.
The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.
Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.
Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.
Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.