INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Combine is supposed to about the flock of college prospects headed for the league. But they are only part of the story and agenda here in Indy. Just as important is pulling the sheet over the head of the 2011 season and setting the offseason agenda for 2012. Looking at it Patriot-centrically, the chance to talk to a guard from Iowa for the first time isn't nearly as important as talking to the agent for Wes Welker or Brandon Lloyd. Or hearing what the personnel men from around the AFC East think of their rosters and needs. So, between now and Sunday, we'll be ferreting out info about the incoming crop of players and also chasing down angles which affect the Patriots directly or indirectly. Bill Belichick isn't scheduled to talk with the media this week. Personnel man Nick Caserio is loosely scheduled to talk to the Boston media late this afternoon. We'll be on that. Before that, the Miami Dolphins' brass is set to talk in the late morning and the Jets braintrust (ahem) is taking to the podiums in the 3 o'clock hour. Proceeding through the media room for their interviews here at Lucas Oil Stadium are the tight ends, offensive linemen, kickers and punters. So that sets the table for Thursday. Stay tuned for more updates hourly.
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SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.
Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.
Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.