Ochocinco: 'Competitive side feels empty'

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Ochocinco: 'Competitive side feels empty'

New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco sat down with NECN reporter Jackie Bruno Friday morning to discuss everything from Twitter to the Super Bowl.

"Twitter's been able to actually see who Chad really is and not believe what you hear on TV or through papers or blogs or any of that stuff. And I think at this point that my following is actually big enough that people know who I am and how I feel. And when things are going on, there's no need to watch TV or read when you could just send me a question or tweet and I'll probably answer it."

While things have been going well on Twitter, Ochocinco wasn't shy to admit that this season hasn't exactly gone well for him.

"It's been not the same year that I'm used to having, you know, it's been not as productive as normal," he said. "Even with my same routine, regiment, that I always do every year. You know, I've had a decade, a body of work that's been really good and I came into New England with that same work ethic and routine that has gave me great results in the past and it just didn't work out that way this year, for whatever reason.

"Getting to this point, the big dance, which has always been a dream of mine, with all the small goals that I've already accomplished as a receiver, it's a great thing, but to me it still feels incomplete because I don't feel like I've contributed enough to get to this point. And that's the competitive side of me. A lot of people say, 'well, you're part of a team.' I think, for myself, and the competitor that I've always been, that entertaining guy, that guy who wants to produce at all costs, I don't feel right."

"Sometimes you have to swallow your pride, as I've had to do, and I've enjoyed this humble experience."

Despite the season's hardships, Ochocinco said that he has enjoyed his time in New England.

"I love it, man. The fact that Mr. Kraft and Bill gave me a chance to actually know what winning feels like, and I mean winning in every sense of the word, it's been awesome. The fans have been great. I know some have been a little upset about things not going the way I expected to and also they expected to, but I've handled myself like a true professional this year."

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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