Sox aren't looking to platoon positions


Sox aren't looking to platoon positions

WORCESTER -- With jobs up for grabs at shortstop and right field, the Red Sox have some decisions to make during spring training.

At short, the Sox have righthand-hitting Mike Aviles and switch-hitter Nick Punto. In right, meanwhile, the Sox have left-handed Ryan Sweeney and right-handers Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald.

But manager Bobby Valentine, speaking at a Red Sox Town Hall event at Worcester Technical High School Wednesday night, said he won't settle things with platoons.

"I've used them,'' said Valentine. "I'm not averse to sharing positions. But I don't like to limit my players and say, 'He's only going to be just hitting against right-handers or left-handers.' Sometimes that's just the way it works out.''

Some Patriots kneel, others stand and link arms during national anthem


Some Patriots kneel, others stand and link arms during national anthem

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms. 

On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms. 

Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler. 

Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.