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BOSTON -- After dropping two of three games to the middling New York Yankees, the Bo

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BOSTON -- After dropping two of three games to the middling New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox can ill afford a sub-par weekend against the bottom-dwelling Arizona Diamondbacks.Boston held on for a 5-3 win in the series opener against its archrival, but was blown out by New York 9-4 on Wednesday and fell victim to the Yankees come-from-behind, 4-2 win Thursday.Despite recording nine hits in the series finale, the Red Sox could only muster runs on an RBI single and an RBI double from Hanley Ramirez, and they left nine runners on base.Once again, with men in scoring position, that has been a little bit of a missed opportunity at this point, Boston manager John Farrell said.Making matters worse, Ramirez collided with Gary Sanchez at first base during the Yankees catchers eight-inning single.Ramirez stayed in the game after being checked out but eventually was pulled as a precaution.Hes sore, after the collision it was the impact of the ground that the lower back jarred, Farrell said. Wasnt going to chance it with any kind of violence in his swings.The loss dropped the Red Sox to 61-52, marking the first time they are fewer than 10 games over .500 since July 8.Boston now trails the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays by three games, and it holds a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the final AL wild card.Arizona, meanwhile, has nothing left to play for but pride, which it certainly found during a 9-0 rout of the reining National League champion New York Mets on Thursday.The last-place Diamondbacks (48-66) trail the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants by a whopping 17 games and are 12 games out of the NL wild-card hunt.However, that didnt stop them from earning a three-game sweep over the Mets in which Arizona stole 13 bases.I think we were just aggressive, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. We got in good situations; the score allowed us to do that a lot.A couple of struggling southpaws are scheduled to toe the rubber Friday as Arizonas Patrick Corbin (4-11, 5.37 ERA) counters Bostons David Price (9-8, 4.34 ERA).Corbin is 0-5 with a 7.09 ERA in his past eight starts, and he hasnt won since June 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays.The former All-Star is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one career start against the Red Sox, in which he allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six in 2013.Ramirez is 4-for-7 with two doubles and three walks against Corbin. No active Red Sox batter has hit a home run or driven in a run against the lefty.Price will be making just his second start against the Diamondbacks. He pitched eight innings of two-run ball with 11 strikeouts in a victory in 2010.Michael Bourn is 3-for-19 (.158) with a double and five strikeouts against Price.Price also hasnt allowed a homer or an RBI to any current Arizona batter.The former American League Cy Young Award winner is 6-3 with a 4.33 ERA at Fenway Park this season. David Bakhtiari Super Bowl Jersey . - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. Montravius Adams Super Bowl Jersey . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. http://www.shoptheofficialpackers.com/El...rs-Jersey/ .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. Davante Adams Super Bowl Jersey . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Jamaal Williams Super Bowl Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. In the latest Burning Questions,?Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez opened up about a lot of things, but there is one topic he refused to comment on.Who was your favorite player growing up? Hernandez:?Freddy Garcia and Pedro Martinez.Who is your favorite player to watch today (not a teammate)? Hernandez:?Not a teammate? Why not? (Laughs). Mike Trout. Him and Miguel Cabrera. But I watch Trout doing his stuff in center field, running baseballs down. For me, I mean, I live down in the zone, and his swing, I mean, every down ball he can just reach out. Thats what tough for me.Who is your most underrated teammate? Hernandez:?Right now? I would say Franklin [Gutierrez]. Hes pretty good. Were really close. We have a good relationship. On the field and off the field, we talk about everything. Being around him and what hes been through the last few years, Im his friend. Im always with him. I say, You dont make any plays for me. Hes like, Dude, Ive got everythingg here.dddddddddddd I can show you. Every time you pitch, I make one play.One rule you would change?Hernandez:?I dont know about that one. Its a tough one. I would say, not replays, but not robot umpires. They shouldnt do that. Thats a bad idea for the pitchers. I like replay. Man, if they get it right, yeah. Its better for the teams if they get it right.Who is ultimately responsible for policing the game? Players, manager, umpires, league? Hernandez:?Skipper. He talks to the players and then they get together.How big of a problem are PEDs in todays game? Hernandez:?I want [to make] no comments about that.What is something that people dont know about you or have wrong about you?Hernandez:?Im a good person. They dont think it when they see me pitch. They think Im a mean guy. (Laughs). But off the field, Im a really good person. ' ' '
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