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Published On September 26, 2013 | By Alice Cook

 

The Red Sox pasted the Rockies last night in Denver.  Final score 15-5.   Will Middlebrooks drove in a career high seven runs, with two home runs and one grand slam.  (That’s what you call a good night)   Hard to believe Middlebrooks languished part of the season in Pawtucket after struggling at the plate.  He is hotter than hot.

The Red Sox now  lead the Oakland A’s by two games with three to play.  Why is this important?  If the Red Sox end up with the best record in the American League,  they will end up  with the home field and and easier opponent when the playoffs begin a week from tomorrow.

Note:  The Red Sox hit 5 grand slams this month, tying a major league record for the month of September.

Patriots:

Rob Gronkowski is getting closer to returning to the team- perhaps as early as this Sunday against the Falcons.  The bionic man has endured five surgeries between November of last year and this past June- four on his left forearm, and one on his back.  No question, Tom Brady has sorely missed his tight end, especially down in the red zone.  29 of Gronk’s 38 career touchdowns have come within the 20 yard line.  Gronkowski was back to his quipping ways in the Patriots locker room saying, “That’s part of the whole process, it’s not just rehabbing your arm and back, I took my whole body off for a couple of months”

Not many of us who can take their whole body off.

Meanwhile Danny Amendola is working his way back from a groin injury.  He has been back on the practice field for a week, and said yesterday that he “anticipates being 100 percent shortly.”   It is unlikely that Amendola will be back against the Falcons.

Bruins:

The B’s are a week away from opening up their season against Tampa Bay at the Garden.  Three of the four lines are set as of today.  Jerome Iginla will be on the right side with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.  The second line will be Loui Eriksson with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.  Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith will make up the third line.


America’s Cup:

The Yanks win.  Oracle Team USA  skippered by Jimmy Spithill pulled off the greatest comeback in America’s Cup history in San Francisco.  Trailing Emirates Team New Zealand  8-1, and one defeat away from losing the Cup, the American made changes to its AC772 along with it’s crew and stormed back winning 8 straight races to defend the trophy.

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is a veteran television sports reporter and Olympian. Her experience includes 25 years of sports reporting for WBZ-TV, the CBS and former NBC affiliate in Boston. Cook has worked for ESPN, Turner Sports, and WTBS. Cook is a feature writer for She's Game Sports and Boston.com. She is also President and Founder of She's Game Sports LLC.