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Red Sox rout Tigers with 8 HRs
A lot happened in last night's 20-4 Red Sox win over the Tigers. David Ortiz got his 2,000th career hit. The Red Sox blasted eight home runs. Shane Victorino dove into the stands to catch a ball, and then courteously returned a phone a fan had dropped on the field. Most importantly, the balance of power between the Red Sox and Tigers may have been irrevocably altered. We'll see how much of Boston's offensive outburst carries over when it heads to New York to take on a suddenly resurgent Yankees team.
Smith, Manuel named starters
Two AFC East teams will sport different looks at quarterback in Week 1 of the 2013 season. The Bills have officially named EJ Manuel their Week 1 starter, while the Jets will be going with Geno Smith in place of the injured Mark Sanchez. Both teams have struggled to find long-term solutions at quarterback, so there's a lot of pressure on both Manuel and Smith to at least be competent, much less excel.
We've been focusing an awful lot on the quarterback battle going on in the southern part of New York, but there's one in the western part that you should pay attention to as well. Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel are competing for the Bills' starting job, and while Kolb has the edge in experience, Manuel played the entire first half in Sunday's preseason matchup against the Colts, going 16-of-21 with 107 yards and a touchdown. The Bills have struggled to find a steady quarterback over the past decade, so the choice between Kolb and Manuel could have huge ramifications for their futures, to say nothing of how many wins they can eke out in the suddenly vulnerable AFC East.
Kolb or Manuel?
Manuel showed an ability to keep up the momentum on a scoring drive, going 9-of-9 on a 95-yard tear at the end of the first half.
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