, Gloucester, MA

September 18, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — DID YOU KNOW?

1. Only one Red Sox player has a three home run game this year. Will Middlebrooks had three blasts April 7 at Toronto.

2. The Red Sox have smashed four grand slams already in September. Middlebrooks had one Sept. 4 against Detroit. Mike Napoli had one Sept. 6 against the Yankees. Mike Carp had one this past week against Tampa Bay and Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted one Friday against New York.

Yes, that Jenks

Who holds the most consecutive outs by a pitcher? No, it’s not Koji Uehara.

The record is 45 straight batters retired by Mark Buehrle in 2009.

The previous record (41) was shared by Bobby Jenks in 2007, and Jim Barr in 1972, according to

Yes, that is the Jenks who was a bust with the Red Sox after he was signed heading into the 2011 season.

Apology Issued

Sure the Patriots have a lot of problems right now despite their 2-0 record, but at least they aren’t the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only is Jacksonville the worst team in the NFL, it has no fan base to speak of.

The Jaguars are so irrelevant in central Florida that the Orlando CBS affiliate had to run an apology during Sunday’s game at Oakland.

The apology read that NFL policy states that the station must run every Jaguars away game “we apologize for the inconvenience.”

The station in question, however WKMG in Orlando, said the apology was not because the Jaguars were on, but because the anticipated Giants vs. Broncos matchup pitting Peyton and Eli Manning against each other, was not on.

Either way it is embarrassing for the Jaguars, either fans don’t want to watch them or they would much rather watch two other teams play.

By comparison

There has been discussion in Boston about how the crowds are a bit smaller at Fenway Park this year, down by as many as 3,000 fans per game. It’s far worse in Cleveland, however, even with the Indians enjoying a good year under Terry Francona. With a recent game against Baltimore, which is battling the Indians for a wild-card spot, Cleveland drew just 9,962 fans.

-Compiled by Times Staff