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October 15, 2013

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Help then cheer

Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter was not very pleased with the police officer in the Red Sox bullpen who put his hands up in celebration as Hunter tumbled over the right field wall into the Sox bullpen on David Ortiz's game tying grand slam.

Hunter said this to MLB.com on Monday.

“He’s supposed to be protect and serve. This son of a gun’s got his hands up! Help me, then cheer, fool! … I wish I would have kicked him in his face.”

He also praised the Red Sox bullpen members for rushing to his aid. The article also states that Hunter said the kick in the face comment in jest.

Napoli at first

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced on Monday that Mike Napoli return to the lineup this afternoon in Detroit for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Napoli, who has been in a slump during the playoffs, sat out Sunday's Game 2 in favor of Mike Carp. Napoli, pinch hit for Carp in the eighth inning and came in as a defensive replacement on Sunday, will be back at first base this afternoon (4 p.m.) and will probably back in his usual No. 5 spot in the batting order.

U-Fauria

Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has been indispensable this season, highlighted by his game-winning touchdown catch Sunday night. Hard to believe he was not selected in the 2013 NFL draft. But his is not the only undrafted rookie free agent making a mark.

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria already has five touchdown catches this season, more than All-Pro teammate Calvin “Megatron” Johnson.

That name should sound familiar to Patriots fans. Fauria is the nephew of former New England tight end Christian Fauria, a key member of two Super Bowl champion teams.

Beasley bust

Any NBA fan will tell you that former star prospect Michael Beasley, currently with his fourth NBA team, is as big a bust as your will find. At least Greg Oden had injuries. But, even for Beasley, this is pretty dumb.

On Friday, the forward punched himself in the face so hard he needed treatment for a swollen eye.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and David Willis

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