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July 9, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Jersey Swap

The Patriots apparently sold a lot of Aaron Hernandez jerseys over the last three years given the success of the “jersey swap” on Saturday.

More than 1,200 fans showed up to the Patriots Pro Shop at Gillette Stadium Saturday to exchange their Hernandez jerseys. The Patriots organization offered the free exchange to those who had bought a Hernandez jersey at the Patriots Pro Shop or online through the Patriots Pro Shop. The former Patriots tight end is currently behind bars after being charged with first degree murder.

The team reportedly gave away $250,000 worth of new jerseys on Saturday.

In other Hernandez news EA Sports has removed him from the yet to be released “Madden NFL 25” and “NCAA Football 14.”

Surgery for Miller

The Red Sox placed relief pitcher Andrew Miller on the disabled list on Monday with a left foot injury, an injury that needs surgery and could keep him out for the remainder of the season.

Miller injured his foot during the Sox 9-7 to the Angels on Saturday. With Miller hurt Alfredo Aceves has once again been called up to the big club.

The Sox can’t seem to catch a break in the bullpen as Miller has been very solid for them this season.

Plenty Left

A Celtics legend praised new Brooklyn Nets players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce saying both aging stars have plenty left to give the league. That legend is current Indiana Pacers front office man Larry Bird.

“I think they’ve both been pretty healthy throughout their careers,” Bird said Monday. “They haven’t had the major, major injuries that I had. I think they got plenty left. The way they will be coached and the bench that they have. Yeah — they’ll pick their spots, but when the time comes, they’ll be there.”

Bird has a point. With younger stars Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez starting along side Pierce and Garnett, the aging duo does not have to shoulder the offensive load the way they did in Boston.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru