Scouts: Carpenter a good, not great, reliever


Scouts: Carpenter a good, not great, reliever

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All day, reports about the Red Sox' acquisition of Chris Carpenter were careful to draw the distinction between this Carpenter and the Chris Carpenter who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Once fans see this Chris Carpenter pitch, there'll probably be no mistaking him for the pitcher who won the N.L. Cy Young Award in 2005.

One National League scout who saw the Red Sox' Chris Carpenter throw in both the minors and the big leagues said the right-hander was "a solid bullpen arm, but not anyone with the stuff to close."

Said another veteran evaluator: "He's not a bad guy to have in the sixth or seventh innings. But I'm not sure he's ever going to be more than that."

Carpenter appeared in 10 games last season with the Cubs, pitching 9 23 innings, all in relief and compiled a 2.79 ERA. In part of three minor-league seasons, he appeared in 96 games -- 60 in relief, with 36 starts -- and had a 3.42 ERA.

Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons


Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.


-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.