Morning Sports Update

Despite a lack of sleep, Rob Refsnyder delivered a clutch walk-off hit for the Red Sox

"Maybe I shouldn’t sleep very well more often."

Rob Refsnyder
Rob Refsnyder, center, celebrates with teammates after his walk-off hit against the Rangers. AP Photo/Steven Senne

The Red Sox rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Rangers 9-8 on Thursday. Boston will host the Rangers again this evening at 7:10 p.m.

This weekend, Boston College football opens its season at home against Rutgers on Saturday at 12 p.m. On Sunday, the Revolution host New York City FC at 8 p.m.

Sleepless Rob Refsnyder delivered for the Red Sox: Centerfielder Rob Refsnyder capped the ninth inning rally for the Red Sox on Thursday night, swatting a base hit off of Rangers relief pitcher Jonathan Hernández and into left field to plate the winning run.

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It was, as Refsnyder noted afterward, his first walk-off hit for as long as he can remember.

“I remember a bunch of ones I didn’t come through,” said Refsnyder per MassLive’s Christopher Smith. “So as I got up there, I felt good about it. As good as you can about hitting a guy throwing a 101 mph sinker.”

Circumstantially, the moment arrived for Refsnyder at the end of a long and unexpectedly tiring day. The team arrived back in Boston early on Thursday after the end of a series in Minnesota.

Refsnyder said that he normally spends time with his son in the morning and is then able to nap a little bit (when his son naps) during the afternoon before heading to the ballpark.

But as his son wasn’t feeling well, Refsnyder noted that though he had been “banking on” a nap and, “I didn’t get one.”

“I didn’t sleep well at all,” he explained. “My son was pretty cranky. We got in at 5:30 in the morning. So maybe I shouldn’t sleep very well more often.”

Trivia: Only three players in Patriots history have recorded at least three defensive touchdowns in their regular season careers. Can you name them?

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: They all played for the 2003 and 2004 Patriots. Their colleges were: Michigan, Arizona, and Central Florida, respectively.

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