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OXON HILL, Md. Discount Stan Smith . -- The Boston Red Sox have reunited with utility infielder Josh Rutledge, taking him in the draft of players left off major league rosters.Boston picked Rutledge in the Rule 5 draft Thursday at the winter meetings, plucking him off the Triple-A roster of the Colorado Rockies.The 27-year-old Rutledge spent his first three seasons in the majors with Colorado and played the last two years with Boston. He hit .265 in 28 games this season for the AL East champs, became a free agent in November and signed a minor league contract with Colorado.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the team wanted an extra infielder who batted right-handed.We always had a good relationship, he said. So hes an obvious choice.Detroit took left-hander Daniel Stumpf from the Kansas City system. He made his major league debut this year, with a 10.80 ERA in seven games for Philadelphia.A total of 18 players were taken in the big league portion of the draft, four from the New York Yankees. Authentic Stan Smith Shoes . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. Wholesale Adidas Shoes .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. . White came in fourth place in the event. He was the two-time defending gold medallist. The gold medal went to Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov. Since 1990, only eight teams have made the playoffs after starting 1-4. A?year ago, however, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans?both did it after incredible?runs.The Chiefs won 10?of their last 11 games to grab a wild-card spot. The Texans won the AFC South by winning eight of their last 11.Which of the 14 teams currently under .500 this season are most likely to get hot and go on a run? Based on recent history, a profile can be designed. Some of it is based on schedule. Some of it is based on how the team is constructed. And some?of it is having key players at certain positions. Here are the categories:Environment:?To make the playoffs after a slow start, teams need to either be in a conference that is down or in a division that could be won with seven to nine victories. Two qualifiers fit this category. In 2002, the Tennessee Titans?won 10 of 11 games and the New York Jets won eight of 11 after starting 1-4. Indianapolis and Pittsburgh were the only AFC teams that won more than 10 games that season. A couple AFC teams are poised to go on a similar run this season. Nine of the 16 teams have losing records. The New England Patriots are the only one-loss team.?Schedule: As long as their remaining opponents dont have a combined winning percentage of .530 or more, teams have a chance. Teams that start slow have issues, and its hard to imagine them making a big run going against winning teams they couldnt beat in the first seven weeks.Reliable?quarterback play: You dont necessarily need a future Hall of Famer at quarterback to get hot, but it sure helps. Brett Favre led the Packers ruun from 1-4 to 10-6 in 2004. Wholesale Stan Smith Online. Steve McNair of the Titans and Chad Pennington of the Jets did it in 2002. Instability at quarterback is a disqualifier.Win in your division:?The Chiefs and Texans went 5-1 in their divisions last season.Score some points: If the offense can consistently supply 21 or more points per game, a?team can rise from the bottom.Play good?defense: Last season, 11 of the 12 playoff teams surrendered 20.2 or fewer points per game. Defense keeps teams in games. Last season, the Chiefs gave up 28.6 points per game in their first five contests. By the end of the season, they were allowing 17.9 points per game.Heres how I rank the 14 teams with losing records, in order of how likely they are to go on a run and make the playoffs:1. Cincinnati Bengals?(3-4)Though the Bengals?havent played particularly well -- in part because of a tough early schedule -- they?check all of the boxes for a team that could get hot. Quarterback?Andy Dalton has been efficient. The defense is giving up 23.1 points per game but has the talent to go under 20. The?teams left on their schedule have a combined winning percentage of?.492. The Bengals only AFC North loss was in Pittsburgh, and they get the Steelers at home on Dec. 18. The offense -- scoring just 20 points per game so far -- has the potential to get to 24. And the return of tight end Tyler Eifert,?who missed six games due to injury,?should improve Cincinnatis passing offense and red zone production. ' ' '