TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: White Sox at Yankees, 7 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) Women’s soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. (FS1) Tennis: U.S. Open, 11 a.m. (ESPN2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Daisuke Matsuzaka experiment in New York is not going so well. The former Red Sox pitcher was lit up for the third straight time Monday as the struggling Mets lost a 13-5 decision to the Braves in Atlanta.
Matsuzaka allowed six earned runs, including a long three-run home run to Freddie Freeman, in just three innings of work.
“You guys saw the results. I’m very disappointed in myself today,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “The difference between my good pitches and my bad pitches is just too big, and that’s something that needs to change.”
Said manager Terry Collins: “One of the things we’ve been a little surprised at is [Matsuzaka] has been so known for locating his pitches. And that’s something he’s not doing.”
The pitcher acknowledged that time might be running out. He’s 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA since being signed last month, following his release from the Indians, for whom he had been pitching in Triple-A.
Said Matsuzaka: “Looking at the way I pitched today, if I’m told this is my last start, then it’s something I’ll have to accept.”
Collins, however, said he he plans to get Matsuzaka ready for his next outing, which could come Sunday in Cleveland.
“He’s got to get it going for us because we’ve got a lot more games to play this month and he’s going to be a part of those games right now,” Collins said. “But he’s got to get it going. We need him for innings, and that’s why we got him.”
• Onetime heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, also known for starring in “Rocky V,” died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital at the age of 44.
Morrison was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1996 but later denied he had the virus, insisting there was a conspiracy even as he lived out the final days of his life.
Morrison won the vacant world title in the summer of 1993, beating George Foreman in Las Vegas. But he was upset by Michael Bentt shortly thereafter and never reached the same heights. After receiving his HIV diagnosis, he was banned from boxing.
He had numerous legal troubles — including assault, weapons charges and multiple DUI arrests — and was sentenced to two years in prison in 2000, with another year added to his sentence in 2002 for violating parole. He returned to the ring after his release, posting two wins to finish with a record of 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts.
• Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, as the 64-year-old endurance swimmer completed the approximately 110-mile journey Monday afternoon when she arrived at Key West.
It took Nyad about 53 hours to finish, which she did in her fifth attempt. Her last bid, in 2012, ended with her face puffy and swollen due to jellyfish stings. This time she had more protection, including a mask that she wore at night, when jellyfish rise to the surface.
“I am about to swim my last 2 miles in the ocean,” Nyad told her support crew as she closed in on the shore, according to her website. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very glad to be with you.”
Nyad was greeted by cheering spectators as she touched ground and then was put on a stretcher and given medical treatment, including an IV.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 3, 2005, which Red Sox reliever picked up the save in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles and in the process became the first pitcher in team history to appear in at least 70 games three years in a row?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t think they have anybody to stop me. For real. I think we have guys in the receiver room that are as good as I am, if not better. I just have that confidence in my teammates and in myself.” – Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, on Sunday’s game against the Patriots
STAT OF THE DAY: 6 – Times the Red Sox have been shut out when John Lackey has started for them this season, including Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Tigers
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): An Australian man sets a record for the longest basketball shot, hitting one from 98 meters (321 feet) from an observation tower in the Netherlands on his 62nd attempt.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Timlin
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Electric blues guitar legend Freddie King, who died in 1976, was born on this day in 1934.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!