Lester went 8 innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8 as the Red Sox swept the Royals. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. With every dominant performance, the price tag goes up.
As the Angels mounted a ninth-inning comeback against Mariners All-Star closer Fernando Rodney on Sunday, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout mocked Rodney by mimicking his “bow and arrow” celebration. Rodney, a former Angel (2010-11) had done the celebration after ending the eighth inning, aiming it at the Angels dugout.
“I did that for the fans, because when I came in, they booed me. It’s part of the game,” said Rodney, who leads the AL with 27 saves but failed to protect a 5-4 lead Sunday. “I tried to get the save with five outs. They got me today, but tomorrow’s another day.”
Grant Green hit the game-winning single with the bases loaded and two outs.
“Rodney woke up our dugout,” Green said. “At the time, we were hitting well in the game, but we didn’t have that key hit. He did it at the wrong time with Trout, Pujols and Josh [Hamilton] coming up. You don’t want to get those guys fired up.”
Said Pujols: “That’s his thing. I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”
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Rodney said he did not see the Angels players’ celebration.
“They did? They got emotional, maybe,” he said. “They beat me. That’s all right. That’s why they did that, I think. I’ll have to check the video.”
– Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko is one player who is not sad to see Jason Kidd leave for the Bucks after one season coaching Brooklyn.
Both Dunbar and Greene face charges of battery and disorderly conduct.
Dunbar, who was undrafted out of BC in 2008, played the last two seasons with the Rams after spending his first three NFL seasons with the Saints. He was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Greene, who played one year at Syracuse before going pro, played last season in China after four years with the Kings.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 21, 1959, who became the first African-American to play for the Red Sox when he pinch ran and and stayed in to play shortstop in a 2-1 loss to the White Sox in Chicago?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Somebody asked me if we focus on New England. ‘¦ I have to be honest, I don’t worry about them. They need to worry about us. I think that’s really where we’re at now.” – Jets coach Rex Ryan, who added he knows he’s “a great coach”
When Herman Melville wrote "Moby-Dick," the Pequod launched from Nantucket with just 30 people on board. Now it feels like every sports fan in Boston is setting sail on the same boat. And the crew isn't hunting one white whale, it's hunting three.
Butch and Buck discuss the importance of Shane Victorino and his injury issues this season. Sox fans always talk about how losing Ellsbury has affected the lineup, but they seem to forget just how crucial Victorino was to last season’s success. They also talk about the closer role and what that may look like for the Red Sox going forward considering Koji’s age and the speculation of a trade in the near future.
Butch Stearns and Steve Buckley are live at Fenway Park discussing the Red Sox and their 1 run wins as of late and Mike Napoli’s towering homerun shot to put the Sox up for good last night. They get into the future of the team and if they should “buy or sell” this season. Then the boys get into Jackie Bradley Jr, the pros and cons of his play and their confidence in having him in CF long term in Boston.