FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Giants, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: Men’s exhibition, United States vs. Venezuela, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Nationals manager Dusty Baker has run out of patience with Jonathan Papelbon, and on Thursday night he pulled the veteran closer in the ninth inning after Papelbon gave up a single and walk while trying to protect a three-run lead over the Giants.
Papelbon has 19 saves but suffered two losses in the last week, giving up a combined six runs in those games. With the Nationals battling the Cubs for the best record in the National League, Baker did not want to risk another setback.
“I’m sure he felt badly, but I had to do what I had to do to win the ballgame,” Baker said. “I’m sure that Pap didn’t like it, but I’m sure that he understands.”
Oliver Perez took over and allowed a walk to load the bases. That was followed by a grounder to third that looked like it could be a game-ending double play, but a defensive miscue at second allowed all runners to advance without an out. Perez then struck out Denard Span, and Shawn Kelley was called on for the final out, which he got by striking out Angel Pagan.
Papelbon, whose fastball topped out at 91 mph once, took the team-first approach after the 4-2 win.
“The object is to win the game,” the former Red Sox closer said. “Do what you can do to win the game.”
Added Papelbon: “Turn the page and prepare like you always have every day and go out and be successful. You can’t help the outcome or worry about it, you just go like you do every day.”
“I definitely think I’m a different person,” he told reporters in Berea, Ohio, where the team’s training camp began. “If you haven’t changed over a period of time, it’s definitely a bad thing. I think me standing here is a testament to that.”
Gordon, who has been suspended four times in his short career, said he’s “taking the necessary steps” to avoid any more issues. While he did not apologize for missing 27 of the his team’s last 32 games, he was frank about his immature behavior.
“In the past I’ve been a selfish player, I’ll definitely admit that,” the 25-year-old said. “I wanted to do things my way. As a young man that’s just kind of how you see it, you don’t really want to make time to do other things. But things turn around, people change, it’s possible to change. It takes people some learning, but eventually you get to that point and I think I have.”
McClain, who was suspended for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, was re-signed for one year in the offseason. He did not participate in OTAs but was on hand June’s mandatory minicamp, although he did not practice because he wasn’t in shape. McClain also missed the first four games of last season due to an NFL suspension.
The Cowboys could choose to release McClain in an effort to pick up some cap space, but team executives were mum about their plan Thursday. A press conference is scheduled for Friday.
“That’s another one that’s a work in progress,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said of McClain. “We’ll leave it at that.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 29, 1988, the Red Sox traded Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling to the Orioles for which player?
We discuss the vagueness of Max Kellerman's comment and how it's just one big desire to be the first one to say something.
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We discuss the state of the Sox with manager John Farrell live from Anaheim.
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As Pats camp opens, we look at four of the most pressing questions for the team
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