Other http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/49/weei.com/weei/shows-schedules/%22We%27re%20always%20going%20to%20be%20looking%20at%20what%27s%20the%20best%20way%20to%20contest%20the%20championship%2C%22%20Shaheen%20said.%20%22Sixty-eight%20is%20certainly%20a%20start%2C%20and%20where%20it%20goes%20from%20here%20is%20anyone%27s%20guess.%22 en On heels of latest pitcher controversy, John Farrell wants MLB to approve substance for better grip http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/heels-latest-pitcher-controversy-john-farrell-wants-mlb-approve-substance <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94499" style="width: 360px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Matusz_Brian-Orioles-ejection-5-23-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-94499" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Matusz_Brian-Orioles-ejection-5-23-15.jpg" alt="Brian Matusz, here being ejected from Saturday's game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance on his arm, is appealing is eight-game suspension. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)" width="350" height="489" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Brian Matusz, here being ejected from Saturday&#8217;s game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance on his arm, is appealing is eight-game suspension. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>MINNEAPOLIS &#8212; With another major league pitcher getting suspended for the use of a foreign substance &#8212; Baltimore&#8217;s Brian Matusz, who is <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150525121412017415408" target="_blank">appealing his eight-game ban </a>&#8211; <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> manager <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a> suggested there should be another look at the rules of baseball.</p> <p>Talking to the media prior to his team&#8217;s series opener against the Twins at Target Field on Monday, Farrell said MLB might want to look for a new substance that helps the pitcher with his grip on the baseball that is considered legal.</p> <p>&#8220;I would like to see an approved substance that pitchers can use,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;Because when we take a manufactured baseball and rub it with dirt, it&#8217;s going to create a slippery feeling to it. The mud residue leaves a film on it that you don&#8217;t necessarily feel a good, consistent grip. Unless you go to a ball like the one used in Japan where it&#8217;s got a tacky feel to it. But I&#8217;d like to see something that&#8217;s approved that everyone can use. I think if you poll any hitter, the hitter wants to know that the ball&#8217;s got a grip. The ball&#8217;s not going to get away from [the pitcher].&#8221;</p> <p>Matusz, who was ejected from Saturday&#8217;s game against the Marlins for having a substance on his right arm, is the second MLB pitcher in a week to be disciplined for using an illegal substance on the baseball. <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/atlanta-braves.htm">The Braves</a>&#8216; <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/will-smith-saints.htm">Will Smith</a> <a href="http://weei.stats.com/mlb/story.asp?i=20150522000619096518708&amp;ref=rec&amp;tm=15&amp;src=MLB" target="_blank">also was suspended eight games</a> for using what he said was a combination of rosin and sunscreen &#8212; also on his right arm.</p> <p>&#8220;I think any time the game loses players for eight to 10 games, I think it makes us as an industry look within,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;If a number of pitchers are putting themselves at risk and the belief is a widespread number of pitchers are using it, why would we not look to improve the game? Nobody wants to see pitchers sidelined.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-94494"></span></p> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> were involved in a <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2013/05/08/clay-buchholz-sunscreen-rosin-controversies-doing-me-an-injustice/" target="_blank">similar controversy two years ago</a>, when <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/clay-buchholz.htm">Clay Buchholz</a> was accused by the Blue Jays radio broadcast crew of using a rosin-sunscreen mix to get a better grip. He was never penalized, and a number of people came to his defense, saying he was simply trying to get a better grip rather than get the ball to move unnaturally.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t think a grip gives you an ability to make the ball do different things,&#8221; Farrell said Monday. &#8220;You&#8217;re looking for feel in the hand and overall command. And a grip. I think if you even ask a hitter, they&#8217;re going to say that a substance makes a ball do different things. It&#8217;s not like scuffing it. Now, as long as it&#8217;s a tacky substance. Not Vaseline, where you&#8217;ve got spitter action.&#8221;</p> <p>Farrell, who early last season alerted umpires that Yankees pitcher <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/michael-pineda.htm" class="r_lapi">Michael Pineda</a> was using a foreign substance, leading to Pineda&#8217;s ejection and a 10-game suspension, said MLB should consider following the lead of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/japanese-baseball.htm">Japanese baseball</a>, which he said uses balls that are easier to grip.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t know what they use. But when you take a ball out of there &#8230; plus they don&#8217;t rub the ball up with dirt. They&#8217;re rubbed up with a little bit of sand, if anything so it doesn&#8217;t leave a film on it,&#8221; he said. &#8220;The leather itself has got a tackiness to it that it is a distinctly different feel in the hand of a pitcher.&#8221;</p> <p>Added Farrell: &#8220;The Japanese ball is completely different and I think pitchers would prefer to use a ball  that &#8230; they&#8217;re looking for some tackiness or some added grip. And the Japanese ball clearly provides that.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 25 May 2015 18:38:42 +0000 1220196 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia back in leadoff spot http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-lineup-dustin-pedroia-back-leadoff-spot <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90931" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Pedroia_Dustin-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-90931" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Pedroia_Dustin-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Dustin Pedroia" width="150" height="210" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/mut-and-bradford.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a> will bat leadoff for the third straight day as the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> open a three-game series against the Twins in Minneapolis with an afternoon tilt. Pedroia is 2-for-6 with a walk in the past two games, both Red Sox wins. Mookie Betts will bat second for the Sox.</p> <p>Here is the lineup that will face Twins righty Ricky Nolasco, as Joe Kelly starts for the Sox.</p> <p>Dustin Pedroia, 2B<br /> Mookie Betts, CF<br /> <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a>, DHHanley Ramirez, LF<br /> Pablo Sandoval, 3B<br /> <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a>, 1B<br /> Xander Bogaerts, SS<br /> Daniel Nava, RF<br /> Blake Swihart, C</p> <p>For the detailed pitching matchups, <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2015/05/25/mondays-red-sox-twins-matchups-joe-kelly-vs-ricky-nolasco/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 25 May 2015 15:44:20 +0000 1219821 at http://www.weei.com Live Blog: Follow action (tweets) as Red Sox take on Twins at Target Field http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/live-blog-follow-action-tweets-red-sox-take-twins-target-field <!--paging_filter--><div style='display:none;'>Live Blog <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> vs. Twins</div> <div id='cil-root-stream-d39592e3bc' class='cil-root'><span class='cil-config-data' title='{"altcastCode":"d39592e3bc","server":"www.coveritlive.com","geometry":{"width":"fit","height":550},"configuration":{"newEntryLocation":"top","commentLocation":"top","replayContentOrder":"chronological","pinsGrowSize":"on","titlePage":"off","embedType":"stream","titleImage":"/templates/coveritlive/images/buildPage/SportsImage.jpg"}}'>&nbsp;</span></div> <p><script type='text/javascript'>window.cilAsyncInit = function() {cilEmbedManager.init()};(function() {if (window.cilVwRand === undefined) { window.cilVwRand = Math.floor(Math.random()*10000000); }var e = document.createElement('script');e.async = true;var domain = (document.location.protocol == 'http:' || document.location.protocol == 'file:') ? 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He walked none and struck out seven but gave up four runs on eight hits, including a solo home run to Chris Dominguez. A first-round draft pick in 2012, Johnson is 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA in nine starts with Pawtucket.</p> <p>&#8212; Travis Shaw played left field for just the second time in his career and recorded two outfield assists, including one on a putout at home. Shaw went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.</p> <p>&#8212; Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with an RBI, recording his fifth multi-hit game for Pawtucket. Luke Montz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the ninth inning.</p> <p>&#8212; <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/golf/mike-miller.htm">Mike Miller</a> notched his first Triple-A hit with a single to center in the eighth inning. He came around to score on Craig&#8217;€™s double. Miller finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk and one run scored.</p> <p>&#8212; Pawtucket was without utility infielder Jeff Bianchi, who was called up to Boston after the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> placed <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a> on the 15-day DL. Bianchi was hitting .302 in 17 games in Triple-A this season.</p> <p><span id="more-94468"></span></p> <div id="attachment_94240" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Diaz_Luis-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-94240" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Diaz_Luis-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Luis Diaz" width="150" height="220" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Luis Diaz</p></div> <p><strong>DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-26): L, 3-2, vs. Reading (Phillies)</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Luis Diaz entered Sunday&#8217;€™s game with a 17-game winless streak dating back to last July, and the struggles continued for the 23-year-old righty. Diaz took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Diaz, who has not won a game since July 5, 2014, is 0-4 with a 6.20 ERA in nine starts this season.</p> <p>&#8212; Shortstop Marco Hernandez accounted for three of Portland&#8217;€™s seven hits Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Jantzen Witte, who played third base, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and RBI and a run scored. Through 40 games, Witte is hitting .331 with 30 RBIs. He is tied for second in the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/eastern-league.htm">Eastern League</a> in RBIs and has the fourth-highest batting average.</p> <p>&#8212; Outfielder Aneury Tavarez, who had been performing well at High-A Salem, was assigned to the Sea Dogs before the game. He had one at bat as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and flied out to left.</p> <div id="attachment_94299" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Lin_Tzu-Wei-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-94299" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Lin_Tzu-Wei-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Tzu-Wei Lin" width="150" height="215" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Tzu-Wei Lin</p></div> <p><strong>HIGH-A SALEM <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">RED SOX</a> (22-22): W, 2-0, vs. Winston-Salem (<a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm">White Sox</a>)</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin drove in both Salem runs Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old lefty tripled to right in the first inning to plate center fielder Cole Sturgeon, who led off the frame with a single. Lin collected his second RBI in the third on a sacrifice fly, as Jose Vinicio tagged and scored after doubling to right and advancing on a sacrifice bunt by Sturgeon. Lin, who hails from Taiwan, is hitting .268 with 13 RBIs in 34 games with Salem.</p> <p>&#8211;€” Trey Ball earned the win, allowing five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-6 southpaw, drafted seventh overall by the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> in 2013, is 3-4 with a 4.75 ERA in eight starts with Salem this season.</p> <p>€&#8211; Right-hander Chandler Shepherd pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief to record his first career save. The 22-year-old allowed one hit and no walks and struck out one. The former University of Kentucky star has a 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of work in three appearances with Salem.</p> <div id="attachment_94222" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Callahan_Jamie-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-94222" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Callahan_Jamie-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Jamie Callahan" width="150" height="222" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jamie Callahan</p></div> <p><strong>SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (25-18): L, 3-2, vs. Charleston (Yankees)</strong></p> <p>&#8211;€” After entering the game in the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead, right-hander Jamie Callahan pitched two scoreless innings before unraveling in the ninth, allowing two runs on three walks and an throwing error. Callahan took the blown save and the loss, falling to 0-4 on the season with a 6.91 ERA.</p> <p>&#8211;€” Dedgar Jimenez started for the Drive, scattering five hits through six innings and allowing one run. The 19-year-old lefty struck out six and walked two in the no-decision. In five starts with Greenville this season, Jimenez is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA.</p> <p>&#8212; Rafael Devers continued his hot streak at the plate, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The 18-year-old Devers is hitting .328 and has hit safely in his last six games.</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 25 May 2015 14:19:55 +0000 1219606 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox-Twins series preview http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-twins-series-preview <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94473" style="width: 385px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Twins-celebrating-5-24-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-94473" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Twins-celebrating-5-24-15.jpg" alt="After starting the season 1-6, the Twins have had plenty of reasons to celebrate, going 24-12, including Sunday's 8-2 victory over the White Sox. (Jon Durr/Getty Images)" width="375" height="346" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">After starting the season 1-6, the Twins have had plenty of reasons to celebrate as they&#8217;ve gone 24-12, including Sunday&#8217;s 8-2 victory over the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">White Sox</a> that had (from left) Shane Robinson, Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks floating on air. (Jon Durr/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>After taking two out of three from the Angels over the weekend, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> leave the friendly confines to begin a three-game set with the Twins on Monday in Minneapolis.</p> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> are 5-5 over their last 10 games, and they sit at 21-23 on the season, good for third place in the cluttered AL East. They are 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Rays.</p> <p>On the other hand, the surprise Twins are 25-18 and reside in second place in the AL Central, behind the Royals. They are 7-3 in their last 10 and 24-12 since their 1-6 start to the campaign.</p> <p>The Twins are coming off of a five-game stretch in which they swept a two-game series from the Pirates and took two out of three from the division rival <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm">White Sox</a>. Against Chicago, the Twins offense proved itself, beating last year&#8217;s AL Cy Young candidate Chris Sale for the second time this season Saturday, this time 4-3.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;ve got a lot of confidence in here,&#8221; Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson <a href="http://www.startribune.com/gibson-s-start-dozier-s-homers-lift-twins-over-white-sox/304865251/" target="_blank">said after the series-clinching 8-1 win Sunday</a>. &#8220;We have been saying that even after the 1-6 start that we like our team and we like the leaders in here. And we fight. It&#8217;s what we do.&#8221;</p> <p>With a largely young and unproven lineup, first-year manager and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor has molded the Twins into a potent run-scoring machine. Though they do not hit many home runs, they are the fifth-highest-scoring team in baseball this year, logging 4.58 runs per game. Meanwhile, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> score just 4.00 runs per game, the 21st-best mark in the majors.</p> <p><span id="more-94463"></span></p> <p>The Twins pitching is not magnificent, however it is good enough to succeed alongside a competent offense. The Twins own an unspectacular 4.05 team ERA. And though much has been made about their inability to get strikeouts as they fan just 5.8 batters per nine, they hold an advantage in a far more important category, runners stranded, where they rank fifth in the majors with 309.</p> <p>On offense, the Twins are paced by 19-year veteran <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/torii-hunter.htm">Torii Hunter</a>, who leads the team with 26 RBIs and a .281 average. Though their starting rotation does not hold any household names, the Twins have a quality bunch, led by Gibson, who has a 2.72 ERA.</p> <p>Here are the pitching matchups for the series:</p> <p>Joe Kelly (1-3, 5.13 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (4-1, 6.00 ERA)<br /> <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/clay-buchholz.htm">Clay Buchholz</a> (2-5, 4.58 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-1, 3.00 ERA)<br /> Rick Porcello (4-3, 5.07 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.50 ERA)</p> <p><strong>WHO&#8217;S HOT: <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">RED SOX</a></strong></p> <p>&#8212; Though first baseman <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a> has struggled this season, he had an amazing series against his former team this weekend. Against the Angels, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/soccer/napoli-soccer.htm">Napoli</a> went 5-for-9 with four home runs, eight RBIs and three walks. These numbers produced a slash line of .556/.667/2.000.</p> <p>&#8212; Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has continued his solid hitting, as he has slashed .440/.462/.640 over his last seven games. This stretch has included two doubles and a home run.</p> <p>&#8212; With a 5.13 ERA on the campaign, Joe Kelly has certainly faced his share of roadblocks. However, he has turned it on during his last two starts, logging 13 1/3 innings pitched with a 2.03 ERA while allowing just two extra-base hits.</p> <div id="attachment_93277" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Dozier_Brian-Twins-head-15.jpg"><img class="wp-image-93277 size-full" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Dozier_Brian-Twins-head-15.jpg" alt="Brian Dozier" width="150" height="221" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Brian Dozier</p></div> <p><strong>WHO&#8217;S HOT: TWINS</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Second baseman Brian Dozier made himself the Twins&#8217; team leader in home runs Sunday when he clobbered two during the team&#8217;s 8-1 win.</p> <p>&#8212; Former first-round pick Mike Pelfrey is coming off of one of the best starts of his season. Facing the Pirates on the road last Wednesday, Pelfrey hurled six innings of one-run ball to go along with five punchouts in the Twins&#8217; 4-3 victory.</p> <p>&#8212; Though often overlooked as the stopper at the back end of a solid bullpen, Twins closer Glen Perkins has been stellar of late. With a 1.33 ERA for the season, Perkins has picked it up even more in his last eight appearances, notching 10 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings while allowing one earned run.</p> <p><strong>WHO&#8217;S NOT: RED SOX</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Slumping throughout the season, designated hitter <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm">David Ortiz</a> had a regrettable five-game stretch through Sunday. During this span, he slashed a meager .105/.227/.158 with five strikeouts.</p> <p>&#8212; When the Red Sox signed Rick Porcello to his four-year, $82.5 million deal, they were hoping for more than his atrocious start against the Angels last Friday. On this day, Porcello waded through 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks en route to a 12-5 drubbing at Fenway.</p> <p>&#8212; Unfortunately for the Red Sox, both of their catchers have hit slumps at the same time. Top prospect Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon are a combined 4-for-20 over their last seven games with four strikeouts and no extra-base hits.</p> <div id="attachment_93303" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Santana_Danny-Twins-head-15.jpg"><img class="wp-image-93303 size-full" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Santana_Danny-Twins-head-15.jpg" alt="Danny Santana" width="150" height="231" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Danny Santana</p></div> <p><strong>WHO&#8217;S NOT: TWINS</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Though commonly known as a free swinger, second baseman Danny Santana has taken his hacking to a new level over the last week. During this stretch, he is 1-for 16 with five strikeouts and no walks. On the season, Santana has walked just twice in 157 plate appearances.</p> <p>&#8212; Like his teammate Santana, outfielder Aaron Hicks has been prone to the punchout lately. In his last four contests, Hicks has whiffed five times in 17 plate appearances. He has slashed .118/.118/.118 during this span.</p> <p>&#8212; Left-handed reliever Aaron Thompson has not pitched his best this month. In 11 May appearances, Thompson has given up 12 hits and five earned runs.</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 25 May 2015 14:10:21 +0000 1219611 at http://www.weei.com Monday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Ricky Nolasco http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/monday%E2%80%99s-red-sox-twins-matchups-joe-kelly-vs-ricky-nolasco <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90939" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Kelly_Joe-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-90939" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Kelly_Joe-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Joe Kelly" width="150" height="230" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Joe Kelly</p></div> <p class="p1">Coming off a series win at home against the Angels, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> start a weeklong road trip with a three-game set against the Twins on Monday. The Sox finally got a much-needed jolt from their offense in the final two games of the Angels series, and will look to continue the trend in Minnesota as they send Joe Kelly to the hill to go up against Ricky Nolasco.</p> <p class="p1">Kelly enters his ninth start of the season with a 1-3 record and 5.13 ERA. The right-hander has had some tough-luck losses, and has pitched better, especially lately, than his record and ERA indicate. His FIP (a fielding-independent stat measured on the same scale as ERA) is a more reasonable 4.23.</p> <p class="p1">Kelly, 26, has not recorded a win since his first outing of the season April 11, but his last two starts were good enough to merit victories had he gotten more help from his offense.</p> <p class="p1">Kelly went seven strong innings in his last start and allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out seven. However, he got just one run of support and took the 2-1 loss at the hands of the Rangers.</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">&#8220;After the third inning, he settled in. He used his curveball a little bit more,&#8221; <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> manager <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a> <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2015/05/21/joe-kelly-takes-one-for-the-team-while-showing-signs-of-turnaround/" target="_blank">said following Kelly&#8217;s outing Wednesday</a>. &#8220;He started to elevate his fastball for some strikeouts. And on a night when he wasn&#8217;t completely healthy in terms of an illness he was dealing with, he threw the ball exceptionally well. He takes the one-hopper off the hand that really, after the initial sting went away, didn&#8217;t affect the way he threw the baseball. He got a couple of big strikeouts with men in scoring position. A well-pitched game.&#8221;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">In his last two starts combined, Kelly has allowed just three runs in 13 1/3 innings and yet has ended up winless, recording a no-decision to go along with his loss to the Rangers.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span id="more-94453"></span></p> <div id="attachment_93293" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Nolasco_Ricky-Twins-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-93293" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Nolasco_Ricky-Twins-head-15.jpg" alt="Ricky Nolasco" width="150" height="206" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ricky Nolasco</p></div> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Nolasco gets the call opposite Kelly, coming into Monday&#8217;s contest with an impressive 4-1 record to go along with a less-impressive 6.00 ERA. The 32-year-old right-hander has made only five starts this season as a result of an almost month-long stint on the disabled list.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Nolasco has won each of his four starts since returning from the DL on May 2. In his last appearance, Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Nolasco threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three of them earned. He conceded 10 hits while striking out eight in an 8-5 Twins victory.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">&#8220;I felt good getting back to that feeling where I can strike guys out when I want to,&#8221; Nolasco <a href="http://m.mlb.com/news/article/125449240/minnesota-twins-offense-strikes-early-against-francisco-liriano?game_pk=414234" target="_blank">said following Tuesday&#8217;s win</a>. &#8220;It&#8217;s nice getting all those runs with us having good at-bats. All I was trying to do was get us back to the dugout as quick as possible.&#8221;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">In the four starts since his return, Nolasco has a more reasonable 4.29 ERA, while throwing 21 combined innings and giving up 10 earned runs.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><b><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> vs. Nolasco (RHP)</b></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a> (46 plate appearances): .163 AVG/.200 OBP/.256 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 10 strikeouts</span></p> <p class="p2">Pablo Sandoval (23): .476/.522/1.095, 3 home runs, 4 doubles, 7 RBIs</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm">David Ortiz</a> (13): .400/.462/1.300, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm">Dustin Pedroia</a> (11): .182/.182/.182, 1 strikeout</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Daniel Nava (6): .400/.500/.400</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a> is 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Nolasco.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/hanley-ramirez.htm">Hanley Ramirez</a> is 1-for-3 against Nolasco.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-2 with a triple against Nolasco.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Brock Holt, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart have not faced Nolasco.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><b>Twins vs. Kelly (RHP)</b></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Shane Robinson is 0-for-1 against Kelly.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Kurt Suzuki is 0-for-1 in his career against Kelly.</span></p> <p class="p2">No other Twins have faced Kelly.</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 25 May 2015 12:35:22 +0000 1219426 at http://www.weei.com Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees honor Bernie Williams, then continue skid http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/monday%E2%80%99s-morning-mashup-yankees-honor-bernie-williams-then-continue-skid <!--paging_filter--><p>Welcome to Monday&#8217;s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://www.weei.com/" target="_blank">WEEI.com home page</a> or <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp" target="_blank">click here for the top stories from our news wire</a>.</p> <p><strong>MONDAY&#8217;S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:</strong><br /> MLB: <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> at Twins, 2:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)<br /> MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> MLB: Tigers at Athletics, 4 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-playoffs.htm" class="r_lapi">NBA playoffs</a>: Warriors at Rockets, 9 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> <a href="http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl-hockey.htm" class="r_lapi">NHL</a> playoffs: Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)<br /> <a href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/college-lacrosse.htm" class="r_lapi">College lacrosse</a>: <a href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/ncaa.htm" class="r_lapi">NCAA</a> championship game, Denver vs. <a href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/maryland-terrapins.htm" class="r_lapi">Maryland</a>, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)<br /> Tennis: French Open, noon (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)</p> <p><strong>AROUND THE WEB:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://m.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=130365483&amp;topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>&#8212; Bernie Williams&#8217; No. 51 <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/yankees-honor-bernie-williams-jeter-returns-stadium-article-1.2234257" target="_blank">was retired by the Yankees</a> on Sunday night, and the list of dignitaries on hand was headed by <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/derek-jeter.htm" class="r_lapi">Derek Jeter</a>, making his first appearance at <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/yankee-stadium.htm" class="r_lapi">Yankee Stadium</a> since his retirement.</p> <p>Williams, who was the center fielder on <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm" class="r_lapi">the Yankees</a> teams that won four titles in five seasons from 1996-2000, batted .297 in 16 seasons in the Bronx, finishing third in team history in doubles and in the top seven in hits, runs, games played, home runs and RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, and he won the 1998 <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/american-league.htm" class="r_lapi">American League</a> batting title (.339).</p> <p>The Yankees&#8217; all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and RBIs (80), Williams only signed his retirement papers last month.</p> <p>&#8220;It took a long time [to retire],&#8221; Williams said after Sunday&#8217;s ceremony. &#8220;I think I sort of misunderstood my own feelings in my own emotions. The first three or four years [after I stopped playing] I was really making sure that I wasn&#8217;€™t going back. After the fifth or sixth year I started putting it on the shelf. I was like, &#8216;Well, this is not that important.&#8217; I think to me, I was moving on to other things. I really needed to have this chapter of my life closed. It took me nine years but I finally got it done.&#8221;</p> <p>As for Jeter, who was introduced last and received a long ovation, Williams said: &#8220;I think he&#8217;s very at peace with where he is right now in his life and I am so happy with him. I think a very important part of players when they retire is to try to make that transition from going 1,000 miles an hour to more of a normal kind of pace, and he seems to be handling it pretty good. So I&#8217;m really happy for him.&#8221;</p> <p>As for Sunday&#8217;s game, the Yankees lost to the Rangers, 5-2, their sixth straight loss and 10th in 11 games &#8212; their worst skid since 1995. New York is 22-22, one game ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the AL East.</p> <p>&#8212; <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/adrian-peterson-vikings.htm" class="r_lapi">Adrian Peterson</a>&#8216;s standoff with the Vikings continues, as the running back told coach <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/mike-zimmer.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Zimmer</a> that he <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150524202045885154608" target="_blank">will not attend the team&#8217;s optional practices</a> that begin Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.</p> <p>Although the Vikings have expressed a desire to have Peterson return to the team following his suspension last season while he handled his legal issues related to child abuse, Peterson apparently still has a chip on his shoulder due to a perceived lack of support from the organization.</p> <p><span id="more-36263"></span></p> <p>Peterson could lose a $250,000 workout bonus by missing this week&#8217;s practices, although he is not required to attend any team events until next month&#8217;s mandatory minicamp.</p> <p>&#8212; <a href="http://media.weei.com/tennis/roger-federer.htm" class="r_lapi">Roger Federer</a> won his first-round match at the French Open on Sunday, but he wasn&#8217;t pleased after the match. A fan walked onto the main stadium court and <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/recap.asp?lg=TENNIS&amp;g=20150001" target="_blank">attempted to take a cellphone selfie</a> with the tennis great before being led away by security.</p> <p>Federer said he had a similar issue the day before, as some kids interrupted his practice session at Roland Garros.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m not happy about it. Obviously not [for] one second [am I] happy about it,&#8221; Federer said. &#8220;Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players &#8212; that that&#8217;s where you do your job, that&#8217;s where you want to feel safe.&#8221;</p> <p>The tournament director apologized to Federer for the &#8220;embarrassing&#8221; lapse in security, although he said there are no plans to change security procedures.</p> <p><strong>ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below):</strong> On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox traded Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley to the Cubs for which player?</p> <p><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY:</strong> &#8220;Sometimes there&#8217;s kids in the dugout [pregame] and I go up and have them sign my bat. It&#8217;s kind of crazy, the first home run I hit the other day I hit right where he signed it. That was pretty cool.&#8221; -<em>- Red Sox first baseman <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a>, explaining that the bat he used to hit four home runs in three weekend games against the Angels <a href="http://weei.stats.com/mlb/recap.asp?lg=MLB&amp;g=350524102" target="_blank">was signed by a young fan</a></em></p> <p><strong>STAT OF THE DAY: 37, 18, 13 &#8211;</strong> Points, rebounds and assists for <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm" class="r_lapi">LeBron James</a>, who overcame an 0-for-10 shooting start to lead the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/cleveland-cavaliers.htm" class="r_lapi">Cavaliers</a> to a <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/recap.asp?lg=NBA&amp;g=2015052405" target="_blank">114-111 overtime victory</a> over the Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zySlqSIftu0" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><strong>&#8216;NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):</strong> A Phillies batboy takes Ben Revere&#8217;s bat back to the dugout before the at-bat is over.</p> <p><iframe src="http://m.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=129290483&amp;topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>Tigers players win a standoff vs. the Astros before their game Sunday.</p> <p><iframe src="http://m.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=129184283&amp;topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>A Dodgers fan videotapes himself catching a home run.</p> <p><iframe src="http://m.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=130366383&amp;topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>From the Colorado Division 2A state baseball semifinals on Saturday, Rye closes out a 9-8 victory over Hotchkiss with a convincing hidden ball trick.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vj_D6Dc1loU" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRIVIA ANSWER:</strong> <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/bill-buckner.htm" class="r_lapi">Bill Buckner</a></p> <p><strong>SOOTHING SOUNDS:</strong> Jessi Colter was born on this day in 1943.</p> <p><object width="600" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZOgTVJOdFVU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZOgTVJOdFVU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="600" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" /></embed></object></p> Blog general Other Mon, 25 May 2015 12:23:17 +0000 1219421 at http://www.weei.com Wade Miley on fast track to leading Red Sox turnaround: ‘We’re playing a lot better right now’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/wade-miley-fast-track-leading-red-sox-turnaround-%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99re-playing-lot-bette <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94414" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-94414 size-full" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/474642752-e1432505941477.jpg" alt="Wade Miley was a picture of perfection early on against the Angels Sunday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)" width="400" height="267" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Wade Miley was a picture of perfection early on against the Angels Sunday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> can only hope they copy the stunningly resurgent turnaround of Wade Miley.</p> <p>The lefty has suddenly turned into the most reliable and consistent pitcher on staff. On Sunday, that encouraging trend continued when he allowed just four hits and one run over eight stellar innings in a 6-1 win over the Angels at a sun-splashed <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm">Fenway Park</a>.</p> <p>It was a perfect day for a game and Miley gave fans a perfect start to their Sunday afternoon, retiring the first 14 batters he faced before walking Chris Iannetta on five pitches in the fifth. That was followed up by a single from C.J. Cron, who had been called back to hit after a pitch was ruled to have struck his bat by the umpiring crew.</p> <p>Miley (4-4) has won each of his last three starts and is 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA in May. Sunday, he took just 45 minutes to race through four perfect innings. He needed just 48 pitches to get through five innings. Where did Miley learn his fast pace?</p> <p>&#8220;Probably college, my college coach was huge on that,&#8221; Miley said, referring to Southeastern Louisiana pitching coach Daniel Latham. &#8220;It&#8217;s kind of stuck with me.&#8221;</p> <p>The Angels, who had never faced him before, were aiding the cause of Miley and catcher Sandy Leon by swinging early and often.</p> <p>&#8220;They&#8217;re a pretty aggressive team and we kind of used that to our advantage and it worked out,&#8221; Miley said. &#8220;That&#8217;s the biggest thing, being able to throw the fastball. And what Sandy did, it felt like every time he put down a finger, it&#8217;s what I wanted to do. We were on the same page from the first inning on.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;It comes down to fastball command. Even he when he&#8217;s gotten a couple of guys on base, he hasn&#8217;t overthrown as we saw maybe back in April,&#8221; skipper <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a> added. &#8220;He&#8217;s turned things around personally this month. That&#8217;s pretty clear. He&#8217;s back to a quick pace but a comfortable one for him, and he&#8217;s commanding his pitches.&#8221;<span id="more-94409"></span></p> <p>As the game progressed, and Miley was working to protect a 3-1 lead, he got some Gold Glove defense from <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm">Dustin Pedroia</a> and Brock Holt in the seventh. Pedroia robbed David Freese on a spinorama move up the middle while Holt robbed Iannetta on the next pitch. It was Holt who also took a vicious grounder off the left forearm in the eighth.</p> <p>&#8220;It was good. The defense was unbelievable. Some of those plays that Brock and Pedey made were pretty incredible. I was able to throw strikes, move the ball back and forth and just got some outs,&#8221; Miley said. &#8220;I didn&#8217;t there was any chance Pedroia was getting to that ball up the middle and he makes the acrobatic play. Next play, Brock lays out and makes a play. It&#8217;s good to know those guys are back there. Obviously, I knew coming over here they were unbelievable in defense.&#8221;<!--more--></p> <p>Miley didn&#8217;t get the complete game but could savor the all-around effort the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> showed in all phases, including another monstrous homer from <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;It was a good game, fun game to be a part of and Nap&#8217;s seeing the ball right now,&#8221; Miley said. &#8220;It&#8217;s fun to watch him up there hitting. We&#8217;re moving guys [on bases] and getting guys in. It&#8217;s definitely fun.&#8221;</p> <p>As for overcoming his 1-4 start, Miley said he&#8217;s not worried about what he can&#8217;t change.</p> <p>&#8220;It is what it is. The beginning of the season is over and behind me,&#8221; Miley said. &#8220;You just have to look to the future. You can&#8217;t do nothing about the past, correct some things and move on. I think we&#8217;re always ready [for a roll]. Anytime you get on a roll is good. I think everybody looks forward to that. Definitely, we&#8217;re playing a lot better right now.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;It was well executed in every phase,&#8221; Farrell added. &#8220;We played outstanding infield defense. Wade Miley, in combination with good defense, he works so quick. He was efficient. He threw 48 pitches through first five innings.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 22:19:11 +0000 1217656 at http://www.weei.com Unique story behind bat Mike Napoli used in monster weekend series http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/unique-story-behind-bat-mike-napoli-used-monster-weekend-series <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94166" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-94166" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/napoli-homer-slider-300x167.jpg" alt="Mike Napoli hit five home runs in six games this past homestand. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)" width="400" height="223" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a> hit five home runs in six games this past homestand. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>By now everyone knows about Mike Napoli&#8217;s monster homestand &#8212; batting .429 (9-for-21), with six runs scored, five home runs and 10 RBIs &#8212; but what many might not know is the story behind the bat he used.</p> <p>Prior to Thursday&#8217;s game with the Rangers, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> first baseman had <a href="https://twitter.com/RedSox/status/602513840505528320" target="_blank">a fan who was on the field sign his bat</a> &#8212; the same bat he used to go on a tear over the weekend.</p> <p>&#8220;Sometimes there are kids in the dugout and I go up and have them sign my bat,&#8221; Napoli said. &#8220;It was kind of crazy, the first home run I hit the other day was where he actually signed it. It was pretty cool. I appreciate where he signed it.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s pretty cool,&#8221; he added. &#8220;Everyone is always asking for my autograph so I think it&#8217;s pretty cool to go up to a kid and say, &#8216;Hey, give me your autograph.&#8217; They love that and they write their name on the bat in squiggle.&#8221;</p> <p>After homering on Tuesday against the Rangers, Napoli really picked it up over the weekend against the Angels &#8212; the team that drafted him in 2000. He went 5-for-9 over the three games with four home runs and eight RBIs. With hitting a home run in three consecutive home games he became the first player to do so since <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a> did in June of 2012 and no one had done it in three straight days at home since <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jason-bay.htm" class="r_lapi">Jason Bay</a> in 2009.</p> <p>The first baseman owns the Angels, as prior to Sunday&#8217;s game Napoli had the all-time best slugging percentage (.716) and OPS (1.163) against them.</p> <p>&#8220;I think there&#8217;s always a personal incentive when you go up against your original organization regardless of how things play out over time,&#8221; manager <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm" class="r_lapi">John Farrell</a> said. &#8220;That&#8217;s pretty common for most players.&#8221;</p> <p>What was even more impressive was Napoli&#8217;s hot streak came out of no where.</p> <p><span id="more-94374"></span>Prior to Tuesday&#8217;s game with the Rangers, Napoli was hitting just .162/.269/.282 on the season. After the six-game homestand, Napoli is now hitting .203/.304/.420 &#8212; a pretty incredible feat to raise his slugging percentage .138 points in just six games. His .203 average is also the first time he&#8217;s been over .200 all season.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;ve been there before and I&#8217;ve been in slumps in my career,&#8221; Napoli said. &#8220;I know I am just swing, one at-bat away from feeling good. I kept grinding. I wasn&#8217;t going to give up. I knew I was struggling, but I kept at it and worked with Chili. Got some good info from [<a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a>] and things have been going good since then.&#8221;</p> <p>The team now travels to Minnesota for three games before going to Texas for three more. While Napoli admits he&#8217;d rather keep playing at home, he&#8217;s just hoping the team can continue the good baseball they played over the weekend.</p> <p>&#8220;I hate leaving here. I love hitting in this park,&#8221; Napoli said. &#8220;It&#8217;s going to be nice to get on the road. We&#8217;re going to try and keep it going. Have a good road trip, get back here and keep it going.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 21:49:59 +0000 1217651 at http://www.weei.com Wade Miley Player of the Game Interview 5-24-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/wade-miley-player-game-interview-5-24-15 <!--paging_filter-->Joe Castiglione talked to the Sox lefty, who allowed one run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Angels at Fenway.<br/><br/><b>[0:00:44]</b> ... we noticed there with a double play included this. Twelve outs on <b>ground</b> <b>ball</b> so that's pretty much your game and yes lieutenant you on the ground you know there's always good I can't. To keep in the ballpark you know and apparently it's gonna stay until that's close to do. And they keep my chapter one performer wrecked sort of sets the tone for the day doesn't mean you can do that that's true like players that sandy did a great job back there and actually. Question today changeup to third a trial when now. Similar to how much if you're probably shouldn't have this good again you've fallen off the left an overflow <b>Lyndon</b> <b>Johnson</b>. We're better is merely fell off. He did do it they were and what a series of <b>Mike</b> <b>Napoli</b> conceivably have four home runs and eight RBIs in there whenever it's goma itself. And he looked like he gets it pitches ... <br/><b>[0:02:02]</b> ... himself to go out there and and when he did this the <b>series</b> <b>as</b> it is a little. Ray congratulations lot of fun to watch you pitch and people love to for hours and thirty cent ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 20:39:00 +0000 1217516 at http://www.weei.com Closing Time: Mike Napoli homers again, Wade Miley throws gem as Red Sox take series over Angels http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/closing-time-mike-napoli-homers-again-wade-miley-throws-gem-red-sox-take- <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94330" style="width: 360px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-94330" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/474546284-mike-napoli-of-the-boston-red-sox-reacts-in-gettyimages-232x300.jpg" alt="Mike Napoli hit his fifth home run of the homestand in the Red Sox win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)" width="350" height="453" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a> hit his fifth home run of the homestand in the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>Dare we say the Red Sox have turned a corner?</p> <p>Following an unimpressive start to the homestand, dropping three of the first four games with barely any life, the Red Sox won the last two games of the series against the Angels, capping it off with a 6-1 win Sunday.</p> <p>Wade Miley gave the Red Sox their second exceptional start in as many games, as the left-hander went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out two.</p> <p>He didn&#8217;t allow a baserunner until two outs in the fifth when he walked Chris Iannetta and then the next batter, C.J. Cron singled to left following a review of whether a pitch was a hit by pitch or foul ball that hit the knob of the bat.</p> <p>Miley ended his outing in style, getting a double play to end the eighth inning, with <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-trout.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Trout</a> standing on deck.</p> <p>Mike Napoli continued his monster homestand as the first baseman crushed a two-run home run in the second inning to dead centerfield. It traveled 451 feet. Napoli finished the homestand 9-for-21 with five homers and 7 RBIs, and for his career has owned the Angels as coming in to the game he had the best all-time slugging percentage (.716) and OPS (1.163).</p> <p>The Red Sox added another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm" class="r_lapi">Dustin Pedroia</a>, bringing in Brock Holt, who hit a ground rule double to open the inning. Sandy Leon had a perfect sacrifice bunt getting him to third.</p> <p>They added three more insurance runs in the eighth when Napoli ripped a two-RBI double off the Green Monster and the next batter, pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval delivered an RBI single.</p> <p>Koji Uehara pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation.</p> <p>As a team the Red Sox have now hit home runs in 18 of their 22 home games, which ties the Astros for most in the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/american-league.htm" class="r_lapi">American League</a>.</p> <p><strong>SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME</strong>: Miley. The left-hander was exceptional, as he gave the Red Sox their second straight outstanding start. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at <a href="weei.com/rocksolid">weei.com/rocksolid</a>.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox&#8217; win:</p> <p><span id="more-94329"></span><strong>WHAT WENT RIGHT</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Napoli has found his swung following a tough start to the season, as he hit his fifth home run of the homestand. He entered play Tuesday with three through the first 33 games of the season.</p> <p>&#8212; Bogaerts extended his hit streak to seven games with an outstanding game going 4-for-4 and is hitting .444 (11-for-25) during the streak &#8212; his longest of the season.</p> <p>&#8212; Pedroia went 1-for-2 to extend his own hit streak to four games. Once again he hit out of the leadoff spot, as the Red Sox continue to look for a spark offensively. He reached base twice, as besides a first inning single in the third, he walked in the seventh. The second baseman also added the sac fly in the fifth.</p> <p>&#8212; The Red Sox made two great defensive plays in the seventh inning. First, Pedroia made a great play up the middle diving for a ball and getting Kole Calhoun at first and then Holt robbed the next batter, David Freese of a hit with a diving play at third base.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT WRONG</strong></p> <p>&#8212; <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a> continues to struggle against lefties as he finished 0-for-4 overall, and 0-for-3 against starter Hector Gonzalez. For the season he is now down to .109 against lefties. He&#8217;s also in the midst of a 0-for-12 slump.</p> <p>&#8212; Mookie Betts went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, ending a five-game hit streak.</p> <p>&#8212; Holt was pinch-hit for by Sandoval in the eighth as he took a liner off the arm and shoulder in the top half of the inning.</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 20:13:32 +0000 1217386 at http://www.weei.com Perfect weather greets fans gathered for ‘Free Tom Brady’ rally at Gillette Stadium http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/perfect-weather-greets-fans-gathered-%E2%80%98free-tom-brady%E2%80%99-rally-gillette-stad <!--paging_filter--><p>For Patriots fans, it was picture perfect weather to rally behind their picture perfect quarterback.</p> <p>According to the &#8220;Free <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>&#8221; rally Facebook page, over 600 people committed part of their Memorial Day Sunday to show their support for the embattled Patriots quarterback in Lot 4 of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/gillette-stadium.htm">Gillette Stadium</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mike Bolduck named his car Giselle because of his love for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomBrady?src=hash">#TomBrady</a>. He&#39;s supporting the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeBrady?src=hash">#FreeBrady</a> rally <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/necn?src=hash">#necn</a> <a href="http://t.co/u7kMzs9Ryd">pic.twitter.com/u7kMzs9Ryd</a></p> <p>&mdash; Glenn Marshall (@Glenn_necn) <a href="https://twitter.com/Glenn_necn/status/602492416784990209">May 24, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><div id="attachment_92906" style="width: 610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-92906 size-full" src="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/bradypeprally-e1432493424339.jpeg" alt="Fans showed their disgust for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and their support of Tom Brady. (Maggie Meyer/Getty Images)" width="600" height="400" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Fans showed their disgust for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and their support of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>. (Maggie Meyer/Getty Images)</p></div><span id="more-92905"></span></p> <div id="attachment_92908" style="width: 610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-92908 size-full" src="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/bradypeprally2-e1432493475403.jpeg" alt="Fans Attend &quot;Free Tom Brady&quot; Rally" width="600" height="400" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Fans show their support for <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a> Sunday at <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/gillette-stadium.htm">Gillette Stadium</a>. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)</p></div> Blog patriots Other Sun, 24 May 2015 18:49:10 +0000 1217246 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox notes: Mookie Betts gets second look, Mike Napoli hitting with ‘clear mind right now’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-notes-mookie-betts-gets-second-look-mike-napoli-hitting-%E2%80%98clear-mi <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94166" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-94166 size-full" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/napoli-homer-slider-e1432491459965.jpg" alt="Mike Napoli went deep twice in the Red Sox' win Saturday over the Angels. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)" width="400" height="223" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a> went deep twice in the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a>&#8216; win Saturday over the Angels. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>Sometimes bad luck can lead to good things.</p> <p>In the case of the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a>, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a> leaving Saturday&#8217;s game against the Angels (and subsequently landing on the disabled list) opened a new opportunity for <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a> and Mookie Betts. Specificially, it allowed Farrell to see what Betts looks like hitting behind <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/dustin-pedroia.htm">Dustin Pedroia</a> and it gave Betts a chance to hit between Pedroia and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/hanley-ramirez.htm">Hanley Ramirez</a> in the order. Sunday marked just the second time this season Betts has batted in the No. 2 hole.</p> <p>Betts went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Saturday&#8217;s 8-3 win.</p> <p>&#8220;I think it&#8217;s one of those things where hey, it worked, I&#8217;m not going to change it [with] as much change as we&#8217;ve been going through,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;Mookie put three swings on balls [Saturday] night as we&#8217;ve seen in a number of other games. He was given a little bit of heads up before the game started, be on-call here because you don&#8217;t know how far or how deep in the game he might be needed. It was unfortunately quick in this case. He put up three quality at-bats in the meantime. Credit to him.&#8221;</p> <p>Then there&#8217;s the scorching hot <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm">Mike Napoli</a>. He obliterated another pitch Sunday afternoon, launching a pitch from lefty Hector Santiago five rows deep to the bleachers in straightaway center for his fourth homer in three games and fifth homer on the six-game homestand. Saturday, he crushed a pair of homers of nemesis C.J. Wilson, including a two-run bomb to left that cleared the Monster and traveled an estimated 450 feet.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s more timing,&#8221; Farrell said of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/soccer/napoli-soccer.htm">Napoli</a>&#8216;s resurgence. &#8220;It&#8217;s not so much trying to take an approach to one side of the diamond because when the timing is accurate, they&#8217;re seeing pitches more clearly and they&#8217;re able to react to where pitches are on the plate. You see [Saturday] where in a 3-2 count, Nap gets a fastball on the inside part of the plate that he turns on. When they&#8217;re in a good hitting position, there&#8217;s a great ability to react to where balls are located in the zone.</p> <p>&#8220;I can&#8217;t say there&#8217;s a different effort level in the swing. He&#8217;s a guy that&#8217;s going to impact the baseball and drive the baseball. That&#8217;s his calling card as a hitter his whole major league career. So in those [hitter&#8217;s] advantage counts, now that his timing is more consistent and more what he&#8217;s been accustomed to. He&#8217;s just in a better position to drive the baseball. Sometimes, whether it&#8217;s a pitcher or hitter, body mechanics can get disrupted by thoughts. More than anything, he&#8217;s hitting with a clear mind right now.&#8221;</p> <p>With Victorino going on the disabled list Sunday, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> brought up infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell said there was no consideration to bring up Jackie Bradley Jr. since the organization felt he needed more regular playing time.</p> <p>&#8220;At this point, he needed to get some regular at-bats,&#8221; Farrell said of Bradley, who was expected to travel to <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/louisville-cardinals.htm">Louisville</a> and be ready to play Sunday evening against the Bats, the Reds&#8217; Triple-A affiliate.</p> <p>Farrell also said righty <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/justin-masterson.htm">Justin Masterson</a> continues to make good progress after being disabled with right shoulder fatigue/tendinitis on May 14.</p> <p>&#8220;He threw a bullpen [Friday],&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;A pretty intense bullpen. He&#8217;ll have at least one more and we&#8217;ll probably get a total of three bullpens before we send him out on a rehab assignment but he&#8217;s making strong progress in terms of the intensity of the throws, the volume of throws. We don&#8217;t have a targeted date for his first rehab assignment but that&#8217;s coming in the near future.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 18:15:16 +0000 1217241 at http://www.weei.com Reliever Anthony Varvaro returned to Red Sox, placed on 15-day disabled list, but reportedly done for season http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/reliever-anthony-varvaro-returned-red-sox-placed-15-day-disabled-list-rep <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90935" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90935" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Varvaro_Anthony-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Anthony Varvaro" width="150" height="211" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Anthony Varvaro</p></div> <p>Reliever Anthony Varvaro is back with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a>.</p> <p>After being designated for assignment by the team on April 29, and then claimed by the Cubs, it was found out the right-hander has a right flexor strain. The severity of the injury was unknown to the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> at the time of the assignment, so both clubs agreed it would be appropriate to return Varvaro to the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> for placement on the disabled list in accordance with major league rules.</p> <p>Varvaro has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, but it looks like he will likely be transferred to the 60-day DL, as a report from <a href="http://www.silive.com/sports/advance/gordon/index.ssf/2015/05/islander_big_leaguer_anthony_v.html" target="_blank">SILive.com</a> has him quoted saying he will have surgery and will be unable to pitch again this season.</p> <p>&#8220;The tendon is partially torn off the bone, but the elbow is stable otherwise,&#8221; Varvaro said. &#8220;I&#8217;ll begin my rehab here on [Staten] Island and then go to the team&#8217;s camp in Florida.&#8221;</p> <p>Varvaro made nine relief appearances for the Red Sox this season.The right-hander was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA, allowing 14 hits and recording eight strikeouts against six walks.</p> <p>For more Red Sox news, visit <a href="weei.com/home/teams/redsox">weei.com/redsox</a>.</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 17:48:59 +0000 1217111 at http://www.weei.com Shane Victorino (left calf) to disabled list, Red Sox looking to get durability more consistent http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/shane-victorino-left-calf-disabled-list-red-sox-looking-get-durability-mo <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90977" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90977" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Victorino_Shane-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Shane Victorino" width="150" height="212" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a></p></div> <p>On Sunday the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> placed rightfielder <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/shane-victorino.htm">Shane Victorino</a> (left calf) on the 15-day disabled list and called up infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.</p> <p>Victorino missed two games this week with general soreness, focused around the left calf, but returned Saturday night. The return didn&#8217;t go as planned as he had to leave the game before his at-bat in the bottom of the third as he went back awkwardly on a fly ball in the top of the third and felt some tightness in the calf.</p> <p>This is Victorino&#8217;s second trip to the disabled list this season, as he missed over two weeks with a hamstring injury last month. Since the start of the 2014 season, Victorino has played in just 50 games.</p> <p>&#8220;He didn&#8217;t acknowledge it, that&#8217;s just the competitor he is, and I&#8217;m not saying he fought this, but at the same time he&#8217;s disappointed,&#8221; manager <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/john-farrell.htm">John Farrell</a> said of Victorino accepting being placed on the DL. &#8220;He&#8217;s frustrated. But, in defense of Vic it&#8217;s kind of hard to plan inning-to-inning rather than game-to-game.&#8221;</p> <p>Farrell said he admires the determination of Victorino and his value to the team when fully healthy. The issue is not being able to depend on him every day, and having to constantly have a backup plan ready to go on days he does play, as well as coming to the ballpark unsure of his playing status.</p> <p>&#8220;When you look at the performance when he came back to us this year after all that he&#8217;s been through, you give him a tremendous amount of credit for the work he&#8217;s put in,&#8221; said Farrell. &#8220;I think any athlete who is taken out of competition because of injury, it&#8217;s taxing mentally. A number of times that Vic has either been on the DL or has missed anywhere from 3-5 games it wears on him. I don&#8217;t know that there&#8217;s a stronger competitor in our clubhouse and a guy who means  a lot to this team when he&#8217;s active feels like he can speak his mind &#8212; it&#8217;s hard for a player to speak his mind when they are not active and in the mix and Vic is a vocal guy in our clubhouse.</p> <p>&#8220;He&#8217;s a guy that impacts the game as we&#8217;ve seen this year when he&#8217;s on the field in a number of ways. He&#8217;ll be missed. That&#8217;s why you believe in a player as strong as you do with Vic, not for what he did just in 2013, but what we does every time he&#8217;s on the field and near 100 percent health. We&#8217;ve got to get him back to where the durability is a little bit more consistent.&#8221;</p> <p>Bianchi has played in 162 career games with the Brewers, but when he does get into a game with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> it will be his first appearance at the big league level with them. He&#8217;s an infielder who can play third base, second base and shortstop. The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> signed him to a minor league deal this past January.</p> <p>&#8220;What we saw in spring training was a lot of dependability, particularly on the defensive side,&#8221; said Farrell. &#8220;His addition allows us to be a little bit more versatile with Brock to use in the outfield with a matchup that might be to our liking. The ability to play all three infield positions. Played all three with a lot of dependability in camp.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 24 May 2015 15:49:32 +0000 1216846 at http://www.weei.com