FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After Daniel Bard turned in three shutout innings, Alfredo Aceves followed suit with three scoreless innings of his own, allowing just two hits while striking out two, as the Red Sox shut out the Rays, 5-0. In his last two outings, Aceves has retired 15 of the 17 men he's faced.
While Bard is a presumed frontrunner for the rotation, Aceves has pitched as well as any candidate for the last two spots in the rotation. On Saturday, he mixed fastball, curves, cutters and his changeup while throwing an efficient 40 pitches, 29 for strikes.
While Aceves carried enormous value last year in the bullpen last year, pitching coach Bob McClure offered an interesting perspective on the role in which a pitcher's value can be greatest.
"He’s someone we have to eally seriously look at as a possible guy in that starting rotation," said McClure. "To me, you win with starting pitching. Is it nice to have a...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In his longest outing since 2007, Daniel Bard tossed three shutout innings against the Rays on Saturday night. He allowed two hits and walked two while striking out one.
Of his nine outs, five came via groundballs as he worked his fastball away to right-handers. He also got swings and misses on his fastball, slider and changeup, with the change (which Bard estimated he threw approximately a dozen times) representing a particular point of emphasis.
"I got a lot of strikes with it. Got that first swing [and miss] to [B.J. Upton] right-on-right. Can’t ask for anything better than that," said Bard. "I threw some other good ones as well. Foul balls, called strike on one, and most of my misses on it were down, which is where you want to be with it. Even a miss down with a changeup, in my opinion, it sets up the next fastball you throw. It makes it look that much harder. As long as I’m down in the zone with...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, now nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, threw a 40-pitch side session on Saturday in which he mixed sliders into his repertoire for the first time since the procedure. After the session, Sox pitching coach Bob McClure suggested that Matsuzaka is progressing extremely well in his rehab, to the point where he looked like a pitcher who never required surgery.
"As far as from what I’m seeing from a health standpoint, it was hard to tell he was ever even hurt from the way he’s throwing the baseball right now," said McClure. "That doesn’t mean he’s ready, by no means. I’m just saying it’s free and easy, it’s coming out of his hand really good. It’s clean, it looks sharp. Looks like he’s on schedule."
McClure said that there is no timetable for Matsuzaka's rehab. However, the pitching coach said that once Matsuzaka...
Demitrius Conger amassed 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and St. Bonaventure held off a furious UMass rally in the final three minutes for an 84-80 victory Saturday in the semifinals of the Atlantic-10 tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.
Terrell Vinson scored 20 points and Maxie Esho had 16 for eight-seeded UMass (22-11), which was coming off an upset of top-seeded Temple one day earlier.
The Minutemen trailed by 10 points with three minutes left before embarking on a 9-1 run, culminating with a Raphiael Putney layup with 1:38 left that made it a two-point game, 77-75.
It was a one-point game, 81-80, after Chaz Williams stole the ball, was fouled and hit two free throws with 16 seconds left. Two seconds later, St. Bonaventure's Charlon Kloof made 1-of-2 free throws.
With a chance for UMass to take the lead, Putney missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left. St. Bonaventure's Matthew Wright ended the scoring two late free...
The Bruins came just short in their comeback bid Saturday, falling by a 4-3 score to the Capitals at TD Garden.
With the team trailing by two, Johnny Boychuk buried a rebound with just over three minutes in regulation to make it a one-goal game, but it wasn't enough to bring the B's back.
The Capitals got two goals within a 25-second span, as Alexander Semin and Matt Hendricks scored at 7:50 and 8:15 of the first period, respectively. Milan Lucic brought the Bruins within one with less than six seconds remaining in the first period, and Brad Marchand tied the game with an unassisted goal 4:58 into the second period. Jay Beagle broke the 2-2 tie 11:22 into the second period, and Brooks Laich provided insurance with a power-play goal just over six minutes later.
Benoit Pouliot was a last-second scratch for the B's, resulting in the team having to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Lane MacDermid was moved up to the third...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Celts beat writer Steve Bulpett is on his way to the Garden and gives Arcand a call to give his thoughts on what he expects tonight from the Green team in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk rants on the company's decision not to send the show to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.
Schill joins the guys a week after he was dismissed by ESPN.
The guys go at with Gary over deflategate and Tom Brady.
On yesterday's "Breaking Balls" podcast, John, Gerry and Kirk opined that the Midday show never fights with each other. Upon hearing the audio of those opinions, Glenn, Lou and Christian immediately get in a fight about what was said on Thursday morning's conference call.
Suspected Deflategate whistle-blower, Mike Kensil, has been re-assigned to "VP of Operations - International" which means he'll be less and less visible in the U.S.
Roger Goodell is doing the media rounds touting his success over Tom Brady and NFLPA to anyone that will listen.
Roger Goodell is now talking to anyone who will listen about the NFL's victory in court over Tom Brady, and it stands in stark contrast to how Brady handled his initial victory in the original arbitration case.
We look at the NFL draft and how the Patriots should handle their first round snub, as well as look at the Celtics-Hawks tonight and more on Deflategate and Roger's victory tour.
We end the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
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