Adrian Beltre's bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning off of Baltimore reliever Jim Johnson broke a 3-3 tie and ultimately handed the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Orioles, Friday night at Fenway Park. Red Sox starter Jon Lester had left his fourth outing of the season with a 3-0 lead after allowing just four hits, while striking out seven and walking four, over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Bard kept Lester's line scoreless when he came on in the sixth to retire Garrett Atkins with the bases loaded and two outs.
The Sox' offense was kick-started by David Ortiz, who launched his first homer of the season over the left-center field wall in the second inning for a quick 1-0 lead for the hosts. While no Sox hitter had more than one hit, Jeremy Hermida and J.D. Drew each had one RBI and one run, respectively. The game ended with closer Jonathan Papelbon striking out former Sox Julio Lugo with runners on first and second.
Paul Pierce hit a game-winning jumper as time expired to give the Celtics a 100-98 victory over the Heat and go up 3-0 on the series. Pierce led the C's with 32 points. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 34 points, but left the game with 11 seconds left after injuring his knee on a 3-point attempt. He watched the final play from the sidelines, leaving uncertainty for the Heat as they face elimination in Game 4 on Sunday.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired the Panthers' 2011 second-round pick in exchange for the 89th pick, which they had initially gotten from the Cardinals. A pick later, they selected Ohio receiver Taylor Price. The 6-foot-flat, 204-pound Price had 14 touchdowns in four years at Ohio. He received 2nd-team All-MAC honors as a junior. He runs in the 4.4's but isn't much of a factor in the return game, having returned just 10 kicks and zero punts at Ohio. For more on the Patriots and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
The Sabres kept their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup alive in Game 5 against the Bruins at HSBC Arena in Buffalo with a commanding 4-1 victory on Friday night. Ryan Miller took his second win of the series with 34 saves while Tuukka Rask took his second career NHL playoff loss by allowing three goals on 33 shots.
Adam Mair scored the Sabres first goal on a wrap-around in the first period as Buffalo scored the first goal of the game for the fifth straight game. Jason Pominville and Michael Grier add goals at the end of the first period and midway through the second to pace the Buffalo offense. Johnny Boychuk scored a goal late in the third period that the Bruins immediately gave back with an empty net hustle strike by rookie Tyler Ennis. The series shifts back to Boston for Game 6 on Monday with the Bruins still holding a three games to two lead.
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The Patriots have taken another Florida Gator, with inside linebacker Brandon Spikes the selection at No. 62 of the second round.
The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Spikes ran a 40-yard dash in five seconds flat but started for three years at Florida and had 307 tackles in his career. A Dick Butkus fan, Spikes wears No. 51. He was suspended in 2009 for an eye-gouging incident but was a defensive leader at Florida. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
It's a baseball round table from the winter meetings in Orlando, Rob Bradford talks with Ian Browne, Scott Lauber, Tim Britton, and Jason Mastrodonato.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Our favorite segment of the week, Answer the question Kirk. Today he answered how many sexual partners he has had.
Our departing producer Thom and our new producer Craig took to the scale to see who was bigger.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle in North Korea.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
We focus on multi-sport athletes in today's four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
No Jenny Dell today, but Mikey's back and we're answering questions bitches!
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
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