Just after a month after Rays All-Star starter James Shields tossed a complete-game shutout against them, the Red Sox turned the tables in beating up the right-hander for six runs in his six innings of work en route to a 9-5 victory in St. Petersburg.
Shields gave up just six hits, but four were of the extra-base variety, starting with a two-run Josh Reddick homer and continuing with a two-run double from David Ortiz in the third gave the Sox a 4-3 lead they would never relinquish, the Sox added on with a J.D. Drew RBI double and a solo homer by Jacoby Ellsbury. Dustin Pedroia later added a solo homer (his third consecutive game with a longball, and his 13th four-bagger of the year) against reliever Juan Cruz.
The offensive eruption made a winner of Sox starter John Lackey. Though not as overpowering as he was in his final start of the first half against the Orioles, when he logged 6 2/3 shutout innings, Lackey (7-8) nonetheless showed impressive...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking before the Red Sox' game against the Rays Saturday, Clay Buchholz said he is making progress in his return from a strained muscle in his back, but has been frustrated that he hasn't been able to return quicker.
"Yeah, it sucks. Obviously I wan tot be pitching. I want to help the team in any way I can," said Buchholz, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 19. "Me going out there not 100 percent, or not 80 percent, I don't think is going to help the team any. I think if I rush back into it, it will be something that will be here for the rest of the season and I don't want that. I'd rather be ready to pitch at 100 percent and feel like that's the way that I can help this team win."
Buchholz said he felt better than expected when throwing Friday, but was a bit sore Saturday, attributing the discomfort to inactivity over the past few weeks. The pitcher...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox have placed Bobby Jenks on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his back, and called up lefty reliever Randy Williams. The team also designated lefty pitcher Tommy Hottovy for assignment to make room for Williams on the 40-man roster.
The discomfort Jenks felt while warming up Friday night was in the same area as he had felt earlier this season, an issue which put him on the DL and was caused by what he described as a strain to his intercostal muscles. The reliever, who is 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 19 games, pitched four times since coming off the disabled list, having last made an appearance on July 7.
The 35-year-old Williams was 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 19 games with Pawtucket, striking out 26 and walking 11 in 21 innings. He spent two stints on disabled list this season with shoulder problems, but had been recently clocked in the mid-90's according to Sox manager Terry Francona. He last pitched Friday...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Josh Reddick and J.D. Drew will man the corner outfield spots for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Rays and pitcher James Shields. Drew will hit sixth and play right field, while Reddick is in left and batting eighth.
John Lackey gets the start for the Sox and he will try to build upon his impressive outing before the All-Star break when he threw 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball against the Orioles. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate.
Here's the rest of the Sox lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
JD Drew, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Josh Reddick, LF
Marco Scutaro, SS
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Former Shaquille O'Neal confidant Robert Ross has filed a civil lawsuit that alleges, among other things, that the NBA great asked Ross to commit murders and "break an NBA player's shooting arm." Ross filed the civil lawsuit on Friday against O'Neal and his business partner, Mark Stevens.
Stevens' attorney Aaron Dyer told The Los Angeles Times, "Ross has always been in this for the money. It's no surprise he's filed a lawsuit seeking just that."
There is a separate criminal trial taking place in Los Angeles, in which Ross alleges that O'Neal hired gang members to kidnap him and obtain a sex tape involving O'Neal that Ross says he never had and was using as a threat to get money from O'Neal he said was owed him. O'Neal and Stevens were not charged in the case.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had two doubles and a walk and scored two runs in the win over the Phillies.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
As the guys say goodbye to Aloha Friday and their last day of freedom from Glen Ordway, the Big O himself calls in to tell the guys that he's back in charge.
Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.
Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.
Dale, Michael and Jerry revisit the news that Brady will be on the field for Week One and discuss what the Krafts could and should do about their penalty.
On today's Final Drive the guys hear from Bill Burr and his thoughts on Deflategate, and LaRoy has another rap -- aptly themed around Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned.
There's been a lot of fools during the Deflategate saga, and we take a look at some of the biggest, most obnoxious ones.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with another a edition of the Fantasy Football Podcast. The opening of the 2015 NFL Season is just days away and the Fantasy Football draft season is at its peak. This week’s installment of the Fantasy Football Podcast features conversation about 36 Running Backs, how they are ranked and why. Plenty of insight to help you win at the position in your drafts. Good luck with your drafts and enjoy the show!
Jerry Thornton is joined by Richard J. King, author of the new book titled Meeting Tom Brady. The two discuss King's book as well as their undying love for TB12.
Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.
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