David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg were ejected in a bench-clearing brawl Friday night in the eighth inning of a Red Sox rout of the Orioles.
After two straight inside pitches, Gregg came inside for a third straight pitch and Ortiz approached the mound and pointed his bat toward Gregg. On the fourth pitch, with Josh Reddick on third, Ortiz flew out to center field. While Ortiz was heading up the first base line, Gregg yelled at Ortiz, motioning him to get up the first base line.
Ortiz took the challenge and charged Gregg and a full-scale brawl -- with errant punches thrown by both Gregg and Ortiz -- ensued. After 20 minutes and the ejections of Ortiz, Gregg, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Johnson, order was restored, with the Red Sox still leading, 10-3..
Despite leading 8-3, and having thrown just 68 pitches, Josh Beckett left Friday's game against the Orioles after five innings after slipping on a wet mound at Fenway and suffering a mildly hyperextended left knee. The Red Sox say he left for precautionary reasons.
Beckett's plant foot slipped after throwing Ball 1 to Felix Pie. Red Sox manager Terry Francona and trainer Greg Barajas came racing out of the dugout to look at their star ace, who is leading the staff with a 7-3 mark and a 2.12 ERA. Beckett stayed in the game but was not as effective as he had been in throwing four shutout innings and leading, 8-0.
He eventually walked Pie and Robert Andino, both of whom came around to score as Beckett surrendered RBI singles to Nick Markakis and Adam Jones. Derrick Lee opened the fifth with a mammoth homer off the Volvo sign in left.
Beckett missed over a month last year with a sore back when he slipped on a wet Yankee Stadium...
Righthander Kyle Weiland will make his major league debut on Sunday in the pre-All Star break finale against the Orioles at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old will be taking the place of Jon Lester in the Red Sox rotation, as Lester went on the disabled list this week with a left lat strain suffered in Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays.
One of the factors figuring in for the Red Sox is that Weiland will be well-rested, having come off an impressive start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, allowing six hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings against Rochester in a win over the Red Wings.
"He's really been doing well," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said in making the announcement before Friday's game. "So as much as has gone wrong with some health, this is the flip side where it's really exciting. Kind of looking forward to it."
Weiland is 6-2 this season, with a 2.33 ERA in 10 starts. He impressed the Red Sox in...
Former Red Sox player and current MLB Network and NESN analyst Kevin Millar joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon for his weekly discussion about baseball.
With floundering outfielder Mike Cameron shipped off to Florida, J.D. Drew has taken even more criticism for his lack of production this season. When asked what he would do with the struggling 35-year-old, Millar stepped into the role of general manager.
"I would call the Mets if I’m Theo [Epstein]," Millar said. "This is just me. I’m being the GM. Theo’s my assistant now. I call the Mets, I say, ‘Hey Sandy [Alderson]. You take my stuff, I’ll take your stuff, your dead weight.’ J.D. Drew is dead weight for me, and I’ll take Carlos Beltran right now because I think he can help me in a run down the second half of the season. You’ve heard the Mets trying to get rid of Beltran the last couple of years....
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Rockets center Yao Ming will retire rather than make another attempt to return from a lower-body injury. Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, the 7-foot-6 Yao played eight seasons in the NBA and averaged 19.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. But he missed 178 games over the last five seasons as he battled a variety of injuries. Last season, he played only five games before being forced to the sideline with a tendon strain in his left leg.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.
Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
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 rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had a fantastic day, knocking in seven runs, scoring five runs, and hitting five extra-base hits in the win against the Mariners at Fenway.
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!
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Ronda Rousey telling Floyd Mayweather that she makes more money per second than him, IK Enemkpali's strange headline in the news, and Danny unveils his thoughts on the player ratings for the new Madden game.
Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald calls in to talk about his fundraiser, The Old Time Baseball Game tonight. Steve also gives his input on what the Red Sox should do with Hanley Ramirez.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo comes on with Lou, Christian and Danny to give his brief, Patriot-like answers about preseason and their upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers while Christian has fun with the Panther's stadium sound effects. After the interview, the guys get into a heated debate over tipping valet drivers.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.
We discuss the snippet from the NFL films special 'Do Your Job' about how long Belichick plans to coach, which was expounded by well in a column by Tom E Curran on CSNNE
We discuss the weasel-like ways of the Baltimore Ravens and their coach John Harbaugh, who conveniently do it to other players and teams when it suits their purposes.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
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