For the opener of their two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox will feature the same lineup that they employed in Tuesday's 5-0 over the Mariners. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate batting sixth, with Ryan Sweeney leading off, Cody Ross batting seventh in right, Daniel Nava batting eighth in left field and Mike Aviles playing short and batting ninth.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is coming off his first quality start of 2012, an outing of 6 1/3 innings in which he allowed four runs (three earned) to improve to 4-1 on the season with an ERA of 8.31. He has enjoyed considerable success in five career starts in Tampa Bay, going 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in five career starts in the Tropicana Dome.
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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, disputed the idea that there had been any miscommunication regarding Josh Beckett's sore lat that resulted in a skipped start and the subsequent furor over the pitcher's decision to go golfing at a time when he had ben skipped.
"I don’t think I had much miscommunication. I don’t think I had any miscommunication," said Valentine. "Where’s the confusion with whether he was injured? Where’s the confusion? He didn’t think he was injured. I said he wasn’t injured. Where’s the confusion?"
Valentine said that he was the one who made the decision not to have Beckett start against the Orioles on May 5.
"I walked in the training room. He had a sore lat. I was going to be protective of that situation and skip him a start," said Valentine. "Why is there miscommunication?"
Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird was named the NBA's 2011-12 Executive of the Year, the league announced Wednesday. The distinction adds to an already impressive list of accomplishments, as Bird is now the only person in league history to be named the league's Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.
Bird was a three-time MVP in his playing days with the Celtics, earning the distinction in 1984, '85 and '86. He was named Coach of the Year in the 1997-98 season for leading the Pacers to a 58-24 record.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers is one of three head coaches named to a new competition committee that also includes two owners, four general managers and a representative from the National Basketball Players Association. The committee previously was comprised of the 30 general managers.
The other members include: owners Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers) and Joe Lacob (Warriors); general managers Bryan Colangelo (Raptors), Mitch Kupchak (Lakers), Kevin O’Connor (Jazz), and Sam Presti (Thunder); and coaches Rick Carlisle (Mavericks), Lionel Hollins (Grizzlies) and Rivers. The NBPA will designate one of its members to serve on the committee.
The competition committee votes on rule changes, and its recommendations will be brought to the Board of Governors. The first meeting will take place during the NBA finals.
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PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Mickael Pietrus and the Celtics were at the Wells Fargo Center on March 23, the versatile reserve was taken off the court in a stretcher. Piertus suffered a severe concussion after he hit hit the floor while driving to the basket and he said the memory is always with him.
"I’m not going to lie you, it’s bad memories for me," Pietrus said. "My life could have been a different life. I’m blessed, coming back here for the playoffs."
Pietrus said before Game 2 that he will get arthroscopic surgery on his right knee -- the same procedure he had after last season -- but he's delaying it until after the season. He will also be dealing with the after-effects of his concussion.
"That’s something I’m trying to put behind me, but I really can’t," he said. "I’ve been through it. I’m trying to. Sometimes just by playing I have flashes....
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Dino, Gerry and Tango discuss a few Patriots storylines as Pats camp is about to open.
The 8am hour with Dino, Gerry and Tanguay is a bit of a hodge-podge of discussion, starting with the Democratic Convention and moving on to marathon swimming and archery at the Olympics and ending with Tanguay's defense of Hillary during the Benghazi attacks.
Tanguay and Dino team up to read the day's 'Headlines', including gross reports of the water quality at the Olympic water locations in Rio.
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about what you need to do to be in the best shape to help your golf game. What exercises you should and shouldn't be doing so you can impress on the course.
John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Rob Bradford give their thoughts on the opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philly. Paul Simon, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and Bernie are among those discussed.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Tanguay discuss night two of the Democratic Convention, "highlighted" by Bill Clinton's attempt to humanize Hillary Clinton with tales of their courtship.More from this show
Rob Bradford is thrust into 'Headlines' duty by John Dennis, and Bradfo does his best to spin a few entertaining news yarns.More from this show
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