With a 6-2 win over Toronto Saturday -- along with the Red Sox' 9-1 loss to the Yankees earlier in the day -- the Rays have moved within two games in in the loss column of the Sox in the American League wild card race. The Red Sox, who play a doubleheader in New York Sunday, stand at 88-69, while Tampa Bay's record is 87-71.
The Blue Jays had jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning against Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jeff Niemann, but the hosts bounced back with two of their own against Jays' hurler Ricky Romero in the home half of the frame. The Rays then took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a Ben Zobrist solo home run.
Johnny Damon sealed the victory with a three-run homer against Romero with two outs in the eighth.
The Rays finish their series with Toronto Sunday with Jays' lefty Brett Cecil facing off with Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis. Joe Maddon's team finishes off the regular season with three games at home...
NEW YORK -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in the aftermath of his team's 9-1 loss to the Yankees that dropped Boston's record to 5-17 this month, suggested that it would be a mistake to dismiss the Sox based on their struggles this month. Instead, he suggested that, assuming that they reach the playoffs, the team could emerge as an overlooked force in October.
"We’ve got a two-game lead in the wild card right now," said Gonzalez. "I think when we get into the playoffs, whoever we play better watch out because we’re going to go in being the underdog, especially the way we’ve been playing this month, so we’ve got nothing to lose."
Gonzalez allowed that the Sox are indeed amidst a terrible stretch of baseball. Even so, he noted that sentiment about the club could change rapidly, and that a strong day of baseball in Sunday's double header could have the team positioned comfortably for entry into the...
On Saturday night, the Patriots downgraded three additional players to out in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills -- safety Patrick Chung (hand), defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back) and wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring) were officially downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. On Friday's injury report, the team had previously listed tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) as out. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
NEW YORK -- It has been one of the worst stretches of Jon Lester's career. In his last three starts, he is 0-3 (just the second time in his career that he's lost as many as three straight outings) while allowing 16 runs in 13 2/3 innings, including a yield of eight runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 9-1 Red Sox loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Given what a dramatic departure the performance has been from the left-hander's typical excellence, Lester was asked if there is any kind of physical issue that would explain his recent struggles. The 27-year-old insisted that his struggles are not health-related.
“I’m not tired. I’m not hurt. There’s nothing wrong with me. I wouldn’t go out there if there was something wrong with me. It’s nothing physically,” said Lester. “It’s just one of those deals. I’ve been getting my ass kicked lately. It’s not a good time to have this...
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox have spent most of September desperately looking for someone capable of helping to pull the team out of its downward spiral. After Saturday's 9-1 loss to the Yankees, the team is still engaged in that search.
Ordinarily, the Sox would have been elated to feature Jon Lester on the mound in hopes of correcting course. Yet the team's Opening Day starter turned in one of the worst outings of his career, getting hammered for eight runs on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings. It was the most runs permitted by Lester this year, and tied for the second biggest yield of his career.
Lester cruised through a 10-pitch scoreless first inning, but saw his outing unravel quickly in the second. After a one-out single and walk, Lester elicited a grounder into the hole between third and short from Andruw Jones. Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro gloved the ball and may have had a play at third base, but third baseman Mike Aviles failed to cover the...
Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has the latest on the Red Sox and their hot stove offseason as he joins Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola on the Planet Mikey Show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.