ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Left-handed pitcher Jon Lester said that he will be available and ready to make a start on three days of rest in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Angels should the series get to that point.
Prior to Game 2, a 4-1 Red Sox loss to the Angels, manager Terry Francona suggested that the team wanted to see how Lester felt one day after throwing 100 pitches in his Game 1 loss before committing to having him throw a side session on Saturday in anticipation of a possible start on Monday (should the Sox win on Sunday to extend the best-of-five series to a fourth game). Just before leaving the Sox clubhouse for the airport to fly back to Boston, Lester said that there was nothing coming off of the start that would prevent the Sox from bringing him back on short rest.
"It’s up to [Francona]. I’ll be ready if he needs me to go," said Lester. "Physically, everything...
Erick Aybar's two-out, two-run triple highlighted a three-run seventh inning as the Angels beat the Red Sox, 4-1, on Friday night at Angel Stadium. Maicer Izturis had a two-out RBI single in the seventh that snapped a 1-1 tie. The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on Victor Martinez' RBI single in the fourth, but the Angels tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Sox Starter Josh Beckett allowed all four runs on five hits in 6-2/3 innings and took the loss, while Jered Weaver allowed just two hits and one run over 7-1/3 innings for the win. Mike Lowell, representing the tying run in the ninth, flew out to center to end the game. The setback puts the Red Sox in a 2-0 hole in the best-of-five American League Division Series. They have rallied from an 0-2 hole twice before in a best-of-five, beating Cleveland in 1999 and Oakland in 2003. After a travel day on Saturday, the series shifts to Fenway Park for Game 3 on Sunday at 12:07 p.m. For complete coverage from...
Mark Teixeira's home run off the top of the left field wall to begin the bottom of the 11th inning gave the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five American League Division Series. Alex Rodriguez forced extra innings with a two-run homer off closer Joe Nathan in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game 3-3. The game featured a controversial call in the top of the 11th when Joe Mauer's drive down the left field line was ruled foul by umpire Phil Cuzzi but replays showed it clearly landed in fair territory. The Twins went on to load the bases with none out but couldn't score. For more on the playoffs, visit the Full Count blog.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels have added catcher Mike Napoli to their lineup for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox and pitcher Josh Beckett. In Game 3 of the 2008 ALDS against Beckett, Napoli slugged a pair of homers.
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Before Friday's preseason game against the New York Knicks, Doc Rivers explained the current state of Kevin Garnett's recovery from knee surgery. He noted that while he is cautiously limiting Garnett's playing time, he hopes to keep him on the court for more consecutive minutes.
"He's healthy. He has zero knee pain, but he does have shin splints and aches and all that stuff," he said. "So you've got to watch that, especially during preseason. What I'm trying to [do is get] him back to playing normal minutes in a game, and he hasn't done that since he's gone out. And that's been a long time. So what we're trying to do, and I thought actually he didn't play enough minutes in some ways in the first game in a row, and so we're going to try to correct that and then build from there."
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Joe Castiglione talked with John Lackey after he picked up the W against the Twins. Lackey threw seven innings, and retired the 1st twelve batters of the game.
Dave O'Brien talked to John Farrell before the end of the Twins series. The Sox skipper said that Big Papi's success is no surprise given his work ethic.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Eddie Olczyk joins the show to discuss the Bruins Rangers series and what to expect with Game 3 back in NY. He also talks about Seguin's inconsistency and the role of Jaromir Jagr.
Kenny Albert joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the play of Henrik Lundqvist, changes John Torterella may make before tonight's game, and if home ice advantage will make a difference.
Elliotte Friedman joined the show to discuss the Bruins domination of the series thus far. He said that while nothing is certain he cannot see a way in which the Rangers come back and win the series.
Steve joined the show to discuss the Rangers and their coach John Tortorella. Steve said that the Bruins have been the far better team thus far in the series.
Kirk and Gerry talked about game three tonight at Madison Square Garden between the Bruins and Rangers. Gerry and Kirk are not very confident in the ability of the Rangers to make this a series.
Find out which WEEI host came out victorious in the latest Salk Vs. Mut battle.
We talk to #54 about his career and well deserved induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame.
We tackle four off-topic topics! Today including RGIII's wedding registry, Tiger Woods, new putters in golf and more.
We check in with ESPN's great hockey analyst and former NHL coach Barry Melrose to get his take on this Bruins-Rangers series. We also ask the coach in him how he'd deal with the great play of the rookie defensemen when the vets get healthy... and his answer might surprise you.
The Bruins look to take a 3-0 series lead, Jon Lester gets his first loss, Dwight Howard has options in free agency.
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins have a 2-0 lead over the New york Rangers, the Red Sox are back on the winning sde of things, and the noteable birthdays of the day.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
They're like a ray of morning sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day.
....uhhhh.....a bunch of bombs over there....
Sounds like a prostate exam to me!
Linda explains how the shootout transpired in Watertown during the early morning hours. She saw the first suspect mortally wounded and police beginning the manhunt for the second suspect.More from this show
Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, joined the show to give the guys an update of his condition and a first-hand account of that terrible day. Jeff told the guys how he wrote the description of the bomber as soon as he could. Mr. Bauman added that he is aided every day with the knowledge that he is alive and the terrorist that detonated the bomb is dead.More from this show
By and large, the focus of development in the minor leagues is on players. Still, there is a developmental path for coaches and managers in the farm system, as is evident from the fact that the previous two managers of the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket -- Torey Lovullo (2010) and Arnie Beyeler (2011-12) are now both on the Red Sox' big league coaching staff. They share their insights about the differences between player and coaching expectations in Triple-A vs. the majors, while discussing professional development from the perspective of former minor league managers who aspire to similar positions in the big leagues.More from this show
Buster Olney joins the show to discuss the muddled AL East, the average play of Ellsbury and how that will affect him in free agency, and Tropicana Field.More from this show