Yamaico Navarro hit a pinch-hit home run, and Darnell McDonald launched a three-run blast to help lead the Red Sox to a 10-4 win over over the Astros Saturday night in Houston. The win was the Sox' fourth of the nine-game road trip with one more game slated against the Astros before heading home for a seven-game homestand starting Monday. They remain 2 1/2 games in back of the first-place Yankees.
For Navarro, the seventh-inning solo shot was the first time a Red Sox player has claimed his first career big league home run via a pinch-hit since Juan Diaz went deep on June 23, 2002. McDonald's homer, meanwhile, capped a four-run eighth inning for the Sox against Astros reliever Fernando Abad.
Earning the win was starter Andrew Miller, who lowered his ERA to 3.06 after allowing just two runs over six innings, giving up seven hits, striking out three and walking two. The lefty threw 85 pitches (55 strikes) in his third start for the Sox.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before his team's game with the Astros Saturday that Carl Crawford is making progress from his left hamstring injury. The outfielder ran at 70 percent intensity Friday in Houston, and took batting practice on the field Saturday. It was the first outdoor BP session Crawford had participated in since going on the 15-day disabled list.
"He's building," Francona told reporters regarding Crawford. "It was a real productive day." Crawford is eligible to come off the DL Sunday, but will have to wait until the Red Sox return to Fenway Park to be activated, the manager said.
In 67 games, Crawford is hitting .243 with a .659 OPS, stealing eight bases and hitting six home runs.
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The Red Sox' lineup against Houston lefty J.A. Happ will have Jacoby Ellsbury back in the leadoff spot, David Ortiz manning first base for the second time this road trip, and Adrian Gonzalez making his second start in right field this season.
Ellsbury missed Friday night's Red Sox win due to illness, while Ortiz has managed just eight at-bats during the Sox' current interleague road swing. In Gonzalez' previous foray into the outfield, coming in the Sox' loss to the Phillies Wednesday night, he failed to get an legitimate chances in the field.
Despite throwing from the left side, Happ has had more trouble with left-handed hitting, with opponents hitting .328 from the left side compared to a .261 clip for righties. Happ has lost his last five decisions, allowing five earned runs in each of his previous two starts.
The following is the Red Sox lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez RF
Yahoo! Sports national basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski joined Tom Caron and Lou Merloni to discuss the NBA lockout, which began Friday at midnight. By Wojnarowski's estimation, basketball fans should be prepared to wait a while.
"I think there's a real chance that they lose a whole season with this lockout," Wojnarowski said. "I don't claim to be an expert on the NFL labor dispute. I'm not sure I'm an expert on the NBA's yet, but I don't think they're looking to change the structure of things in the NFL. In the NBA, they're changing the structure, and really the whole system. That's not going to come easily. I think the comparison is what happened in hockey, where they tried to put the hard cap, and they lost the full season in '04-'05. I think that's where we may be headed with this stoppage.
"There's no doubt in my mind they will miss games, and they'll be where they were in '98, where it's either going to be a...
The Stars announced announced have signed free agent winger Michael Ryder. The Newfoundland native played the last three seasons with the Bruins, scoring 63 regular-season goals over the span and winning the Stanley Cup last month.
The deal is for two years and $7 million, meaning Ryder will have a salary cap it of $3.5 million each year. Ryder is coming off a three-year, $12 million pact with the Bruins signed on July 1 of 2008.
After breaking into the league with the Canadiens, Ryder left Montreal for Boston and scored 27 goals in his debut season with Boston. He followed with 18 goals in each of the next two seasons, but developed a reputation as a big-game player due to his increased production in the postseason. Ryder had eight goals and nine assists in the postseason last year for the Bruins.
Tomas Kaberle is now the only Bruin from the Stanley Cup finals lineup left on the open market.
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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 some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
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!
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Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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