Red Sox manager Terry Francona said following his team's 4-2 loss to the Mariners Wednesday night that Daisuke Matsuzaka -- who was scheduled to make the start in the nightcap of a Fenway Park doubleheader -- was scratched after experiencing tightness in his back while getting ready for his outing.
Francona went on to explain that there is no timetable for Matsuzaka's return to the rotation, with Jon Lester having been moved from Wednesday night's start to Friday against the Rays and Tim Wakefield filling in Wednesday night.
"Daisuke went out to throw his side, in between games. He had had a stiff back, but it became apparent pretty quick — he was throwing on flat ground and it kind of tightened up on him," Francona said. "So they came back in in a hurry.
"We walked through, kind of put the doctor on the spot, and he said, 'I can’t...
Adrian Beltre explained that when he was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino just prior to starting the third inning of the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Mariners he was talking some friendly "smack" to Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez and didn't say a word to the ump. Bellino tossed Beltre while the third baseman was getting ready to warm up at his position, presumably believing he was still talking about a called third strike the half-inning prior.
"I was talking to Felix, we had a little bet where he told me he was going to strike me out three times and I told him I was going to take him deep. He struck me out in the first at-bat and I went back to my position and he was talking smack," Beltre explained. "I was facing him, talking in spanish. I told him the next at-bat I was going to take him deep over the Monster. That's all I said to him. I heard the umpire talking to me. I told him I...
Felix Hernandez allowed just four hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings, and Jose Lopez had two hits and drove in a pair as the Mariners salvaged a split of the day-night doubleheader with a 4-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Highlighting Boston's night of frustration were the ejections of third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Terry Francona prior to the top of the third inning by home plate umpire Dan Bellino, a vacation replacement umpire on call-up from the Triple-A International League. Beltre apparently continued his argument of a called third strike in the bottom of the second as he took warm-up grounders at third. He raced in and had to be restrained by coaches and teammates.
J.D. Drew belted a long solo homer to center field in the sixth as the Red Sox drew to within two. The Red Sox had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth, but Victor Martinez grounded out and...
Both Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Terry Francona were ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino in the third inning of the team's game against the Mariners Wednesday night at Fenway Park. For Beltre it was his second career ejection, with the only other one coming Aug. 24, 2002. It was Francona's third ejection of the season, and 29th for his career.
Beltre was first to be ejected by Bellino, rushing in from his position at third base during warm-ups prior to the top of the third to continue an argument that started after the third baseman was called out on strikes in the second inning. While Beltre was sprinting in to engage Bellino in the argument, second base umpire Angel Hernandez sprinted from his position to get between the player and the umpire.
Francona's ejection came after he continued the argument with Bellino, with the disagreement getting more heated after Beltre had already adjourned to...
According to a report from ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have reached a contract extension with kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Boston Herald is reporting it's a four-year deal worth nearly $14 million that will begin in the 2011 season.
Gostkowski was drafted by the Patriots out of Memphis in the fourth round of the 2006 draft after Adam Vinatieri departed via free agency. He has been the starter ever since, as a competition at the kicker spot with Martin Gramatica was short-lived in the Gostkowski's first preseason.
Gostkowski was an All-Pro an Pro Bowler in 2008. Last season, he made 26 field goals, including two of three from 50 yards or more.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
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Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
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A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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