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.
SP -- Weaver
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."
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Terry Francona said prior to Game 2 of the American League Division Series that the Red Sox would like to bring Jon Lester back for Game 4, but it would depend on the pitcher's condition and how the lefty feels on Saturday. Lester, who was scheduled to throw a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Saturday, threw 100 pitches in his Game 1 outing. Game 4 is scheduled to be played Monday, if necessary. Daisuke Matsuzaka still will be available out of the bullpen.
Francona also discussed his relationship with Sox catcher Jason Varitek, and how he has gone about managing the team captain's diminished playing time.
"He was telling me not to tip-toe around him. ... That really helped me," said Francona. "He's been terrific. The 'C' on his chest, he's earned it. He's not unearned it."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia, meanwhile, took time to praise Varitek, saying that...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Red Sox will feature the same lineup for Game 2 of the Division Series against the Angels as they had for Game 1. Victor Martinez will be behind the plate as Josh Beckett's catcher, and Mike Lowell will remain in the lineup against Halos right-hander Jered Weaver.
SP -- Beckett
Matt joined the program to discuss his first ever cornhole contest and to break down the Patriots offseason. He told the guys that he was upset that the Pats were unable to bring Wes Welker back to the team.
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.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the latest rumors surrounding Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and whether he'll be back next season with the team.
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.
Ben joined the program to discuss the return of Terry Francona and said that he always had a good relationship with the former manager. Ben added that he thinks Ellsbury is in a slump due in part to the amount of left handed pitchers the team has faced.
Salty spoke with Joe Castiglione & Dave O'Brien after he helped his team to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox tonight. The Red Sox return to Fenway after going 6-3 on the road trip.
We check in with Red Sox Manager John Farrell live from Chicago and get his take on a good week for the Sox, a tough series since then in Chicago, and other team related notes.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss what he expects to see from the Rangers tonight, why the Bruins match up well against them, and potentially closing out the series tonight
McGuire joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins game 3 win, the Rangers awful power play, and the Shawn Thornton Derek Dorsett altercation.
Shawn joined the program to discuss his big night at MSG. He told the guys that it is not Marchand's job to fight and that he needs to be on the ice and out of the penalty box.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss what he expects to see from the Rangers tonight, why the Bruins match up well against them, and potentially closing out the series tonight.
One of the many Mut and Merloni callers, Meg in the Cape, chats with Mike and Lou about the Bruins and a whole bunch of other stuff in the span of about 2 min. Afterwards, Mut and Merloni hear some voice activated text messages from people listening in to Meg.
With the Bruins up 3-0 in the series, we talk to Jack Edwards and take your calls. We touch on all things B's-Rangers and also focus on the future of the Bruins three promising young defensemen.
We touch on four topics we haven't talked about today... topics today include: Brian Urlacher retires, NFL schedule expansion, Sergio Garcia and more...
We discuss Spain's Sergio Garcia and his ignorant, racist comments against Tiger Woods.
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.
The Jerks are joined by another, Jerk Minihane.
They're like a ray of morning sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day.
....uhhhh.....a bunch of bombs over there....
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
Terry Francona joins the Dennis and Callahan Show to discuss his first-place Indians team as well as his time in Boston. The former Boston manager also touches on his recent book co-authored by Dan Shaughnessy and Shaughnessy's recent dust-up with David Ortiz.More from this show
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.More from this show