In many respects, the outcome was secondary. Once Jon Lester left Tuesday night's game after four no-hit innings due to a strain of his left latissimus dorsi muscle, the status of the starter immediately assumed foremost importance for the Red Sox.
Even so, on a night when Lester's injury was the defining event, the Sox staff sustained the dominance that the starter began against the Blue Jays. Three relievers -- Matt Albers (2 innings), Franklin Morales (1 inning) and Daniel Bard (1 inning) -- kept Toronto off the board for the next 12 outs, and Jonathan Papelbon survived a rocky ninth to complete a 3-2 victory.
The Sox carried a no-hitter into the sixth, when Albers walked Corey Patterson with two outs and then allowed Jose Bautista to pull a grounder through the left side of the infield. But Patterson was picked off by Albers when he broke too soon for third, ending the first Jays threat of the night.
Papelbon inherited a 3-0 lead in the...
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is out of the lineup on Tuesday in the aftermath of getting hit by a pitch at the top of his back on Monday, expects to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He said that he is experiencing tightness and soreness running from his back up to his head, but that he's not experiencing a headache that might suggest concussion-like symptoms.
"I’ll be good to go tomorrow. From what they said, too. Game 7 of the World Series, I’d get out there and do it. It’s more along the precautionary where, if I go out there and I’m tight, it might tighten up more and you might have to take another day off. We don’t want to do that," Youkilis said. "It’s not like a serious headache or anything. It’s a muscle-type thing, just tightness going up through my head. The trainers have said I’ll be good to go. It’s basically swelling and tightness in the muscles. It...
The Red Sox sent outfielder Mike Cameron and cash to the Marlins in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. The Sox designated the 38-year-old for assignment last Thursday after he hit .149 with a .212 OBP, a .266 slugging mark, a .477 OPS and three homers in 33 games this year.
Cameron was hampered in 2010 after he suffered a tear in his abdominal wall at the start of the season after signing a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the Sox. He played through immense pain, appearing in 48 games and hitting .259 with a .729 OPS, but required season-ending surgery in the offseason.
After the Sox signed Carl Crawford this past offseason, Cameron was expected to be an important bench contributor as a right-handed outfielder who could complement the Sox' three left-handed starting outfielders as well as DH David Ortiz. But he struggled in his first foray into part-time work, resulting in his being designated for assignment last week...
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn't want to spend much of Joe Corvo's introductory conference call discussing the loss of Tomas Kaberle, but did admit that there was a connection between the B's losing their puck-mover to Carolina and trading for the man Kaberle replaced on the Hurricanes.
"They are connected to a certain degree," Chiarelli said. "We had some talks with Tomas and with his agent. I think one of the stumbling blocks was term, and I can completely respect why Tomas would want some form of term. We weren't able to reach common ground in that respect, and I've been nibbling at this opportunity for a bit to acquire Joe. It came down to maybe Carolina was going to sign Tomas."
The Hurricanes inked Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million deal, meaning he did not take a pay cut from the $4.25 million cap hit over the course of his previous deal. Corvo is in the final year of his current contract, and the 34-...
On Tuesday, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named American League Player of the Month for June.
Gonzalez had a batting average of .404 in 25 June games, with a slugging percentage of .707 and an on-base percentage of .478. His 25 RBI for the month tied Mark Teixeira for most among all AL players.
For the season, Gonzalez tops all AL players with a .348 batting average, 75 RBI, 28 doubles, 202 total bases and 120 hits.
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We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
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.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
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!
Jason defended himself against Minihane.
The top stories of the day.
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team
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?
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
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!
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show