FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester extended his pitch count to 44 pitches while getting up and down three times in a 'B' game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. The left-hander elicited consistently poor contact from Minnesota's lineup, which featured a number of big league regulars, including Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla and Trevor Plouffe.
Lester faced 11 hitters over three frames (though the second inning was truncated after just two outs), allowing one hit (a single in the third inning), walking two, striking out one and incurring one ground ball after another. Of the eight balls in play against him, six were infield grounders, with one line drive single and one soft liner to short that turned into a double play.
Of Lester's 44 pitches, 26 were strikes. Because he did not reach his pitch limit, he went to the Red Sox bullpen to throw at the conclusion of his three frames.
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Dropkick Murphys lead singer Ken Casey said Jonathan Papelbon can no longer use "Shipping up to Boston" as his entrance song now that the closer has left the Red Sox for the Phillies. "That's not Pap's song," Casey said. "That's the [Boston] closer's song."
Casey, a huge Boston sports fan, said he plans to meet with Papelbon to finalize plans for the player to be a spokesman for the Philadelphia branch of The Claddagh Fund, a charity Casey founded. Casey also said he'll help Papelbon find a new song, while offering "Shipping up to Boston" to new Sox closer Andrew Bailey.
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With 13 rebounds in Tuesday's overtime win against the Rockets, Kevin Garnett passed Shaquille O'Neal for 12th place on the NBA's all-time rebounding list - and he did it on the day O'Neal turned 40.
“History is history,” Garnett said. “I'm very fortunate to be in a position to be part of NBA history. It's always been a big deal for me to leave a legacy or leave some footprints, if you will, or some type of mark on the game. And to play along one of the best, if not the greatest big man to ever play the game, it's more than a pleasure to be in the same category if not on the same list. So I'm more than honored. To all coaches and players that I've played with that have put me in the position to be able to create some of those footprints and some of those marks. So thank you.”
Garnett, now 35, now has 13,100 rebounds, exactly one more than O'Neal. Asked if he had heard from his teammate from last season, Garnett smiled and...
Behind 30 points from Paul Pierce, the tired Celtics posted one of their grittiest wins of the season, overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Rockets, 97-92, in their second straight thrilling overtime contest. Kevin Garnett, with 13 points and 13 rebounds, had another double-double for the Celtics, who improved to 20-17 on the season to move to within a game of the idle 76ers in the Atlantic Division.
Ray Allen's 3-pointer from the left baseline with 35.4 seconds remaining put the Celtics up, 84-82. The Rockets missed a shot and Pierce came up with the rebound and found Rajon Rondo breaking wide open down the court. Rondo took the pass and instead of killing the clock, he attempted to go to the basket. His feet became tangled and missed the layup that would've iced the game. Instead, the Rockets came down the court and Goran Dragic nailed a baseline jumper with three seconds remaining to force overtime. The Celtics wiped out a 10-...
Jordan Caron scored two goals and added an assist as the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs, 5-4, Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.
Tyler Seguin also did his usual damage against the Leafs, scoring two goals to increase his team-leading total to 24 on the season. With the win, the B's improved to 5-0-0 against Toronto this season.
The Leafs got on the board early with a goal from Carl Gunnarsson, but Caron tied the game late in the first period. The B's outscored the Leafs, 4-2, in the second period thanks to goals from Seguin, Chris Kelly and Caron. The B's held a 5-3 lead entering the third period Mikhail Grabovski made it a one-goal game 13:13 into the third.
Tim Thomas stopped 25 of 29 shots faced. He has now allowed four goals in back-to-back games and has allowed three goals in each of his last three starts.
The Bruins will host the Sabres at TD Garden Thursday and will have the opportunity to win back-to-back games for the...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.
Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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