ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox dropped to 6 1/2 games back of both Tampa Bay and the Yankees after a 5-3 loss to the Rays in the teams' series finale Sunday at Tropicana Field. The Sox leave town having lost two of the series' three games.
Taking the loss was John Lackey, who allowed five runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three. He had been staked to a 3-1 lead heading into the home half of the sixth inning thanks to RBI singles from Yamaico Navarro and Marco Scutaro in the fifth, and a run-scoring hit from Daniel Nava in the sixth. But a two-run homer by Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford highlighted a three-run sixth that gave the hosts the lead for good.
Evan Longoria's single off reliever Hideki Okajima in the seventh, scoring John Jaso, added an insurance run for the Rays. Tampa Bay got 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief work from its bullpen thanks to Randy Choate, Joaquin Benoit...
According to several reports, slugger Manny Ramirez will be shipped to the White Sox as part of a waiver claim. The Dodgers confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday that the former Red Sox outfielder will head to Chicago, and that the White Sox will be responsible for the remaining $3.85 million on his contract this season. The White Sox reportedly had offered a prospect and less than $1 million in return, and the Dodgers chose the cash. Ramirez, who has missed 59 games this season because of injury, has hit .313 with eight homers and 40 RBI for the Dodgers.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was back in the lineup Sunday after apparently tweaking his left hamstring while running down to first base in the eighth inning of the Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Rays Saturday night. Even though he appeared hobbled for the last few innings, Beltre explained Sunday that exiting was not an option.
“I wasn’t coming out of that game,” he said prior to the Sox’ series finale meeting with the Rays. “I’m stubborn and I know sometimes I can go overboard, but unless [my hamstring] blows up I’m going to play.
“We know how important these games are for us and for me to be sitting on the bench when there’s a slight chance I can play, it’s hard for me to sit and that’s why I’m not doing it. We already have enough guys missing, so I don’t think we need to add anybody to that list. I’m...
Konan Tomori had a homer and three RBIs and Ryusuke Ikeda struck out out five and allowed just four singles over three innings to lift Japan to a 4-1 win over Waipahu, Hawaii in Sunday's finale of the Little League World Series. Hawaii, which had scored 29 runs over its previous three games, managed just four hits in the loss, which ended the run of five straight World Series titles for the United States.
With Sunday's final-round 67 at The Barclays, Tiger Woods has qualified for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday at TPC Boston. Woods needed to finish with a high enough round to jump from 112th in the world into the top 100 to qualify for the tournament, and his final round score should be enough to make it possible. (He finished The Barclays with a 7-under 277.) Woods has won the Deutsche Bank Championship once and finished second twice.
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
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.
Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
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
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.
Our own Tim Benz does play-by-play for the Pittsburg Power, of the Arena League. A play in that game was featured on Sportscenter's NOT top 10, so we wanted to hear the call. Also, NFL players are getting micro-chipped on Thursday night games this year. Also, a Florida man gets creative when trying to avoid an arrest.
8 players were traded away from the Red Sox (starting with Jake Peavy) and the team has a completely different look. MFB look at the acquisitions and fight over whether Cherington and the Sox front office improved the team.
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
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.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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