FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard tossed a pair of shutout innings and Alfredo Aceves followed suit with two zeros of his own as the Red Sox claimed a 5-4 win over the Orioles at JetBlue Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Bard threw 31 pitches (21 strikes) while allowing just one baserunner on a walk and striking out two in his first multi-inning outing of the spring. Aceves was even more efficient, throwing 19 of his 26 pitches for strikes while delivering two perfect innings in which he struck out two.
Bard and Aceves are both being stretched out as candidates for the Red Sox rotation. While Aceves made four big league starts for the Sox last year, Bard has not made a professional start since 2008, and so by his own admission, there are adjustments to such elements as pitching out of the windup and developing a pre-game routine to start.
While the Red Sox took an early 4-0 lead, prospect Alex Wilson struggled in his inning-plus of work, allowing...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the first time this spring, a candidate for the last two spots in the Red Sox rotation has been removed from consideration. Veteran right-hander Carlos Silva, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox this winter, has been shut down with shoulder inflammation that is serious enough to prevent him from being considered for the rotation with which the Sox will open the year.
"That’s probably going to set him back enough that he won’t be totally in the mix," said Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who said that while a definitive timetable was unavailable, the injury will keep Silva out of the "little picture situation."
Valentine said that the issue was related to a pre-existing condition that the Sox knew about.
"I think we know exactly what it is and we were hoping it wouldn’t present itself as quickly as it did," said Valentine.
Asked what the longer-term...
According to several reports, Randy Moss will work out for the Saints on Tuesday. The 35-year-old wide receiver did not play in 2011 and struggled in 2010, catching just 25 passes as he played for the Patriots, Vikings and Saints.
Moss reportedly met with the Saints at the team facility after New Orleans lost to the Packers in Week 1 last September, though the team denied the reports.
Moss ranks second in NFL history with 153 touchdown receptions, and his 954 catches place ninth on the all-time chart.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking in the JetBlue Park home clubhouse prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday morning, Carl Crawford talked about the approach he is taking with his surgically-repaired left wrist. It was learned, after being examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan Monday, that Crawford is going to go without any hitting or throwing for 5-7 days due to continued inflammation.
"Just took it in stride. There isn't too much I can do," he said. "I just have to go with the flow and do whatever I can. ... At the end of the day, it's probably best to wait until it heals correctly and that way I can be strong and I don't have to worry about it happening again."
Crawford later added, "I thought I would have been fine by now."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that having Crawford return by Opening Day was "probably not realistic." When asked about any adjusted goal...
NFL Network and FOX Sports analyst Brian Billick was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Billick was asked about Super Bowl XLVI and specifically the fourth-quarter drop by Wes Welker, a play that many still view as crucial to the final outcome. Billick was quick to praise Welker but was highly critical of Rob Gronkowski, who played the Super Bowl with an injured ankle that required surgery five days later. Video of a shirtless Gronkowski dancing at the team's postgame Super Bowl party was a subject of controversy in the days after the 21-17 loss to the Giants.
"No one takes it more personal [than Welker], as opposed to [Rob] Gronkowski, who didn't much care and just decided to go party all night," Billick said. "I can't imagine that Wes Welker was out partying after that game. You know he was devastated.
"It shows me -- and I know this young man, I worked him out when we were at the combine...
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.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
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