For the second straight night, the Red Sox found themselves in a massive five-run hole early. For the second straight night, they wiped out that deficit to take a two-run lead into the ninth inning, which they entrusted to closer Jonathan Papebon.
But one night after Papelbon allowed four runs in the ninth in a brutal loss, the closer bent but did not break. He allowed one run, but stranded the tying run on third base, allowing the Sox to claim a dramatic 7-6 victory.
The Sox rallied against Yankees relievers Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, with significant help from the faltering Yankees defense. Boston pushed across four runs in the eighth against Chamberlain, a rally that was commenced by a fielding error by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. That opened the door for an RBI double by J.D. Drew (2-for-4), a two-run single from Kevin Youkilis (2-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI) and a game-tying single from David...
Paul Pierce had 28 points and Rajon Rondo added 25 as the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic, 95-92, to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. It is the first time in their illustrious history that the Celtics have won the first two games of a series on the road. Vince Carter missed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining and Jameer Nelson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Celtics head home for Saturday night's Game 3 in complete command of the series.
The Celtics led by 11 early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Rasheed Wallace but the Magic came all the way back to take a brief lead, 90-89, on Vince Carter's jumper with 3:36 remaining. But Kevin Garnett's fadeaway jumper with 2:46 left put the Celtics up for good, 91-90. The Magic were led by Dwight Howard, who scored a game-high 30 points.
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NEW YORK -- Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett left his start against the Yankees Tuesday with two outs in the fifth inning with tightness in his lower back. Beckett had missed his last start with back spasms. The righty, who signaled there was a problem when Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell came to the mound to visit after a two-run double from Robinson Cano, allowed five runs on five hits, walking three and striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. Beckett threw 103 pitches and was replaced by reliever Manny Delcarmen. The Yankees held a 5-0 advantage at the time of the pitcher's exit.
NEW YORK -- David Ortiz, who was in the lineup as the Red Sox designated hitter against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, talked prior to the series finale at Yankee Stadium about how difficult is has been to witness Mike Lowell having to deal with diminished playing time
"As good as a player as he is, there's not a guy like him personally. He's a great player, and the fact that he's stuck here right now not playing, it bothers me," Ortiz said. "I'm not used to seeing Mikey not playing. You can't waste a player like that. But what you going to do?"
Just moments earlier from Ortiz expressing his opinion on his teammate of five seasons, Lowell had relayed his displeasure with his situation, telling reporters that it might be better for the Red Sox if he wasn't on the roster. (Click here...
ORLANDO -- The Celtics had a mild surprise as Brian Scalabrine is in uniform and active for Game 2 tonight, while Shelden Williams is out with mild back spasms, according to the team. This is the first time Scalabrine has been active in the post-season.
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ross joined WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk about this year's pitching staff and how spring training is going so far.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
We talked to NESN's Jack Edwards right after the NHL trade deadline expired.
The guys went through the mock drafts across the country. Johnny Manziel is all over the place and it looks like the Pats want a tight end.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed the bizarre ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court allowing upskirt photos.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Bruins trade deadline. The Habs got better the B's stood pat.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins the program to discuss Rajon Rondo's rocky relationship with Danny Ainge, the future of the struggling Celtics, and the possibility of Vince Wilfork being cut by the Patriots
As the NHL trade deadline approaches, Mut and Lou discuss possible moves the Bruins may or may not make.
Holley wants him here no matter what, Salk isn't so sure. They debate it and involve you as well.
We talk Bruins and the NHL with the great Jack Edwards of NESN right after the NHL trade deadline passed.
We talk about athletes that gave up, who we'd like to give up, and more in the 4@4 Lent edition.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny are joined by the legendary Leigh Montville, who talks all kinds of sports with the guys, from Red Sox to Muhammad Ali.
Mikey talks with the formerly bearded Jonny Gomes about the beard going out a champ. How it feels in spring training after a World Series Championship, David Ortiz' contract situation, and where the nickname Ironsides came from.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Steve Bullpett, who is one of the Celtics beat writers, about what, if any impact Rajon Rondo skipping a team trip to Sacramento without permission.
Salk and Holley debate it... Holley wants Revis, Salk doesn't want the Pats to change what's made them successful, and believes trading for Revis would do that. We debate it and involve you.More from this show