PITTSBURGH -- The Red Sox went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 baserunners in total on the way to dropping an 3-1 decision to the Pirates in the teams' series opener Friday night at PNC Park.
Taking the loss (his first on the road this season) was Jon Lester, who gave up three runs (2 earned) in six innings of work. The lefty did strike out five and walk just one, but gave up eight hits on the way to falling to 9-4.
The Sox best chance at tying things up in the late innings came when David Ortiz was called upon to pinch-hit for reliever Tommy Hottovy with two outs and runners on second and third in the eighth inning. But Pittsburgh relief pitcher Jose Veras managed to induce an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop, stranding Darnell McDonald and J.D. Drew.
Up until his eighth inning, leadoff single, McDonald had a tough night filling in for Ortiz in the No. 5 spot, stranding six runners in his first three plate...
The Bruins selected Niagara Ice Dogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in Friday's NHL draft. Hamilton was rated the fourth-best North American skater in the draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.
At 6-foot-4 and 187 pounds, Hamilton is considered a strong defenseman with good puck-moving ability. In 67 OHL games this past season, Hamilton had 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points. He had a plus-35 rating and racked up 77 penalty minutes.
After making the choice, B's general manager Peter Chiarelli appeared on VS. and described Hamilton as a "big strong kid with good offensive instinct."
The selection closes the book on 2009's trade between the Bruins and Maple Leafs that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto in exchange for two first-round picks and a second-rounder.
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Minnesota Friday that the team has qualified restricted free agent Brad Marchand, meaning the team has retained negotiating rights with the 23-year-old and can match any offer sheet that another club may sign him to.
Should Marchand sign an offer sheet with another team, the Bruins will have seven days to either keep Marchand under those terms or see him walk. The Bruins would receive draft pick compensation if they were to lose Marchand, but given his importance to the club and how much cap space the B's have, the chances of him not returning are extremely slim.
As a rookie Marchand scored 21 goals and 20 assists for 40 points in the regular season. He scored 11 goals in the playoffs, including two in the Bruins' Game 7 win over the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals.
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PITTSBURGH -- Josh Beckett said prior the Red Sox' series opener against the Pirates at PNC Park Friday night that he felt significantly better after being bed-ridden with flu-like symptoms for much of the week. The starter, who could be seen running the stadium stairs earlier in the afternoon, is planning on throwing his normal side session Saturday in preparation of starting Tuesday in Philadelphia.
"I'm about 60 percent right now. Yesterday I was at 50 percent, and I was down to 10 or 15 percent the day before that. I didn't brush my teeth until 8 p.m. Wednesday night," he said. "I couldn't get out of bed."
Beckett already had seen his scheduled start last Tuesday pushed to Saturday due to the illness. But when the symptoms didn't improve as the week progressed, another adjustment needed to be made.
"I knew I had to have a really good day yesterday, but I didn't have a really good day," Beckett...
PITTSBURGH -- Both Jed Lowrie and Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to their teams' series opener against the Pirates at PNC Park Friday that it had been determined that a nerve in Lowrie's left shoulder had shut down the muscles in the area, leading to the injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Lowrie, who has been suffering with soreness in the area since colliding left fielder Carl Crawford May 27, had sought a second opinion with Dr. Lewis Yocum earlier this week after an initial diagnosis had shown no structural damage to the shoulder.
"The nerve shut down the whole area," Lowrie said. "We knew the [scapula] wasn't moving properly and the shoulder had some weakness. I was never told anything about the nerve.
"It's going to be hard work to move properly and get that strength back, but I think we have a heading at this point and know exactly what is going on."
Francona said there...
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!
Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.
Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.
The top stories of the day.
Deflategate news aside, there are some reports that Tom and Giselle are having some trouble in paradise. Lou, Christian and Gary discuss the validity of the reports, and Christian gives some advice to Tom.
Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.
Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?
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.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.
Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.
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