Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, speaking after his team's season-ending 8-4 win over the Yankees, acknowledged that his team is bracing for an offseason in which significant change, while not a certainty, is possible. Given the uncertain contract situations of players like Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz, Epstein said that the 2011 Red Sox could take a notably different form than the 2010 edition that wrapped up an 89-73 campaign.
"I can say there’s potential for there to be larger-than-normal turnover, but I wouldn’t guarantee it either,” said Epstein. “We’ll see how everything comes together.”
Epstein said that the club has interest in bringing back Ortiz, Beltre and Martinez, and acknowledged the bullpen as a priority for offseason improvement. He and manager Terry Francona also analyzed individual successes (Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz),...
Speaking after the Red Sox season-ending, 8-4 victory over the Yankees, Sunday at Fenway Park, Jason Varitek reiterated that he plans on playing somewhere next season, and would love to remain with the Sox.
"Don't know what the future holds," said Varitek, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason. "It was a good day today.
"We'll just have to see what happens. But I do appreciate the fan support, respect my teammates. This has been a special place for me."
Varitek said he was caught off guard when Red Sox manager Terry Francona sent Kevin Cash out to catch closer Jonathan Papelbon after the pitcher's warm-up tosses, allowing for the Sox' captain to receive a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd.
"I saw Cash down there, and I just kind of dismissed it, focused on what I had to do," he said. "It’s an important game of...
Jed Lowrie homered twice and David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with two infield singles in support of John Lackey's 7 2/3 strong innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-3, in the 2010 season finale at Fenway Park. The loss by the Yankees gave the American League East title to the Tampa Bay Rays and pushed the Yankees to wild card in the American League.
The Red Sox finish the season with an 89-73 mark, in third place in the A.L. East while winning the season series against the Yankees, 9-8.
Lackey allowed six hits, three runs - two earned - to finish the season 14-11 record and a 4.40 ERA.
The Rays, who won their second division crown in three years, will face Texas in the ALDS starting this week while the Yankees draw the Twins in the other series.
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The Jets improved to 3-1 with their third straight win over an AFC East foe, beating Buffalo, 38-14, Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Leading the way for New York was running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The performance marked the first time since Oct. 26, 2008 that Tomlinson had rushed for 100 yards or better. It also allowed him to pass Tony Dorsett on the NFL's all-time rushing list, moving into seventh place.
The Jets moved out to a 31-7 advantage thanks in part to two touchdown catches by Dustin Keller, coming 1:33 apart from one another. The Bills, on the other hand, allowed at least 30 points for the third straight game. For a complete recap click here.
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After giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings in the Red Sox' 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Yankees Saturday, Tim Wakefield admitted that the 2010 season had been 'very frustrating' after having been moved to the bullpen for much of the year, and he is currently planning to pitch one more campaign.
“It’s over for me, this season is over for me,” said Wakefield, who had pitched just one inning, in relief, since Sept. 17 prior to Saturday. “It has been very frustrating, hard to swallow at times and I’ve done whatever they have asked to me to do without really complaining too much.
“It is what it is and it was what is was. All I can do is prepare myself for next year and whatever role that might be. The season is over (today) and I’m definitely going to take a break and see what happens.”
Wakefield finishes '11 with a 4-5 and a 5.34 ERA,...
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.
Greg, Steve and Chris zero in on the O-line specifically and look at what it will take to right the ship. Is the running game a solution or more blocking from TE's, LaFell etc. ?
The boys discuss what is going on with the Pats offense and why Brady has looked a little off so far. Is it O-line or WR issues? They specifically discuss Amendola, Thompkins and Dobson - who's the odd man out?
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.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
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
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The guys opened the show discussing the Pats brutal Monday night loss.
John Dennis left the show mid segment.
Christian's nephew twisted his ankle and missed Sunday's game because he (supposedly) slipped while rushing down the stairs to stop his puppy from peeing on the floor. Lou addresses the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty from last night's game, in which a Chiefs player was flagged for dropping to his knees during a TD celebration. And Christian is dubious of some photos of LaRon Landry.
A familiar sentiment has arisen regarding the Patriots offense. Tom Brady is locking in on 2 guys (Edelman and Gronk) and no one else seems to be getting a look. A 37 year old, future Hall of Fame QB, has little to no weapons in 2014.
Lou, Christian and Tim break down last night's embarrassing loss on national television. They wonder just how much progress has been made towards building a championship team.
We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.
We bring you the stuff you might have missed that we didn't have a chance to touch on today.
We tackle four topics all inspired by Derek Jeter's long goodbye.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.
Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
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