The Braves beat the Pirates 4-3 in a 19-inning classic Tuesday night, but the ending was a sour one. Former Red Sox infielder Julio Lugo sprinted home on a grounder and appeared to be tagged out by Pittsburgh catcher Michael McKenry. However, umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Lugo avoided the tag.
Lugo did his best to back the ump: "I didn't feel the tag," he said. "He made the right call. I got in there." However, even Meals later acknowledged he might have made a big mistake. "I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that," Meals said. "I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn't see a tag."
Said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: "The game tonight deserved way better than that."
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One night after managing just one run in 13 innings, the Red Sox exacted overpowering revenge against the Royals in a 13-9 victory Tuesday night.
Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz combined to go 10-for-13 with four walks, six runs and eight runs batted in to lead the way. Both Pedroia and Ortiz went 4-for-5, with Ortiz lining three doubles (a new career high) and driving in five runs and Pedroia collecting two singles, a double and a triple. In the bottom of the eighth, he came up just short of becoming the first Red Sox since John Valentin in 1996 to hit for the cycle, as his deep fly ball landed in the glove of left fielder Alex Gordon at the base of the Green Monster.
The offensive eruption (the major league-leading 15th time that the Sox have scored 10 or more runs this year) allowed the Sox to overcome a poor start by Andrew Miller. The left-hander allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He...
Red Sox left-handed-hitting outfielder Josh Reddick will get just the second start of his young career against a lefty pitcher when he starts against the Royals' Danny Duffy Tuesday night. Reddick has the stats against lefties this season (9-for-18 with a home run) to earn the start, but even so, he said seeing his name on the lineup card Tuesday will serve as a confidence booster.
“In the past, I haven’t started against lefties,” Reddick said before the game. “Lately with the left-handed relievers coming in, for [Red Sox manager Terry Francona] to keep me in there is just showing how much I’ve proved to him and how much I’ve proved to myself I’m ready to stay up here.”
Francona said before Tuesday's game that he never believed that Reddick would not become this successful against his southpaw counterparts on the mound.
"I don't think we ever viewed him as a guy that couldn't...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona is aware that his team will be aggressive in looking for ways to improve as the July 31 deadline for trades that don't require players to pass through waivers approaches. That said, the steward of a team that is 62-38 through 100 games also suggested that he would be comfortable if the Sox do not make any trades before the deadline, feeling that the organization has the ability to achieve any necessary midyear upgrades from within.
“I like our team,” Francona said. “Again, I’ve been around here long enough to know that [general manager Theo Epstein] is going to be on the phone doing his due diligence, which he’s supposed to. I don’t need to sit up here and say what we need because I think my job is to get the most out of these guys and I like them a lot. But I also know Theo’s going to try to make us better if he can.
“I do feel pretty strongly, because I get to hear the...
Former Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker Tedy Bruschi will join The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley every Monday from 4-6 p.m. during the NFL season as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Bruschi will be on hand to interview coach Bill Belichick each week beginning Aug. 15.
Bruschi made an appearance on Tuesday's Big Show and touched on a number of Patriots-related topics:
On how the team will address the outside linebacker position after news that Tully Banta-Cain would be released: "You've got a problem at that position now," Bruschi said. "Even going into the draft I was talking about them solidifying that position with that 33rd pick ... If Tully's cut, then you've really got to look at that position, that's got to be your top priority."
On former teammate Mike Vrabel, who retired to take a coaching job at Ohio State: "He was the most intelligent football player I ever played with, on both sides...
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
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.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Stephen A. confronted Kevin Durant on ESPN yesterday.
Another blown call in Seattle on Monday Night Football.
Ray Lewis was on the MNF pregame show attacking Jimmy Graham's blocking abilities.
The Lions lost in a controversial ending last night on MNF. Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell, barely registers a pulse in his post game presser, and clearly doesn't know the rules.
Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into the DraftKings/FanDuel scandal, and talk about how competitive advantages can be gained, and what the two businesses can do to prevent it.
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins, specifically Claude Julien as we are less than 24 hours from the puck-drop for the 2015-2016 Bruins season.
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Mikey and Lenny are talking aboutt he batted ball controversy from the Seahawks vs Lions game on Monday Night Football.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss who they think are the most media friendly players in the Patriots locker room and if the Dallas Cowboys will present a challenge this Sunday.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Sausage's pudding story, Don Orsillo and Curtis just shows up for some reason.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable take a look back at the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox and their affiliates, including who the guys think should be classified as the team's Top 10 prospects. Also, a check in with play-by-play voices this year in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville as well as Ken's one-on-one interview with Offensive Player of the Year Sam Travis.
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