With tough Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson on the hill for Texas, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and right fielder J.D. Drew are both out of the lineup on Sunday afternoon. Wilson has held lefties to a .103 average (11-for-107) with a .317 OPS this year, leaving the Sox inclined to stack the lineup with as many right-handed hitters as possible.
Victor Martinez will get the start as the first baseman, while Mike Lowell will serve as DH. Jed Lowrie, who left Friday's game due to heat exhaustion, remains out, forcing the Sox to put left-handed hitting Eric Patterson in left while putting Bill Hall at second base.
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FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn't sound too worried about the state of Tom Brady's throwing hand.
Speaking at his Sunday morning press conference, Belichick was asked about a report Brady suffered an injury to a finger on his throwing hand in the preseason opener against New Orleans. The coach smiled and replied, "I don't think it's life-threatening."
The Boston Herald reported over the weekend that Brady was spotted Saturday with two fingers taped together in an attempt to immobilize one injured finger on his right hand. The injury apparently occurred in the first half of Thursday's 27-24 preseason win over the Saints, a game where the quarterback ended up going 5-for-8 for 67 yards.
Brady has suffered injuries to his throwing hand before — last year, he broke the ring finger on his throwing hand late in the season.
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Speaking for the first time since being designated for assignment by the Red Sox on July 31, outfielder Jeremy Hermida said the move by the Sox caught him off guard, but he feels the recent time away from the game may have done him some good.
"I was kind of surprised," said Hermida, who is 3-for-9 in two games since joining the Pawtucket Red Sox. "[The potential of leaving the organization] definitely crossed my mind. I'm not too familiar with the process, being the first time something like this has happened to me. In the back of my mind I was think I might be somewhere else. But things happen for a reason and I'm here for however long, doing the best I can.
"I took some time in those 10 days, I tried to use them to my advantage when I was home. Did some studying, learning about myself a little bit, going back and watching some stuff just trying to figure out how to come out...
Jon Lester was dominant, throwing eight scoreless innings of five-hit baseball to lead the Red Sox past the Rangers, 3-1, on Saturday night in Arlington Texas.
Lester (13-7) retired 15 of the last 16 hitters he faced, and ended up with five strikeouts and no walks. Scott Atchison started the ninth and yielded a solo homer to Josh Hamilton for the Rangers only run of the night, while rookie southpaw Felix Doubront finished up.
The win snapped a two-game skid for the Red Sox, who had suffered two heartbreaking defeats over the previous two days — the first coming in Toronto on Thursday, when they entered the ninth with a 5-2 lead but lost 6-5, and the second coming Friday evening in Texas when they couldn’t hold an 8-2 edge and lost 10-9.
In the fifth, J.D. Drew delivered an RBI single that gave the Sox a 1-0 lead, while Bill Hall and Marco Scutaro added single RBI’s in the ninth that gave Boston a little...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Playing in his first rehab game while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk while playing for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in the PawSox' 6-4 win over the Buffalo Bisons Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. In his first at-bat since breaking his foot June 25 in San Francisco, Pedroia hit a hard grounder to third for an out, before singling back up the middle off of Buffalo pitcher Michael Antonini in the PawSox' four-run third inning.
The second baseman flew out to right and walked in his final two at-bats. Pedroia completed both chances he had in the field, fielding a grounder and pop-up.
"I'm pretty excited about everything," said Pedroia, who plans on serving as the PawSox' designated hitter Sunday before rejoining the Red Sox for Tuesday's game at Fenway Park. "I don't feel like I'm holding anything...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
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.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
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
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker
A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor
Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?
Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.
MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.
The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.
The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
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.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.More from this show
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.More from this show
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?More from this show