Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz crushed homers in each of his first two at-bats on Friday against Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer. In the top of the first inning, he hit a three-run homer to right-center. In the top of the fourth, he hit a solo bast down the right field line.
The multi-homer game was the second of Ortiz' season, the 36th of his career and the 34th of his Red Sox career. Ortiz ranks third in franchise history in multi-homer games, just behind Ted Williams (37) and Jim Rice (35).
He is now hitting .355 with a 1.253 OPS and five homers in 34 May plate appearances.
The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Tigers at Comerica Park, with Victor Martinez catching and David Ortiz manning the designated hitter spot. Here is the lineup the Sox will be send out against Detroit starter Max Scherzer: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Ortiz DH, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, McDonald CF, Buchholz P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.
According to the Providence Journal, Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron expects that he will require offseason surgery to fix the sports hernia that is responsible for the abdominal strain that has had him on the disabled list since April 20. While the 37-year-old has now played three games in his rehab assignment, and appears likely to return to the Sox early next week, he acknowledged that he is still playing through what the report described as "significant pain."
"I'm pushing it. I'm pushing it," Cameron said. "I'd think [offseason surgery will be necessary]. Yeah, I'd think so. ... Every single person I've talked to who's had this had surgery. Every single one."
In three rehab games, Cameron is 2-for-8 with a double, three walks and a pair of runs. In 11 major league games this year, he was hitting .233/....
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon, one day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, denied a Sports Illustrated report that coach Mike Brown has been fired. Brown’s management of the team was criticized throughout the series, and it is widely anticpated that he will be let go soon.
Yahoo! Sports reported there are talks of University of Kentucky coach John Calipari being named the Cavs next coach, but Calipari tweeted that he would not be leaving the school this year. Si.com also reported Danny Ferry will remain general manager of the Cavs “for the forseeable future.”
The Flyers had a light, optional morning skate before Friday night's Game 7 against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette insisted that nothing changes for his team heading into the biggest game of the season and that the Flyers are used to the pressure that this point playing "our fifth Game 7," referring to the string of elimination games the Flyers have faced in coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to force the ultimate game at TD Garden.
"We are in a familiar spot. It really is our fifth time that we have been faced with elimination and we are ready for this. The message hasn't changed since Day 1 since I have been here to right now," Laviolette said. "Everything stays the same, the meetings stay the same, the message is the same. What is expected is the same. It is important that we go out and do what we have been doing, because since Christmas time it has brought...
Rick joined the show to discuss the impending release of Revis from the Buccaneers. He said that Revis is far superior to Aqib Talib both on the field and off.
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.
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.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
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.
LB gives his thoughts on the Bruins
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed a newly released Johnny Carson sex tape.
The guys opened the show by discussing the possibility of Darrelle Revis coming to New England. Gerry is all in for it.
Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith, shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds getting into the Hall of Fame. Also, Red Sox and making Opening Day a national holiday.
Chris Price of WEEI.com joins the show to discuss NFL free agency and potential moves for the Patriots.
Dale Arnold and MIchael Holley discuss the start of free agency, the plethora of names out there, and what the Patriots will ultimately decide to do.
Dale and Micheal discuss the Sox line-up, how it's not the same without Ellsbury to kick it off, and who will replace Ells in that lead-off spot.
We knock out the hottest topics of the day on the blitz. Today featuring Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe and Christopher Price of WEEI.com
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
In 2013, Xander Bogaerts reached the big leagues in August and had a transformative impact on the Red Sox' pursuit of a World Series. Bogaerts discusses how that development, in turn, proved transformative for his life on and off the field. Looking ahead, Garin Cecchini might be the prospect most likely to have a Bogaerts-like impact on the Red Sox' fortunes in 2014. The third base prospect joins the podcast to discuss his player development and outlook for the coming season.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed Dennis Rodman's bizarre comments to ESPN over the weekend.More from this show