BALTIMORE -- Starter Daniel Bard, in the wake of earning the victory in a 6-5 Red Sox victory over the Orioles, said that he remains confident in his abilities on the mound and in his mental approach to starting. At the same time, while he limited Baltimore to two runs but permitted four walks while striking out two, he acknowledged that his mechanics are out of whack and that, as a consequence, he is struggling through his outings.
Bard now has 29 walks and 28 strikeouts this year, a startling ratio for a pitcher who was a dominant presence as a reliever.
"I don’t feel like myself out there pitching right now,” he acknowledged. “Mentally, I feel good, I’m throwing pitches with conviction, physically my mechanics are just a little out of whack and not in sync.”
Still, at a time when he has struggled to repeat his mechanics (thus resulting in command woes), Bard said that he can take satisfaction in a...
The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed first-round pick Chandler Jones, Jones, a defensive end from Syracuse, was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 draft with the 21st pick overall.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones, a three-year starter at Syracuse, finished his college career with 147 total tackles, 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2011, he was named All-Big East after finishing with 38 total tackles and 4.5 sacks despite being limited to just seven games.
Jones is the fifth member of New England's rookie class to sign, joining second-round selection Tavon Wilson, sixth-rounder Nate Ebner and seventh-round picks Alfonzo Dennard and Jeremy Ebert. (First-rounder Dont'a Hightower and third-rounder Jake Bequette are the only unsigned players.)
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BALTIMORE -- An unlikely trio at the bottom of the lineup for the Red Sox put on a surprising display of power, as Daniel Nava (solo shot in the sixth), Scott Podsednik (solo homer in the eighth) and Kelly Shoppach (two-run homer in the sixth) each went deep in leading Boston past Baltimore, 6-5. The Sox concluded their eight-game roadtrip with 16 homers, going 5-3 on the trip, which came at the back end of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
With the game tied, 2-2, in the top of the sixth, Nava continued his excellent two-week stretch by lining a solo homer into the bleachers in right-center at Camden Yards for his second homer of the year. After a Podsednik single, Shoppach bashed a two-run homer to left. While the Sox gave two runs back in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-4 game, Podsednik lined a homer to right for an insurance run that proved vital in the eighth. It was Podsednik's first homer since 2010.
The show of power made a winner...
Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second team in voting conducted by the league's coaches. Avery Bradley received a first-place vote but finished well behind in the balloting.
Garnett has been on the First Team in three of the other four years he has been with the Celtics. This is the fourth time in his career that Rondo has named to an All-Defensive Team with first-place honors the last two seasons.
Here are the results:
2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami 24 5 ...
PHILADELPHIA -- Predictably, the Celtics were barraged by the Philadelphia media at their morning shootaround about comments from Kevin Garnett following Monday's Game 5 win that put Boston on the brink of the Eastern Conference finals. Garnett, who leads the Celtics into Game 6 Wednesday night, called Philadelphia fans "fair-weather" and said they don't match up anywhere close to Boston fans.
"I have no reaction to that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I'll let you guys stir that pot. Have at it, have fun with it. I don't think either fan base likes each other anyway, so I don't think it added anything. I said [Tuesday], 'What are they going to do? Hate us more?' So, what's the difference?"
"I don't know anything about that," Ray Allen added. "You have to ask [Garnett] that question. I don't have any reaction because I don't know anything about it."
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Mut reads the Thursday 'Headlines' which include helicopters over Boston and Senator Scott Brown defending himself against allegations.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut discuss the Patriots QB situation heading into preseason Game 3, and Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy's morning take on the team which mirrors Kirk's.
After Callahan unloads on his producers to start the show, Kirk & Gerry get on to discussing the Red Sox and their Wednesday night loss in Tampa to the Rays in 11 innings.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.More from this show
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice rulingMore from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show
Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.More from this show