With left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees, left fielder Carl Crawford will sit for the Red Sox, with Pedro Ciriaco batting second and serving as the DH and Daniel Nava playing left field and batting ninth. Kelly Shoppach will get a start against Sabathia, his former teammate with the Indians, while catching Jon Lester, who will be looking for his first win of the second half. .
Crawford is 4-for-20 with seven strikeouts and a walk so far this year against lefties. Of course, Nava has also had his struggles against southpaws, hitting .148/.266/.241/.508 against them. Moreover, Crawford is a career .319/.338/.449/.787 hitter against Sabathia, whom Nava has never faced.
NEW YORK -- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said before Friday's game, a 10-3 loss to the Yankees, that Josh Beckett remains a valued contributor in his team's rotation and that the team would do nothing to improve by getting rid of him.
"We’ve had a lot of good teams here with rotations made up of guys whose performances look a lot like Josh Beckett’s this year. His performance is not our problem. We’re not playing as well as we need to as a team," Cherington said. "We’re trying to improve our pitching. He’s been an effective starting pitcher in the American League East this year. However you want to look at it, that’s what he’s been. We’re not doing anything to help us if we take that off the table. We’re trying to improve things."
Cherington said that the team was not evaluating Beckett based on his 5-9 record or the team's 6-11 record in games when he starts. Instead, he...
NEW YORK -- After the Red Sox' 10-3 loss to the Yankees -- dropping Bobby Valentine's team to two games under .500 (49-51) for the first time since June 15 -- Dustin Pedroia had some pointed analysis regarding the Sox' situation.
"First 100 games have been [expletive]," Pedroia said. "I mean, at two games under .500, we're the Boston Red Sox. If everyone's thrilled about where we're at then we need to re-evaluate because I don't like losing. I know everyone else doesn't like losing. We go to play better, man."
When asked if the team felt a matter of urgency, having lost six of its last seven games while falling 11 1/2 games in back of the Yankees in the American League East, Pedroia offered a quick response, saying, "It should be high."
"I can't speak for everyone. I feel urgency. Talking to a lot of guys, we all do," he said. "We need to win. It's not — that's all we feel. Maybe that's...
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox fell two games below .500 for the first time since June 15, dropping a 10-3 decision to the Yankees, Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees, who now have an 11 1/2-game lead in the American League East on the Sox, used three homers to power their way to the victory, highlighted by Curtis Granderson's eighth-inning grand slam against Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon. Also homering for the hosts were Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin.
The only Red Sox runs came courtesy solo home runs from Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Taking the loss for the Sox was starter Aaron Cook, who allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings. He was victimized by poor defense in the first inning, when shortstop Mike Aviles was unable to turn a fairly routine, 4-6-3 double play, extending the inning and allowing for three first-inning runs by the Yankees.
NEW YORK -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have drawn "significant" interest in outfielder Cody Ross, but the team has told interested parties that it has no intentions of dealing Ross at this time.
If made available, Ross would be a valued commodity leading into Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline both because of his production and affordability. The 31-year-old entered Friday night's game with the Yankees hitting .261 with 16 home runs and an .870 OPS. He is in the midst of one-year, $3 million contract.
Ross has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Red Sox earlier in the month, telling WEEI.com, ""Absolutely. Definitely," said the outfielder when asked if life as a Red Sox is better than he expected. "That being said, every place I've been I've felt like I was a good fit. But when you sit down and really map it out and everything just seems like it lines up for me. Great organization, check...
We check in with former Patriot, current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans for his complete analysis on the Patriots win over the Bengals, and the rest of the NFL.
We talk to special teams Captain Matthew Slater about the win over the Bengals and some of the extra-curricular activities that took place between plays.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts and analysis on beating the Bengals, and preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
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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.
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.
To start hour three of Thursday's show, Gerry, Kirk and Meter discuss a New York Post story exposing Josh Brown and Curtis recounted his awkward photo day experience.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian have a semi-reunion with Pittsburgh's Tim Benz. In addition to a stroll down memory Lane, they talk about the Steelers-Patriots game Sunday, and Benz has to jam in some Penguins talk.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian look ahead to tonight's Bruins Home Opener against Taylor Hall and the Devils. They also talk about David Backes' fit in Claude Julien's system, the young defensive core, realistic expectations for Zdeno Chara, and the development of David Pastrnak.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian go through the details of Josh Brown's domestic violence issues, some of which are from his own journal, and wonder why he is still in the NFL. They're pretty disturbed that there are reports that the NFL knew of these issues, and took no action. Also, John Mara is very complicit in this...
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the fine of Vontaze Burfict and his enabler, his head coach Marvin Lewis.
Dale, Michael and Jerry play and discuss the Roger Goodell press conference and comment on it. Topics include sagging ratings, Bill Belichick vs Tablets and more.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open the show with some B's talk.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
The Thursday K&C recap show with Ken Laird & Chris Curtis discussing the photo day reveal, local TV sports anchors and Jon Meterparel angling for certainty.
Ken & Curtis recap a Trenni-Wednesday on the show with a female showdown, a smorgasbord of topics, & the embarrassing Patriots media led by Mike Giardi
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