With the start of interleague play and the Red Sox operating without a DH while playing under National League rules in Philadelphia, David Ortiz is out of Friday's lineup against the Phillies and left-handed starter Cole Hamels.
But though Ortiz is sitting, it is worth noting that Hamels -- thanks in part to a devastating changeup -- has actually been far tougher on righties this year (.211/.255/.308/.564) than lefties (.286/.326/.452/.778). Hamels has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the majors this year, as he is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA, and 5-0 with a 1.93 mark in his last six starts.
Hamels will face Daniel Bard, who is coming off of his third quality start (in six starts) this season. Bard, in his transition to the rotation, is 3-4 with a 4.30 ERA while averaging just over six innings a start. Bard will be tasked not just with pitching against Hamels but also hitting against him, as the right-hander almost surely will step to the plate...
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Friday that the state will allocate millions of dollars in credits to help Curt Schilling's ailing video game company, 38 Studios, after the company made good on its overdue $1.1 million loan payment.
Schilling's company had delivered the loan payment check Thursday, but it was returned later in the day for insufficient funds. Chafee said the check was then cashed on Friday.
Meanwhile, Schilling took to Facebook on Friday to deny that he used Rhode Island funds to repay himself for money he used to support the company.
"That's not true," wrote Schilling, who has refused media requests to discuss his floundering company.
Thursday night, Schilling wrote a note of thanks to his backers: To all the prayers and well wishes to the team and families at 38, God Bless and thank you! We will find a way, and the strength, to endure.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will not be in the dugout for Friday's opening game of a three-game interleague series with the Red Sox. The veteran bench boss was suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for "aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact," stemming from his dispute with umpire Bob Davidson in Tuesday's game vs. the Astros.
Davidson also was suspended one game, for "repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling," according to MLB. Davidson, a 22-year veteran who ranked fourth on Sports Illustrated's player's poll of worst umpires last year, repeatedly swore at the Manuel after ejecting him for arguing from the dugout.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Celtics are expecting the best from the 76ers in Friday night's Game 4, especially after the C's 16-point win on Wednesday.
"The series couldn’t be any closer when you think about it," coach Doc Rivers said. "Someone’s going to do something tonight, and we’d like it to be us. It’s a great opportunity for us, but it’s a great opportunity for them as well."
The first two games were one-point affairs, and the Celtics know that their blowout victory counts for just one game in a series that had been extremely tight.
"We already don’t have a lot of room for error, especially on the road," Paul Pierce said. "Teams can gather momentum, they can get behind the crowd. Teams are more confident at home, they obviously play better at home. You have to have an extra-special focus, even more so on the road because there’s not a lot of room for error....
Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about his report regarding Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Rosenthal spoke to an unnamed rival executive who said that manager Bobby Valentine viewed Youkilis as a liability even before the season began and hoped to cut ties with the third baseman in spring training.
"That's what I wrote and that's what I heard -- and again, I don't know that that would be a shock, given that he is a declining player, given what happened with Valentine's comment [questioning Youkilis' desire]," Rosenthal said. "But this is a situation that, as I write, is going to play itself out. Because, most likely, with Middlebrooks slumping now, we're going to see Youkilis back on the field, and we're going to see what he can do....
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.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.
Kirk, Gerry and Mut get into some David Ortiz legacy talk in the 8am hour of the Thursday show.
After Kirk & Gerry get their digs in on Mut and some movie news, they move on to some Patriots QB talk with an eye on Friday night's game in Carolina.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
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.
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
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?More 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