Dustin Pedroia crushed a two-run homer over the Green Monster to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth as the Red Sox beat the Tigers, 7-3, Monday night at Fenway, opening their 10-game homestand on a winning note. Boston's third straight win lifted them over the .500 mark at 52-51 on the season.
Clay Buchholz (9-3) was very much in control, overcoming a leadoff homer to Austin Jackson and a wall ball double to Quintin Berry to start the game.
The Red Sox responded immediately in the bottom of the first when Jacoby Ellsbury worked a walk on nine pitches. Carl Crawford tripled Ellsbury home to tie the game. Pedroia following with an RBI ground out to give the Red Sox their first lead of the night, 2-1.
After the Tigers tied it, 2-2, on a triple by Omar Infante and a single by Miguel Cabrera, Buchholz settled into a groove, retiring 10 straight batters. He then watched as Carl Crawford walked to open the sixth. Pedroia...
Bobby Valentine hinted Monday that he is hopeful that slugger David Ortiz could return from a strained right Achilles injury by the end of the week, despite a setback over the weekend in his strength and conditioning program. Ortiz told ESPN that he could not complete agility drills for his feet and instead had to take to running in a swimming pool for treatment and therapy on his right foot.
Ortiz, who leads the Red Sox in homers (23) and slugging (.609) and OPS (1.015), injured himself on July 16 while rounding second base on an eighth-inning, go-ahead homer by Adrian Gonzalez. He was placed on the disabled list the next day and is eligible to come off on Wednesday.
"I don't know if it was ever on goal," Valentine said of Ortiz coming off the DL after 15 days. "Whenever he's ready. He's running in the pool and we'll take it from there. He's not far away but I don't know that Wednesday is the magical day but it will be...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine went a step beyond trying to assure his current players as they approach Tuesday afternoon's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. He said before Monday's game with the Tigers that he not only likes his team, he sees more weaknesses in the teams they are playing than his own club. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington had been rumored to be trying to move Josh Beckett before the trade deadline, in addition to mulling other offers to improve the roster.
"I like my team," Valentine said. "I think we're a good team. If there's anyway Ben thinks we can improve it for this year and beyond, I'm sure he's going to do that. But this is a good group of guys. I don't see any gaping holes. I see more holes on the other teams than I see on ours."
Sources told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford Monday that a potential Beckett trade to Texas died after talks between the two teams over the weekend. As for his own status heading...
According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, citing a major league source, the proposed deal that would send Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett to the Rangers is dead. Bradford tweeted the following on Monday afternoon:
"Source: Beckett to Rangers not happening. Deal is currently dead."
Beckett had recently been linked to the Rangers and Braves in trade rumors, but WEEI.com reported Monday that the Braves were not in the mix for the 32-year-old.
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The subject of recent trade talks, Josh Beckett politely declined media inquiries about trade speculation prior to Monday's game, telling reporters, "I've got nothing for you guys."
The right-hander's name has been mentioned in trade rumors recently, with the Rangers and Braves among the teams linked to the two-time World Series champion.
Beckett, 32, has is 5-9 this season with a 4.57 earned run average. He has two years remaining on his contract after this season.
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Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
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
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.
The ballot question talk continued with callers and Peter King continues to embarrass himself.
Amani Toomer tried his best to weigh in on the Josh Brown scandal.
Heath Evans called in to defend himself and Megyn Kelly fought with Newt Gingrich.
Josh Brown, who is the center of a domestic violence scandal, put out a statement saying some contradictory things that we already know about the Giants kicker. Glenn, Lou and Christian call out Brown and talk about his phony statement.
Yet another member of the Red Sox baseball operations staff is leaving and joining Mike Hazen in Arizona. When the should the Red Sox be concerned? Also, Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about a surprise twist with the vacant Red Sox GM job.
The Pats look like their the best team in the AFC (again), but after Denver's win on Monday Night Football, can they contend? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the biggest threat will be.
We check in with super bowl champion and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer for his take on Pats-Steelers, Pats-Bills, Tom Brady, and the rest of the NFL.
Took them awhile to get there, but the G-Men did the right thing today and we discuss it.
We talk a bit about the World Series and Tito vs Theo.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
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.
K&C producers Ken and Curtis break down the Wednesday Trenni experience plus a post-show pow-wow with a radio consultant.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis rundown the highs and lows of Tuesday's K&C Show with Jon Meterparel on the Dino Casting Couch
Monday's show was a scattered affair w/ Mut joining Kirk & Gerry; producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Tom Brady interview among other show tidbits.
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The guys talked about the fallout from Roger Goodell's handling of Josh Brown's domestic violence problems.More from this show
Chris Russo called in to defend himself on comments he made regarding John Mara's handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence case.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter talked about Tom Brady's comments regarding domestic abuse and reacted to Rashad Jennings continued support of Josh Brown.More from this show