Umpiring crew chief Joe West approached Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of the ninth inning to tell the Red Sox closer to speed up his work on the mound. Papelbon was amidst a scoreless ninth inning that secured a 5-3 victory for the Sox, earning his 32nd save of the year.
West pointed to his left wrist, indicating a desire for Papelbon to work faster, as he approached the pitcher. Papelbon somewhat defiantly cleaned his spikes on the mound after hearing from the umpire. The pitching mound at Fenway was damp for much of the game as a result of the steady drizzle during the game, and several pitchers had to clean their spikes, though only Papelbon was warned by West.
After the game, Papelbon suggested that West's instructions were misdirected.
"For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything," Papelbon said. "The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league is going to propose an 18-game regular season schedule to the players’ union as part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Speaking at a press conference at an owner’s meeting in Atlanta, Goodell said the support for what backers are calling an enhanced season was “overwhelming.”
“We think we’ve moved this concept along,” Goodell told reporters at a news conference following the one-day owners’ meeting, who said the league is hoping to introduce the 18-game season in 2012. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for it. We think it’s the right step to take. But we want to do that with our partners, including the players.”
Goodell said owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as a way to enhance revenues. But while owners appear solidly behind the plan,...
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, relievers Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Jason Frasor were among five Blue Jays placed on waivers Wednesday. The Red Sox had expressed interest in Downs at the non-waiver deadline but were scared off by Toronto's asking price.
Downs, 34, has posted a 2.32 ERA with 21 holds this season. Gregg, meanwhile, has converted 28 saves in 32 opportunities while compiling 50 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 46 1/3 innings. In 48 innings, Frasor has posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
After taking the first game of Wednesday's day/night doubleheader with the Mariners, the Red Sox will send Tim Wakefield, and not Jon Lester, to the mound for the night cap. Wakefield hasn't started a game since July 20, when he gave up three earned runs over six innings in Oakland. Lester was moved to Friday because scheduled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka is experiencing back soreness.
Kevin Cash, activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, will get the start behind the played while Jed Lowrie will play second base and bat seventh.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Jed Lowrie, 2B
8. Ryan Kalish, CF
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- Tim Wakefield
Marco Scutaro had two hits and Daniel Nava had a key two-run single in a four-run sixth inning as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 5-3, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Fenway Park. Game 2 is scheduled for 7:10 as the Red Sox send Jon Lester up against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Former Red Sox righty David Pauley [2-5] retired the first nine batters he faced before Scutaro opened the fourth with a double down the left field line. Josh Beckett [4-3] pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing just a leadoff infield single to Ichiro Suzuki and a walk over the first six innings. He surrendered a pair of long home runs to right in the seventh, one to Russell Branyan and a two-run blow by Casey Kotchman to make it a one-run game. The Red Sox, who won their fourth straight to improve to 73-54, picked up an insurance run in the eighth on a Darnell McDonald RBI single.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a...
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.
Chris Nowinski discussed the future of Wes Welker.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Buck.
Tim talks about the city of Las Vegas attempting to get an NHL franchise. Lou wards off "huge" bat. Christian winds up in the dog house again, for what happened on MFB yesterday.
After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.
Red Sox Manager talks about Xander's concussion and the youth movement on the Red Sox.
Josh Gordons suspension was upheld. Why is there such a stigma about weed in sports?
Today we discuss the four most famous Pats players that Bill Belichick surprisingly dealt away.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Rob Bradford is joined by Turtleboy of TurtleboySports.com to discuss which current major leaguers might be in line to become Hall of Famers. The duo dive into the difficulties facing the current crop of big leaguers when trying to reach Hall of Fame status.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. This Podcast focuses on the High Value Targets you can get in your drafts if you draft smartly. These players can slip to you and make a great impact on your roster as the season moves on. The draft is won in the middle to late rounds when the best upside players are taken. Jim and Pete give you in depth analysis on the High Value Targets to seek along with the Rookies that can make an impact this year. Jim and Pete will be back this Sunday morning too, on-air at WEEI FM 93.7 with even more. Prepare and enjoy!
Tom Curran on Welker's latest concussion.More from this show