Struggling outfielder Jason Bay, whose average is down to .216 (with two home runs and 10 RBIs) after going hitless in his last 17 at-bats, was benched Sunday by Mets manager Terry Collins. "Judging by my results lately, I couldn't say no," the former Red Sox slugger said. "Obviously, I want to play. I like playing. But ... I don't think it could hurt."
Bay has looked impressive in batting practice but has been unable to carry it over into games. "In batting practice, I'm still that guy," he said of his success with the Red Sox and Pirates. "I need to find a way to get that translated to the game."
Since leaving the Sox to sign a big free agent contract with the Mets before the 2010 season, Bay has batted .247 with eight home runs and 57 RBIs in and had stints on the disabled list with concussion and rib cage issues.
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Miami took a double-digit lead and held off Dallas down the stretch for an 88-86 win Sunday night and a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven NBA finals. Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds on the way to the victory, while Dirk Nowitzki — who missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied the game — ended up with a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. While Wade had a great evening, it was Chris Bosh (18 points) who delivered the game-winner, connecting on a 16-foot jumper with 40 seconds left.
Asked if he had any regrets for openly mocking Patrice Bergeron by sticking his finger in the face of the Bruins center, Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre said everyone should feel to form their own opinion.
"I've got nothing to answer that," Lapierre said Sunday night during a press availability prior to Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden. "Everybody has own judgment and that's all right. That's what makes it fun.
"Our focus right now is to win a hockey game. It doesn't matter how you do it."
Lapierre said he expects a more hostile crowd than usual in Boston on Monday night but added he won't be intimidated since he played for the Canadiens against Boston in one of the NHL's most fierce rivalries.
"It's the Stanley Cup final. I played a lot in Boston with Montreal. It's going to be loud and it's going to be an exciting game," Lapierre said.
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Upon his arrival in Boston late Sunday afternoon, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called Rich Peverley’s slash on Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 a dirty play.
“Kevin didn’t get hit,” Vigneault said when asked about the Canucks matching the physical play of the Bruins. “He got a cheap shot in the back of the knee, so that’s totally different. He went down by something you don’t want to see in the game. But at the end of the day, we know they’re a big, physical team, and we can play a speed game but we can play a physical game, which I think we’ve shown throughout the playoffs.”
Bieksa returned after limping to the bench and no penalty was called on the play. The Canucks outhit the Bruins 40-31 Saturday after the Bruins held a 31-30 advantage in Game 1.
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With all the talk about his style in net and the bizarre end to Game 2, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said his teammates need to start making life a little tougher on his counterpart, Roberto Luongo.
"I've been busy just trying to do my own job," Thomas said. "I think he's played well with what he's been tested with. But I don't think we've tested him enough. That's part of the reason we're down 2-0 in the series."
Before Milan Lucic scored nine minutes into the second period of Game 2 Saturday night, Luongo stopped the first 47 shots he faced in the series, and the last 76 faced in the playoffs. Luongo leads Thomas in playoff goals against (2.16 to 2.27) and wins (14-12) while Thomas has the edge save percentage (.930 to .928). Both have played 20 games in the 2011 playoffs.
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WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.
Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had a fantastic day, knocking in seven runs, scoring five runs, and hitting five extra-base hits in the win against the Mariners at Fenway.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
Inspired by the release of Madden NFL '16, we go inside four of the most iconic sports video games of all time.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.
We discuss the snippet from the NFL films special 'Do Your Job' about how long Belichick plans to coach, which was expounded by well in a column by Tom E Curran on CSNNE
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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