The Red Sox struggles continued, with their starting pitching letting them down again. This time it was Daisuke Matsuzaka's 1 1/3 inning outing doing the damage, with the hurler allowing five runs while throwing just 42 pitches. The end result was a 9-2 win for the Blue Jays Saturday night in a game that included two rain delays.
With the loss the Red Sox drop to 63-77 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games, and 15 of their last 19. The Red Sox starters have a 5.90 ERA since Aug. 1, and 9.98 ERA in their last 10 games. They have also pitched four or fewer innings five times in that 10-game stretch.
The Sox could never dig out from the hole dug by Matsuzaka, which included the righty allowing all five of his runs in the second inning. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before having to shut it down because of the first rain delay.
Also giving up runs for the Red Sox were Vicente Padilla, who surrendered a...
As the Patriots landed in Nashville for their game on Sunday against the Titans, the team ruled out two more players for the season opener. Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder) and rookie defensive back Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) joined running back Shane Vereen (foot) as players who will miss the contest.
McDonald injured his shoulder in the next-to-last preseason game on Aug. 24 against Tampa Bay while Dennard was a late addition to the injury report on Friday and was limited in practice.
Heavy rain caused the Red Sox and Blue Jays to go into a rain delay in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday. At the time of the delay, the Blue Jays held a 5-0 lead after getting to starter Daisuke Matsuzaka for five second-inning runs. Matsuzaka lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on five hits, including a homer to Yunel Escobar. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out one.
The tarps came out after a leadoff single from Jacoby Ellsbury.
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Red Sox starter John Lackey threw live batting practice Saturday, marking the first time the veteran right-hander has thrown to hitters since getting Tommy John surgery on Nov. 1. Lackey, 33, threw 15 pitches in the session as teammates looked on.
"[It was] the first step in a new world for him after a real hard summer of rehab," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Better than how he looked is how he felt. He said he felt great afterwards, and that's what's really important."
Valentine said that he felt Lackey's session was "OK considering that it's the first time" he's thrown to hitters in quite some time.
"His breaking ball was really good, which is usually the last thing," Valentine said. "He's been working on that less. It was good, he just didn't have real good control of his two-seamer."
The manager said that the next step for Lackey is "more of the same," and...
After leading off in three straight games, Scott Podsednik will hit eighth Saturday as the Red Sox face the Blue Jays in the second game of their three-game set at Fenway Park. Pedro Ciriaco is leading off for the Sox, while Boston will send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound against Toronto's Aaron Laffey.
The Red Sox' lineup is as follows:
1. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Cody Ross, RF
5. Mauro Gomez, 1B
6. Ryan Lavarnway, C
7. Mike Aviles, DH
8. Scott Podsednik, LF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka
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Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
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Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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