Rays pitcher Joel Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night's 5-4 victory over the Nationals after umpires found "a significant amount of pine tar" on his glove when he entered the game in the eighth inning. Peralta, who pitched for the Nationals in 2010, appears to have been exposed by a former teammate, as Washington manager Davey Johnson requested the inspection after "a rumor that he liked a little pine tar."
Peralta tipped his cap to the Nationals dugout as he left the field.
"Good for them," he said later. "They still lose the game."
Rays manager Joe Maddon insisted that it's a "common practice" for pitchers to use pine tar, and he called Johnson's actions "cowardly." Maddon also requested a check of Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus' glove in the ninth inning (umpires found nothing).
"Insider trading, man. It's bush," Maddon said. "It's bogus. That's way too...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Marlins after suffering what he initially feared to be a recurrence of the torn adductor muscle in his right thumb that sidelined him for a week. Pedroia was jammed by a 95 mph fastball from right-hander Ryan Webb, and while leaving the field after fouling out to first base, he shook his hand on the way to the dugout.
Valentine -- who said that general manager Ben Cherington talked to the second baseman during the game -- suggested that the Sox had not yet made a conclusive determination about the injury to the three-time All-Star, who went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.
"It’s early for a complete update, of course. He said -- this is third-hand -- that he was more fearful than he was injured," Valentine said. "The ball was an inside pitch that pushed the bat back in his hand the way he didn’t want it...
David Ortiz, Kelly Shoppach and Cody Ross all homered off Mark Buehrle in support of Clay Buchholz as the Red Sox beat the Marlins, 7-5, Tuesday night in the opener of a nine-game homestand at Fenway. The Sox won their third straight to move over .500 again at 34-33. The Red Sox overcame some shoddy fielding and an inconsistent night from Buchholz to improve to 15-19 this year at Fenway.
Buchholz was staked to leads of 4-2 and 5-3 but could not hold them as Logan Morrison had a career night for the Marlins. He had hits in his first three at-bats, including a towering homer off Buchholz in the first inning that put the Marlins on top 2-0. Buchholz allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings, striking out three and walking one while improving to a team-best 8-2 on the season. Buchholz actually saw his ERA increase from 5.38 to 5.53 on the season.
Ortiz got the runs right back in the bottom half of the inning with his 17th homer of the season...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Tuesday's game against the Marlins after the bottom of the seventh inning, shortly after getting jammed by a fastball on a foul-out to first base. After a bat-splintering, 95 mph fastball from reliever Ryan Webb, Pedroia was seen shaking his hand on the way back to the Red Sox dugout.
The fact that Pedroia was left shaking his hand raises obvious questions about whether the issue is related to his recent stint on the sidelines due to a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. Pedroia managed to avoid the disabled list but was sidelined for a week by that injury, which became acute in late-May. He has played in all 13 Red Sox games since returning from the injury, and with Tuesday's 1-for-3 performance (which also featured a sacrifice bunt), Pedroia was hitting .170 with a .237 OBP, .226 slugging mark and .463 OPS this month.
He was replaced at second base by Nick Punto. More updates will be provided...
Before Tuesday's series opener with the Marlins at Fenway, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined his players in vehemently denying a report this week that the atmosphere inside clubhouse is "toxic." Olney reported that players and team staff are frustrated with the way the team is being handled inside the clubhouse, leading to a potentially explosive atmosphere.
"I don't know to define toxic," Valentine said Tuesday afternoon in his first public comments since Olney's blog that ripped the Red Sox culture. "It's too big a word for me. "I'm not going to comment on people's articles. I don't even comment on [Boston media] articles. Why would I comment on somebody who I don't think knows anything."
After about seven minutes of answering questions, the subject of the Red Sox clubhouse came up again.
"It's a bunch of guys who get dressed and play loud music before the game and seem to get ready. I don...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
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.
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
Glenn, Lou and Christian joke around with audio from a grab-bag of topics, including David Ortiz driving for Lyft, Rex Ryan joining the Buffalo media conference call, and Jim Mora coming back with another great rant.
Red Sox President of Baseball Ops. Dave Dombrowski checks in with Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about what the playoff roster might look like, and to give the latest update on Pablo Sandoval.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo & Jacoby Brissett, and talk about what he say from a day of practice and press conferences down at Gillette.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
Jerry and I talk about the Ryder Cup and we talk about the passing of The King Arnold Palmer.
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