When asked about the 105 mph fastball reportedly thrown by Reds rookie Aroldis Chapman last Friday, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said during his team's recent series against the Rays, "I've seen it," citing the time he clocked then-Detroit minor-leaguer Joel Zumaya throwing 104 mph during a Florida State League game in 2004. "I used to always calibrate our gun just to make sure," Papelbon explained. "I started and Lester started so I always had Lester's velocity as well. Zumaya was consistently 101 to 104." Chapman was clocked at close to 104 mph Wednesday night.
Papelbon then went on to explain that radar gun readings shouldn't be the be-all and end-all when analyzing fastballs, saying that he has a more accurate idea of how hard he is throwing than any radar run reading taken in a stadium.
"I can tell you exactly, within an a mile an hour what that fastball is...
Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds' victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. Read more about Chapman's electrifying performance, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Former Baltimore Ravens head coach, and current Fox Sports analyst, Brian Billick weighed in on the latest edition of HBO's 'Hard Knocks' featuring the New York Jets, saying, "I don't think there is a big downside for them." Billick's Ravens team was the first to participate in the network's show, which follows one NFL team each season through the preseason. (For a running diary of the latest episode of 'Hard Knocks' click here.)
Billick also touched on how what the Patriots' mind-set might be heading into their final preseason game, Thursday night against the Giants. The former coach noted that he isn't surprised by the insinuation by Pats' head coach Bill Belichick that he might play his starters, including Tom Brady, more than usual for a fourth preseason game. "He's sending a message,...
BALTIMORE — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, following an examination of his left foot by Dr. George Theodore on Wednesday, said that he expects that he will be cleared to play following a CT scan on Friday. Barring an unexpected development, Varitek — who has been out since a foul ball broke the appendage on June 30 — believes he will be green-lighted for rehab games this weekend, following a return to the Red Sox.
“Honestly, I don’t really have much of a doubt right now. I’m ready to go,” said Varitek. “I wouldn’t feel the way I feel and be able to do what I’ve been able to do if I wasn’t. … I’ve just got to pass the CT scan, and then they give me the go-ahead and let me go. I’m ready.”
Varitek had been enjoying a strong first half at the time of his injury. He was hitting .263 with a .324 OBP, .547 slugging mark and .871...
BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox appeared well on their way to a fourth straight loss before a seventh-inning eruption continued Jon Lester's incredible winning streak against the Orioles.
The Sox, who had average 2.4 runs per game over their previous five contests, exploded for six runs in the seventh inning, resulting in a come-from-behind 9-6 win over Baltimore. The chief damage was done by the left side of the infield, as Marco Scutaro clubbed a two-run homer -- his first longball in over a month -- while Adrian Beltre smashed a three-run shot just over the left-field fence for his 24th round-tripper of the year.
The big inning improved Lester to 13-0 in his career against the Orioles, on a night when his winning streak seemed all but certain to end. He allowed five runs on six hits in the first two innings, prompting the Sox to warm up relievers in each of the first two frames. But he managed to regroup and stop any...
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.
Joe and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
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
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Gerry and Kirk go at it on whether or not Brady is starting to decline.
The guys opened the show discussing the latest on the Ravens and Steve Bisciotti.
It appears that Mookie Betts is the front-runner to be the lead off hitter for the Red Sox in 2015. But where will he play? And who gets traded? The guys talk about getting younger and re-visit the Sox making a play for Giancarlo Stanton.
A reporter quits LIVE on the air in hilarious fashion. The details of Rob Bironas' death are starting to emerge. High School football player Apollos Hester gives an uplifting post-game speech for the ages.
We check in with Tedy Bruschi on a Patriots Monday for his reaction to the Patriots struggles, Julien Edelman and his strong comments about his desire to see Roger Goodell lose his job.
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.
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Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
The defense was forced to make a stop in the last minute of the game to preserve the 16-9 victory on Sunday. The offense had no rhythm again and struggled in the red zone. The offensive line looked poor again. Lou, Christian and Tim talk about the win that looked like a loss, and what this team needs to do to improve.More from this show
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