ATLANTA -- Ray Allen went through part of his normal presume shooting routine, but not all of it prior to the Celtics' playoff opener with the Hawks. That was the indication that Allen would miss the opener due to an ankle injury that kept him out of the final nine games of the regular season.
Allen said on Saturday that he'd have surgery after the season to deal with bone spurs, but the Celtics still aren't closing the door on a possible appearance. "No, it’s going to be day-to-day, game-to-game," coach Doc Rivers said. "That’s just what it is."
With Allen out, Mickael Pietrus will see the majority of the minutes on the wing, but Rivers said three other players could see time. He mentioned Keyon Dooling, Sasha Pavlovic and rookie E'Twaun Moore as possibilities.
The Hawks will start their normal lineup, which has Joe Johnson at the small forward spot, Kirk Hinrich at guard and veteran Jason Collins at...
CHICAGO -- Kevin Youkilis said after the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to the White Sox Sunday that he was available for pinch-hitting duty despite being scratched just before the game with a stiff lower back.
"I was just really tight today and it locked up and they decided to scratch me and use me later on int he game if they were going to use me," Youkilis said.
"I can't play the outfielder and I'm not left-handed, so I think that was the reason for those (decisions not to pinch-hit him). As far as I know -- maybe, I don't know if trainers said anything else. As far as I was concerned, I was ready."
Youkilis said he hadn't experienced any stiffness in the days leading up the injury, but surmised the cold weather throughout the three-game series might have contributed to the ailment.
"It's probably just three days in the freezing cold," he said. "I don't know, I felt good. I felt good all week. I just woke up...
CHICAGO -- The Red Sox were forced to finish their road trip with a 6-1 mark, dropping the series finale against the White Sox, 4-1, Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Earning the win for the White Sox was starter Gavin Floyd, who no-hit the visitors through the first 6 1/3 innings before Dustin Pedroia pushed a single to the opposite field in the seventh. Floyd finished giving up one run on two hits while striking out nine.
Josh Beckett, who got the start for the Red Sox, tried to keep pace with Floyd, but succumbed to a three-run first inning which was highlighted by Adam Dunn's two-run home run. Beckett finished tying a career-high with 126 pitches, marking the first time since July 21, 1998 that Red Sox pitchers have thrown back-to-back games of 121 pitches or more (Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield).
Beckett finished his 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking three. He lowered his ERA to 4.45.
CHICAGO -- Prior to his team's series finale against the White Sox, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't commit to catching Kelly Shoppach each time Josh Beckett takes the mound. Sunday would be the fourth straight game in which Beckett threw to Shoppach, during which time the righty has compiled a 2.57 ERA.
In Beckett's four starts throwing to Saltalamacchia over the past two seasons, the starter's ERA stands at 7.54, with the only pairing this season resulting in a 4 2/3-inning, seven-run loss in Detroit.
"I like all the pairings," said Valentine, who first jokingly explained the move was because Sunday was Shoppach's 32nd birthday. "The way it looks right now, it looks like our catchers and pitchers are working very well together. Matter of fact, I can’t think of a better caught game than Salty did yesterday. Worked in 21 changeups for Jon Lester. I haven’t seen that since I’ve been managing, had swings and...
CHICAGO -- Kelly Shoppach will be catching Josh Beckett in the Red Sox' series finale against the White Sox Sunday. Right-hander Gavin Floyd goes for the hosts.
Neither Shoppach (1-for-8, 4 strikeouts) or Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-for-11) have had much success against Floyd, but Beckett has been much more effective throwing to Shoppach. The Sox starter has a 2.57 in his three starts throwing to the right-handed hitter, while having totaled a 7.54 ERA in his four appearances with Saltalamacchia behind the plate.
The following is the Red Sox lineup:
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Cody Ross LF
Marlon Byrd CF
Kelly Shoppach C
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
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.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.More from this show
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice rulingMore from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show
Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.More from this show