Phillies starter Cole Hamels dominated the Red Sox over seven innings, allowing just three hits en route to his club's 5-1 win. Hamels permitted a first-inning, solo homer to Sox catcher Victor Martinez, but otherwise was untouchable.
Sox starter John Lackey, on the other hand, continued his recent struggles. He allowed a season-high two homers and five walks, as the Phillies elevated his pitch count and drove him from the game after just five innings (and 107 pitches) in which the Sox starter allowed four runs. In his last three starts, he now has a 7.50 ERA. Phillies sluggers Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both went deep against Lackey to power the Phillies offense.
The Sox rallied against the Phillies bullpen in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs. But pinch-hitter David Ortiz, who represented the tying run, saw his long fly ball to center field die on the warning track to end the game....
Mike Cameron, playing center field for Double-A Portland in the seventh game of his rehab assignment, hit a home run in his third at-bat of the night, his second longball of his rehab spell. Cameron struck out in his first two at-bats and flied out in his fourth. Cameron is hitting .273 with two homers and three doubles on his current rehab assignment.
In the contest, pitching prospect Casey Kelly allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in three innings. It was the most runs he's allowed all year.
In his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Hall of Fame journalist and current NESN analyst Peter Gammons said that the Red Sox had investigated the availability of Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (currently in the minors) earlier in the year, but that with the resurgence of designated hitter David Ortiz, it makes less sense to pursue him in the short term, since the Sox wouldn't be looking to move Victor Martinez from catching to the DH role.
"They tried to get him two years ago. They’ve been looking at him, but now that Ortiz is hitting, I think it lessens the need for him. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went out and got him at the end of the year. But I just don’t know if they can go out right now and expend what Colorado would want to get," said Gammons. "Chris is a much better player than what he’s done this year. The Red Sox do really love him. Maybe...
The Falcons announced Friday afternoon that the Patriots will visit for a couple of days of practices in Georgia before the preseason game between the two teams Aug. 19 at the Georgia Dome. In what they are calling "combined practices," the Patriots and Falcons will work out together in Flowery Branch, Ga. starting on Aug. 17, two days before the teams battle in a preseason meeting in Atlanta. Both New England coach Bill Belichick and Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff hinted at the idea during a radio appearance Friday in Atlanta. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Meeting with reporters in Philadelphia prior to Friday's game against the Phillies, Red Sox manager Terry Francona disputed a report that David Ortiz left the Rogers Centre in Toronto during a game on April 27 due to his disappointment after being pulled in favor of pinch-hitter Mike Lowell. The report, which was part of an extensive feature on Ortiz on ESPN.com, said that the DH left the park after he "temporarily ignored Francona's order and kept walking to the plate" after being called back to the dugout for Lowell."
While Francona did not comment on the incident for the ESPN.com story, he told reporters on Friday that the portrayal was inaccurate.
"Somebody's reporting something that's not true," Francona told reporters. "I shouldn't have to deal with that. ... Whether...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.
We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.
Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.
Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.
We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.
We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.More from this show
Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.More from this show