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05/23/2011 - 9:43am
Hershiser on D&C: Wakefield can get better

ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Orel Hershiser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, after serving on the broadcast crew for the Red Sox' 5-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday night.

Hershiser said Tim Wakefield's stellar performance Sunday shows that Wakefield has plenty left in the tank. "I think he still can [be successful]," Hershiser said. "And I think what you're finding, too, is not the fact that his body's breaking down, he's actually got a chance to be even better as he goes on. Because he's at the point where the game is slow for him. He's not into results. He really can just relax out there."

Added Hershiser: "When he has an outing like last night, it's part of the grace of who he is now. And he understands the game. And he understands where he fits."

With the Red Sox finally winning games consistently after their disastrous start, Hershiser said the Sox' ability to...

05/23/2011 - 9:09am
Keenan on D&C: Chara needs to 'step up'

Former Bruins coach Mike Keenan joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which resume Monday night at TD Garden with the tiebreaking Game 5.

Keenan, who coached the Bruins in the 2000-01 season, one of eight NHL teams he helmed, said the B's have to be hurting after blowing a big lead in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Lightning.

"How many times do you have a 3-0 lead in a series? And Boston knows this from Philadelphia [last year], it was 3-0, I hope it doesn't end up the same result. But you have a chance to take the other team out. Then you have to look at yourself and say, 'What happened?' "

Lightning backup goalie Mike Smith came off the bench and did not allow a goal Saturday, but Keenan said he would go back to Dwyane Roloson for Game 5. "He's a calming influence for this group," Keenan said of Roloson. "He's got good leadership skills."

Keenan...

05/23/2011 - 7:32am
Mashup: Bulls' Noah expects fine after slur

Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls' 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. "I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up." Noah said he expected to be fined by the league, which docked Kobe Bryant $100,000 for similar behavior last month.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


05/23/2011 - 12:56am
Wake: That was 'a huge gold nugget' for me

After becoming the oldest Red Sox pitcher in history to record a win, 44-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield said he felt in a rhythm from the start Sunday night against the Cubs. Wakefield threw just 75 pitches, allowing four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-1 Red Sox win before a national TV audience. 

"I felt great," said Wakefield, who was given an extra day of rest after taking the place of Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Red Sox rotation. "The extra day obviously helps. I felt pretty good and I was throwing a lot of strikes tonight." 

Wakefield was in cruise control for most of the night, thanks in large part to the high percentage of strikes he was throwing. Through four innings, he had thrown just 35 pitches, 27 for strikes. Through five innings, he had allowed only an Alfonso Soriano single to open the third. 

"I take a lot of pride in that because you're asked to do a job and when you do...

05/23/2011 - 12:30am
Youk: 'We're even [for] 100 years'

Kevin Youkilis, the man who has been hit more than any other batter in Red Sox history, indicated he believes the Cubs might have been given an extra chance to equal the score on Sunday night from Saturday's beanball exchange that left Marlon Byrd with several fractures below his left eye. 

On Sunday night — with the Red Sox up, 5-1, in the eighth inning — Kerry Wood came inside on Jed Lowrie. He just missed hitting him. He didn't miss with the second pitch, drilling Lowrie on the back of the leg. Home plate umpire Ed Hickox warned both teams and no one was ejected. 

"I understand the whole thing," Youkilis said. "You throw it once and you miss, and you throw it again. I don't know why. I guess they felt like they needed to get another one in because we hit them twice. It's the game of baseball. 

"No, I didn't see that coming, but the other day they're upset, they didn't like the warning when I...

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