ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Joe Maddon allowed David Ortiz to do something he had only accomplished one other time in the designated hitter’s career – be intentionally walked three times.
After Kevin Youkilis’ injury (click here for more on what was identified as spasm in a capsule in his right ankle), Ortiz was walked three intentionally three straight times, including one with a runner on first and Tampa Bay holding just a one-run lead.
“You do what you have to do to win games,” Ortiz said after the Red Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
That’s exactly the way Maddon saw it.
“That was very unfortunate for them,” said the Tampa Bay manager of the injury to Youkilis, who was replaced by Niuman Romero. “I don’t know exactly what...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis said after his team's 3-2 loss to the Rays Tuesday night that despite having to leave the game in the top of the fourth inning with what the team classified as a "right ankle pain" he expects to be ready to play in the series finale Wednesday night. Youkilis said that the injury -- diagnosed as a spasm in a capsule in his ankle -- first started hurting him while playing in the field in the bottom of the third inning. Upon going up to the plate the pain Youkilis buckled over in pain after not being able shake the feeling, which was described as like a "severe cramp."
"The whole time in the field I was just hoping it would loosen up and it never did," explained Youkilis. "It just locked up. It's a weird thing. Hopefully it doesn't happen again. I don't know. It's just very strange ... ...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rays, while watching Kevin Youkilis become the latest starter to suffer an injury. The Sox' first baseman was forced to leave the game with what the team classified as a "right ankle pain" forcing the Sox to use Niuman Romero at first and in the lineup's No. 4 spot. The combination of Youkilis leaving, along with the rest of the absences in the Sox' batting order, resulted in little offense against Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (6 IP, R), or any of the four Tampa Bray relievers to make an appearance.
Youkilis said after the game that the diagnosis was just a spasm in a capsule in his right ankle and that he should be fine to play in the series finale Wednesday night.
"The whole time in the field I was just hoping it would loosen up and it never did," explained Youkilis. "It just locked up. It's a weird thing. Hopefully it doesn't...
LeBron James will announce which team he will sign with during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night. Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine, who first reported the story, says sources told him that representatives for James contacted the network, proposing that James makes his announcement during a 9 p.m. ET special. ESPN would only confirm that active discussions for the special are ongoing.
For a guy who suffered an absolutely horrific knee injury in the regular-season finale against the Texans in January, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker looked surprisingly nimble in workouts this spring. He was limited, but was still able to participate in practice for large stretches of time — his usual MO involved working with the team through stretching and opening drills before retreating from sight when situational drills began.
There was so much made of his appearances even the receiver was a little taken aback at the reaction — ”I didn’t think it’d be that big a deal,” he said at one point.
Now comes the news from Michael Lombardi of NFL Network that Welker is ahead of schedule when it comes to returning to the field. On Tuesday night’s edition of NFL Network’s Total Access, Lombardi said Welker likely won’t be a full participant when training camp begins in late...
Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing
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.
Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he
Joe & Dave talked to Rubby De La Rosa after the rookie pitcher went seven innings in the one-run win against the Royals at Fenway.
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
Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
Tony Dungy is catching a lot of backlash regarding his comments that he would NOT have drafted Missouri LB Michael Sam because of the distractions it would have brought to the team. MFB had Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com on the show to discuss Dungy's comments.
With last night's accomplishment, a heated debate was sparked about the all time great Red Sox players and who was better: Yaz or Ortiz?
MFB discuss Tony Dungy's comments with help from the callers. We also hear from Cyd Ziegler, Steve Buckley, and Keith Olberman.
We delve into Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam and drafting him, and how there may be more at work here than on the surface.
We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.
We tackle four topics, all spawned by Rory McIroy's futures bet he placed on his own son 10 years ago.
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.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.
In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!
As we inch closer to August the initial Fantasy Football picture is starting to become more clear. Today, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com review Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com featuring 20 High Value Targets to consider. The conversation features a deep analysis on upside players like Justin Hunter, Aaron Dobson, Tavon Austin, Michael Floyd and Martellus Bennett. As well as a breakdown on three Quarterbacks including Tom Brady who should be strongly considered ahead of their current Average Draft Position. Get ahead of the information while these great Fantasy Stocks are low!
Lester went 8 innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8 as the Red Sox swept the Royals. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. With every dominant performance, the price tag goes up.More from this show
Tim bought the entire DVD box set of True Detective and binge-watched the entire series in one weekend. Christian found a man who made a spread sheet of how and when his wife said "No" to sex. And most importantly, Lou spoke about a boy named Danny Nickerson. Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall. He loves to see his name on postcards and mail, so Lou encouraged people to send Danny birthday cards.More from this show