TORONTO -- Speaking with reporters before Saturday's 1:07 p.m. start with the Blue Jays, Terry Francona touched on being a 900-game-winner as a manager and the improved status of Mike Cameron, who went 2-for-3 on Friday with a homer and three RBI.
Francona admitted he's never been the type to get caught up in personal accomplishment, saying he doesn't "think it's appropriate." In coming to a team that seemed to be on the cusp when he joined them in the winter of 2003, Francona remains very thankful for the opportunity.
"I got lucky as hell, I know that," Francona said. "I came into a job that was a great organization with great players and I caught a break. I know that and feel very fortunate."
As for Cameron, he is in the starting lineup for the third game in a row. The Red Sox had left him in the game Friday despite pulling others earlier because Francona wanted...
TORONTO -- Gustavo Molina will be behind the plate as the Red Sox look to build on Friday night's 14-3 trouncing of the Rays. Daniel Nava, who didn't enter the game on Friday until the fourth inning, is in left field and batting second against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Daniel Nava, LF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Cameron, CF
8. Bill Hall, 2B
9. Gustavo Molina, C
SP -- John Lackey
TORONTO -- Going up against the team with the most homers in the majors, the Blue Jays, the Red Sox gave Toronto a taste of its own medicine, pounding out four home runs on the way to claiming a 14-3 win over the Jays, Friday night at Rogers Centre. Going deep for the Red Sox were Kevin Youkilis, Mike Cameron, Bill Hall, and Adrian Beltre. The Red Sox, who finished the night with 14 hits, took all suspense out of the contest early, jumping out to a 13-0 lead after four innings. Toronto starter Ricky Romero lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs (5 earned) on five hits and three walks.
The Sox' starting pitcher, Jon Lester, continued his momentum heading into the All-Star Game, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out six while watching his ERA go to 2.78. The lefty lost his no-hitter with two outs in the fourth inning when John Buck singled.
Leading the Sox hit parade were Cameron...
TORONTO — Hideki Okajima, who came into Friday night have pitched just once since June 29, said prior to the Red Sox’ series-opener against the Blue Jays that his bad back still bothers him, but won’t stop the lefty from making himself available.
“The condition of being able to throw is better. It causes a little pain, even when I was running. I’m not 100 percent yet but I’m able to throw so that’s why I’m pitching in the games now,” said Okajima through translator Ryo Shinkawa.
“It was in a different area compared to the other times I’ve had back problems. I don’t know what the reason for it was, but it was a different pain than I had ever experienced before. I think, personally, it came from the balance of throwing.”
Okajima is currently 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .330 against the southpaw. While...
TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona revealed how the pitching rotation will shake out following the All-Star break while speaking to reporters prior to Friday night's bout with the Blue Jays.
Tim Wakefield will take the hill in Texas next Thursday, thus giving him eight days off. Either Clay Buchholz or Felix Doubront will go on Friday, with Francona saying the team won't hesitate to pull the Buchholz out if they have any concerns. John Lackey and Jon Lester will pitch the final two games of the Rangers series, with Daisuke Matzuka going in the first of three with the Athletics on Monday, July 19.
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Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
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.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
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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John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
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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.
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Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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