After a rain delay of 2 hours, 7 minutes, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz returned to the mound for the top of the third inning of the Red Sox' contest against the Twins, armed with a 1-0 lead. Buchholz struck out the first batter he faced, Luke Hughes, on three pitches.
The delay began at 1:53 p.m., with the game resuming at 4:00 p.m. The Sox claimed a first inning advantage when Jed Lowrie delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first.
While Buchholz returned to the game for the Sox, the Twins elected to pull their starter, Brian Duensing. Kevin Slowey will take the hill in the third for Minnesota.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona has had a good deal of success moving players around in his batting order until they find they comfort zone and get hot. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are clear examples of that this season but Francona said before Saturday's contest against Minnesota that he has no such plans for Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox second baseman has just six hits in 53 at-bats in his last 13 games as his average has dropped to .235 on the season.
"Nah, I'd like to leave him where he is. I've been around him long enough to know that he will get every bit as hot as he got cold," Francona said of Pedroia in the No. 2 spot in the order. "I know my job is to remain positive but this is an easy one. I thought with Carl being new, I thought he was feeling it a little bit. I understand that, it's human nature. I thought it would help him. And Carl's going to really get going."
Pedroia, who got the day off on Thursday,...
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, in an interview with WEEI's Sports Saturday Show, said that he had not second-guessed his decision to sign with the Red Sox this winter. The 29-year-old suggested that he is a creature of such routine that he feels there would have been an adjustment period no matter where he had gone, and so he said that it was less about where he signed than it was a matter of changing cities at all that had helped lay the groundwork for his early-season struggles.
"I didn’t ever think I made the wrong decision," said Crawford. "It never crossed my mind because any way it had gone it would have been a new place. I’m pretty sure I would have went through these struggles this first month wherever I had gone just because it was new and I had to get used to it. That thought never ran across my mind. I know people are probably thinking that, but for me, I’ve never struggled like this before, but I know...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Saturday's game he hasn't heard from Major League Baseball about any disciplinary action as a result of his run-in with umpire crew chief Joe West after getting tossed from Friday night's game.
"I think things are probably done a little differently now than they were," Francona said. "I don't know what the exact protocol would be."
Francona was ejected in the second inning by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing a step-balk call on Tim Wakefield, a ruling like balls and strikes that doesn't allow for any debate or arguing by the manager. Francona got very heated when West physically stepped in front of Francona and put his hands on him to keep him from getting to Hernandez. Francona said Saturday he's put the episode behind him.
"You have to," Francona said. "There's probably two or three times a year where I don't and it ends up bogging me...
Shaquille O'Neal made it through two practice sessions and participated in the team's morning shootaround on Saturday and looks ready to go for Game 3 of the Celtics playoff series with the Heat, which resumes Saturday night at the Garden. Shaq didn't speak with reporters although he was spotted in practice gear as the team left the floor.
Rajon Rondo was the only member of the team to speak with the press and he expressed confidence. "This is a confident group of guys," he said. "It’s not the same [team] as the last two or three years but it’s still confident. If I didn’t [have confidence] we’d be planning vacations right now. I don’t have any plans."
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Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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