Red Sox manager Terry Francona acknowledged the obvious. Outfielder Carl Crawford is pressing, appearing "a little jumpy" at the plate, in the words of Francona. On Friday night, Crawford went 0-for-5 with a strikeout, taking a number of bad swings. He is now hitting .138 for the season, including a 3-for-28 (.107) rut from the leadoff spot -- a place in the batting order where Crawford has yet to walk in 29 plate appearances.
After the Sox' 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays, Francona said that he planned to discuss with Crawford his comfort in the leadoff spot.
"That’s probably something I probably need to sit and talk with him about because the last thing I want to do is hinder somebody. I want to help him," said Francona, who shifted Crawford to the leadoff spot at the start of the current homestand. "He’s never really gotten hot yet. He’s gonna get hot. I don’t care if we hit him one through...
It was a night ill-suited for baseball, and it certainly appeared that way while Clay Buchholz and Bobby Jenks were on the mound for the Red Sox. Buchholz matched a career-high by permitting five walks, and Jenks allowed a career-high in runs (4) while matching a career-high in hits allowed (4) as the Sox suffered a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays that dropped their record to a major league-worst 2-10.
Buchholz allowed just three hits in his five-plus innings of work, but walks and poor command did him in after he allowed three runs. The right-hander threw fewer than half (46) of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Jenks, who was brought into a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh, had difficulty finding the strike zone, but when he did, he found the middle of the plate. The Jays pounded him for four hits in just one-third of an inning, and the Toronto eruption proved significant, as it spread the game out to the point where the Sox' three-run eighth inning...
With the official announcement of the seven-year, $154 million deal between the Red Sox and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox now have committed to two nine-figure contracts in the span of five months after never having done one in the first eight years of GM Theo Epstein's tenure as general manager. The biggest deals ever done by the Sox prior to the signings of Gonzalez and Carl Crawford (seven years, $142 million) were the five-year, $82.5 million deal for John Lackey and the five-year, $70 million deal signed by J.D. Drew.
That being the case, Epstein was asked whether the Sox have changed their organizational philosophy about long-term deals. The GM said that he did not believe that the Gonzalez and Crawford deals represented a departure. He suggested that the team has, in fact, offered such contracts in the past (the team failed in attempts to acquire both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, though they were prepared to commit well over $100...
WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers is hoping Shaquille O'Neal returns to practice on Saturday after watching from the sidelines on Friday as the team began full-scale practice preparations for the Knicks Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.
“He was doing good. He sat pretty well today, looked good over there," Rivers said tongue-in-cheek. "It was terrific. He watched the entire practice."
Rivers said the team is managing O'Neal's calf injury as carefully as possible before letting him get back on the court.
"We knew that, we planned that," Rivers added. "[Saturday] we’ll see what he can do. He did some of the walk-through stuff but I just don’t want to take a chance. We’ll find out [Saturday]. “He’ll practice hopefully and then we’ll make a decision after that.”
Delonte West (ankle) and Jermaine O'Neal both returned to full-...
With a rare two off-days in a row, Red Sox manager Terry Francona opted to skip John Lackey in the rotation and keep Clay Buchholz with his regularly scheduled start on Friday night against Toronto’s Brett Cecil. The Red Sox starting lineup for Friday night against the Blue Jays is as follows:
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of LeGarrette Blount to Patriots training camp on Saturday, the first day of full pads practice for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Dickerson and Price discuss the RB position and who will get a majority of the workload. They also talk about missing Revis and the CB position. The boys also get into more Deflategate discussions with callers.
Dickerson and Price are live from Fenway today and kick off NFL Sunday discussing some of the events at Pats training camp this week. Then they get into the court battle between Brady and Goodell and where we go from here? The guys give their predictions on just how many games Brady will in fact sit out. They get into the Chris Mortenson situation after he backed out of the D&C interview. Finally, Trags (Mike Petraglia) of WEEI.com joins the boys live from training camp.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie, who had four hits, hit two home runs, and scored five runs in the win over the Rays at Fenway
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
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!
Mike Florio gave us his thoughts on Brady's appeal.
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The guys discussed the future of the Red Sox leadership.
Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Bantamweight championship at UFC 190.
Chris Price reports from Foxboro about some of the battles at Training Camp.
Mike Napoli remains a member of the Red Sox, as the team did very little at the July 31st deadline.
Mikey rants about Sandoval's weight, his lack of extra base hits, and his overall poor production in the month of July. Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani join in.
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mort finally talks about snubbing WEEI, Jay Pharoah imitates athletes, and Ronda Rousey kicks some ass.
Its Tom Brady's 38th birthday and we look back at some of his biggest milestones.
Intern extraordinaire Lucy joins Jerry once again to discuss the most vexing questions in the history of mankind: can men and women coexist? What are the differences between how men and women think? And how mean can women really be?
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