Josh Beckett struck out 10 batters and returned to dominant form over eight scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park to win the weekend series. Beckett, who walked just one and hit a batter, retired the last 14 batters he faced and allowed just an Eric Chavez single to center in the third and a Robinson Cano single to right field in the fourth.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Beckett after eight, denying him the chance for his 10th career complete game and fifth career shutout. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the light rain to pitch the ninth inning and finish Boston's second win of the season. Beckett was injured on a wet Yankee Stadium mound last May and never regained his ace form in 2010.
Offensively, Dustin Pedroia had three more hits and walked once, finishing the series with three hits in every game, going 9-for-13 with four runs scored.
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The Bruins will open their 2011 playoff schedule Thursday at TD Garden against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. Boston will host the first two games of the best-of-seven first-round set, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Montreal will serve as the site for the next two games, as the Canadiens will host Game 3 April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 April 21 at 7 p.m..
If needed, the series will move back to Boston for Game 5, which is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. Montreal would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m. And if the two teams need to play a Game 7, that would be April 27 at TD Garden at 7 p.m.
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In a press conference to discuss the four-year, $29.945 million deal between Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox that runs through the 2015 season, general manager Theo Epstein lauded the pitcher's maturation in explaining why the team felt comfortable committing to him for the long haul. Whereas Buchholz once encountered shoulder fatigue that ended his 2007 season -- at the time, something that was considered the result of his failure to follow the organization's shoulder strengthening program -- he has now become the sort of diligent worker whom the Sox considered a worthy investment.
"Clay has certainly earned our trust. He’s developed a tremendous amount as a player and as a person, from the time that he signed here out of junior college," Epstein said. "I don’t think Clay would argue with me if I said that his first year, he wasn’t the most compliant guy with our shoulder program. Now he’s a star pupil on the shoulder...
South African Charl Schwartzel won the Masters Sunday, finishing the tournament with birdies in his last four holes and ending up 14 under par.
At 26 years of age, he is the youngest to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 1997. Woods finished tied for fourth at 10 under, while Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for second at 12 under.
Rory McIlroy led the tournament after three rounds but was 8 over on Sunday and finished tied for 15th.
LeBron James finished with 27 points and seven assists and Miami gained a big edge in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 100-77 win over the Celtics Sunday in Miami. The Heat now have a one-game lead over the C's with two games left in the regular season. (Chicago already has clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.)
The Celtics, who had won their previous eight games against Miami, got 24 points and seven rebounds from Paul Pierce and 21 points from Kevin Garnett in the loss.
Boston was in command early, taking a nine-point lead, but Miami used a 15-6 run toward the end of the second quarter to help push out to a 47-40 lead at the half. The Heat extended that advantage throughout the the second half. The Celtics went on a brief run to cut a 22-point lead to 10 late in the fourth quarter, but Boston could get no closer.
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain why Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out on the offensive Wednesday and hit back at the NFL for upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.
Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.
Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
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.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
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!
We know the leak to ESPN on deflate gate.
Beverly Scott hired by Obama.
ESPN's reporter ducked the show.
Josh Beckett is in the news but not for a baseball reason, the guys discuss his possible romantic run-in with country star, Miranda Lambert.
Greg and Lou discuss Chris Mortensen bailing on his interview with Dennis & Callahan.
Buster Olney, of ESPN, gives the guys the latest scoop on any potential deals regarding the Red Sox on MLB Trade Deadline Day.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk about all things Patriots, including the challenges on the field and the drama off the field as 2015 training camp opens today in Foxborough.
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.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
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?
If you play Fantasy Football then you know there are several “Elephants in the Room!” And nobody is talking about them. Are they afraid? We’re not! The Dallas Running game, Leveon Bell, Demarco Murray & Ryan Matthews in the Philly backfield, the Saints offense and so much more. Right here, WEEI’s own Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson cover all of the main “Elephants in the Room” to help you get the edge for your upcoming drafts. Enjoy!
Russ & Alex discuss Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut, Didier Drogba signing with Montreal and debate which team has had the best transfer window so far.
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Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Chris Mortensen's false PSI report.More from this show