PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- In his first appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, Daniel Bard allowed three runs over his only inning of work while facing the Indianapolis Indians at McCoy Stadium Friday night.
Bard, whose fastball topped out at 96 mph, but sat around 93-94 mph, finished throwing 25 pitches, 16 for strikes. The righty hit two batters, allowed a pair of hits, while striking out two.
Pitching out of the wind-up to start the game, Bard hit Indians' leadoff man Chase d'Arnaud with his second pitch, a 95 mph fastball. He then allowed Gorkys Hernandez to place a bloop single into right field, coming on a slider.
Bard loaded the bases by hitting another batter, this time Indianapolis' No. 3 hitter Starling Marte. After a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop by Jeff Clement, scoring the game's first run, Bard came back and struck out former Red Sox infielder Yamaico Navarro swinging on a slider. The starter then, however,...
The message on the dry erase board in the Celtics locker room after Game 6 was simple: "Pack for a week."
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is Sunday in Miami. Games 1 and 2 of the NBA finals would be on the road next week, should the C's make their third trip in five years.
"The whole locker room was down," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers after the 98-79 loss to the Heat in Boston, "but you can see their resolve in the locker room. They're not just going to pack for [Saturday]. They're going to bring suits for Tuesday, and they're going to bring suits for Thursday. And that's the way we're planning to do it."
After watching his season come to an end on the parquet in 2010 and 2012, LeBron James wasn't going out like that again. He scored 45 points (19-26 FG) on one end and held Paul Pierce to nine (4-18 FG) on the other.
"He'll bounce back," added Rivers. "Paul is a big-game player....
In the wake of a shocking 98-79 loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, Paul Pierce sounded a philosophical tone about the prospects for Game 7 Saturday night in Miami.
“This team has been about adversity all year long," Pierce said. "So, this is not going to be [anything] new. It's been tough for us all year long to get to the point where we would be at, and why wouldn’t it be tough now? Winning is hard. Trying to get to the finals is hard. And this is as hard as it gets, and I think we are prepared for it.”
As clutch as Pierce was at the end of Game 5 in Miami, Pierce was ice cold all night in Game 6. He finished 4-for-18 from the field, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range. The Celtics captain scored just nine points in 31 minutes while James put up 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 45 minutes to lead the Heat to a Game 7.
"He hit a lot of shots that he hasn't been hitting all series," Pierce said...
There are conflicting reports about a new contract for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. On Thursday night, Pro Football Talk, quoting a source, reported that Gronkowski and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a new deal that would replace the final two years of Gronkowski's rookie contract. However, PFT also quotes Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus as saying a deal has not been reached. A second-round pick in 2012, Gronkowski is currently slated to earn base salaries of $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013, per NFLPA documents. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
LeBron James scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 45 minutes while Paul Pierce fell ice cold and the Heat pulled off an improbable 98-79 blowout of the Celtics in Game 6 Thursday night at TD Garden. Rajon Rondo finished with 21 points for the Celtics, who now must win Game 7 on the road Saturday night in Miami to win the Eastern Conference finals and advance to the NBA finals. Pierce was just 4-of-18 on the night, including 0-for-6 from long range.
James showed why he was voted the league MVP by dominating the first half, connecting on 12 of his 14 field goal attempts and putting up 30 points in a spectacular display.
Rondo was nearly step-for-step with him, scoring 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, getting the basket early and often. But with the game tied, 12-12, the Heat went on a 10-0 run to assume command of the game. The Celtics would get no closer than seven points the rest of the half and trailed 55-42 at the half when Miami...
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Callers weighed in on the Josh Brown disaster and Heath Evans still needs more info on Josh Brown.
Chris Russo called in to defend himself on comments he made regarding John Mara's handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence case.
Nate Burelson said he still needs more information on Josh Brown and headlines with Kirk.
Glenn, Lou and Christian open the show talking about the Patriots win in Pittsburgh, touching on everything from Gronk's post game '69' joke, Gostkowski missing an extra point and the rest of that win against the Steelers.
Glenn, Lou and Christian try to figure out what the hell is going on with Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and why he is missing all these kicks.
Randy Moss was very vocal about Roger Goodell and how he handles the league, Tim Hasselbeck tried not to offend the Mara family, and Tom Brady took a subtle jab at the NFL. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about these three guys who all made comments about the NFL's handling of domestic violence.
We check in with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday after the Patriots beat the Steelers.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the win over the Steelers on a Patriots Monday.
We go inside the game with Heath Evans from the NFL Network.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis rundown the highs and lows of Tuesday's K&C Show with Jon Meterparel on the Dino Casting Couch
Monday's show was a scattered affair w/ Mut joining Kirk & Gerry; producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Tom Brady interview among other show tidbits.
Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.More from this show
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.More from this show
The guys talked about the fallout from Roger Goodell's handling of Josh Brown's domestic violence problems.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Mut talked about Phil Simms and the Pats win in Pittsburgh and heard from a crazed Mad Dog.More from this show