James Shields couldn't record an out in the sixth inning as the Red Sox hit him hard and often in an 8-5 Sox victory following an interleague road trip. David Ortiz launched a three-run shot off of Shields in the fifth, his 17th homer of the year, and Bill Hall added round-tripper of his own against Andy Sonnanstine in the seventh.
Ortiz led the Sox with three RBI in the game, with Hall and Varitek each contributing two. Adrian Beltre had a 4-for-4 night with two doubles and scored twice. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew were the only Red Sox starters to not get a hit, though Drew reached base twice due to Shields walking and hitting him. All Sox starters scored at least one run with the exception of Daniel Nava and Varitek. Carl Crawford went 4-for-5 with a double, a run, and a stolen base for the Rays in the loss and Willy Aybar had a pinch-hit homer off Hideki Okajima in the eighth.
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Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is making steady progress in his return to baseball activities while rehabbing the hairline fracture of a rib at Athletes' Performance in Arizona. There is still no timetable for the outfielder to return, but Epstein did suggest that the 26-year-old is gettting "closer and closer" to the sort of intensive activities that will serve as a prelude to baseball activities.
"He’s making progress every day. His symptoms are subsiding slowly but surely. I think that’s a really important element of this because he can’t start baseball activities until the symptoms are much less than when they last saw him. He’s making progress," said Epstein. "There’s no definitive timetable on it, but I think we’re getting closer and closer to the time that we’ll see him ramp up his physical activities, then get to baseball...
Gustavo Molina, the 28-year-old catcher the Red Sox activated after putting Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger, said he is ready to catch Tim Wakefield in the knuckleballer's next start, Friday night. Molina caught Wakefield's side session in the Red Sox' bullpen Tuesday afternoon, having also experienced catching Wakefield in "a few" side sessions during spring training.
"It's kind of a challenge," Molina said. "I'll be ready for the next start."
Molina does have prior experience catching a knuckleball, having caught Charlie Haeger for two seasons in the minor leagues while in the Chicago White Sox' organization.
For more from Molina on catching Wakefield see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
With both Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, Jason Varitek and Bill Hall will be in the starting lineup for the Red Sox at catcher and second base, respectively.
The Red Sox lineup against the Rays and starter James Shields is below. For matchup information, click here.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
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.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
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
John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker
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Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?
Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.
MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.
The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.
The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
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.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
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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