Billy Butler hit a 1-1, 94 mph fastball from Matt Albers well over the left-field wall for a three-run homer in the eighth inning, giving Kansas City a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. The end result was a 6-4 win for the Royals over the Red Sox in Kansas City.
Butler was the first batter of the night for Albers, who came on for starter Daniel Bard after he walked the first two batters in the home half of the eighth. Bard left the game having allowed just three second-inning runs, and departed with a one-run lead.
The Sox starter finished his outing throwing 96 pitches (having tossed 86 after seven), while striking out just one. Bard induced 15 ground ball outs, with just one out coming on a fly ball.
The visitors had carried a one-run lead into the eighth after getting Royals starter Danny Duffy out of the game after just 4 1/3 innings. Duffy threw 102 pitches while allowing seven hits and five walks. Once again helping key the Red Sox...
Al Horford scored 19 points and hauled in 11 rebounds while Josh Smith added 13 points and 16 rebounds to help the Hawks hold off the Celtics, 87-86, in a back-and-forth Game 5 Tuesday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Hawks stay alive in the series, which the Celtics still lead, 3-2, with Game 6 Thursday at the Garden. Rajon Rondo stole an inbounds pass with 10 seconds remaining and came down with a chance to win the game and series but lost control in heavy defense and could not get a shot off.
Horford -- playing in just his second game in three months -- was huge, scoring Atlanta's final four points on a pair of clutch low-post moves and putting defensive pressure on Rondo to keep him from getting off a shot in the closing seconds. Rondo had 13 points, 12 assists and five rebounds. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each scored 16 points, while Ray Allen played his third straight game and tallied 15 off the bench.
Pierce hit a 3-...
Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday night's game against the Royals in the second inning with left hamstring tightness. The Red Sox third baseman was replaced by Nick Punto.
"It's nothing serious," Middlebrooks told reporters after the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Royals. "It's not a big deal, it was just a precautionary thing coming out of the game, so hopefully I'll be back in there [Wednesday]. It was just a type of cramping, tightness in the hamstring, so we really didn't want to mess with it. Wanted to be safe."
Middlebrooks, who missed Saturday's game with "cramping" in his hamstring, didn't appear to be running at 100 percent while rounding third from second base on Marlon Byrd's single to right field. The rookie had reached second with one out in the second inning after doubling down the right-field line.
After his second-inning hit, Middlebrooks' batting average stands at .409. The double was his seventh extra-...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that while nothing is imminent, the idea of playing third baseman Will Middlebrooks in the outfield has been "tossed around in some quarters."
"Well, it hasn't been a tabled discussion yet, so I don’t think it even has to enter his domain," Valentine told reporters prior to his team's game against the Royals Tuesday night in Kansas City. "That being said, I think he's a pretty –– again, small sample –– but my being around him is he's a pretty mature baseball guy. He's not going to be flustered by a lot of things."
Valentine went on to pass along his experiences regarding such a move, saying, "I've seen it not work. I tried some early on. Dean Palmers of the world, I don't know if you remember him. He's more fleet. He runs a little better than a lot of third baseman, which might give him a little upside. It's just a little different."
Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross was a guest of the Mut & Merloni Show on Tuesday. Ross -- batting .257 with five home runs and 21 RBI in his first season with the Sox -- was asked about Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman slugged a pair of home runs in Monday's win over the Royals and is hitting .381 with an OPS of 1.361 in 21 at-bats since being promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 2.
"He's got a ton of potential," Ross said of Middlebrooks. "To do what he's done has been outstanding, I'm so happy for him, he's such a good kid. He works hard, does everything the right way and everyone can see his potential. … The future is really bright for him, he's definitely going to be a really, really good player for a long time."
Much has been made of the relationship between Bobby Valentine and the players, but Ross was quick to defend the manager when asked to evaluate Valentine's performance this season.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
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.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
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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.
In the fourth and final hour Curt Schilling discussed Ortiz and Betts as MVP candidates and gave his thoughts on Monday's debate.
The guys discussed Papi's MVP chances and a bizarre postgame show on NESN.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian listen back to David Price's bizarre interview with Trenni Kusnierick. Glenn and Lou think David Price is passive-aggressively lashing out at the Media. Christian thinks he's just being a good teammate by saying it's "Not about me."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian tell the true story of Gary Tanguay's walk-out yesterday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian watched last night's Red Sox AL East Champs celebration, and they love the new NESN, especailly the copious F-Bombs and "Party Gary" Striewski. Plus, Christian tries to get Producer Paul to try DMSO horse cream for his leg injury.
We talk Patriots, Bills and all things NFL (and even some Red Sox) with Peter King from SI/MMQB.
Dale, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the Sox clinching the AL East and the fashion in which it happened, which of course opened up the pandora's box about John Farrell and his decision making as Sox manager.
With the Sox officially in the playoffs, we look at four teams they could meet in the upcoming postseason.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Gerry Callahan and Jeff Kuhner react to the first presidential debate of this election season. Gerry is convinced Trump lost the first debate while Jeff thinks otherwise. Gerry and Jeff talk about what Trump needs to do better in the upcoming debates.
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