FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out seven of the 15 Red Sox minor league hitter he faced in a three-inning simulated game at the team's minor league complex. He threw 62 pitches (43 strikes) in attempting to simulate a workload of three innings.
"I think compared to my last outing, I was able to get more on every pitch," Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino.
Matsuzaka was facing an array of Red Sox minor leaguers who will likely start in the season in either Low-A Greenville or High-A Salem. His fastball was clocked at 89-91 mph. He has pitched in just one Grapefruit League game this spring as a result of minor injuries to his upper back and neck. Matsuzaka will pitch on Saturday in Washington against the Nationals, following starter Tim Wakefield to the mound.
Both Boof Bonser and Manny Delcarmen also had simulated outings. Bonser threw 56 pitches (42 strikes)...
Two players from the 2005 Patriots said Monday morning they didn’t know about the divide between Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady that season that caused them not to talk to each other for three weeks, according to a story in Sunday’s Denver Post.
While neither player denied the story, one player said when they were around Brady and McDaniels at the same time that season, you couldn’t tell they were clashing. But at the same time, it wasn’t like any reported divide between the two had an effect on the New England offense that season.
“You couldn’t tell if you were around them,” one player said of Brady and McDaniels that year. “But then again, our offense wasn’t that good either.”
That season, McDaniels was in his second year as quarterbacks coach and also had a hand in play-calling for the first time after former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left to take over...
Coming on the heels of accusations of inappropriate conduct by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at a Georgia nightclub, Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes was accused of bad behavior at an Orlando nightclub this month. According to a lawsuit filed last week, a woman charged that Holmes threw a glass that hit her in the face and gave her a cut near her eye after a dispute about seating in the club's VIP section March 7. She claims Holmes and police officers pressured her not to pursue a complaint.
Meanwhile, Roethlisberger is not expected to report to voluntary offseason workouts that begin today, according to a Steelers spokesman.
According to ESPN.com, the Texas Rangers are in the market for a corner infielder, and the they "keep coming back" to Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell as a potential target.
The Sox and Rangers agreed upon a trade this winter that would have sent Lowell to Texas in exchange for prospect Max Ramirez, with the Sox assuming $9 million of his $12 million salary for the coming season. That deal was scuttled when it was discovered that Lowell would require surgery to repair a tendon on his right thumb. The ESPN.com article suggests that the Rangers are confident that they can still consummate a deal for Lowell by offering Ramirez.
The surgery forced Lowell to start his spring training later than his teammates. He was further delayed on Friday when he fouled a ball off of his left leg, just...
Check out our newly reconfigured Morning Mashup, where we highlight some interesting stories from around the sports world. Martha Burk, who protested Augusta National's exclusion of women in 2003, commented on Tiger Woods' return for the Masters, saying: “I think this is a safe haven for him. They’re all chauvinists themselves. It’s a perfect fit. He’ll be welcomed. These people have a fundamental disregard for women. What produced Tiger Woods as we now know him goes back a long way.”
There's also a story from England about a government proposal that would force soccer team owners to hand over a percentage of their club to local supporters and offer controlling interest to the fans should they want to sell the team. And check out the piece on Gilbert Arenas' estranged mother, who died this month at 46 after a troubled life....
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
The guys opened the show by discussing Nick Cafardo's column on Stephen Drew. Everyone disagreed with the premise that it is time to panic and sign Drew.
Our friend and Jimmy Fund Patient Sam Thomas discussing his desire to meet Ellen. #EllenMeetSam
Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
The three man booth breaks down all the rumors, possibilities, trade scenarios, signings and more, and takes your calls about it all.
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Tom E Curran and Michael Holley talked Celtics, Rondo and the return of Paul Pierce to the Garden, and we were joined by a fan who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and wasn't afraid to show them for the Celtics.
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.