The Texas Rangers are just one win away from a trip to the American League Championship Series following a 6-0 Game 2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday at Tropicana Field. The Rangers now hold a commanding two games to none lead in the best-of-five ALDS.
C.J. Wilson allowed just two hits in his 6.1 innings of work, striking out seven against two walks to earn the victory. Michael Young and Ian Kinsler homered for the Rangers, a franchise that has never won a playoff series.
Young's three-run HR in the fifth inning came just one pitch after first base umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Young held up his swing on a 2-2 pitch. Replays showed that Young in fact probably did not hold up and should have been called out on strikes. Tampa manager Joe Maddon was ejected following the home run for arguing with home plate umpire Jim Wolf.
Tampa starter James Shields, who finished the regular season with...
FOXBORO — In a lengthy question-and-answer session at his locker this afternoon, Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork talked about how close he had grown to Randy Moss in the three-plus seasons the two played together, and that he never saw Moss as a distraction — contrary to statements made by former Patriot Tedy Bruschi.
Bruschi, currently an analyst for ESPN, said on Wednesday “there [were] some players frustrated with Randy. … He’s saying the right things, doing the right things in front of the media. But inside that locker room he’s turning into the same player he was toward the end of his time in Oakland.”
“We’ve never had problems with Randy. Our locker room is our locker room. We’ve never had an issue. I can’t remember an issue that we had. I don’t know what Tedy’s bringing up,” Wilfork said of Bruschi. “That’s not an issue in this...
On Thursday, Randy Moss spoke with the media in Minnesota following his first practice after Wednesday's trade that sent the wide receiver to the Vikings.
Some reports have indicated that Moss felt hurt when he learned of the trade. He was asked if it that was an accurate assessment of his feelings.
"No, I've been traded before," Moss said. "No, the hurt ... I was more hurt when I left here [Minnesota]. I think when I got traded from New England to here it was more of an understanding. I've said time and time again that this is not football, man, this is a job. This is a business ... Did I want to get traded out of New England? I don't really know what that answer is."
Moss was asked about a possible contract extension with the Vikings and gave an answer that perhaps best gave his perspective on why he was dealt.
"I really don't want to get into...
The Patriots worked out a pair of kickers on Wednesday, veterans Shaun Suisham and Shayne Graham, according to Pro Football Talk. Suisham, 28, is a Bowling Green product who has spent five seasons in the NFL, having kicked for Dallas, San Francisco and Washington. Graham is a 32-year-old who out of Virginia Tech who has been in the league since 2001 and has kicked for Buffalo, Carolina and Cincinnati. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said Thursday it was "a little disappointing" to know that Randy Moss had requested a trade early in the season, especially in the wake of how he interacted with the team throughout the early stages of the 2010 season.
"I think that was kind of a difficult thing," Welker said. "Just because he was the guy always giving pep talks before the game, halftime, after the game. Not knowing that he was wanting to get traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. But at the same time, he's doing what's best for him. It's a business. You just have to kind of roll with it."
Welker anticipates some aspects of the New England passing game changing.
"You know, I think Randy obviously brought a deep presence to him," Welker said. "Things may change a little bit, but we have some fast guys that can definitely go deep and stretch the field...
OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
We get a complete breakdown of the win from Bill Belichick as the Patriots secure yet another AFC East title. Bill talks about the historical significance, the key moments of the game, and even Tom Brady's nutritional regiment.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, speaks with Craig and Larry during the "Christmas at Fenway" festivities. John spoke about the pitching rotation as it stands right now, and inability to sign John Lester. He also talked about some of the younger pitching prospects, as well as the Free Agents that have signed with the team in the last month, like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Craig and Larry press Larry Lucchino about the inability to sign Jon Lester, the projected starting rotation, and the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Kennedy, joined Craig and Larry to talk about Christmas at Fenway, and some of the Red Sox off-season acquisitions.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
ESPN's John Buccigross joined the show to discuss how to fix the Bruins.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the latest with the Sony hackers.
With multiple outlets reporting that the Celtics are in trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Rondo, the guys react to the possible deal
Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins shoot-out loss in Nashville as a representative example of larger issues in 2014 for the Boston club.
We discuss the impact Darrelle Revis has had on the Patriots defense and whether or not he deserves to be a candidate for team and/or league MVP in 2014.
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.
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MIke Florio, of ProFootballTalk.com, joins the show to talk about some of the "roughing the passer" and "defenseless receiver" penalties that caused a lot of conversation in NFL circles. While many are calling for those penalties to be review able, Florio notes that the calls likely would NOT have been overturned due to the ways the rules are written.More from this show