After two days of ignoring the Dodgers manager, Alex Rodriguez decided to try to make things better with Joe Torre, so he approached the former Yankees skipper before Sunday night’s game in Los Angeles and shared a brief conversation. Said A-Rod: “I thought it was important for me to go over there. I thought it was the mature thing to do. I felt in my heart it was important to not let things linger, to build on what I’ve tried to build here the last two years.” Responded Torre: “I was glad we got a chance to shake hands.” Meanwhile, in Tampa, teammates Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton did not have quite as pleasant an exchange when Longoria blasted Upton for coasting after a ball in the outfield. Read about those stories, plus the controversy with the Cubs and the Tigers getting hurt by another bad call, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
The Red Sox have suffered some costly injuries this season — over the weekend, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, pitcher Clay Buchholz and catcher Victor Martinez joined the current slew of Sox players who are sidelined. While the amount of time these players will sit still is in question, their efforts surely will be missed no matter how long they are out. Those three were costly injuries, but they probably won't crack our compilation of 10 key injuries in Boston sports history. Check the LEEInks blog for the complete list.
Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez broke his left thumb in Sunday's win over the Red Sox, the third injury to a high-profile player for Boston in as many days.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia broke his left foot Friday night and starting pitcher Clay Buchholz left his start saturday after just one inning with a hyperextended left knee.
Martinez took a pair of foul tips off his thumb Sunday, and was replaced by Jason Varitek in the fourth inning. An X-ray was taken and the fracture was revealed.
Terry Francona said after the game that "it's not a given" that the All-Star catcher would go on the disabled list. Martinez told the media that he did not think he would end up on the DL.
Martinez will be re-examined on Monday.
In a battle of aces Jon Lester came on top, leading the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Giants in the teams series finale, Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. With the Sox' bullpen having been taxed the night before, Lester went the distance, notching his second complete game of the season (and sixth for his career). The lefty allowed just one, first-inning run, striking out nine while limiting the Giants to five hits. He retired 17 of the last 18 San Francisco hitters.
San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum went just three innings -- tying his career low -- allowing four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four in a 79-pitch outing. David Ortiz got things off on the right foot against last season's National League starter in the All-Star Game, launching a solo home run into McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall. It was just the sixth home run allowed by Lincecum this season.
The Red Sox continued...
The Chicago Bulls the the leaders in the LeBron James sweepstakes. According to a Sunday report in The New York Times, James will open free agency on Thursday when five teams — the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets and Clippers — will travel to Ohio in an attempt to lure him away from the Cavs. However, one NBA executive says James and another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Raptors, will sign with Chicago. “I think it’s a done deal,” the executive said. For more basketball information, check out Green Street.
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
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.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
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
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
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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