With Clay Buchholz's next start being pushed back to Monday and Tim Wakefield taking over on Sunday, the Red Sox rotation over the next few days became a bit of conundrum. The picture became a little clearer Sunday when Boston manager Terry Francona announced that team ace Jon Lester will start on Tuesday on regular four-days rest in the second game of the upcoming home series with the Angels.
That means that Josh Beckett, who had been set up behind Buchholz in the rotation, will be pushed back to at least Wednesday, although Francona did not name a starter for that day. Daisuke Matsuzaka is also a possibility to get the start as well on Wednesday on regular rest. Beckett last took the mound on Wednesday in a 5-4 loss to Baltimore. In that outing, he gave up a season-high four earned runs over six innings.
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With Kevin Youkilis sidelined by his sore hip, the Red Sox lineup will assume a different shape against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. David Ortiz will bat cleanup, while Jed Lowrie (batting sixth) will play third base. Marco Scutaro gets the start at shortstop against the reigning American League Cy Young winner. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, meanwhile, will be behind the plate for Tim Wakefield's first start of the season.
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A few members of the Red Sox talked about the frustration that is building in the team's clubhouse after ending April with an 11-15 mark thanks to the Sox' 2-0 loss to the Mariners Saturday night at Fenway Park.
"We just hope everybody stays patience with us," said Youkilis, who left Saturday night's game in the seventh inning for a pinch-runner due to stiffness in his hip.
"It's very frustrating for everybody. Everybody in this clubhouse is frustrated, we want to win more than anybody else. We understand the frustrations out there. People pay a lot of good money to come to the games. We know they're frustrated, and just so everyone knows we're really frustrated to. Guys, this is their life, this what they dream about their whole life to do. We want to play well. We're going to play well, it's just sometimes in life it's not when you want it. Sometimes you have to wait a little bit."
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Despite the fact that he was not drafted this past weekend, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich is keeping a positive attitude. In the wake of Saturday's final round, Herzlich tweeted, "Thanking everyone for their support tough times call for perseverance and a tough mind. Today sucked for me but everyone needs to pray for all the people in Alabama. They need us more than ever right now. ... I have been told that I can't play football before. We all know what happened with that." For more football news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Call it missed opportunities. Call it not performing in the clutch. Call it leaving ducks on the pond.
However you want to characterize Saturday’s Red Sox’ loss at the hands of the Mariners, it will still go down in the books as a 2-0 shutout loss in which the Hometowne Team went a putrid 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-4 with the bases juiced.
Lost in the effort was a solid six-inning, two-run performance out of John Lackey. Lackey had his third quality start in a row to lower his season ERA – which stood at 15.58 before the streak – to a much nicer number of 5.65. With the loss, he drops to 2-3 after the month of April. Seattle starter Doug Fister went 5 2/3 strong, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out four.
Boston finishes April with an 11-15 record while Seattle finishes 13-15.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
As the guys say goodbye to Aloha Friday and their last day of freedom from Glen Ordway, the Big O himself calls in to tell the guys that he's back in charge.
Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.
Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss Tom Brady beating the NFL in court and the final roster cuts for the Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.More from this show