Derek Jeter homered on the game's first pitch and Hideki Matsui added a pair of home runs as the Yankees rocked Josh Beckett for a career-high five homers in a 8-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Yankees claimed two of the three games in the weekend series and leave town with a 7 1/2 game lead in the A.L. East. Beckett threw 120 pitches over eight innings, allowing nine hits and eight runs. Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano also homered for the Yankees. The Red Sox open a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Fenway Park. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Red Sox' efforts to acquire reliever Billy Wagner from the Mets are in "serious jeopardy" due to Boston's unwillingness to grant two conditions that Wagner and his agent, Bean Stringfellow, have established for the pitcher to waive his no-trade clause. Wagner and Stringfellow want the Sox to guarantee that they will not pick up his $8 million option for 2010, and also want the Sox to commit to not offering the pitcher salary arbitration.
The two conditions, according to the report, are designed to make the pitcher as attractive as possible as he seeks a job as a closer for the 2010 season. The Sox, on the other hand, would likely want to have either the chance to control Wagner's 2010 rights on what could be a relatively affordable $8 million option (a reasonable...
Luke Ramirez struck out 11 and Andy Rios hit two two-run homers in a 12-run sixth inning that led Chula Vista, Calif., past Peabody, Mass., 14-0 at the Little League World Series on Sunday. The win clinched a berth in the next round for California. Sunday's game was tight early after California's potent bats couldn't get going against Massachusetts starter Matt Hosman, who struck out 10 in four-plus innings. Things changed in the sixth, when California sent 17 hitters to the plate against two relievers. Twelve straight batters reached base and 11 runs scored with two outs.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Mets reliever Billy Wagner expressed displeasure with the comments made by Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to WEEI.com on Saturday about the impact that the left-hander might have if acquired by the Red Sox.
"[W]hen he walks in my shoes then i'll say something," Heyman, via Twitter, quoted Wagner as saying. "[L]et him be 38 and have tommy john surgery."
On Sunday, Papelbon clarified that he believed that the acquisition of Wagner would unquestionably make the Red Sox bullpen better. All the same, he suggested that the matter was "not cut and dried."
“It’s not that it shakes the balance it’s just that you have that little...
On a day when Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny was told that there is no scheduled time for his next start, the right-hander could say little about the turn of events. Penny (7-8, 5.61) is 1-5 with a 7.82 ERA in his last seven starts. His current outlook is unclear, as the right-hander suggested that he does "not really" have a sense of how he fits into the team's plans going forward this year.
"Whatever I have to do to pitch, I’ll do," said Penny. "That’s all I can tell you right now."
The Sox currently plan to have Penny available out of the bullpen, if necessary, to pitch long relief behind Tim Wakefield on Wednesday (in the knuckleballer's first start of the second half) and Junichi Tazawa on Thursday. If Penny does not pitch in relief in either of those games, he is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday.
"We don't just want him to be a reliever,...
Pete joined the show to discuss Tebow's signing with the Patriots. He said that Tim Tebow cant play and that he has trouble learning NFL playbooks.
On this episode of the It Is What It Is Cast, Chris Price talks with the Boston Herald's Jeff P Howe about the Patriots offseason, Rob Gronkowski's back surgery, Danny Amendola replacing Wes Welker, and how this seasons team will stack up against last seasons.
In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is Cast, Chris Price talks with Will Carroll. Injury expert and lead writer for Sports Medicine, Bleacher Report. They talk about the injury to Rob Gronkowski and what his back surgery could mean for his season.
Jeff joined the show to discuss the rumors of Doc heading to the Clippers. Jeff said that he will not discuss his future but that his brother would be a great candidate anywhere.
Stephen A. joined the show to discuss the status of trade negotiations between the Clippers and the Celtics. Stephen said that it is a 50-50 proposition that Doc ends up in Los Angeles.
Grande and Max take more calls on the Celtics and discuss what lies ahead for Doc Rivers with Steve Bulpett.
We check in with Red Sox skipper John Farrell for our weekly Sox update and get the latest on the injury to Clay Buchholz, and a whole lot more.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who pounded the ball out of the park to win the second game of the doubleheader against the Rays.
Pierre McGuire joins Mut and Merloni after a Bruins win and discusses the play of Rask and the defense, the Hossa injury, and Jagr.
Tony Amonte calls out Marian Hossa for missing Game 3 and recaps the Bruins win.
Keegan Bradley hopped on the set in Connecticut with D&C to talk some golf, but seeing as how he's a big Boston sports fan, the interview covered a lot of ground. You can hear Keegan talk about the Bruins' Cup chances, the Doc Rivers deal that almost was, and Shawn Thornton's lacking golf game.
Legal expert Michael McCann joined D&C to take on the topic of the day: Just what exactly is happening with Aaron Hernandez? McCann addressed Hernandez' lack of cooperation in the investigation so far, and how that may play out as the case moves along.
LB joins Mut and Merloni and discusses the Stanley Cup Finals and takes phone calls from listeners.
Despite many other important newsworthy items, the Boston Herald decided it was appropriate to put a story about Mut and Lou sending a vulgar cake to a Chicago radio station on the front page of today’s paper. Mut and Merloni respond, make it clear it was just a good natured joke and not meant to offend anyone.
Buster joins the program to discuss the problems of Andrew Bailey, what closers are available in the market, the Buchholz injury, and the latest in the biogensis scandal.
We talk about the developing Aaron Hernandez story line and look at it from the context of 'the Patriot Way', the theory that the Patriots only deal with high character athletes. Is that Patriot way gone? Did it ever even exist? We discuss.
We check in with Jack Edwards live on location for an hour of Stanley Cup preview. Jack warns us all not to get overconfident, the Bruins haven't won anything yet.
We talk pucks with the lovely and talented Kathryn Tappen of the NHL Network and preview game 4 of the Stanley Cup final and beyond.
Mikey gets a surprise call from Red Sox legend Bernie Carbo. They talk about old-time baseball and Bernie's new book.
Mikey talks with Tom and Luke about their new movie, "Plimpton!" and finds out what it was like to try to encapsulate everything George Plimpton accomplished during his life.
Today on the Daily Planet, the Red Sox and Yankees face off in the Bronx, Claude Julien doesn't want players wasting energy, and Dwight Howard and free agency.
You ask us, we answer it. Or you ask Jack, he answers it.
You ask, we answer. Today featuring NESN's Jack Edwards.
The new way we end the show. You ask, we answer.
John Saucier has his first hosting gig today and gets things started with some background on how his Sauce-man style has been wrecking things on the Boston airwavesMore from this show
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