The Red Sox dropped their fourth straight game, losing to the Orioles, 8-2, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. The defeat puts the Red Sox at 11-15.
Taking the loss was Sox starter Aaron Cook, who allowed seven runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. Most of the damage against Cook came via seven runs in the third inning, all of which were scored with two outs.
The pivotal third inning came after Cook suffered a significant cut in his right knee in the previous frame covering home on a passed ball by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The pitcher, who was cleated by Orioles' baserunner Chris Davis on what was the visitors' first run, went to the dugout briefly to have the knee tended to while reliever Clayton Mortensen jogged in from the bullpen. Cook would stay in the game.
Keying the offensive attack for the Orioles were Adam Jones, who launched a three-run homer against Cook, and Mark Reynolds. Reynolds greeted Cook's replacement,...
Aaron Cook makes his debut for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Orioles at Fenway Park. Cook posted a 1.89 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, but hasn't appeared in an MLB game since last September 21 and has not pitched at Fenway since June 12, 2007.
Ryan Sweeney was originally slated to hit leadoff for the Sox on Saturday against Jason Hammel (3-1, 1.97), but the lineup was adjusted when Will Middlebrooks was scratched Saturday morning with left hamstring tightness. Sweeney was moved to the sixth spot with Nick Punto replacing Middlebrooks at third base and batting leadoff. David Ortiz will occupy the third spot in the lineup for the first time this season. Ortiz hit third for the Sox in just three games during the 2011 season.
After playing 37 minutes in his first game back since April 10, Ray Allen said he could tell he was in a tense NBA playoff game. But all things considered, after scoring 13 points in Boston's 90-84 overtime win over Atlanta in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Allen said he and his left ankle came out of it feeling as good as could be expected.
"Starting the game it was great," Allen said. "I think going into half was when it started to tighten up on me and I started noticing a little more than I've noticed but similar to what I've been dealing with. Just sitting on the sideline, I just did what I could to make sure I kept it loose by stretching it. But once I went back in the game, there's not really a moment to think about it. Your adrenaline is rushing, being in the building, my adrenaline is rushing."
But Allen, who has received intense treatment and cortisone shots to manage the pain, admitted...
The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park on Monday after a roadtrip that saw them go 6-1 in Minnesota and Chicago. Yet since arriving at home, the Red Sox have seen a reversal of fortune, falling to 1-3 on their current homestand with a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Orioles on Friday night.
Asked if he was surprised that the team had seemingly failed to sustain the momentum accumulated during the roadtrip, Valentine objected.
"I don’t believe in that nonsense," he said. "There’s been pretty good pitchers who have pitched against, and they’ve held us down a little. We’re playing a good game. We’re playing the same baseball. It’s not like we’re playing any different baseball. We’re not getting those big hits because we’re not getting any pitches to do it with."
Sox starter Jon Lester, meanwhile, acknowledged frustration that the team had not continued its winning ways in Boston...
Celtics' guard Avery Bradley has been dealing with a reoccurring left shoulder injury and it flared up again in the third quarter of the Celtics' 90-84 win over the Hawks in Game 3 of their first round series.
Bradley left the game with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and went back to the locker room with team doctor Brian McKeon. The team originally said he would return, but then that prognosis changed in the fourth quarter. Bradley told a pack of reporters he was fine as he left the arena.
"Usually they're able to, like a leg, they'll snap it back," coach Doc Rivers said. "It wouldn't go back in. So, we'll find out more [Saturday.]"
Without Bradley, Ray Allen played 36 minutes in his first game back from bone spurs and Paul Pierce played over 47 minutes. Rivers is giving the team the day off to rest for Sunday's Game 4 at the Garden.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
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DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.
Chris Russo on Tom Brady's suspension and Tony Mazz wrote a love letter to David Ortiz.
Pete "randomly" takes callers who think he is doing a great job and Headlines with Kirk.
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Glenn and Lou break down the latest Find Mass Money commercial from Fauria and discover something oddly similar to another famous ad campaign. The guys also discuss the Pats match up vs. the Buffalo Bills, and what the keys to the game will be
Glenn, Lou, and Christian speculate what this weekends retirement ceremony will contain for David Ortiz. They talk about the Dodgers send off of Vin Scully, and his stirring rendition of "wind beneath my wings"
The playmaker is back with Dale and Holley with Thornton previewing Patriots/Bills, plus an amazing answer on whether he'd still play football knowing the risks that are known nowadays.
With David Ortiz's final regular season games this weekend, we look at four of his most iconic regular season moments.
Hours 3 and 4 consisted mostly of Patriots/Bills discussion.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
The guys talk about the latest scandal in English soccer, the recent Champions League game, and the best young players in Europe.
After a snoozer on Thursday night and a sizeable series of rants and musing about chimpanzees being more qualified to run the NFL than Roger Goddell, Steriods and Donald Trump the boys get to solid starts and year to date over-performers in this week’s podcast. Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler & the woes of Ryan Fitzpatrick add to early segment nonsense. Then it’s onto the meat of the show featuring conversation about the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, LeGarette Blount, Jordan Howard (play him), Terrelle Pryor (fool’s gold?) and 4 great starts at Tight End. Enjoy the madness and come back to WEEI on Sunday at 8am for the full Fantasy Football meal. All 4 courses!
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