Jason Giambi hit his fifth career walk-off home run, a two-run blast off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, leading the Rockies to an 8-6 win over the Red Sox Tuesday night at Coors Field. Giambi, who was pinch-hitting, hit his homer after Ian Stewart had tied the game with a homer off of Papelbon on the second pitch of the ninth. It marked the first time in 23 chances this season that Colorado has claimed a win when trailing after seven innings.
The ninth-inning collapse ruined what had been a spirited comeback by the Red Sox, who touched up Colorado starter Ubalado Jimenez for four runs in the sixth inning. Leading the charge against the likely starter for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game were outfielders Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald. Nava got things going with a two-run double in the fourth, coming after the Rockies had managed to jump out to a 4-0 lead against Red Sox starter John Lackey....
Josh Beckett came away from his 55-pitch side session pleased, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters Wednesday. Francona said that Beckett, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 with back issues, will throw a simulated game on Saturday before pitching to teammates next Thursday and beginning his rehab. He would make three or four rehab starts before returning to the Red Sox. Depending on how many rehab starts he makes, Beckett could be activated by late July or early August.
Here is some of what Beckett told reporters prior to the Red Sox' 8-6 loss to the Rockies Wednesday:
“Today felt good. Things are getting back to normal. It’s not like you’re trying to get past this, but not get too far. Today was much more normal. Go out and play catch, get on the mound and throw a side.”
(On throwing all his pitches) “My curveball was iffy. I threw some good...
Following his team's 1-0 loss to the United States Wednesday at the World Cup and last-place finish in Group C, Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female journalist in the face in the interview zone. The reporter, Asma Halimi of the Alergian newspaper Competition, retaliated by striking Saifi in the mouth.
Halimi and Saifi previously had a dispute about an article she had written that was critical of the player.
"I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me," Halimi told Yahoo! Sports. "So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first."
Halimi said she planned to file a complaint with FIFI and Algerian officials.
The Red Sox will have their work cut out for them when they face the best pitcher this season has to offer in the form of Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez. David Ortiz is hitting cleanup and playing first base, while Kevin Youkilis will be on the bench with Adrian Beltre at third base. Jimenez enters the contest 13-1 with a 1.15 ERA.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Josh Reddick, RF
8. Darnell McDonald, CF
9. John Lackey, SP
Danny Ainge said on The Big Show that Doc Rivers has not made a decision on his coaching future and that he wants him to take his time. "The reality is that [Rivers] has not made a decision," Ainge said. "I don't want him to make a decision too soon." Ainge also said that the Phoenix Suns have not contacted him about their vacant general manager job and that he is staying in Boston.
"I have a contract," Ainge said. "I love what I'm doing and I love the people I work with. I have a great relationship with the ownership and we still have things to accomplish here. That's just a rumor that has no substance whatsoever."
Ainge said that though he does own land in Phoenix he does not have a home there. For more on the Celtics check Green Street.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
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
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
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.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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