Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, speaking after his team's season-ending 8-4 win over the Yankees, acknowledged that his team is bracing for an offseason in which significant change, while not a certainty, is possible. Given the uncertain contract situations of players like Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz, Epstein said that the 2011 Red Sox could take a notably different form than the 2010 edition that wrapped up an 89-73 campaign.
"I can say there’s potential for there to be larger-than-normal turnover, but I wouldn’t guarantee it either,” said Epstein. “We’ll see how everything comes together.”
Epstein said that the club has interest in bringing back Ortiz, Beltre and Martinez, and acknowledged the bullpen as a priority for offseason improvement. He and manager Terry Francona also analyzed individual successes (Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz),...
Speaking after the Red Sox season-ending, 8-4 victory over the Yankees, Sunday at Fenway Park, Jason Varitek reiterated that he plans on playing somewhere next season, and would love to remain with the Sox.
"Don't know what the future holds," said Varitek, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason. "It was a good day today.
"We'll just have to see what happens. But I do appreciate the fan support, respect my teammates. This has been a special place for me."
Varitek said he was caught off guard when Red Sox manager Terry Francona sent Kevin Cash out to catch closer Jonathan Papelbon after the pitcher's warm-up tosses, allowing for the Sox' captain to receive a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd.
"I saw Cash down there, and I just kind of dismissed it, focused on what I had to do," he said. "It’s an important game of...
Jed Lowrie homered twice and David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with two infield singles in support of John Lackey's 7 2/3 strong innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-3, in the 2010 season finale at Fenway Park. The loss by the Yankees gave the American League East title to the Tampa Bay Rays and pushed the Yankees to wild card in the American League.
The Red Sox finish the season with an 89-73 mark, in third place in the A.L. East while winning the season series against the Yankees, 9-8.
Lackey allowed six hits, three runs - two earned - to finish the season 14-11 record and a 4.40 ERA.
The Rays, who won their second division crown in three years, will face Texas in the ALDS starting this week while the Yankees draw the Twins in the other series.
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The Jets improved to 3-1 with their third straight win over an AFC East foe, beating Buffalo, 38-14, Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Leading the way for New York was running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The performance marked the first time since Oct. 26, 2008 that Tomlinson had rushed for 100 yards or better. It also allowed him to pass Tony Dorsett on the NFL's all-time rushing list, moving into seventh place.
The Jets moved out to a 31-7 advantage thanks in part to two touchdown catches by Dustin Keller, coming 1:33 apart from one another. The Bills, on the other hand, allowed at least 30 points for the third straight game. For a complete recap click here.
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After giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings in the Red Sox' 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Yankees Saturday, Tim Wakefield admitted that the 2010 season had been 'very frustrating' after having been moved to the bullpen for much of the year, and he is currently planning to pitch one more campaign.
“It’s over for me, this season is over for me,” said Wakefield, who had pitched just one inning, in relief, since Sept. 17 prior to Saturday. “It has been very frustrating, hard to swallow at times and I’ve done whatever they have asked to me to do without really complaining too much.
“It is what it is and it was what is was. All I can do is prepare myself for next year and whatever role that might be. The season is over (today) and I’m definitely going to take a break and see what happens.”
Wakefield finishes '11 with a 4-5 and a 5.34 ERA,...
OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
We get a complete breakdown of the win from Bill Belichick as the Patriots secure yet another AFC East title. Bill talks about the historical significance, the key moments of the game, and even Tom Brady's nutritional regiment.
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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
ESPN's John Buccigross joined the show to discuss how to fix the Bruins.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the latest with the Sony hackers.
With multiple outlets reporting that the Celtics are in trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Rondo, the guys react to the possible deal
Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk Rex, the Jets, a tough divisional match-up, and what, if any scenario we could see the Patriots losing this one.
We tackle four athletes who left Boston and went on to bigger and better things.
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.More from this show
As we do every Wednesday, we re-visit some predictions that Chris made in anticipation of last week's game against Miami, and make some new ones about Sunday's match up with the New York Jets.More from this show