Jon Lester continued an impressive stretch by Red Sox starting pitchers, not allowing a run over six innings while leading the Sox to a 4-3 win over the Angels Friday night in Anaheim. The victory moved Terry Francona's team to 8-5 after its six-game losing streak to begin the season.
Lester, who struck out eight and walked two, departed after 111 pitches, holding a 4-0 lead. It marked the seventh straight game the Red Sox starter has allowed two or fewer earned runs, a stretch that has resulted in a combined ERA of 1.19.
"I remember back about the middle of that homestand, somebody asked me: 'What's the best way to get it going?'" Francona told reporters after his team's win on his 52nd birthday. "And I said, 'A time or two through the rotation and have them give us a chance every night.' And that's exactly what's happened."
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Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire scored just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting and played 32 minutes in the Celtics 113-96 win in Game 3 on Friday. After sitting out the second half of Game 2 with back spasms, Stoudemire was a game-time decision and clearly was not himself. He's not likely to be for Sunday's Game 4 either. "There's no way I'll be 100 percent by Sunday," he said. "I knew I wasn't 100 percent [in Game 3], but I also knew my teammates needed me to be out there. I felt good enough to play but I wasn't 100 percent. I feel bad for the fans. They deserve it. My teammates also."
Stoudemire said that he didn't feel like he could draw contact, which is a big part of his game. He also said his quickness wasn't there. "Nobody expected him to go out and be a superhero," Carmelo Anthony said. "He gave us what he could and I respect that."
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The Celtics have been preaching defensive rebounding and ball movement the last three days and both were clearly evident in their 113-96 win over the Knicks in Game 3 of their first round playoff series. "We got stops and then offensively we kept the game simple," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought it was one of our best jobs setting picks, maybe this year."
That pick setting allowed Paul Pierce (38 points) and Ray Allen (32) to light up the New York night. The two combined to make 25 of 34 shots and go 14-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon and the Celtics have a chance to record their first playoff sweep since 1992 when they swept the Pacers in three games in the first round.
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NEW YORK -- The Celtics jumped out to a 22-5 lead out of the gate and never looked back, beating the Knicks in Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series, 113-96, Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Leading the way for the Celtics, who now have a 3-0 series lead, were Paul Pierce (38 points) and Ray Allen (32). Pierce went 14-of-19 from the field, while Allen made eight of his 11 3-point attempts.
Also turning in a stellar game for the Celtics was Rajon Rondo, who set the tone with 15 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds.
The closest the Knicks would get was five points in the first half, but a third quarter which saw the Celtics out-score New York 34-19 sealed the hosts fate. The Celts also out-rebounded the Knicks, 43-33.
Amar'e Stoudemire, who was battling a bad back, wasn't a factor for the Knicks, collecting just seven points and three rebounds. Carmelo Anthony couldn't come close to his 42-point...
Kevin Youkilis, who left Thursday night's game after fouling a ball off his left shin, said he was ready for pinch-hitting duty Friday and would ready to return to the lineup Saturday.
"I'll play tomorrow, for sure. No doubt," Youkilis told reporters in Anaheim. The X-rays which the first baseman took during the Sox' win Thursday night came back negative.
"I'm doing better today," Youkilis added. "Just basically if they need me at any point, I can go in there and do something. Basically it's a lot better than it was yesterday, so that's a good sign."
Youkilis said there was some initial concern after Red Sox head trainer Mike Reinold evaluated the injury.
"I've fouled balls off pretty hard before. I didn't think it was as bas as it could be," Youkilis said. "But there were a couple of spots [Reinold] hit and he wanted to be a little cautious about it. He wanted to make sure, so we got...
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.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
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!
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Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.
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Deflategate news aside, there are some reports that Tom and Giselle are having some trouble in paradise. Lou, Christian and Gary discuss the validity of the reports, and Christian gives some advice to Tom.
Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.
Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?
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.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.
Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.
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.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
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.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show