FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Daniel Bard rebounded from his worst start of the spring to increase his workload to five innings in which he allowed three runs on three hits and three walks to the Blue Jays. Bard struck out two.
The right-hander put up zeros in four of his five frames, but struggled with his fastball command at times, most prominently in a three-run second in which Bard sandwiched a pair of walks around a bloop single. That set the stage for a two-run opposite-field double by Travis Snider and a sac fly by minor leaguer David Cooper. In the outing, Bard threw 83 pitches, just 49 for strikes.
Still, Bard settled for the duration of his outing, his longest of the spring. He showed a sharp breaking ball on which he collected both of his strikeouts. After the outing, he suggested that he was far more pleased with this outing than he had been after yielding seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his previous appearance.
Chaz Williams continued his sensational postseason with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and UMass rallied for a 72-70 victory over Drexel Tuesday night in Philadelphia to advance to the semifinals of the NIT.
The Minutemen, seeded fifth in Region 3, will play the Region 4 champion (Nevada or Stanford) next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The championship game is Thursday, also in New York City.
Terrell Vinson added 18 points for UMass (25-11), which was outrebounded 43-21 but shot 58.8 percent from the field (including a blistering 70.8 percent in the second half).
Dartaye Ruffin led third-seeded Drexel (29-7) with 17 points.
UMass trailed by 10 points at the half, 41-31, and by 17 points in the second period. The Minutemen finally forged ahead with a late 13-2 run that started and ended with Vinson jumpers. His 17-footer with 4:13 remaining put UMass up by six, 68-62.
Drexel closed to within two points on two Frank Massenat...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller left Tuesday's game after just three pitches due to what the Red Sox described as a mild left hamstring strain. After he entered the game in relief in the top of the seventh inning, Miller signalled to the Red Sox dugout after throwing a 1-1 fastball for a called strike.
The 26-year-old appeared to be favoring his left leg as he followed through on his delivery from the set position. After some discussion with the Red Sox trainer and coaching staff, the left-hander left the game.
The injury was the second for Miller this spring, following a bout with elbow soreness that resulted in his going 12 days between appearances. Given that Miller has thrown just 3 1/3 Grapefruit League innings this spring (in which he has struck out six), this injury could put his availability for Opening Day in some jeopardy. At the least, said manager Bobby Valentine, Miller will not be considered for the rotation...
The Patriots officially announced a series of previously reported roster moves on Tuesday: the re-signing of offensive lineman Dan Connolly and the signings of unrestricted free agents defensive end Jonathan Fanene, tight end Daniel Fells and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. In addition, the Patriots released linebacker Christian Cox. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fifth starter candidate Vicente Padilla suffered somewhat of a setback when he injured his hamstring while working out in the JetBlue Park weight room Monday. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the team was waiting to judge what kind of timetable the pitcher would be on in the coming days.
Padilla has pitched in four games, giving up five runs on 13 hits over 10 innings, striking out nine and walking one.
In other Red Sox injury news, reliever Franklin Morales is scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday when the Red Sox travel to Bradenton to take on the Pirates.
"I feel good," said Morales, who was dealing with shoulder weakness. "It was just precautionary. But now I feel healthy. All I need to do now is throw a couple of innings and I'll be ready to go."
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after the Red Sox beat the Tigers 10-2 as Rick Porcello earns his 17th win
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Mickey Rourke in a small, yet growing, group of public figures to rip Lenny Dykstra for his nefarious deeds.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling
The 2016 edition of the annual survey into what sports fans think about their teams (and more importantly, about the media) is out, and Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into some of the opinions of the local fans.
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.
Andrew Benintendi made possibly the catch of the year for the Sox, and the guys talk about the hype surrounding that play. Also, they get into Pats talk, and focus in on what a loss of Tom Brady for 4 games means to an already shaky offensive line.
We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.
We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
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Patriots QB Jimmy G makes his weekly appearance with D&C on 'Patriots Monday' live from Gillette Stadium with Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky on site.More from this show
CSN Pats reporter Tom E. Curran makes it over to the WEEI Gillette Stadium studios to discuss injuries to Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason.More from this show