The Red Sox fell to 62-73 on the season and 0-6 on their nine-game West Coast swing with a 6-2 loss to the A's on Sunday. The Sox were outscored 33-5 in the three games in Oakland and now stand a season-worst 11 games below .500.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Through six games of the West Coast trip Sox starters have allowed 45 hits and 27 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings (11.52 ERA). The A's homered twice off of Matsuzaka, solo shots from Seth Smith and Stephen Drew.
Andrew Miller relieved Matsuzaka in the fourth inning and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The bullpen was a lone bright spot for the Sox on Sunday, as Miller, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Mark Melancon combined to allow just a single hit and zero runs in 4 1/3 innings.
The offense continued to struggle, as Brett Anderson (3-0) gave up just a run on five hits in six innings. The lone run...
The Red Sox have recalled infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket, putting their active roster at 27 players. The 25-year-old De Jesus Jr. was one of the players acquired from the Dodgers in the Aug. 25 trade that sent Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.
Since joining Pawtucket, De Jesus Jr. has hit .385 (10-for-26) after hitting .295 for Triple-A Albuquerque. The infielder, who was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft, appeared in 23 major league games for the Dodgers this season, going 9-for-33 (.273). He is the sone of 15-year major league veteran shortstop Ivan De Jesus Sr.
The addition of De Jesus Jr. -- who has played second base, third base, shortstop along with both corner outfield positions -- also allows for some insurance if Dustin Pedroia is forced to leave the team. The second baseman's wife, Kelli, is expecting to deliver the couple's second child any day now.
FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Steve Gregory and Visanthe Shiancoe were all missing for the start of Patriots practice on Sunday afternoon in full pads outside Gillette Stadium.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was also absent, though he was spotted in team stretching exercises before leaving early without a team trainer.
Safety Patrick Chung, who injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against the Eagles on Aug. 20, was in attendance but was wearing a "no-contact" red jersey.
Offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who took several snaps in the preseason at center and right guard, was in attendance but only wearing sweats. He injured his arm during the team's third preseason game at Tampa Bay on Aug. 25. After missing practice on Friday, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer returned on Sunday.
Sunday also marked the team's first full practice since NFL rosters were cut down to 53 players and eight practice...
FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Sunday afternoon during his media briefing that former Olympian sprinter Jeff Demps will miss the entire 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve as part of the final 53-man roster cutdown on Friday night. Demps, while returning a punt, appeared to injure his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the preseason finale against the Giants on Aug. 28.
Belichick was asked if Demps' season was over due to the injured reserve status, even with the modified injured reserve clause ratified last week by the NFLPA.
"Yes, yes, any player that's on injured reserve prior to this coming Tuesday is out for the year," Belichick said. "If a player is on the active roster and they go on injured reserve anytime after [Sept. 4], they could be designated as [eligible to return]."
Belichick also clarified that a player like Dane Fletcher is also not eligible to return this season with...
FOXBORO -- The release of veteran wide receiver Deion Branch on Friday caught many by surprise, including those inside the Patriots locker room like Rob Gronkowski.
“That shows the business side of the NFL and it’s always tough to see your friends go," Gronkowski said Sunday. "Your friends, people who were your mentors, guys you look up to and it’s tough seeing them go. It’s part of the business but at the same time, you wish them the best of luck and hopefully everything works out for everyone that you see go. It’s definitely a tough time.
“He’s just a great guy overall. He taught so much on the field, how to practice, how to stay motivated out there, how to do the rep right so we don’t have to repeat it. He’s a great guy, always love talking to him and will always be in touch with him.”
Gronkowski is entering his third NFL season and he said Sunday that Branch was...
Patriots safety Duron Harmon joined the show on Monday to discuss their win over Pittsburgh in the AFCCG. Harmon was asked about his tackle on Jesse James on the half yard line, and he revealed to the guys he wasn't thinking much about it, but that the defense has wanted the chance to make a goal line stand since they did it against Cincinnati earlier in the season.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis joined the show to discuss how it feels to be headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career, his recovery from a serious injury in 2015, and how LeGarrette Blount fired up the sidelines by carrying half the Steelers on his back.
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello to discuss life from the moment when he learned he was the American League Cy Young Award winner until the days just before spring training. Porcello explains how things have changed for him over the past few months, while offering his thoughts on Kate Upton's controversial tweets following the Cy Young announcement, and the actual voting process.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour 4. It's book review Tuesday with Kirk, Gerry, and Trenni. Dan Le Batard insinuated Boston is racist.
Hour 2. Trenni takes on Gerry. Headlines with Kirk. SNL's tribute to Obama was sad.
Hour 1. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the attention Brady's interview received. ESPN's political policy is constantly violated.
We opened the show today playing some clips of Rob Parker and Ryan Clark saying that the Patriots were cheaters. Fauria took a cue from "Angry Lou" and went ballistic. This is a MUST LISTEN.
Steelers linebacker, Bud Dupree, told reporters on Monday that their defense was caught off-guard by the Patriots up-tempo offense.
No one in New England seems to be all that keen on the Atlanta Falcons roster. So we got NFL analyst, Randy Cross, on the phone to give us a primer on the Falcons.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick breaks down the win over the Steelers and looks ahead to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, who Bill admits is a team they are not yet very familiar with.
Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater after the Patriots advance to Super Bowl 51.
Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis of the AFC Championship win.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Trenni Wednesday on the K&C show
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Patriots Monday after a Patriots AFC Title game win and a Tom Brady appearance with Kirk & Gerry.
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