Daisuke Matsuzaka quieted some of the concerns about his spring by delivering five shutout innings against the Tigers. He showed good life on his fastball, which touched 93 mph on the scoreboard in Lakeland, while allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five. In the process, he lowered his spring ERA from 11.42 to 7.24.
The Red Sox collected just three hits against the Tigers (and starter Justin Verlander), though that proved a sufficient output to garner a 2-1 victory in extra innings. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo homer in the third inning, and Darnell McDonald added a solo shot in the top of the 10th.
Former Sox catcher Victor Martinez, now serving primarily as the designated hitter for the Tigers, was 1-for-2 with a single and walk in three plate appearances.
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Hoping to "set the record straight," NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah took to Twitter on Tuesday to touch on a recent report that top prospects might boycott the NFL Draft.
"The NFLPA is not asking anyone to 'boycott' anything," Atallah tweeted. "NFL Draft in particular.
"The NFL Draft is special. Players and their families will be in NYC. It just maybe different. We will provide details when we can."
ESPN had reported Monday that 17 top prospects had been told by the NFLPA to choose against showing up to the draft.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after reiterating that there is no question that Jonathan Papelbon remains his closer, told reporters in Lakeland prior to his team's game against the Tigers that set-up man Daniel Bard may well be the most valuable pitcher in the bullpen. The ability to use him in different situations and innings -- and for varying durations -- makes him an incredibly meaningful contributor.
"Bard for me is the best weapon you can have. Not having to pigeon hole him is a huge weapon. He can come in in the seventh and get an out. He can pitch the eighth," said Francona. "He won’t be doing that forever because he’s too good – he’s going to be a closer – but for now he’s a huge weapon for us. We kind of did it with Pap that one year. That’s why when we got [Billy] Wagner that one year [in 2009], our bullpen got so much better. Because we got a guy...
FORT MYERS, Fla. – According to a team source, the Red Sox would have had the resources to pursue either Adrian Gonzalez or Carl Crawford, but not both, had Victor Martinez re-signed with the club in the offseason.
The Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez, one for three years and $36 million, another for four years and $42 million. The catcher eventually signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Tigers.
The two draft picks that the Sox received as compensation for Martinez (a Type A free agent) signing with the Tigers as well as the two the team netted for the departure of Adrian Beltre to the Rangers were also a critical component of the club's offseason calculus.
Without the picks, the Sox might have been reluctant to part with the prospect package they shipped to San Diego for Gonzalez and, for that matter, to sacrifice its own first-round pick for Crawford...
TNT analyst Charles Barkley went off on the Knicks Monday, calling ownership a "disgrace" for raising ticket prices and then putting a damper on fans' excitement over the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony by saying, "In the history of all basketball, they may be the worst defensive team ever."
Meanwhile, Barkley wasn't himself during his appearance on CBS' NCAA selection show Sunday, bringing up the question of if the network is trying to tone down the act that made him so popular on NBA broadcasts.
Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain why Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out on the offensive Wednesday and hit back at the NFL for upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.
Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.
Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
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.
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
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!
We know the leak to ESPN on deflate gate.
Beverly Scott hired by Obama.
ESPN's reporter ducked the show.
Josh Beckett is in the news but not for a baseball reason, the guys discuss his possible romantic run-in with country star, Miranda Lambert.
Greg and Lou discuss Chris Mortensen bailing on his interview with Dennis & Callahan.
Buster Olney, of ESPN, gives the guys the latest scoop on any potential deals regarding the Red Sox on MLB Trade Deadline Day.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk about all things Patriots, including the challenges on the field and the drama off the field as 2015 training camp opens today in Foxborough.
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
Intern extraordinaire Lucy joins Jerry once again to discuss the most vexing questions in the history of mankind: can men and women coexist? What are the differences between how men and women think? And how mean can women really be?
If you play Fantasy Football then you know there are several “Elephants in the Room!” And nobody is talking about them. Are they afraid? We’re not! The Dallas Running game, Leveon Bell, Demarco Murray & Ryan Matthews in the Philly backfield, the Saints offense and so much more. Right here, WEEI’s own Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson cover all of the main “Elephants in the Room” to help you get the edge for your upcoming drafts. Enjoy!
Russ & Alex discuss Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut, Didier Drogba signing with Montreal and debate which team has had the best transfer window so far.
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Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Chris Mortensen's false PSI report.More from this show