Daniel Bard allowed a bloop single by Russell Branyan into right field with two outs and the bases loaded, just over the outstretched glove of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, allowing two runs to score and giving the Indians an 8-7 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Progressive Field. The hit came after Bard began the ninth inning by loading the bases but then getting Travis Hafner on a strikeout and Jhonny Peralta on a pop-up.
The Branyan hit ruined the heroics of Adrian Beltre, who had deposited a 2-0 pitch from Cleveland closer Kerry Wood over the left field wall for a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth inning to give the Sox the lead. The homer plated J.D. Drew, who was hit by a Wood pitch after the reliever retired Mike Lowell and Victor Martinez to start the frame.
Beltre's homer did prevent Jon Lester from taking his first loss since May 15, with the lefty getting a no-decision after allowing six runs on...
CLEVELAND -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was forced to leave the game between the Sox and Indians, Thursday night at Progressive Field, in the seventh inning with mild back spasms. Youkilis, who had led off the seventh with a ground out to third base, finished his night going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. He was replaced in the bottom half of the seventh in the field by Mike Lowell. Youkilis leads all Red Sox players in games played, having appeared in all but one of the team's 62 games, having started all but two of them. For more on the Red Sox go to the team page by clicking here.
With all the talk of Eddie F. Rush officiating Game 4 and Kendrick Perkins one technical away from a one-game suspension, there's been plenty of talk about the quality of officiating of the 2010 NBA finals. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the officiating this finals series is no more controversial than in other championship series he's been in.
"I don't think it's any hotter than any other finals I've been a part of," Jackson said. "It's always contentious. There's been a little more focus, perhaps, this time. Perhaps, some of it has been undercurrent in the past. What we like to say to the players is you play beyond the refereeing, you play above the refereeing."
Jackson is coaching in his 13th NBA finals series and has a 10-2 mark in previous championship series. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said that his starting center will try to play through right knee pain in Game 4 of the NBA finals against the Celtics.
"I think he'll give it a shot and see how he goes from there." Jackson said. "The big factor is he knows he's going to be in some kind of discomfort during course of a game. It comes. It goes. He feels sharp pain when he makes a certain move. He understands what it is so it's not something he gets concerned about doing again."
Bynum had the knee drained just before the finals began and was told by Lakers doctors and trainers to expect discomfort and limited mobility if he chose to play in the series. Bynum has started all three games and played at least 28 minutes in each of the first contests.
For more, visit the Green Street blog.
Doc Rivers told the media in his pregame press conference for Game 4 that Rasheed Wallace, who has struggled with back problems for the last couple of weeks, is "going to be fine" for Thursday night.
"Rasheed is going to be fine," Rivers said. "He's feeling a lot better today. We can't worry about it anyway. He'll be fine. We anticipate playing him a little bit more tonight for sure."
For more Celtics news, check the Green Street blog.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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