Jason Varitek has seen Josh Beckett dominate. He caught the pitcher during his phenomenal postseason run in 2007, and he was behind the plate when Beckett enjoyed an overpowering four-month stretch in 2009.
But on Sunday night, when Beckett allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings to a stacked Yankees lineup, Varitek suggested that the pitcher might have outdone himself in Boston's 4-0 victory.
“Best I’ve seen him. As far as [being] complete, absolutely,” Varitek said. “[It was] eight strong, perfect innings.”
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team after a 4-0 victory on Sunday night allowed the Sox to take two of three from the Yankees over the weekend, improving to 2-7 on the year. While the start certainly has not been what Boston was looking for, Pedroia suggested that the team's predicament isn't quite as dire as has been portrayed.
"In like the sixth inning I was looking up at the board out there. We’re four games out now with 153 to go," Pedroia said. "Everybody knows what type of team we have. The expectations, everyone told us how good we were and we went to Texas and they punched us right in the mouth. We’ve go to respond to it. The best we can do is go out there and play.
"The way I think about it," Pedroia continued, "we’re four games out of first place with 153 to go. That’s a long-ass way away. I’m not very smart, but it looks doable. What do you think?...
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was hit on the left hand by a CC Sabathia fastball in the fifth inning of Sunday night's game, said after the game that he's "good" and won't need X-rays. He said that after getting hit on the thumb and two knuckles he experienced tingling and numbness but no pain, something that came as a relief.
"I don’t think it’s broken or anything. I was able to swing the bat. I’ll be fine," Gonzalez said. "Every time you get hit, especially on the bone, you’re always worried. But there isn’t any pain, just a little bit of tingling and numbness. I think I’ll be all right."
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and the hit by pitch.
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Josh Beckett struck out 10 batters and returned to dominant form over eight scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park to win the weekend series. Beckett, who walked just one and hit a batter, retired the last 14 batters he faced and allowed just an Eric Chavez single to center in the third and a Robinson Cano single to right field in the fourth.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Beckett after eight, denying him the chance for his 10th career complete game and fifth career shutout. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the light rain to pitch the ninth inning and finish Boston's second win of the season. Beckett was injured on a wet Yankee Stadium mound last May and never regained his ace form in 2010.
Offensively, Dustin Pedroia had three more hits and walked once, finishing the series with three hits in every game, going 9-for-13 with four runs scored.
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The Bruins will open their 2011 playoff schedule Thursday at TD Garden against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. Boston will host the first two games of the best-of-seven first-round set, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Montreal will serve as the site for the next two games, as the Canadiens will host Game 3 April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 April 21 at 7 p.m..
If needed, the series will move back to Boston for Game 5, which is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. Montreal would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m. And if the two teams need to play a Game 7, that would be April 27 at TD Garden at 7 p.m.
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Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
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.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
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!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
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?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
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!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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