ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday to talk about the Red Sox.
Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up seven runs in two-plus innings Monday night vs. the Rays. "To me, it was a poorly put-together game plan, in my opinion," Kruk said. "You saw the first inning. What Josh Beckett did to the Yankees on Sunday night, he was throwing the fastball early and then getting outs later with his breaking ball. But the first inning, he was just throwing fastballs — [Derek] Jeter, [Mark] Texeira — two-seamer and a four-seamer, just throwing fastballs by those guys. And it looked like they took that same game plan in there with Daisuke. The problem was Beckett was throwing 94, 95, and Daisuke was throwing 89, 90. And Beckett was locating, and Daisuke it was just: 'Here, hit it.'
"It was awful. It just looked like, 'I know I'm getting behind hitters so I'm just going to throw strikes...
With Daisuke Matsuzaka struggling badly Monday night — surrendering seven runs in two-plus innings in the Red Sox' 16-5 loss to the Rays — the right-hander's future has been a hot topic among Red Sox Nation. What do you think? How should the team handle the enigmatic starter going forward? Cast your vote at the Full Count blog.
According to multiple reports, Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker met with Miami officials Monday in Boston to discuss the Hurricanes' coaching vacancy. Amaker guided the Crimson to a 23-7 record and their first-ever Ivy League championship this season. They shared the title with Princeton and then lost a playoff game to determine the league's NCAA tournament representative. Harvard then lost at Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT.
The former Duke guard has spent four seasons at Harvard. Previously, he served as head coach at Seton Hall and Michigan.
Miami also has been looking for a new athletic director. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday morning that the school is expected to name Shawn Eichorst to that post. Eichorst is deputy athletic director and chief administrative officer at the University of Wisconsin.
Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who was involved in an incident with Kevin Garnett earlier this season, has a new worst enemy. In Monday night's game vs. the Cavaliers, Villanueva and Ryan Hollins were ejected following a fourth-quarter scrum. After things appeared to have calmed down, Villanueva ran across to the court in an attempt to get at Hollins while being restrained by a teammate and security guard. As he was led to the Pistons locker room, Villanueva said, "I will kill that dude. I don't give a [expletive]." After the game, Villanueva was more subdued. "I overreacted," he said. "He said some things that got me upset."
Also in the news, Jose Canseco is returning to baseball as a manager/player for an independent minor league team in Arizona.
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Speaking after his team trounced the Red Sox, 16-5, Monday night at Fenway Park, Rays outfielder Johnny Damon said that the reaction from the fans was different from when he last played in Boston, as a member of the Yankees.
"Coming as a Yankee, it was definitely a lot tougher," Damon said. "They're Red Sox fans, that's what they were born to do and that's what they'll continue to do."
There was a mix of cheers and boos when Damon strode to the plate in the first inning, with the reception not getting a chance to truly define itself thanks to Tampa Bay's No. 2 hitter depositing the first pitch he saw from Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka over the right field fence for his 19th career homer in Fenway.
Damon would finish his night going 3-for-5 with two runs.
"It was great coming back in here on a different team than the Yankees. It was a little more mixed tonight. I was pretty happy to get the cheers I...
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
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 Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
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.
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 top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.
Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.
Jay Feely explains why he was in court with Tom Brady on Monday, and what was said in the robing room with Judge Berman.
Tyler Seguin was partying all summer in Toronto. Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie tattled on him. Also, Marshawn Lynch continues to be awkward, as he sells Skittles on cable TV.
Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.
We discuss the latest from Judge Berman in the deflategate case, and what it might mean.
We close out the Dale and Holley program with some of the best sound of the day that you may have missed.
We discuss the NFL's insistence and inconsistency when they continue to rely on the term 'integrity' throughout this deflategate process.
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.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
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?
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.More from this show
Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get things going this week discussing all of the latest injuries that can effect your fantasy team or draft in the midst of Week 3 of the preseason. They talk some of the impressive performances coming out of the games Thursday-Saturday. The boys chat about the various rankings and how they are constantly updating these list on Rotobahn.com and the Rotobahn 500. They go in depth on the tight end position, which is very top heavy -- 5 or 6 very good TE's and then a bunch of mediocre guys and unknowns. Jim and Pete also get into 10-team and 12-team league approaches, value picks late in your draft and how the waiver wire is your friend.More from this show
Danny Picard and Bill Speros discuss the state of the Boston Red Sox after taking two of three from the NY Mets, and the state of the Patriots after their third preseason game.More from this show
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.More from this show