In an email to WEEI.com following the Red Sox' 4-1 win over the Indians, Red Sox principal owner John Henry stated that he has faith -- despite his team's rocky start -- that the Sox have what it takes to get back into the playoff race.
"If we get the kind of pitching we're used to we'll be fine," Henry wrote. "Our offense has been great -- second in the AL. The bullpen has settled in and these last two nights we've gotten the starting pitching we've been needing to get.
"We have 80 percent of the season left. If we get pitching and get healthy we'll contend. I believe we will."
With the most recent win, the Red Sox improved to 14-19, 7 1/2 games in back of first-place Baltimore in the American League East. It was just the second time this season the Sox have won back-to-back games at Fenway Park, having last accomplished the feat during their first home series of the season, winning three in a row against Tampa Bay...
The Red Sox got to a pair of former Boston pitchers early and often as they beat the Indians, 12-1, Sunday at Fenway Park. The victory was Boston's third in a row, and Daniel Bard's first win in the month of May.
The Red Sox had big innings in the first and seventh. They did their damage against Justin Masterson in the first, as they plated four runs on RBIs from Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Masterson eventually settled down but ended the day having allowed six earned runs over six innings thanks to a third-inning homer from Middlebrooks and another Saltalamacchia RBI single in the sixth.
It was once Masterson was out of the game that things really got out of hand. The Sox lit up former Sox reliever Dan Wheeler to the tune of five hits and six runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run homer from Saltalamacchia.
Bard went six innings, throwing 97 pitches and allowing one earned run. He walked four batters...
The Red Sox placed outfielder Darnell McDonald on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an oblique injury and recalled first baseman Mauro Gomez from Triple-A Pawtucket. Gomez was in the Red Sox' clubhouse Sunday morning.
Gomez, 27, was hitting .294 with a .336 on-base percentage, .610 slugging percentage, 10 homers and 33 RBIs for Pawtucket. He was signed by the Red Sox in February. McDonald had just one at-bat over the last four games, a strikeout Friday night against the Indians.
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Bobby Valentine said prior to Sunday's game that he didn't like what he saw in Daisuke Matsuzaka's latest rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. Matsuzaka, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw 90 pitches over 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs and seven hits against Columbus Saturday at McCoy Stadium.
"I watched the game. I didn't think he was as good as he should be," Valentine said. "His mechanics [weren't] very good at all, I think. But he's throwing pain-free, so that's good."
Valentine said that Matsuzaka will have two more rehab starts (May 17 and 22) "to get his whole thing together." The manager added that he and his staff will review Saturday's outing in further detail Sunday.
"I've been watching him," he said. "Right now he's worried about his strength and his ability to endure pitches and things like that."
Valentine had six-man rotations...
Kevin Garnett wasn't talking about disrespect and he wasn't talking about his age after scoring 29 points against Philadelphia in the Celtics' 92-91 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"I have no life at this point," Garnett said. "I go home, get treatment, come back in here, study tape, film. No life at all. It's what it is."
Garnett played 38 minutes in the opener and all 12 in the fourth quarter. Coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that playing him that much was a problem, but it's what he has to do this point.
"It's so hard when he's off the floor for those 10 or 12 minutes," Rivers said. "I mean, you're in a panic right now. And we have to. Our plus/minus when he's off the floor is horrendous. So that's an area we have to improve on. But when he's on the floor he's doing everything for us."
Said Sixers coach Doug Collins, "I've never seen him play better."
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Callers weighed in on the Josh Brown disaster and Heath Evans still needs more info on Josh Brown.
Chris Russo called in to defend himself on comments he made regarding John Mara's handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence case.
Nate Burelson said he still needs more information on Josh Brown and headlines with Kirk.
Josh Brown, who is the center of a domestic violence scandal, put out a statement saying some contradictory things that we already know about the Giants kicker. Glenn, Lou and Christian call out Brown and talk about his phony statement.
Yet another member of the Red Sox baseball operations staff is leaving and joining Mike Hazen in Arizona. When the should the Red Sox be concerned? Also, Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about a surprise twist with the vacant Red Sox GM job.
The Pats look like their the best team in the AFC (again), but after Denver's win on Monday Night Football, can they contend? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the biggest threat will be.
We check in with super bowl champion and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer for his take on Pats-Steelers, Pats-Bills, Tom Brady, and the rest of the NFL.
Took them awhile to get there, but the G-Men did the right thing today and we discuss it.
We talk a bit about the World Series and Tito vs Theo.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis rundown the highs and lows of Tuesday's K&C Show with Jon Meterparel on the Dino Casting Couch
Monday's show was a scattered affair w/ Mut joining Kirk & Gerry; producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Tom Brady interview among other show tidbits.
Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
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