Josh Beckett allowed just five hits and struck out seven in firing a complete game shutout as the Red Sox beat Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves, 3-0 at Fenway Park. Beckett struck out seven to improve to 8-3 on season in a game that took only two hours, 11 minutes to play. Lowe, who received several ovations from the crowd, scattered seven hits while allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two. Lowe's former catcher Jason Varitek broke out of a slump, getting to Lowe for a pair of doubles while scoring twice.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Play was officially suspended in the third round at 7 p.m. as the heaviest rains of the day hit the already water logged Black Course at Bethpage State Park. Fourty four of the 60-player field were on the course at the time, but the top seven players, led by Ricky Barnes (-8), never teed off. The third round is expected to be resumed tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. weather permitting. Drawing the bulk of the gallery in the dusk, Phil Mickelson (-1) parred the first hole and was standing over his second shot on the par-4 second when the horn sounded. Tiger Woods, who sits at 3-over-par, did not tee off.
ESPN The Magazine reports that the Red Sox will sign Dominican amateur LHP Victor Payano, a 16-year-old with a fastball in the mid-to-high 80s with a slider and changeup, to a $900,000 bonus on July 2. Multiple reports have also suggested that the Sox are expected to sign shortstop Jose Vinicio - considered one of the top shortstops in this year's amateur free-agent class - to a bonus of roughly $2 million once he turns 16, on July 10.
The Red Sox deny that they have reached any sort of agreement with either player.
The period for signing international amateur free agents from Latin America begins on July 2 each year. The biggest bonus ever given by the Red Sox to an amateur from the region was the $1.5 million bonus given to Michael Almanzar in 2007.
Mike Lowell will not start Saturday night's game against Atlanta, with Kevin Youkilis moving over to take his spot at third and Mark Kotsay playing first. "I think he's feeling a little beat up," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Lowell. "I didn't know whether tomorrow and give him two days off in a row. Today, Millsy and I kind of messed around with it and talked about it during (Friday's) game and came to the conclusion that we'll go with tonight and see how he feels tomorrow. I just want our guys to feel good physically." And asked whether his team, with three total hits in their last two games, is slumping, Francona said he's not worried yet. "Sometimes, the game, you get down and the way a guy is pitching, it can lead to maybe impatience and you try to get back too much. I don't know that it's always just one thing. If you're asking me if I think we're in a slump, no, I think it's been a couple of tough days for us."...
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Thanks to Jonathan Edfors' 4-foot par putt on No. 9 (his 18th of the day), the cut after two rounds of the U.S. Open at soggy Bethpage Black came down at 4-over-par with an even 60 golfers making the cut led by Ricky Barnes at 8-under-par. Tiger Woods shot 1-under-par to finish at 3-over through two rounds. With some partial clearing, the third round is set to start at 5:30 with 30 pairs going off from both the first and 10th tees. There is, however, some major weather expected in the early evening. Barnes is followed by Lucas Glover (-7), Mike Weir (-6) and the resurgent David Duval, who is in a three-way tie for fourth at 3-under-par. Phil Mickelson is tied for 12th at one-under-par.
Matt joined the program to discuss his first ever cornhole contest and to break down the Patriots offseason. He told the guys that he was upset that the Pats were unable to bring Wes Welker back to the team.
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the latest rumors surrounding Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and whether he'll be back next season with the team.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Salty spoke with Joe Castiglione & Dave O'Brien after he helped his team to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox tonight. The Red Sox return to Fenway after going 6-3 on the road trip.
We check in with Red Sox Manager John Farrell live from Chicago and get his take on a good week for the Sox, a tough series since then in Chicago, and other team related notes.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss what he expects to see from the Rangers tonight, why the Bruins match up well against them, and potentially closing out the series tonight
McGuire joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins game 3 win, the Rangers awful power play, and the Shawn Thornton Derek Dorsett altercation.
Shawn joined the program to discuss his big night at MSG. He told the guys that it is not Marchand's job to fight and that he needs to be on the ice and out of the penalty box.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss what he expects to see from the Rangers tonight, why the Bruins match up well against them, and potentially closing out the series tonight.
One of the many Mut and Merloni callers, Meg in the Cape, chats with Mike and Lou about the Bruins and a whole bunch of other stuff in the span of about 2 min. Afterwards, Mut and Merloni hear some voice activated text messages from people listening in to Meg.
Tom Brady appeared with D and C this morning and talked about the team's OTA's, the comings and goings, and most importantly what went down when Wes Welker left town, and how does he feel about it?
Four guys, four topics we haven't mentioned today. Mark Sanchez, the Pacers blow it and more.
We talk about the mystique and respect around John Tortorella, and whether or not it's warranted. Plus we discuss with you who the 2013 Bruins MVP has to be. Tuuka? Bergeron? Claude?
The Bruins look to take a 3-0 series lead, Jon Lester gets his first loss, Dwight Howard has options in free agency.
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins have a 2-0 lead over the New york Rangers, the Red Sox are back on the winning sde of things, and the noteable birthdays of the day.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Kirk's still a jerk, but we want a SWEEP!
The Jerks are joined by another, Jerk Minihane.
They're like a ray of morning sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day.
Linda explains how the shootout transpired in Watertown during the early morning hours. She saw the first suspect mortally wounded and police beginning the manhunt for the second suspect.More from this show
Terry Francona joins the Dennis and Callahan Show to discuss his first-place Indians team as well as his time in Boston. The former Boston manager also touches on his recent book co-authored by Dan Shaughnessy and Shaughnessy's recent dust-up with David Ortiz.More from this show