FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It is, said Bobby Valentine, the most befuddling aspect of the Red Sox roster. There is no part of the team that has many question marks as the bullpen.
"I don’t know the whole grouping out there yet," said Valentine. "I think the most perplexing situation we have right now is that grouping. It’s compounded by the number of starters we have. It’s a very interesting situation, challenging situation, that is about ready to get sorted out in the first stages."
The Sox will, in all likelihood, carry seven relievers to open the season. It is possible that for the first few days of 2012, the team could have eight members of its bullpen given that the team won't...
As the Celtics prepared for an eight-game road trip that coincides with the March 15 trade deadline, Rajon Rondo said they weren't focused on the rumors.
"I don’t think anyone’s really worried about it, honestly. Whatever happens, happens," Rondo said after the Celtics' 104-86 win over Portland. "No one’s really focused on all the trade talk. We’ve done a pretty good job throughout this trade talk of just getting wins. We’re professionals. We’re an older team. Trades happen."
Kevin Garnett echoed the same refrain.
"It’s what it is. This is a business and we all know that," he said. "If you don’t then you better catch up. I haven't thought about [the deadline] until you just brought it up."
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Blazers coach Nate McMillan questioned his players' desire to compete following a 106-84 loss to the Celtics Friday night in a game in which they trailed by 35 points at halftime.
“That's an unprofessional approach,” McMillan said. “There was no basketball being played out there tonight.”
As lopsided as the final score was, the game was actually much worse for the Blazers, who trailed by as many as 43 points. Portland was woeful on both ends of the court. Defensively, the Blazers allowed 65 first-half points while shooting 35 percent and committing 17 turnovers.
“We can try harder than that, we can play better than that,” McMillan said. “We pretty much allowed their team to jump on us and I don't think we responded.”
Forward Nic Batum was also upset after the game.
"Got to stop talking and act like a man and show some pride," Batum said.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Pirates jumped on right-hander Vicente Padilla for five hits (three doubles) and four runs in the top of the fifth inning as Pittsburgh beat the Red Sox, 7-4.
Starter Clay Buchholz (two runs, three innings) took the loss, but it was Padilla who was hit the hardest, with Pittsburgh doing damage against both his fastball and curve. Scheduled for three innings of work, Padilla ended up contributing just two frames, throwing 29 pitches (22 strikes).
The Sox received a pair of homers in the loss, both against left-handers, with David Ortiz and Darnell McDonald going deep. The Sox next play on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Two nights after getting blown out by 32 points in Philadelphia, the Celtics demolished the Blazers, 104-86, Friday night at TD Garden. The win, which featured a 43-point Boston lead in the second half, was the perfect set-up for Boston, which travels cross-country Saturday to take on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.
The biggest benefit of the blowout was the rest it provided Celtics' starters. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett all played less than 30 minutes. All four came out late in the third quarter and didn't play at all in the fourth, with Pierce, Rondo and Allen playing just 26 minutes. Garnett finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in just 21 minutes.
Allen and Pierce were the shooting stars of the night, combining to make 15-of-25 from the field, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range, and both finished with 22 points to share the team lead in scoring.
The game was tied...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Chris Price joins the show to discuss the Patriots and the reason Brady played in the third preseason game.More from this show
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show