A pair of returning players played significant roles as the Red Sox claimed their seventh straight victory, this one by a 5-1 count over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Clay Buchholz, who had his start moved back by two days in deference to a cranky back, was dominant. He did not give up a hit in the first three innings, and on the night, he permitted just one run on three hits and two walks to earn his fifth win of the season. He struck out six in lowering his ERA to 3.59.
Meanwhile, Dustin Pedroia -- back in the lineup after an exam on his right knee on Thursday showed no major structural damage to the knee -- went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a pair of runs, extending his streak of games with at least one run batted in to a career-best seven games.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday after an exam in Boston on Thursday revealed that the discomfort in his right knee stemmed from a bruinsed kneecap rather than a more significant structural injury. Pedroia told reporters in Toronto that there was some loose cartilage in the knee, but that it was not something that would require surgery.
"I kind of lucked out. It's just a bruise," Pedroia told reporters. "It's been bugging me for a while. So as long as I can continue to play and just deal with it, that's good, I guess."
Manager Terry Francona expressed hope that, with the results of the exam, Pedroia "can relax a little bit more" while reassured that he won't be risking an injury based on how he approaches the game. Entering Friday's contest, Pedroia was hitting .247 with a .361 OBP, .338 slugging mark and .699 OPS in 59 games.
Bruins legend Bobby Orr joined The Big Show show Friday afternoon to talk about the Stanley Cup finals.
Orr has enjoyed staying close with the city of Boston since retiring and being a small part of this championship run.
"There are a lot of guys that are responsible for making hockey what it is in Boston," Orr said. "I’m happy to be part of that. To be there the other night, the atmosphere was incredible. To see how this team has come along, how they’ve put it together. All season long they’ve had their bumps, but they’ve always answered the bell.
"The fourth game, in my mind, they just dominated every part of the game. They didn’t make a mistake. They were so solid. I thought they were even better in the fourth game than the third game. I think guys like [Milan] Lucic and [Zdeno] Chara played their very best games in the fourth game. I was so happy to be part of it, to watch this team. It...
After being diagnosed in Boston on Thursday with a bone bruise on his right knee, second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday for the start of a weekend series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Pedroia will be hitting in his customary second spot in the lineup.
J.D. Drew will sit with Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes on the hill. Mike Cameron -- who is 3-for-8 with two homers against Reyes -- gets the start.
Clay Buchholz will be making his first start in a week after getting a couple extra days of rest due to his sore back. For the breakdown of the matchup between Buchholz and Reyes, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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Hockey Night in Canada and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to preview Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Weekes, a former NHL goalie, spent much of the interview talking about Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas. Regarding the question of whether Luongo should be starting Game 5, Weekes said he supported the decision to go back to Luongo.
"Roberto's your No. 1 goalie. I believe you have to give him the chance," he said. "There's no question. I believe you've got to give Roberto the chance to play. But I will say this: I think it's going to be a very short leash."
The Canucks have criticized Thomas for coming out of his crease so far and so frequently. Weekes suggested that Luongo should learn from what Thomas is doing.
"There's times when you need to be out of the blue paint, you need to face shooters down and be aggressive and take away that angle from them,"...
Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has the latest on the Red Sox and their hot stove offseason as he joins Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola on the Planet Mikey Show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.