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08/05/2011 - 8:15am
Red Sox scorer defends call on Ortiz

Longtime Red Sox official scorer Chaz Scoggins joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the David Ortiz controversy.

Ortiz interrupted Red Sox manager Terry Francona's pregame press conference Thursday (video here) to complain about Scoggins taking away an RBI the day before. "I'm [expletive] pissed," Ortiz said to Francona as the media looked on. "We need to have a talk, you and me."  After Francona said he would be there "in a minute," Ortiz walked away swearing about the official scorer.

On the play in question during Wednesday night's game, the Red Sox had runners on second and third in the bottom of the first inning. Ortiz singled to left-center, where outfielder Austin Kearns bobbled the ball, and two runs scored. Scoggins...

08/05/2011 - 6:59am
Mashup: NBA players battle with fans

Anyone who has seen video of summer league basketball could tell that it was only a matter of time before a confrontation erupted between a player and a fan. Fans at games ring the edges of the court and often walk onto the court after big plays to celebrate, frequently making contact with the players.

While Kevin Durant was being lauded for his memorable performance in New York, Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley did not enjoy being taunted about his failure to stop Durant. During a game at Dyckman Park, Beasley confronted a fan who was heckling him, pushing the fan in the face before security stepped.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco Thursday night, Lakers forward Matt Barnes reportedly punched someone in the face during a game there.

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08/04/2011 - 9:33pm
Bullpen, not Bedard, blows it for Sox

Erik Bedard was good enough, but the Red Sox bullpen wasn't, as the Sox relievers allowed four runs in the final four innings, resulting in a 7-3 Indians win Thursday night at Fenway Park. The defeat puts the Sox in a dead-heat for the top spot in the American League, with both Boston and the Yankees carrying 68-42 records heading into their three-game series, starting Friday.

Pitching in his first game in a Red Sox uniform, Bedard lasted five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. The lefty struck out five, didn't walk a batter and ended up throwing 70 pitches (49 strikes). He gave way to reliever Franklin Morales with the game tied at 3-3.

Morales, who hadn't allowed a run in 12 of his last 14 outings coming into Thursday's game, immediately ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a two-run homer to Carlos Santana. 

Another Red Sox reliever to have his difficulties was Andrew Miller, who gave up two runs on four hits over 2 2/3...

08/04/2011 - 9:33pm
Bullpen, not Bedard, blows it for Sox

Erik Bedard was good enough, but the Red Sox bullpen wasn't, as the Sox relievers allowed four runs in the final four innings, resulting in a 7-3 Indians win Thursday night at Fenway Park. The defeat puts the Sox in a dead heat for the top spot in the American League, with both Boston and the Yankees carrying 68-42 records heading into their three-game series that starts Friday.

Pitching in his first game in a Red Sox uniform, Bedard lasted five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. The lefty struck out five, didn't walk a batter and ended up throwing 70 pitches (49 strikes). He gave way to reliever Franklin Morales with the game tied at 3.

Morales, who hadn't allowed a run in 12 of his last 14 outings coming into Thursday's game, immediately ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a two-run homer to Carlos Santana.

Another Red Sox reliever to have his difficulties was Andrew Miller, who gave up two runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings...

08/04/2011 - 8:02pm
Mankins: Everything OK between me, Kraft

FOXBORO – Contrary to popular belief, Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins said he has never had a problem with owner Robert Kraft.

"Let's get things straight: Me and Mr. Kraft never had a problem. I never said he lied," Mankins said Thursday when he was asked how things stand between him and Kraft. "When I said the organization, I never said he did. So let's get that straight right now. Me and Mr. Kraft never had a problem. We've talked last offseason, we've talked last season, we've talked this offseason, we've talked in training camp, so everything is good between me and him."

Last year, Mankins expressed frustration with his contract situation and told ESPN that he wanted to be be traded. He later sat out the first half of last season because he was unhappy with his contract situation. However, the Pro Bowl left guard recently signed his $10.1 million franchise tender, and he shrugged when he was asked why he...

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