FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite watching his spring training ERA rise to 6.64, Josh Beckett came away optimistic after the Red Sox. 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays, Friday night at City of Palms Park.
Beckett, who suffered his fourth loss in as many decisions, allowed seven runs on 11 hits over six innings, striking out five and not walking a batter. The righty finished his final Grapefruit League start by throwing 91 pitches, including one two-seam fastball which Toronto outfielder Adam Loewen hit for a two-run homer.
"Results aside, I felt like I did some things that we've been working on and I felt like they were comfortable for the first time," Beckett explained, "so I've got to take some positives away from that. But obviously the results are what they are."
Beckett allowed the first batter to reach in each of the first seven innings, including three-leadoff doubles, all of which came on first-pitch fastballs....
Delonte West aggravated his ankle injury in practice on Thursday and it bothered him in Friday's game against the Bobcats. "At the end of the day I keep trying to downplay it," West said. "I’ve had sprained ankles before and it only takes two, three days you’re back in action. I’ve got a chipped bone in there. I think I overdid it the other day in practice. Yesterday I was going super-hard and the ankle swole back up on me."
West is going to Washington D.C. Saturday morning to officially end his nine-month probation for weapons charges. He plans to join the team in Minnesota in time for Sunday's game. "I think a day or two should be sufficient," West said. "When I say no more excuses, this is the last time you’re going to hear about the ankle from me."
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics
Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't mince words after his team blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead and lost to the Bobcats, 83-81 Friday night. "Right now, I think we've become very, very selfish," Rivers said. "Not just as far as trying to get our own, but everything is abouthow we're playing individually, instead of how the team is playing. You can see it. A guy struggles, he pouts, he moans. Everything is me, me, me on our team right now."
Asked if this was similar to last season when the Celtic also struggled in March, he said it was different. "Nothing like this. Last year I shut them down. They were injured. They're not injured. They're not playing well. Last year we lost Game 7 on the road."
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Dante Cunningham hit a jumper with 33.9 seconds remaining and Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett missed potential game-tying three-pointers just before the buzzer as the Bobcats handed the Celtics a stunning 83-81 loss Friday at TD Garden. The Celtics blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead to the undermanned Bobcats as Paul Pierce had 18 points and Ray Allen added 14. Garnett tied the game, 80-80, on a jumper with 54.9 seconds remaining after the Bobcats went on a 16-0 run to take an 80-75 lead with 2:49 left.
The Bobcats were playing without injured veterans Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas and the recently-traded Gerald Wallace, who was sent to Portland for Cunningham in a deadline trade. Gerald Henderson, who was huge against his father's former team in the fourth quarter, hit one of two free throws with 15.5 seconds to put Charlotte up three. Henderson finished with 15 points, nine coming in the fourth.
Both teams were ice-cold in the...
The Celtics will be without Troy Murphy for their game with the Bobcats on Friday. Murphy rolled his ankle at the end of practice on Thursday and was seen in a walking boot in the locker room prior to the game. Murphy isn't the only Celtics player in a boot. Shaquille O'Neal is as well and he is still no closer to a return, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the game.
"I don’t know if it’s precautionary because he’s already injured," Rivers said of O'Neal who also confirmed that the center had a cortisone shot. "I just think they’re trying to speed it up. I don’t think it’s a setback because we haven’t had a set. We haven’t really figured out when he’s coming back."
There is some good news as Jermaine O'Neal is scheduled to rejoin the team on Monday for their game in Indiana and then travel with the team to San Antonio. The Celtics have a scheduled practice on...
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show