FOXBORO -- Laurence Maroney had a pair of touchdown runs and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a score from six yards as the Patriots beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 27-24, at Gillette Stadium in the preseason opener for both teams.
After a first series that started at the Saints 19 but only resulted in a short run, two incompletions and a Steve Gostkowski field goal, Tom Brady looked very impressive in his next and final drive of the night. Brady completed 5-of-6 passes for 67 yards, leading the team on a 93-yard, 14-play scoring drive that ended with a BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6-yard touchdown run. Brady played for a total of 17 offensive snaps.
Other highlights of the night included the play of second-year receiver Julian Edelman. He caught six balls for 90 yards, including a 25-yard completion on the 93-yard scoring drive. Randy Moss caught three passes for 30 yards and rookie...
TORONTO — For the first time in his major league career, Jonathan Papelbon was taken out in the ninth inning in a tie game as a reliever (due to factors not involving an injury), Thursday. After the Red Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays — in which Papelbon surrendered three runs in the ninth for the third time this season — the Sox’ closer said he understood why Sox manager Terry Francona made the move to go to Daniel Bard with one out, the Sox up by a run and the bases loaded. (Click here to see ‘Closing Time’ for a recap.)
“You want to finish games, that’s my job. I want to finish games,” Papelbon explained. “But I think the fact of the matter is that I didn’t execute my job and you pass it on to somebody else.”
Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was released without bail Thursday and ordered to stay away from his girlfriend's father after allegedly attacking the man outside a family lounge at Citi Field Wednesday night. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, which led to the team suspending him. He is on the restricted list without pay for two days, costing him $125,683.
Rodriguez, 28, is accsued of grabbing 53-year-old Carlos Pena, hitting him in the face and banging his head against a wall following the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Rockies.
"Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco's inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.
Rodriguez, who signed a $37 million, three-year contract with the Mets in 2008 after saving a record 62 games for the Angels, is 4-2 with 25 saves and a 2.24 ERA...
Jonathan Papelbon had his sixth blown save of the season and first in 25 career opportunities against the Blue Jays in a 6-5 loss in Toronto on Thursday.
The Blue Jays entered the inning trailing 5-2, but were able to muster four runs off Red Sox pitchers. John Lackey pitched eight-plus innings and allowed three runs on the day. Jose Bautista hit Lackey's 98th pitch to left for his 36th homer of the game. The shot made it a two-run game and chased Lackey from a start in which he gave up eight hits, walked one, and struck out four.
Later in the inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a game-tying two-run double off Papelbon and Fred Lewis hit a sacrifice fly to center off Daniel Bard to give the Blue Jays the walkoff win. Papelbon took the loss and fell to 4-5 on the season.
David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie each hit solo shots for the Red Sox in the loss. For the complete recap, see...
TORONTO — Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get his first start as a member of the Red Sox, catching John Lackey as the Red Sox look to complete a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon. Saltalamacchia made an appearance late in Wednesday night's game after being called up from Pawtucket, where he was assigned following his acquisition from the Rangers organization.
Here's the Red Sox lineup against Blue Jays left-hander Brad Mills:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Victor Martinez, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Bill Hall, 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Darnell McDonald, LF
See the Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups at the Full Count blog. For more Sox news, check the...
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Lions game and discuss what the Pats offense needs to do against Detroit's front seven, as well as what the Pats defense can do against Calvin Johnson.
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria is the nephew of the our own Christian Fauria. He joined the show today to talk about being a Pats fan as a kid, being a better athlete than his uncle, and before all was said and done, things got personal.
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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford checks in with the show to give us some updates on what's happening in Phoenix. The Sox are rumored to be interested in Pablo Sandoval, Cole Hammels would have to approve a trade to Boston, and Gordon Edes says that Jon Lester re-signing with club is still a possibility.
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
Michael and Dale discuss the return of LGB, and how the move really wasn't that surprising to begin with.
We discuss the Jack Johnson story... the NHL player who bankrupted by his own PARENTS.
We welcome back LeGarrette Blount by looking at the best returns to Boston in recent memory.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
Dale and Michael do an in-depth interview with one of the people that saved NFL football in New England. Bill Parcells, co-author of Parcells: A Football Life.More from this show
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.More from this show