FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon, who was battling a migraine headache, allowed six runs - five earned - and retired just one batter as the Houston Astros beat the Red Sox, 10-7, on Sunday at City of Palms Park. Papelbon allowed three doubles, walked one and hit a batter in the seventh inning as the Astros rallied for the rain-shortened win. The game was called after a heavy rains, thunder and lightning raced through Fort Myers in the bottom of the eighth. Jon Lester started for the Red Sox, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, three runs, striking out seven and walking none. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 and Dustin Pedroia was 2-for-4 with a homer and drove in four. Mike Lowell started his first game at third and went 0-for-3 and Mike Cameron also homered. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
The Bruins gained separation in the playoff race with a 2-1 win against the Rangers in front of a sold out crowd at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon. Tuukka Rask picked up his 17th win of the season for Boston while Henrik Lundqvist took the loss for the Rangers. Miroslav Satan and Dennis Wideman scored for the Bruins.
For more on how the game played out, visit the Big Bad Blog.
According to ESPN.com, there are "strong indications" that the momentum is building towards a deal between the Twins and 2009 American League MVP Joe Mauer. The report stated that Mauer's agent, Ron Shapiro, was seen on Sunday afternoon in the airport in Fort Myers, a city in which both the Red Sox and Twins reside. While Mauer would become the object of a huge free-agent bidding war, multiple industry sources expect that a deal between him and the Twins will get done. Mauer, who comes from St. Paul, Minn., was taken by the Twins as the top overall pick in the 2001 draft.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Marlins returned Rule 5 draftee Jorge Jimenez to the Red Sox on Sunday. The 25-year-old third baseman had been selected by the Astros in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 10, and then was traded to Florida as part of a deal for reliever Matt Lindstrom. But the Marlins decided that they could not keep the infielder on their major league roster all season, and so sent him back to Boston for $25,000 (the Sox having received $50,000 from Houston when Jimenez was selected).
Jimiez comes back to a Red Sox organization for whom he has performed beyond expectations when he was taken in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. In 2009, he hit .289/.366/.422/.787 with 13 homers and 87 RBIs in Double A Portland. Though not a slugger, he has always shown a good offensive approach at the plate. Still, he has never played about Double-A, which made a spot on a big league roster a longshot.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 32 pitches in a minor league intersquad game at the Red Sox minor league complex on Sunday morning. The right-hander threw 12 pitches in the first and then retired the side in order in the second on three ground balls. Matsuzaka then stayed on the mound with runners on base to allow him to work from the stretch. The day ended with a double play ball. Pitching coach John Farrell and general manager Theo Epstein were among the Red Sox staffers on hand to watch.
"It was a positive step forward," Farrell said. Matsuzaka will throw a side session on Tuesday and is slated to pitch two or three innings on Thursday at City of Palms in relief of Tim Wakefield against the Florida Marlins.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.
We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
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Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.
Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.
Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.
We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
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Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.More from this show
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