BALTIMORE -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia collected a hit in his 18th straight game when he legged out an infield single on a grounder to third in the fifth inning against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta. The hitting streak is a new career high for the second baseman, surpassing the 17-game streak he had in 2008. The hit also marked the 30th straight game in which Pedroia has reached base, also a new career high that coincided with his 2008 hitting streak.
During the streak, Pedroia is hitting .377. For the season, he has a .295 average and .864 OPS with 13 homers and 50 RBI, along with 18 steals.
For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
BALTIMORE -- Red Sox left-hander Tommy Hottovy, who was designated for assignment on Saturday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for fellow southpaw reliever Randy Williams, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Hottovy had a 6.75 ERA in eight big league appearances for the Sox, with lefties going 2-for-7 with a walk against him. In Triple-A, lefties are just 1-for-21 against the 30-year-old this season.
For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
BALTIMORE -- Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who has been on the DL since July 6 due to a lat strain, threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since he suffered the injury against the Blue Jays on July 5. Rather than treat the outing as a simple side session, Lester (10-4, 3.31 ERA) ended up simulating a few innings with breaks in between sets of pitches. He appeared to throw his full arsenal of pitches as he builds toward his start on Monday.
While the Sox believe that it would be unfair to expect Lester to pitch without restrictions on Monday, they are also hopeful that he can handle a workload that is not far short of normal, with manager Terry Francona suggesting that the left-hander might be asked to throw 80-90 pitches in his outing against the Royals.
"That’s not shortening him too much," Francona said before the bullpen session. "That might shorten him an inning."
More important, the Sox are...
J.D. Drew will get another day off as the Red Sox wrap up their three-game series in Baltimore with an early afternoon game against the Orioles. Josh Reddick gets the start in right field and will bat fifth against O's right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Yamaico Navarro gets the start at third base, with Kevin Youkilis shifting to first and Adrian Gonzalez moving to designated hitter for the final game of David Ortiz' three-game suspension.
Here is the Sox lineup behind pitcher Andrew Miller:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Carl Crawford, LF
Marco Scutaro, SS
Jason Varitek, C
Yamaico Navarro, 3B
For a breakdown of the pitching matchup, check the Full Count blog...
Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft and president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, died early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer, the team announced. She was 68.
“Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft," the team said in a statement. "Myra passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. We are all heartbroken. The global philanthropic community and the New England Patriots family have suffered a great loss.”
Kraft, who was born and raised in Worcester, served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, the American Repertory Theatre, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and her alma mater, Brandeis University. In 1995, she became the first woman chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, a post she held until 2002.
Tributes began to pour in on...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.
The morning show and midday show have been trading barbs for a day and half now. Glenn, Lou and Christian respond to a particularly heated, Kirk Minihane.More from this show
Podcastgate was still alive on Friday, and after listening to Kirk's podcast with Barstool Sports found Dave Portnoy, Glenn wanted to address some of the accusations levied against him.More from this show