Stevan Ridley ran 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown Friday while Tom Brady was 13-of-20 for 127 yards with a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, but the Patriots lost their second straight preseason game, 30-28, to the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Brady faced constant pressure all night and took several big hits as the Patriots' makeshift offensive line continues to struggle.
Brady, who played the first three quarters, threw a pass in the first quarter that was tipped by Ronde Barber and intercepted by rookie Mark Barron and returned 22 yards for a Tampa Bay touchdown. The game also marked the debut of Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps. He returned two kickoffs in the second half, one for 23 yards and the other for 21 yards. He returned another punt for 20 yards but that was called back on a holding penalty. Demps also got some work as a running back, breaking out for a 29-yard run on New England's third scoring drive to set...
Jon Lester continued his recent string of strong starts, allowing three runs over seven-plus innings before departing with an apparent leg injury while pitching to the first batter of the eighth inning, as the Red Sox enjoyed a 4-3 comeback victory over the Royals.
It was the fourth quality start for Lester in his last five outings. In that span, he has a 3.12 ERA. For the first time all season, he's also now won three straight starts, improving to 8-10 in the process. The left-hander struck out six and walked four while permitting six hits.
He was on the hook for the loss, as the Sox trailed, 3-2, entering the seventh. After the team took a 2-0 lead in the first on David Ortiz' two-run single in his first game off the disabled list, Lester allowed Kansas City to claim the lead with two runs in the third and another in the fourth. However, Pedro Ciriaco continued his unlikely string of key hits by lofting a flare over the head of Royals third...
According to a major league source, while the Red Sox and Dodgers remain in advanced talks about a blockbuster to send first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles, no deal between the two teams will be finalized Friday night. According to multiple sources, the two teams were in the process of reviewing medical information of those involved in a potential deal.
The Sox would receive first baseman James Loney as well as prospects Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Ivan DeJesus and Jerry Sands in the deal.
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With rumors that Adrian Gonzalez had been claimed by the Dodgers on waivers and was being discussed in a blockbuster that would send Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for James Loney and minor leaguers, Gonzalez -- slated to bat fifth in the Red Sox lineup -- was scratched about 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of Friday's game between the Red Sox and Royals, replaced in the lineup by Mauro Gomez at first base. Loney was also scratched from the Dodgers lineup against the Marlins.
According to an industry source, the Red Sox and Dodgers are currently reviewing medical records as a prelude to a potential deal.
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According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox and Dodgers have been discussing a deal that would involve sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford, right-hander Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers. News of the framework for the potential blockbuster was first reported by Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com (via twitter).
The Dodgers have reportedly claimed both Gonzalez and Beckett off of waivers.
Gonzalez is in the first full year of a seven-year, $154 million deal. He is hitting .300 with a .343 OBP, .469 slugging mark, .812 OPS and 15 homers this year, a marked decline from his first year in Boston, when he hit .338/.410/.548/.947 with 27 homers and 117 RBI in 2011.
Crawford is in the second season of a seven-year, $142 million deal. He underwent Tommy John surgery for his torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow after hitting .282...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry's dream of doing play-by-play is over.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
The Dallas Mavericks traded for Nerlens Noel, and dumped Andrew Bogut in the process, leading the guys to wonder why the Celts weren't pursuing 6'11" power forward/center.
Chris Mannix, Yahoo! Sports joined the show to give the latest on the NBA trade deadline.
The guys acknowledge that the Green-teamers will defend Danny whether he makes a move or not.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
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