For the second straight night, the Red Sox found themselves in a massive five-run hole early. For the second straight night, they wiped out that deficit to take a two-run lead into the ninth inning, which they entrusted to closer Jonathan Papebon.
But one night after Papelbon allowed four runs in the ninth in a brutal loss, the closer bent but did not break. He allowed one run, but stranded the tying run on third base, allowing the Sox to claim a dramatic 7-6 victory.
The Sox rallied against Yankees relievers Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, with significant help from the faltering Yankees defense. Boston pushed across four runs in the eighth against Chamberlain, a rally that was commenced by a fielding error by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. That opened the door for an RBI double by J.D. Drew (2-for-4), a two-run single from Kevin Youkilis (2-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI) and a game-tying single from David...
Paul Pierce had 28 points and Rajon Rondo added 25 as the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic, 95-92, to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. It is the first time in their illustrious history that the Celtics have won the first two games of a series on the road. Vince Carter missed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining and Jameer Nelson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Celtics head home for Saturday night's Game 3 in complete command of the series.
The Celtics led by 11 early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Rasheed Wallace but the Magic came all the way back to take a brief lead, 90-89, on Vince Carter's jumper with 3:36 remaining. But Kevin Garnett's fadeaway jumper with 2:46 left put the Celtics up for good, 91-90. The Magic were led by Dwight Howard, who scored a game-high 30 points.
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NEW YORK -- Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett left his start against the Yankees Tuesday with two outs in the fifth inning with tightness in his lower back. Beckett had missed his last start with back spasms. The righty, who signaled there was a problem when Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell came to the mound to visit after a two-run double from Robinson Cano, allowed five runs on five hits, walking three and striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. Beckett threw 103 pitches and was replaced by reliever Manny Delcarmen. The Yankees held a 5-0 advantage at the time of the pitcher's exit.
NEW YORK -- David Ortiz, who was in the lineup as the Red Sox designated hitter against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, talked prior to the series finale at Yankee Stadium about how difficult is has been to witness Mike Lowell having to deal with diminished playing time
"As good as a player as he is, there's not a guy like him personally. He's a great player, and the fact that he's stuck here right now not playing, it bothers me," Ortiz said. "I'm not used to seeing Mikey not playing. You can't waste a player like that. But what you going to do?"
Just moments earlier from Ortiz expressing his opinion on his teammate of five seasons, Lowell had relayed his displeasure with his situation, telling reporters that it might be better for the Red Sox if he wasn't on the roster. (Click here...
ORLANDO -- The Celtics had a mild surprise as Brian Scalabrine is in uniform and active for Game 2 tonight, while Shelden Williams is out with mild back spasms, according to the team. This is the first time Scalabrine has been active in the post-season.
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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