Daniel Nava had his first three-hit game of his career and drove in two runs in an 8-5 Red Sox victory Thursday over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The win capped a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks and improved starting pitcher John Lackey to 8-3 on the season. Lackey wasn't particularly impressive, throwing six innings and allowing four runs, three of which were earned, though the error that led to the unearned run was a throwing error on the part of the pitcher himself. David Ortiz belted his 14th homer of the year in the bottom of the third off of Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren. For the complete game story, see Closing Time.
LOS ANGELES -- While Kendrick Perkins is out for the Celtics, the Lakers have their own health problem at center. Andrew Bynum has been bothered by a torn meniscus and has seen his playing time cut since Game 2. Phil Jackson indicated that he might be able to play 10 minutes per half. "That's kind of what our training staff has said," Jackson said prior to Game 7. "Unless he has a landing or a turn or something that ends up irritating that particular part of his knee that has some loose tissue, and then he gets, of course, lack of function in the muscles. So that could be it. I think it'll all depend on his transition, his ability to get up and down the court."
LOS ANGELES -- Rasheed Wallace will start for Kendrick Perkins in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Celtics coach Doc Rivers made the announcement about an hour before the game.
“He’s old. I figured I’d play the oldest guys,” Rivers said starting the 35-year-old Wallace before giving a serious explanation. “I just think it’s a good combination with Kevin [Garnett] because of the size, with Bynum’s size. I just think it’s a better fit for us. “It also may give [Rajon] Rondo a chance to get loose early because of the spacing on the floor.”
For more, including audio from Rivers prior to Game 7, visit the Green Street blog.
Prior to Thursday night's game vs. Dan Haren and the Diamondbacks, Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked about the progress of Daisuke Matsuzaka and the well-hyped return of Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park tomorrow.
"I don't know if he will remember that I'm the manager," Francona joked. "I don't know. I don't know how the day goes. I guess I don't set out to think, 'Well I've got to do this, I've got to do that.' You run across so many players now that you've had somewhere that it's fun to say hello to people you had.
Francona, who said it was "hard not to laugh" at Ramirez' historic "cut-off" in 2004 vs. the Orioles, hasn't put much thought into whether the hitter with the fifth-most homers in Sox history will be applauded or booed.
"I don't need to spend any energy on how he's going to be received or how Johnny Damon's going to be received. It just doesn't make...
It was clear prior to Thursday's finale between the Red Sox and Diamondbacks that the home team was well aware of the decisive seventh game of the NBA finals that is to take place between the Celtics and Lakers later on in Los Angeles. During batting practice Mike Cameron roamed the outfield in a green "Beat LA" shirt, while Terry Francona told reporters that as a fan of the Celtics, he'll be pulling for Doc Rivers' club to win it all.
"As a fan, [I want] the Celtics," Francona told reporters. "I'm just like everybody else. As a fan I get nervous, get excited. Obviously we need to have our priorities in line and win our game tonight, but when our game's over I will be very excited to go watch this game. How can you not be? I love it. It's Game 7. To watch how people react, it's really cool. I love it."
We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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 Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
We discuss the Patriots offensive "woes" in the first two weeks of the season, which leads us down the path of revisiting the crop of talent Brady has played with over the years in this Patriots offense.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by Jonathan Papelbon's "adjustment" towards his home crowd in Philly.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
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