The Red Sox dropped a 7-4 decision to the Rays Friday night at Fenway Park in a game that was highlighted by a bench-clearing altercation in the ninth inning.
Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Jon Lester, who gave up a grand slam to Matt Joyce in the third inning, along with two more home runs, from Eliot Johnson and Carlos Pena, one inning later. Lester finished his outing allowing seven runs on six hits, walking three while throwing 81 pitches over four innings.
Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed just two runs on three hits over five innings, with the Sox getting their pair of runs against the starter via a Kevin Youkilis first-inning RBI single, and Adrian Gonzalez' run-scoring double in the fifth inning.
The impetus for the ninth-inning confrontation came when Franklin Morales hit Luke Scott in the right knee after throwing behind the DH the previous pitch. Scott first yelled out at Morales, and then squared off with Sox...
After sitting third baseman Will Middlebrooks for the opening game of the team's three-game series against the Rays, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said prior to the game Friday that he didn't view the move as giving Middlebrooks a day off. Sitting Middlebrooks allowed Adrian Gonzalez to return to first base and for Kevin Youkilis to move back to third base.
"[I] kind of gave Adrian a day off from running out in right field," Valentine said.
Gonzalez has played four of the last five games in right field for the Sox, though each appearance in the outfield for the slugger has come away from Fenway Park. Valentine hinted that though the challenges of playing right field in Fenway Park can be "treacherous," the possibility exists that Gonzalez could see time in right this weekend.
"There's a chance of that happening," he said when asked if Gonzalez could play right field on Saturday, "but you never...
Adrian Gonzalez will return to first base and Will Middlebrooks will sit as the Red Sox open a three-game set against the Rays. Gonzalez, who has played right field in four of the last five games, moving back to first means that Kevin Youkilis will return to third base while Marlon Byrd will man right field for the Sox.
The Red Sox, currently at 22-22 and last place in the AL East, have the opportunity to improve their record to better than .500 for the first time this season. They have been at .500 four times. The lineup is as follows:
1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Daniel Nava, LF
8. Marlon Byrd, RF
9. Scott Podsednik, CF
SP -- Jon Lester
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WALTHAM -- As the Celtics gathered for practice prior to Saturday's Game 7 against the 76ers, they appeared loose, relaxed and confident. Despite losing guard Avery Bradley to shoulder surgery, coach Doc Rivers talked about how resilient his team has been.
Asked about their resiliency, Rajon Rondo said, "We haven’t got it done yet, but we will tomorrow. I think it’s our mindset. It’s our focus and our intentions coming into the game. We’re going to make sacrifices and make plays."
This isn't the first time Rondo has made somewhat bold statements. After the Celtics beat Atlanta in Game 2 when he was suspended, Rondo said that it felt like they had won the series already.
Rondo was also asked about the notion: as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics, to which he replied in his deadpan manner, "Oh man, that’s a lot of pressure. I’ve heard it before, I don’t know if it’s true. We’re...
WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced at Friday morning's practice that Avery Bradley had surgery Friday on his ailing left shoulder and is out for the playoffs.
"Avery Bradley is having surgery today so he's out for the playoffs," Rivers said. "That's that. When a player goes down, that's disappointing, and especially with what Avery has given us this year. His growth this year has been terrific and it's been great. He's become a very valuable piece to our basketball team. His ability to guard the best [opposing] guard at [point or shooting guard] has really taken so much pressure off Rondo, in particular. And not having him means that Rondo now has to go back to that role and run the team, and that's hard, that's hard to do, unfortunately and especially against the team we're playing that has two guards that attack.
"Rondo doesn't have a lot of breaks. But that's the way it is. We've been a team all year...
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry was shocked that Ken Laird took his wife to see Hateful Eight. Bradford checked in from the WInter Meetings.
Chris Russo talked about the Winter Meetings with Gerry and Kirk and the guys discussed John Henry's brand new yacht.
Gerry and Kirk disagreed on whether or not LeBron James owes people an explanation for his boycott of Trump's hotel.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
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