Following the Red Sox' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night, David Ortiz guaranteed Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia would make the American League All-Star team.
"Oh yeah. He will. Trust me. He has to," said Ortiz when asked if Saltalamacchia would earn an All-Star nod. "No catcher in the American League has the kind of offensive numbers as him, and the kind of defense he's been playing.
Saltalamacchia came through with one of the biggest hits of the latest Sox win, hitting a two-out home run over the left field wall in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1-1. It was the springboard for the Red Sox' pivotal three-run frame.
The homer was Saltalamacchia's 14th homer of the season, the most of any American League catcher. In 59 games, he has totaled a .254 batting average with an .840 OPS.
"He's playing a confident brand of baseball because he believes in himself," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine....
Dustin Pedroia's two-out single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning keyed a Red Sox comeback, leading the Sox to a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park. It was the Sox' eighth win in their last 10 games and moved them to a season-high four games over .500 (39-35).
Pedroia's single -- which plated both Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish -- capped a three-run frame for the Sox in which all their runs came with two outs. Starting the rally was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who launched his 14th home run of the season over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1.
Following Saltalamacchia were a double down the right field line by Kalish (who was pinch-hitting for Darnell McDonald), Nava's hit-by-pitch (who was pinch-hitting for Brent Lillibridge), and a walk to Mike Aviles.
The Red Sox added two runs in the eighth thanks to an RBI double from Adrian Gonzalez, scoring David Ortiz, and a Will Middlebrooks' sacrifice fly, plating...
The NBA has awarded the Celtics a 2013 second-round draft pick from Oklahoma City in response to a complaint filed by the Celtics over the Jeff Green trade in February 2011. Green missed the entire 2011-12 season following heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.
In a statement, the NBA said:
"As part of a ruling in a trade disclosure dispute between the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Commissioner David Stern today awarded the Celtics a 2013 second-round draft pick held by the Thunder. Stern found that there was no evidence of bad faith or any intent to withhold information on the part of Thunder management or its physicians, but that Oklahoma City's cardiologists were in possession of information about Jeff Green that was not shared with Thunder management and that should have been disclosed to the Celtics in connection with the trade of Green in February 2011."
The pick is believed to be the Bobcats' second-...
The Red Sox released a statement Tuesday prior to their game against the Blue Jays regarding the condition of pitcher Clay Buchholz:
"Clay Buchholz has esophagitis which led to an erosion of the esophagus and an associated gastrointestinal bleed. He has been evaluated and observed at Mass General Hospital. Clay is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery."
Web MD defines esophagitis as, "Esophagitis is an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. If left untreated, this condition can become very uncomfortable, causing problems with swallowing, ulcers, and scarring of the esophagus."
Buchholz was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday, having been admitted to Mass General.
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Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, out since April 13 after suffering a subluxation of his right shoulder, might be able to start playing in games on a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Friday, according to Sox manager Bobby Valentine. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, which will commence with the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Ellsbury will serve as a designated hitter.
Valentine characterized himself as "optimistic" but "cautious" about Ellsbury's progress.
"I think it's great the he got himself back to the point where he can be back on the field," said Valentine.
Ellsbury was hitting .192 with a .300 OBP and .269 slugging mark at the time of his injury. When Ellsbury begins playing in games, it will start a 20-day clock for his participation in major league games, at the end of which -- barring a physical setback -- he would be expected to return to the Red Sox' major league team...
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
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.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
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.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
Hour 4. Gerry is going to Trump's inauguration. Antonio Brown gets paid to stream on Facebook.
Curt Schilling joins K&C to discuss losing votes for the HOF. Schilling also touches on the HOF Class of 2017.
Hour 3. The guys continue their discussion of the baseball hall of fame. Curt Schilling calls in to give his opinion on the HOF class. Michael Floyd is living the Patriot way.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Julian Edelman's innocuous comments which the Media spun out of control yesterday. We hear him respond to the Pittsburgh Media on a Conference Call, where he cites the Media making stuff up.
According to an article in the New York Times, Robert Kraft "Still Sore at N.F.L., Has Payback in Sight." Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to figure out if there is real animosity between Kraft and Roger Goodell.
Glenn is irate at NY Daily News' Manish Mehta for his dumb take in today's column: Belichick won't move Brady in the Offseason to make room for Jimmy G. Also, the OMF'ers revisit Colin Cowherd's assessment that Brady has had 2 "Playoff Clunkers" in a row.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots on the road to the Super Bowl, and how this is the season the Patriots should be setting their revenge sights on, not last year.
Can the Bruins be rebuilt without wholesale changes? Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss it with you.
We discuss the reported docking of a 2nd round pick for the Seahawks, and how Goodell and the league offices are still sort of making up these penalties as they go along.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have all the K&C Show gossip from a wild Reimer Wednesday.
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