Red Sox starter John Lackey threw live batting practice Saturday, marking the first time the veteran right-hander has thrown to hitters since getting Tommy John surgery on Nov. 1. Lackey, 33, threw 15 pitches in the session as teammates looked on.
"[It was] the first step in a new world for him after a real hard summer of rehab," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Better than how he looked is how he felt. He said he felt great afterwards, and that's what's really important."
Valentine said that he felt Lackey's session was "OK considering that it's the first time" he's thrown to hitters in quite some time.
"His breaking ball was really good, which is usually the last thing," Valentine said. "He's been working on that less. It was good, he just didn't have real good control of his two-seamer."
The manager said that the next step for Lackey is "more of the same," and...
After leading off in three straight games, Scott Podsednik will hit eighth Saturday as the Red Sox face the Blue Jays in the second game of their three-game set at Fenway Park. Pedro Ciriaco is leading off for the Sox, while Boston will send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound against Toronto's Aaron Laffey.
The Red Sox' lineup is as follows:
1. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Cody Ross, RF
5. Mauro Gomez, 1B
6. Ryan Lavarnway, C
7. Mike Aviles, DH
8. Scott Podsednik, LF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka
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CHESTNUT HILL -- Sophomore Spiffy Evans returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass to lead the Boston College Eagles over the Maine Black Bears, 34-3, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Eagles dominated the game from the start but a Deuce Finch fumble set Maine up first and goal at the BC 10 midway through the first quarter. The Eagles defense, which was in control the entire game, stopped David Hood at the Eagles 2, forcing Maine to settle for a 19-yard Brian Harvey field goal and an early 3-0 Black Bears lead. BC outgained Maine, 112-24, in the opening quarter.
But BC took the lead for good when Chase Rettig orchestrated a nine-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by a three-yard pass to Evans on 3rd-and-goal with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
Maine punter Jeffrey Ondish mishandled a snap and BC recovered at the Maine 10. Two players later, Rettig found Johnathan...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, shortly after his hiring on Dec. 1, interviewed current Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo to discuss what was then a vacancy on the new manager's staff for the bench coach position. Lovullo, who spent a year as the manager of the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, was one of the last cuts in the Sox' managerial search.
"It was maybe a week after Bobby was hired. I had a chance to sit down and talk with him for several hours one afternoon and basically interview for the position," said Lovullo. "I was honored by the fact that they considered me for that position. I didn't really have an outlook [on the likelihood of being hired]. In baseball, you learn to sit down and talk about things. When you're interviewing and going through the process, you just try to keep your thoughts as neutral as possible, do my best to see if my thoughts aligned with Bobby and if I could get the...
The Red Sox suffered a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, dropping Boston into a tie with Toronto for last place in the American League East. The Sox are in last for the first time since July 29.
The Jays did their damage early and often against Sox starter Felix Doubront, who was knocked out after four-plus innings having permitted five runs on two walks and six hits, including two homers. He struck out four. It was the sixth time in 28 starts this year that Doubront has failed to go at least five innings. He's also in a season-ending tailspin, with an 8.27 ERA in his last seven starts since July 23, a span during which he is 0-4.
The Sox did rally for single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, with Mauro Gomez contributing a pinch-hit RBI single and Dustin Pedroia driving in a pair of runs, one on an RBI groundout and another on a solo homer (his 13th). Gomez, celebrating his 28th birthday, later added a two-run homer to left in the ninth...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
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.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Kirk shared his feelings about the afternoon show.
Curtis finally shared his feelings on Dino.
Hour 4. The promos for Tanguay’s show are definitely more interesting than the promos for Holley’s show. Michelle DuBois tipped off illegal immigrants.
Lavar Ball totally calls into the show. No. Really.
HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Tuukka's rebound game last night against the Predators, Glenn had a squirrel moment when ESPN started talking about Joe Mixon, Tom Brady was compared to Kobe Bryant, and Holley says the Celtics can win the title.
HOUR 3 - Did Butler's camp screw up Butler's situation? Glenn exposes one of Fauria's verbal crutches. The guys try to come up with some new podcast names and ideas.
The NFL commissioner is claiming that he will attend the opener at Gilette Stadium next fall... does this put Deflategate to bed finally? Or will Roger find a way to duck out of his verbal commitment?
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots off-season and it becomes a conversation about longevity for Brady and Belichick, and which will be around longer for this team.
Dale, Michael and Rich discuss our guest Michael Irvin being implicated in a sexual assault case - important to note that details are scarce at this time and no charges have been filed to this point.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have the Tuesday & Wednesday recap from the K&C show, including Kirk's epic rant at Dale & Holley with Keefe.
Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Hour 2. Kirk responds to Keefe’s shot at him. Alex says America is to blame for 9/11 in Headlines. Alex says the U.S. should let as many people in as possible.More from this show
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.More from this show
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).More from this show
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.More from this show
Hour 1. Roger Goodell is going to New England, Belichick wore the same clothes, and O’Reilly commented on Maxine Waters’ hair. Renee Graham, from the Boston Globe, thinks Boston is racist.More from this show