FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's spring training game against the Pirates in Bradenton that his preference is to hit Jacoby Ellsbury in the Sox' leadoff spot, although that's not written in stone for Opening Day due to the presence of Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson.
"Jacoby’s been swinging the bat so well, I’d really like to lead him off," Francona said. "The hard thing is, opening day, C.J. Wilson is pitching and he’s so tough on lefties. That’s the one thing that’s been messing with me a little bit. Normally that’s a guy you’d do something with, but it’s opening day, so I don’t know how I feel about that."
Ellsbury is just 0-for-1 against Wilson, while the potential replacement for the outfielder in the top spot, Marco Scutaro is 2-for-16 vs. the lefty.
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Michael Thompson scored 22 points to lead Northwestern past Boston College, 85-67, in a second-round NIT game Saturday in Chestnut Hill.
Joe Trapani had 18 points and seven rebounds in his final game for the top-seeded Eagles (21-13), while fellow seniors Josh Southern (12 points) and Biko Paris (11) also reached double figures.
John Shurna contributed 20 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (20-13), who led by seven at the half and never let BC make a run at the lead in the second period.
BC was unable to slow down the Northwestern offense all day. The Wildcats hit 54.8 percent of their shots (BC was at 52.2 percent but had 16 fewer attempts), outrebounded the Eagles 27-18 and had three fewer turnovers. Northwestern was efficient and unselfish on offense, recording assists on 27 of its 34 baskets and hitting 15-of-36 treys (41.7 percent).
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A day after throwing 25 pitches off a mound for the first time since recovering from a sore left elbow, lefty pitcher Felix Doubront said his body felt a "good sore," and was pleased with how the extra work during his two weeks off translated into pitching.
He admits, however, that the pain he felt in his elbow after throwing batting practice for the first time earlier in spring training left him with some uneasiness.
"I still have a little bit of nervousness. I feel a little tight in my forearm, but nothing like before," Doubront explained. "Every time I throw the ball I remember that pain. But I threw yesterday and I felt good, and felt like I could throw harder. I feel like I don’t have to worry about my elbow."
The plan is for Doubront to throw in a simulated game Monday, and then take a three or four days off before...
The Celtics fell a half-game in back of Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference after dropping a 93-77 loss to host Houston Friday night. It was the Celts' fourth loss in their last six games.
While Jeff Green managed a team-high 17 points, it wasn't enough to make up for poor performances from some of the C's key contributors. Paul Pierce finished just 2 for 10 from the field, while Rajon Rondo continued his recent struggles, going 2-for-11 on the way to scoring just four points.
The Rockets took control in the second quarter, out-scoring the Celtics 34-18 while shooting 50 percent from the floor. The deficit paved the way from some heated play from both sides, starting with a confrontation between Kevin Garnett and the Rocket's Chuck Hayes, leading to technical fouls for both players. Delonte West was also whistled for an intentional foul when he ran into Houston's Jordan Hill under the Rockets' basket...
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Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk recap the night at the Globies.
Salk doesn't think batting the ball should be a big story, he cried twice at that game.
We recap some of the dumbest things said by ESPN's personalities.
Ray Lewis was on the MNF pregame show attacking Jimmy Graham's blocking abilities.
The Lions lost in a controversial ending last night on MNF. Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell, barely registers a pulse in his post game presser, and clearly doesn't know the rules.
Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into the DraftKings/FanDuel scandal, and talk about how competitive advantages can be gained, and what the two businesses can do to prevent it.
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins, specifically Claude Julien as we are less than 24 hours from the puck-drop for the 2015-2016 Bruins season.
Mikey, Lenny and Danny Picard are talking about how rules seemingly fall through the cracks during live games
Mikey and Lenny are talking aboutt he batted ball controversy from the Seahawks vs Lions game on Monday Night Football.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
The New Age Insiders discuss attending WWE Monday Night RAW in Boston this past Monday, and dive into the recent overwhelming success of The New Day on WWE television. Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders, @LiamNAI, and @BillNevilleNAI!
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss who they think are the most media friendly players in the Patriots locker room and if the Dallas Cowboys will present a challenge this Sunday.
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