With Jon Lester on the mound, the Red Sox will put catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia back in the starting lineup against the Orioles and their starter, Brad Bergesen. Saltalamacchia has caught the Lester in four of the lefty's five starts. In a small sample size, Saltalamacchia has two singles in two at-bats agains the O's righty, while Jason Varitek is 1-for-6.
Numerous members of the Red Sox' starting lineup has had some success against Bergesen, with Dustin Pedroia (4-for-9, walk), Carl Crawford (4-for-8, HR, walk), J.D. Drew (.368 in 19 at-bats, 2 HRs) and Marco Scutaro (.316 in 21 at-bats) leading the way.
The entire Red Sox lineup in the teams' series finale is as follows:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Carl Crawford LF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jon Lester P
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For the second time in the series with the Canadiens, Nathan Horton sat on the press conference dais after scoring a game-winning overtime goal. But this time, his score in extra time not only won the game, it ended the series and sent the Bruins onto a second-round rematch with the Flyers starting this weekend in Philadelphia. Horton, who won Game 5 in double-overtime Saturday night, blasted a shot past a screened Carey Price with 14:17 left in overtime that won Game 7, 4-3.
"Yeah, it was pretty nice," said a smiling Horton. "I mean, it felt pretty good. I don’t remember too much. I remember Looch [Milan Lucic] coming up with the puck and I just tried to get open, and I tried putting the puck towards the net. Luckily it got deflected off someone and it went straight in. That’s all I remember. It was pretty special, again, it doesn’t get any better."
The goal also saved the Bruins from the devastating...
According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will have a hearing with the league at 11 a.m. Thursday regarding his hit on Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern in the third period of the B's 4-3 overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Halpern remained on the ice after colliding with the B's defenseman's shoulder in the Bruins' zone.
"It was pretty solid [contact], actually," Ference said of the play. "I kind of braced myself because I saw him off the side, and I definitely felt him hit me."
Ference maintained that he did not intend to injure Halpern, who seemingly was not significantly injured given his quick return to the game.
"Oh yeah?," Ference responded when a reporter suggested he may have raised his shoulder. "No. It was like [I expalined]....
Thanks to the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 7 Wednesday night, the Bruins will get a shot at redemption against the Flyers. Philadelphia eliminated the B's in the second round last season after Boston held a 3-0 lead in both the series and in Game 7. Following Wednesday night's game, B's coach Claude Julien noted that the team was fighting vs. the Habs for another crack at the Flyers.
"There is no doubt that tonight, we knew winning this game would give us another opportunity to play Philly," Julien said after the game. "If anything, I think it’s going to make it interesting. I think a lot of people are going to be watching this to see how it develops and we’re excited to have that opportunity."
The Bruins went 3-0-1 against the Flyers in the regular season. The Eastern Conference semifinals will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia.
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BALTIMORE -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was clearly agitated at the sight of Orioles left fielder Luke Scott standing at home plate to admire his two-run homer to deep right in the bottom of the fourth inning of the Sox' 5-4 loss to the O's. Beckett glared at Scott as he rounded the bases.
After the game, the right-hander -- who had a no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings -- had little to say about Scott's actions. But in his few words, he did offer a message to his counterpart.
"Those things," said Beckett, "have a way of working themselves out."
Scott told reporters after the game that he meant no disrespect with his conduct.
"I caught it, saw it and tossed my bat off the way and went into my trot. ... Just enjoying the moment," said Scott. "I have all the respect in the world for Josh Beckett. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. And I respect everyone who takes...
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower joined the show to discuss last night's divisional win over the Bills, the inadvertent whistle, being named the "Gruden Grinder" and how the team is dealing with injuries.
James White scored a pair of TD's last night when the Pats beat the Bills on MNF. He spoke about his evolution with the team and what it's like playing for Tom Brady.
FOXBORO — In a game that lasted three hours, 32 minutes, the Patriots got a pair of touchdowns from James White to overcome a controversial inadvertent whistle against them and post a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
A 5-minute recap of the Celtics victory over the Nets. David Lee talks about his improved play, Brad Stevens discusses using Isaiah Thomas off-ball before completely ignoring Gino Time.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
PIcard and Bradford break down the trade between the Red Sox and Padres that brought Craig Kimbrel to town - what they like about, what they don't like, who the Sox gave up and what the future looks like for the Sox bullpen and pitching staff as a whole.
Ryan Hannable and Ken Laird discuss the Boston Red Sox trading away the 25th and 76th best prospects in baseball (MLB.com) plus Logan Allen and Carlos Asuaje to San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrel.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
San Jose 5, Boston 4 at TD Garden on Tuesday night. After the game, coach Claude Julien had some tough words for his team. What changes are coming? DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins mediocrity.
Tom Brady on the big win on Monday Night Football.
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.
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Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.
Given the level of crap ESPN gleefully put the Patriots through this past off-season, will there be repercussions to it tonight off the field? Should there be? We discuss it.
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With ESPN in town we look at four major reasons why the Patriots have every right in the world to give them the cold shoulder.
The daily fantasy sports boom is catching the eye of local lawmakers across the country, which sparks the debate of is it gambling or is it a game of skill?
Mut and Villani talk with WEEI.com's Chris Price about this week for the Patriots leading up to their Monday Night matchup with the Bills.
Mut and Villani talk with the voice of the Eagles, Jon Meterparel about the game between the Eagles and Fighting Irish at Fenway Park.
Greg Dickerson, Chris Price, and Christian Fauria talk all things Patriots leading into Pats - Bills at Gillette Stadium
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