John Lackey allowed five runs in just three innings before exiting after being hit on the left leg by a line drive, and the Red Sox dropped to 6-8 in their last 14 games, and 1-4 in their last five, as Tampa Bay crushed the Sox, 7-2. The Rays are now within 5 1/2 games of the Red Sox in the wild card; the Sox have 18 games left, while Tampa Bay has 17 contests remaining, including seven against Boston.
Lackey was touched for a three-run homer by Rays catcher John Jaso in the second, then gave up two more runs in the third before a Jaso liner back up the middle ricocheted off the pitcher's shin. While Lackey recovered to pick up the ball (which had rolled to the first-base line) and throw out the runner at first to end the inning, his night was over. On the year, he is now 12-12 with a 6.30 ERA -- the highest ERA ever for a Sox starter who has thrown at least 125 innings in a season.
On the other side, Rays starter Wade Davis continued the...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in Tampa Bay that both third baseman Kevin Youkilis and pitcher Erik Bedard are not with the team, having flown to Boston to be examined for injuries. Youkilis, said Francona, will receive an MRI for a hip injury that has bothered him at various points over the course of the season and that has been particularly bothersome in recent days, while Bedard was being checked out for a mild lat strain that he incurred while trying to pitch through left knee soreness.
For the year, Youkilis is hitting .261 with a .375 OBP, .467 slugging mark and .842 OPS, but since returning from the disabled list for a lower back strain on Sept. 2, he is hitting just .185 (5-for-27) with a .572 OPS. Bedard is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA since the Sox acquired him in a July 31 trade. He last pitched on Sept. 3, after which the Sox elected to skip his next start to let the left-hander rest his knee.
While Bedard went to Boston to be...
The Red Sox will open their three-game series in which they try to fend off the Tampa Bay Rays without the services of Kevin Youkilis. The Red Sox third baseman, according to WEEI's Dale Arnold, flew back to Boston from Toronto rather than accompanying the team to Florida.
In Youkilis' absence, Dustin Pedroia (3-for-8 vs. Rays starter Wade Davis) will clean up, with Marco Scutaro batting second and Jed Lowrie batting seventh and playing shortstop. The Rays, meanwhile, will feature Johnny Damon in the fifth spot in the lineup against Sox starter John Lackey. Damon is a career .369 hitter against the Sox right-hander.
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FOXBORO -- Dan Gronkowski says there hasn't been much time for laughs and jokes with his younger brother, Rob, since the Patriots signed him off waivers this week from the Broncos. The Pats officially added him to the roster on Wednesday, giving him a chance to team with Rob and giving the Patriots another big tight end on the edge to help in the run-blocking game and another big body in the kicking game.
"There's no celebrating or anything right now," Gronkowski said in his first formal session with the New England media on Friday at Gillette Stadium. "It's all business. It's not like I came in the offseason where I could have some fun or something with him. It's just straight business and all we're thinking about is football.
"It's been all business right now. Everything we've done is talking football and getting ready for this game."
Dan, who was more of a blocking tight end for the Broncos, said that - at 6-foot-...
Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Friday morning to discuss issues around the league. One of the topics King talked about was the status of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his injured neck.
King said he talked to a spine expert on Thursday and was told that the expected recovery period for Manning from spinal fusion surgery will be 2-3 months and that he may play again this year, considering Manning's physical health and drive.
"His career absolutely isn't in jeopardy," King said, based on the discussion with the spine expert. "Most people live very, very normal lives, even athletes, after having this surgery."
King also spoke with Colts vice chairman Bill Polian, who told King that Manning's prognosis is still unknown. That includes whether Manning will be able to play against the Patriots when Indianapolis visits New England on Dec. 4.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.
A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.
Piggy-backing on the news of Pablo Sandoval's surgery, the guys take a look at some of the all-time worst contracts in MLB history.
Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.
Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?
The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.
We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.
We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.
We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
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