James Shields couldn't record an out in the sixth inning as the Red Sox hit him hard and often in an 8-5 Sox victory following an interleague road trip. David Ortiz launched a three-run shot off of Shields in the fifth, his 17th homer of the year, and Bill Hall added round-tripper of his own against Andy Sonnanstine in the seventh.
Ortiz led the Sox with three RBI in the game, with Hall and Varitek each contributing two. Adrian Beltre had a 4-for-4 night with two doubles and scored twice. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew were the only Red Sox starters to not get a hit, though Drew reached base twice due to Shields walking and hitting him. All Sox starters scored at least one run with the exception of Daniel Nava and Varitek. Carl Crawford went 4-for-5 with a double, a run, and a stolen base for the Rays in the loss and Willy Aybar had a pinch-hit homer off Hideki Okajima in the eighth.
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Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is making steady progress in his return to baseball activities while rehabbing the hairline fracture of a rib at Athletes' Performance in Arizona. There is still no timetable for the outfielder to return, but Epstein did suggest that the 26-year-old is gettting "closer and closer" to the sort of intensive activities that will serve as a prelude to baseball activities.
"He’s making progress every day. His symptoms are subsiding slowly but surely. I think that’s a really important element of this because he can’t start baseball activities until the symptoms are much less than when they last saw him. He’s making progress," said Epstein. "There’s no definitive timetable on it, but I think we’re getting closer and closer to the time that we’ll see him ramp up his physical activities, then get to baseball...
Gustavo Molina, the 28-year-old catcher the Red Sox activated after putting Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger, said he is ready to catch Tim Wakefield in the knuckleballer's next start, Friday night. Molina caught Wakefield's side session in the Red Sox' bullpen Tuesday afternoon, having also experienced catching Wakefield in "a few" side sessions during spring training.
"It's kind of a challenge," Molina said. "I'll be ready for the next start."
Molina does have prior experience catching a knuckleball, having caught Charlie Haeger for two seasons in the minor leagues while in the Chicago White Sox' organization.
For more from Molina on catching Wakefield see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
With both Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, Jason Varitek and Bill Hall will be in the starting lineup for the Red Sox at catcher and second base, respectively.
The Red Sox lineup against the Rays and starter James Shields is below. For matchup information, click here.
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Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.
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