LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On the day he was officially named Opening Day starter for the Red Sox, Jon Lester allowed three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Braves, Wednesday at Champions Stadium. The lefty threw 79 pitches in Atlanta's 4-3 win over the Sox, a workload he is hoping to build on in his next start before scaling it back heading into the the Red Sox' opener, April 1 against the Rangers in Texas.
"After my last one I would have said one more and I would be ready. But after this one I think one more and we'll be ready to go and be ready for the real thing," Lester said. "Starting pitchers, we're down here two weeks too long. After the next one we get that point we can back off and can get ready for Opening Day. I feel good physically and was able to work on some things I wasn't able to in my previous starts. I think all-in-all, with the exception of the line score, it was a pretty positive day....
Former Boston College and Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien told Ian Meropol from WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday that contrary to reports that he is a leading candidate for the vacant coaching position at Providence College, he is not spoken to the school.
"There has been no contact between me and Providence College," he told WEEI, "and I am not a candidate."
O'Brien coached at BC from 1986-97 before coaching Ohio State from 1997-2004. He was fired in 2004 but later was awarded $2.4 million from the school after it was determined in court that Ohio State was in breach of contract in terminating him.
President Barack Obama made his NCAA tournament picks with ESPN's Andy Katz and selected Kansas to beat Ohio State in the national championship game. Obama went with all No. 1 seeds in the Final Four, putting Duke and Pittsburgh in the national semifinals.
"I'm picking Kansas, just because I think they're deeper," Obama said. "I think that Kansas has more firepower."
Obama didn't have too many upsets, but he did predict 12th-seeded Richmond to knock off fifth-seeded Vanderbilt, and he has 11 seeds Marquette (vs. Xavier) and Gonzaga (vs. St. John's) winning a game.
According to a tweet from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Bruins forward Brad Marchand has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Thursday morning. The subject of the hearing will be Marchand's hit on Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger in the second period of the B's 3-2 shootout victory in Columbus Tuesday night (to view the hit, click here).
The hit, which appears to consitute penalty under Rule 48 (illegal check to the head), was not penalized on Tuesday, though Marchand has drawn criticism since the play. Umberger was not injured on the play.
The hearing will be the second the Bruins have faced in the last four games. B's captain Zdeno Chara was not suspended after a hit into the stanchion...
Randy Moss, in an interview on Minneapolis' KFAN radio station, made it clear that he would like to return to the Patriots.
"If you ask me where my heart and where I'm happy is, I love playing with Tom Brady, I love being coached by Bill Belichick," Moss said. "Then people are saying, 'Well, Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England.' Well, I just told y'all this is a business, man, and people have to understand the nature of the business. It's not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business."
Moss had plenty of nice things to say about Belichick. "I'm a big fan of Bill Belichick's. I really am," Moss said. "And not just on the field. I'm a fan of his off the field, because the little grouchy man you see on camera is not what you see off camera."
Moss made it clear that he plans to return next season, whether it's in New England or elsewhere...
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
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.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk with Curt about the MLB playoffs, his future with ESPN and the reaction to Jessica Mendoza as his replacement.
Melrose joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season for the Boston Bruins and local prodigy, Jack Eichel.
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Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies drove 95 miles to fight Knicks head coach Derek Fisher over Barnes' ex-wife. Also, Skip Bayless is reportedly not very happy with how things are going over at First Take.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the start of the NHL season and to give a little insight on the new additions to this Bruins team.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's Cubs/Pirates Wild Card game and how they wish Joe Kelly could have a similar career path as Jake Arrieta. Also, Lou rants about how much he hates the one game playoff.
We discuss the mouth of Greg Hardy, who apparently thinks his domestic violence suspension was something worth joking about, and doubled down with comments about 'guns blazing' and Tom Brady's wife.
We discuss our four at four topic a bit further... in 2015 who deserves the title of America's Team?
"Tits McGee" is not an acceptable form of criticism? That's news to an Atlanta radio host.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
Mikey and Lenny are talking about the Patriots-Cowboys match up, and how big of a margin of victory will there be?
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
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!
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