PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz turned in a solid performance in his fourth spring training outing, allowing one run (an Evan Longoria solo homer) and four hits over five innings, striking out four and not walking a batter in the Red Sox' 8-4 win over Tampa Bay Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Buchholz prioritized his fourth pitch -- the curveball -- in the outing, with the righty throwing 76 pitches (58 strikes).
Also continuing his impressive spring was infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who boosted his batting average to .545 (12-for-22) for the spring after notching an RBI single. Homering for the Red Sox were Cody Ross and Josh Kroeger. Nate Spears and Alex Hassan also contributed with two hits apiece.
"I don’t have a spot for him right now," Valentine said of Ciriaco. "He’s a good player. Guys get hot in spring training, but his hands are there, his arm’s there, his speed is there. That’s not going...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said prior to his team's game Sunday against the Rays that he has no plans to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster, and insinuated Ryan Lavarnway -- despite the catcher's positive impressions throughout camp -- may have to start the season in the minor leagues.
"Eventually it's going to happen," Valentine said of Lavarnway finding his way onto the major league roster. "If the season started tomorrow, it would not happen."
Valentine explained that he has never felt inclined to have three catchers on the roster, and this year doesn't appear to be any different.
"Never is one of those words I wouldn't use, but there's a high possibility I won't go with three," the manager said
"You know, eventually, the decision goes from [what’s best for[ the individual to [what’s best for] the team. And I don’t know if [...
A furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Celtics fell short in Denver, as the C's lost their second straight game while falling to 2-3 on their seven-game road trip in losing to the Nuggets, 98-91.
The Celtics trailed by as many as 15 points in the game and 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but a 17-5 run brought the Celtics back to within two points at 87-85 with just over four minutes remaining. However, the Nuggets responded with five quick unanswered points to take a 94-87 lead that they would never relinquish.
In defeat, the Celtics had strong performances from Rajon Rondo (12 points, 16 assists, 5 rebounds) and Kevin Garnett (22 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with nine rebounds and five assists). Paul Pierce (22 points), however, fouled out, while Ray Allen scored just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, including an 0-for-5 night from 3-point range.
The Nuggets were led by Danilo Gallinari (20 points) and Kenneth Faried (18 points...
The Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the deal is worth three years and $12 million.)
The 30-year-old Lloyd, who has averaged 74 catches a season the last two years, has been connected to the Patriots throughout the free agent process for several reasons, not the least of which included his well-known fondness for Josh McDaniels, the New England offensive coordinator who had worked with Lloyd in Denver and St. Louis.
Over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, the Illinois product has caught 311 passes for 4,784 yards and 31 touchdowns. His best season came in 2010 when he pulled in 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos.
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The Patriots have signed free agent pass-rusher Trevor Scott to a one-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end/outside linebacker who was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Buffalo, his best season came in 2009 when he had 43 tackles (38 solo) and seven sacks for the Raiders. In all, he has 13.5 sacks in four seasons with Oakland, but had a torn left ACL in November 2010 that ended his year. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
Gerry and Kirk call out Chris Mortensen for claiming his family got death threats over his deflategate reporting.
Gerry and Kirk argue over Tom Brady's need to play this preseason.
Trenni, Gerry and Kirk talked about Joe Maddon's odd comments defending Aroldis Chapman and Headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season.
Ken & Curtis break down a Kirk & Callahan Thursday show with Trenni in for the second straight day. A memorable Kirk vs. Callahan bitch fest is featured.
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