The Pawtucket Red Sox clinched the International League North Division title with a 12-7 victory over the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate from Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Pawtucket rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning to erase a 7-5 deficit and claim its first division title since 2003.
Catcher/DH Ryan Lavarnway punctuated his tremendous season by delivering the go-ahead blast, a three-run homer in the eighth that put the PawSox ahead, 8-7. It was Lavarnway's 32nd homer of the year between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. Between the two levels, he's hitting .290 with a .376 OBP, .563 slugging mark and .939 OPS.
The game also featured the first Triple-A extra-base hit by top Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman delivered the milestone in style, blasting a grand slam against Manny Banuelos, one of the top pitchers in the Yankees' system.
The International League playoffs will begin on Wednesday, with the PawSox...
One day after the Patriots hosted offensive lineman Andre Gurode, they had another veteran lineman in for a visit in Brian Waters, according to multiple reports.
Waters is a 34-year-old who has played with both Dallas and Kansas City, but really made his bones with the Chiefs, where he became a five-time Pro Bowler. A two-time All-Pro, Waters is known as a high-character guy — he was the 2009 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. (According to Shalise Manza Young, the Patriots and Waters did talk contract when the two sat down on Saturday.)
Meanwhile, the Patriots are thin on the interior of their offensive line, particularly at guard, where Dan Connolly suffered an injury in the Patriots preseason loss to Detroit last week and Rich Ohrnberger going on injured reserve. In addition, Ryan Wendell has struggled to see the field since suffering an injury in training camp, while potential guard Marcus Cannon was placed on reserve/non...
Red Sox minor leaguer Bryce Brentz blasted his 30th home run of the season on Saturday night. Brentz, selected by the Red Sox in the sandwich round (No. 36 overall) of the 2010 draft, opened the year with 11 homers in 40 games at Single-A Greenville, earning a rapid promotion to High-A Salem. He has continued to assert himself as potentially one of the top right-handed power-hitting prospects in the Sox' system in years, blasting 19 homers in 73 games to reach 30 longballs for the season -- despite having missed a few weeks due to a wrist injury in May.
For the year, between two levels, Brentz is hitting .305 with a .365 OBP, .579 slugging mark and .944 OPS. Brentz is now the second Red Sox minor leaguer this year to eclipse 30 homers, joining Ryan Lavarnway, who accomplished the feat with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this year. Prior to those two, no Sox minor leaguer since 2004 had hit 30 or more homers.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's 12-7 win over the Rangers that shortstop Jed Lowrie, who left the game in the fourth inning with left shoulder tightness, is unlikely to be in Sunday's starting lineup. Francona did note that though Lowrie had to come out of Saturday's game, the shoulder issue is not serious, and that the team was just being careful with the infielder.
"Jed [was] just stiff, I think probably from a little bit of fatigue," Francona said. "He's played a lot. ... I don't think he'll play tomorrow, [but] he'll certainly be available. So we're OK there. That might be me overreacting a little bit. I just don't want to lose guys."
Francona added that outfielder Josh Reddick, who went 4-for-4 but left the game after getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, had X-rays taken, which came out negative. Though he did not specifially say how that might impact Reddick's status...
Carl Crawford hit his first grand slam in a Red Sox uniform Saturday as part of an eight-run fourth inning that propelled the Sox past the Rangers in a 12-7 victory.
Crawford wasn't the only outfielder to turn in a standout performance Saturday. Right fielder Josh Reddick went 4-for-4 in the win, which kept the Sox half a game behind the Yankees with New York's victory over Toronto Saturday.
Erik Bedard allowed five hits and three earned runs over six innings, walking four and striking out six in the process on 101 pitches. He was helped by a pair of inning-ending unassisted double plays from first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, both of which came with a runner on third. He finished his outing strong, as four of his strikouts came over a pair of scoreless innings following Boston's big fourth inning. With the win, Bedard's record improved to 5-9.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia also had a big day for the Sox, as he belted his 14th homer of the ...
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.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
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.
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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.
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