On a day when Roy Halladay was perfect, the Red Sox were not left to lament the one who got away. The Sox took their shot at acquiring the former Blue Jays ace last summer, but 10 months later, even as Halladay dominates (7-3, 1.99) for the Phillies, the Sox have been just as well off for not having acquired the man who has been the best pitcher in baseball since 2002.
That is because acquiring Halladay would have come at a cost of Clay Buchholz, who continued his own emergence as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher on Saturday, as he outperformed reigning AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in a 1-0 victory over the Royals. (For details of the game, see Closing Time.)
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The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in a wild Stanley Cup opener on Saturday night. The game included five lead changes and a winning goal from Tomas Kopecky, who was scratched in the previous five games. Kopecky sent one past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher to lift Chicago to a 6-5 victory. For a complete recap of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, click here.
The Celtics and Lakers will meet for second time in three years in the NBA finals. The two teams each won one game in their two meetings this season. Here is the complete NBA finals schedule of games, which will all be broadcast on the WEEI Sports Radio Network:
The Celtics learned who they will play in the NBA finals as the Lakers claimed Game 6, beating the Suns, 111-103, Saturday night, clinching the Western Conference finals. Game 1 for the Celts and Lakers will be Thursday in Los Angeles, with Game 2 being held the following Sunday, also in the Staples Center. The two team each won one game in their two meetings this season. After trailing by 18, the Suns closed the gap to three points late in the fourth quarter, but Kobe Bryant scored 11 of the Lakers' last 16 points to seal the game for LA. Bryant finished with 37 points, giving him a 30-point performance in 10 of his last 11 playoff games. Ron Artest also chipped in with 25 points, while Lamar Odom totaled 12 rebounds. Click here for a recap.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after his team's 1-0 victory on Saturday that second baseman Dustin Pedroia -- who made a game-saving, diving play on a smash up in the middle with a runner on third in the eighth inning -- will be out of the lineup on Sunday. Francona suggested that an off-day on Sunday, coupled with Monday's off day, could prove of benefit to the slumping second baseman. Pedroia went 0-for-3 with a walk, and is now hitless in his last 13 at-bats and is 5-for-40 (.125) over his last 10 games.
"I think he needs a day off [Sunday]. But it’s not easy to give days off because he’s such a good player. We’ve talked about how good he is defensively, but when the game is on the line, he’s even better," said Francona. "[But] I think with a day game after a night game and the next day off, I think it will be great for him. I think that’s what he needs.”
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 16-9 win over the Raiders and debate how big the Patriots' issues are.
Tom E. calls the boys to give his take on the week 3 home opener in which it should end in a Patriots victory.
Before Price heads over to the stadium, the guys discuss their final thoughts and analysis on the list of inactives and what will go down today at 1pm at Gillette Stadium.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rodney Harrison addressed his non comments earlier in the week with MFB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show responding to MFB's MFK.
Jerod Mayo gives Christian karaoke advice and previews the Patriots home opener.
Christian chooses his song for Karaoke tonight.
Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.
We check in with the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin joins Dale and Holley.
Michael, Dale and Tom E. Curran break down, react and take your calls about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's first public press conference this regular season.
For our final segment we take a look back at the infamous Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule play, this time via Raiders radio and more.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
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