Speaking before the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Orioles Monday night at Fenway Park, Adrian Beltre said that he isn't concerned about reaching the 640 plate appearances that will automatically make his $5 million player option for 2011 jump to $10 million because he doesn't believe it will come into play. "It doesn't matter," said Beltre, who finished Monday with 603 plate appearances with 12 games to play. "I hope I don't have to use it."
Beltre has reached 640 plate appearances three times in his career, having last reached the milestone in 2006 when he totaled 681. He missed the mark by one PA in '07, and finished with 599 last season.
"That number was set because I had done it before. I had been close to that number for a lot of years. Since the season started I never thought about numbers. I never really thought about it," he said. "It shows I wasn't hurt, which was one of the things...
This was not the sort of team history with which the Red Sox envisioned Daisuke Matsuzaka flirting when they signed him to such great fanfare after the 2006 season.
Matsuzaka allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings, marking the seventh straight outing in which he's given up at least four earned runs, as the Sox dropped the series opener against the Orioles by a 4-2 count. The right-handed issued five walks in addition to six hits over 6 1/3 innings. Though he left the contest with the game tied, 2-2, reliever Daniel Bard allowed both runners he inherited from Matsuzaka to score, thus giving Matsuzaka the longest streak of starts allowing four or more earned runs by a Red Sox pitcher since 1942-43.
The Red Sox mustered little offense against Orioles starter Brian Matusz and the Baltimore bullpen. The Sox pushed across just one first-inning run against Matusz, who then worked through the rest of his five-inning outing without...
Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead, apparently the result of a suicide, according to FOX 31 in Denver. The 23-year-old McKinley, a fifth-round pick out of South Carolina in 2009, caught 207 passes and generated over 2,700 yards as a collegian. He appeared in eight games as a rookie last season before an injury landed him on IR. McKinley is the third Broncos player to die a sudden death in the past four years: In Jan. 2007, cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in drive-by shooting, and in Feb. 2007, running back Damien Nash, 24, collapsed and died during a charity basketball game.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during his weekly interview on The Big Show, downplayed the demotion of safety Brandon Meriweather from the starting lineup. (Meriweather told the Dale & Holley show earlier today that it was his fault that he's not starting and that he, "hasn't been myself.")
"Brandon played yeterday," Belichick said. "So did James [Sanders]. So did Patrick [Chung]. They all played. They all contributed and I think all three will continue to do that in the future. I don't think whoever's out there for the first play of the game is the most significant thing." Asked if Meriweather was in the doghouse, Belichick responded, "No, I wouldn't say that."
After a strong start, the Pats offense struggled against the Jets in a 28-14 loss. The coach said part of that...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick reacted Monday to the first-half head shot on Wes Welker by Jets safety Eric Smith that forced the Patriots receiver from the game and wound up in him being sent to the sideline to have his head examined by the team's medical staff.
"I think we both kind of saw the same thing," Belichick said of his heated discussion with the side judge moments after the play. "They threw a flag on it. I don't think that's really what the league is looking for, are those kind of plays. I can't imagine they are. See what they want to do about it."
"I just asked them about the call and what they saw," added Belichick, who stopped just short of asking the league for an additional penalty to be levied against Smith.
"It's their call, not mine," Belichick said.
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Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk look back at their weekend in Fort Myers. Who visited Mommy and Daddy over the weekend?
Dunkin Donuts liked Christian's "bacon covered doughnut" idea. SNL does an ISIS skit. The Pittsburg Pirates issued a statement condemning "Jihadi John's" Pirates hat.
With free agency looming, Adam Schefter, on Sportscenter, said that he thinks Darrelle Revis will NOT be re-signed by the Patriots and that they will cut him instead, making him the most coveted free agent on the market.
Barry Melrose joined the show to talk about the NHL trade deadline. Although Melrose likes the trade of Brett Connolly from Tampa to Boston, he thinks the team needs to make more moves to keep ahead of Florida, who just traded for Jaromir Jagr. He also weighs in on the job security of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
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