ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox were able to play the role of spoiler Monday night, knocking the Rays further back in the wild card chase thanks to a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
The Rays came into the game four games out of the final wild card spot.
Helping key the Red Sox' win was Jacoby Ellsbury, who broke up Alex Cobb's no-hitter with two outs in the sixth inning by blasting a two-run homer over the right fence. The homer, which scored Jose Iglesias, gave the Sox a lead their wouldn't relinquish.
Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Aaron Cook, who allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, throwing 75 pitches (47 strikes). Cook induced 10 ground outs, and just one fly out.
Coming in to finish things up for the Red Sox were Rich Hlll, Junichi Tazawa, and Mark Melancon. Melancon would be the only reliever to allow a run, surrendering a single score in the ninth.
After scoring the two runs in...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing amongst other things the team's loss to the Cardinals and receiver Wes Welker.
Belichick maintained that there is nothing out of the ordinary going on with Welker. The veteran receiver did not start for the Patriots against the Cardinals and didn't have a reception until late in the first half. Welker finished the game with five receptions for 95 yards on 11 targets.
"I think if you look at Wes' play time over the last five years since he's been here, it's been pretty consistent," Belichick said. "I don't think it's any different now than it has been. It's been pretty consistent."
Asked if he felt Welker's role within the offense has changed, Belichick replied, "no." He also noted that people shouldn't read too much into whether or not a player starts the game.
"I always think it's a lot more...
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said that he was "not upset" by the fact that Red Sox counterpart Bobby Valentine, in a Big Show appearance earlier this month to explain his arrival at the ballpark fewer than three hours before the start of a game in Oakland while caught in traffic after picking up his son from the airport, described Maddon as arriving at the ballpark "everyday at 4 o'clock."
At the time, Maddon aired his rejoinder via twitter (@RaysJoeMaddon): Apologies to the writers for being late to today's pregame session. My pedicure appointment ran a little late.
"I thought it was pretty funny. I didn't quite understand why I was being treated to such an illustrious moment," Maddon explained on Monday, prior to the game between his Rays and the Red Sox at the Tropicana Dome. "I was not upset. I was not anything. I just thought I needed to throw a little bit of humor out in...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick did not have an update Monday on the status of his injured star tight end Aaron Hernandez. The valuable piece of the Patriots offense suffered a high right ankle sprain when William Gay tackled Julian Edelman on a short crossing route. The two fell to the ground and rolled up on the right foot of Hernandez.
"I don't really have any update on his status yet," Belichick said. "I think they're still looking at him."
ESPN reported Monday that Hernandez likely will not return until October at the earliest. Various reports Sunday night indicated that the typical recovery time from a significant high ankle sprain is 6-8 weeks.
Hernandez is expected to miss his first game this Sunday night when the Patriots battle the Ravens on Sunday night.
Hernandez was seen leaving the stadium after Sunday's loss using crutches and wearing a walking boot. For more, visit the Patriots team...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick dispelled one theory about the lack of playing time for Wes Welker in his Monday press briefing at Gillette Stadium. Belichick was asked if the receiver's departure for several days from the team for a funeral had caused him to behind others in the team's offense.
"Wes has a lot of experience around here," Belichick said. "I think he's one of our smartest and obviously most experienced players. I don't really see him behind."
Welker, who was not listed on the injury report, did not start in his customary slot receiver position on Sunday, with Julian Edelman taking his place. Welker played in 63 offensive snaps on Sunday while Edelman took part in 75. Belichick said it's not unusual for a player like Welker to get fewer snaps than others because of game situations.
"I'm sure you've seen us play before. We have different combinations of personnel groups in every game all...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Kirk gives us today's headlines: John Kerry is switching islands. Jesse Watters makes odd comment about Ivanka Trump. Marty Walsh comments on the Boston 2024 book. Pre-NFL Draft talk.
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Larry Army Jr., Kyle Kennedy's attorney, joins Kirk, Gerry and Meter to talk about yesterday's press conference and elaborate on a few of his comments.
The mass lay offs at ESPN continue for a second day. And are you watching Chris Sale take on the Yankees or the NFL draft tonight?
One more win for the C's means a ticket to the second round. But should we be feeling confident? The draft starts tonight and the Patriots don't seem to have any intention of participating in the first few rounds.
Following the Sox loss to the Yankees, Lou comes out swinging on managers and writers alike.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Celtics win and how the C's should go for the kill shot on Friday and not let this series linger any longer than it has to.
Keefe and Holley are all up in each other's faces on this argument. We compare eras, playing style, positions and much more and take your calls.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Sox and how a typically raucous Yankees series seems much more subdued this year.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
It’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft tonight so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson offer a little pre-draft fodder for you featuring the Top Tight Ends and Top Wide Receivers. It’s Day 1 of the draft so there’s a lot of focus on the Top Tier talent who you could see drafted tonight including analysis on OJ Howard, Evan Engram & David Njoku; all Tight Ends that could be drafted in tonight’s 1st Round – a rarity. The analysis deepens with more focus on the Top 10 Tight Ends including Jake Butt, Bucky Hodges and Jordan Leggett. Then the boys turn to the Top Wide Receivers, including John Ross, Corey Davis, Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Shuster. We’ll see where these guys land tonight, but you can learn more and have a few laughs right now.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
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