Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Red Sox' September collapse.
"It's pretty clear," Duquette said. "The Sox are still leading the league in runs scored. Their pitching's just totally collapsed here in September. Some of it's injuries. You know what happens when you have a few injuries and you don't have the guys behind there to come in and do the job. And it's hard to do it with any pitching staff, but when you're in a pennant race, things just start to snowball a little bit.
"You've really got to have that starting pitching. I turned on the TV last week, every time I turned it on, the middle relievers were in the game. That can't be good."
Asked if he thinks the Red Sox will make the playoffs, Duquette said: "I sure hope so. But if they don't, it's pretty clear why they didn't. It's because of the pitching."
Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, who retired in April after reportedly testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, apparently wants to return to baseball. Winston Llenas, president of the Cibao Eagles in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Ramirez has expressed a desire to play for his former team in his home country. Llenas said the 39-year-old wants to "play before the Dominican fans and to perhaps motivate other major league stars to also play in the country."
Ramirez, who is facing charges in Florida after allegedly hitting his wife last week, had some support from his former teammates on the Dodgers. Said Matt Kemp: "It shows he loves this sport a lot." Added James Loney: "It's good any way you look at it. Manny loves baseball and the Dominicans love Manny."
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Dustin Pedroia has been one of the outspoken leaders in the Red Sox clubhouse during the team's September swoon that has opened the door for the Rays to make a run at the wild card position Boston currently holds. After Tuesday's excruciating 7-5 loss to the Orioles, Pedroia told the group of reporters around his locker that his teammates aren't lacking for confidence.
Pedroia was asked if Tuesday's defeat hurts that much more since the Rays lost 5-0 in New York to the Yankees, meaning the Red Sox blew the chance to increase their wild card lead to three games, two in the loss column.
"Not really," Pedroia said in responding to the question. "We're two games up with seven to play so we'll come out [Wednesday] and play our butts off. We're good, we're good. We'll be all right. Take a deep breath."
Jonathan Papelbon, whose blown save in the eighth opened the door for the Orioles, reiterated what he said earlier...
A stand-up Jonathan Papelbon took full responsibility for his first blown save in 26 chances Tuesday night as the Red Sox watched a 5-4 lead in the eighth disappear when he allowed a two-out bases-clearing double to Robert Andino, leading to a 7-5 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park.
"I'm called on," Papelbon said. "And whenever I'm called on, I've got to go out there and do my job. Tonight for me boiled down to execution, and I've got to be able to put guys away on 0-2. For me, this game's on me. We were put in a situation where the team needed me and I didn't come through."
Before the Andino at-bat, Papelbon entered in relief of Daniel Bard who -- after pitching a perfect seventh -- gave up consecutive one-out singles in the eighth. Papelbon struck out Chris Davis and had Nolan Reimold down two strikes. Reimold laced the next pitch to left to load the bases, setting the stage for Andino's clutch hit on a full count....
Robert Andino drilled a three-run double down the right field line against closer Jonathan Papelbon as the Red Sox fell 7-5 to the Orioles, blowing a golden opportunity to distance themselves from the Rays in the AL wild card race. The loss was made all the more painful as the Rays lost to the Yankees in New York. As a result, the Red Sox still lead the Rays by two games, just one in the loss column.
After reportedly being served with child support papers just hours before his start, Erik Bedard took the mound for the Red Sox for the first time in 17 days. He pitched effectively in the first two innings, holding the Orioles scoreless. But in the third, he was forced to throw 51 of his 76 pitches thanks to Josh Reddick's misplay of a Vladimir Guerrero liner to right with two outs. Bedard, coming back from a sore left knee, had given up just one run when Reddick's drop opened the door for three more runs and a 4-1 Orioles lead.
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
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.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Hamabe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
With Malcolm Butler, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins all emerging as stars, it's time for the Patriots to decide who they need to make a priority. Giardi and Bradford give their take on who should be the first to resign.
Giardi and Bradford debate why kids are more into the NBA and will be watching the Golden State vs. OKC game 7 tonight, and why no young fans will watch a neutral baseball game.
Mike Giardi and rob Bradford were in on Memorial Day and Bradford had a problem with how Mut, Meter and Butch took his comments out of context on the morning show. Also, Giardi and Bradford talk about what it would take to get Kevin Durant in Boston.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.More from this show
Mike Mutnansky and Jon Meterparel are in for Memorial Day to host for Dennis, Callahan, and Minihane. Butch Stearns shows up claiming he was booked to host. Since Butch won't leave, the trio then recap the Red Sox weekend in Toronto and discuss the squad moving forward, including whether Dave Dombrowski will make trades.More from this show