ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Victor Martinez hit a pair of solo home runs, and Jon Lester held Tampa Bay to just one run on two hits over seven innings, as the Red Sox claimed the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field, beating the Rays, 3-1, Friday night.
The victory, which brought the Sox within 4 1/2 games of Tampa Bay, was accomplished against Cy Young candidate, Tampa Bay starter David Price. Martinez helped get the visitors off on the right foot with a homer to left field in the first inning, and then added an insurance run with another long ball against Price in the seventh. Coming into the game the Tampa Bay lefty had allowed just one homer in three starts against the Sox.
Martinez also came up big defensively, expertly blocking the plate in the sixth inning as B.J. Upton was attempting to score the game-tying run from second on Jason Bartlett's single. With the catcher's maneuvering, and an on-target throw...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday he “absolutely” envisions running back Laurence Maroney helping the team this season. Maroney’s role has been called into question because the running back — who led the team in rushing two of the last three years — has dressed but hasn’t played the last two preseason games.
On a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Belichick reiterated the point he made after Thursday’s preseason loss to the Rams — that the New England offense did not have the ball enough to get as many players into the game as he would have liked. (St. Louis held a staggering 44:16 edge in time of possession, and the Patriots had just 38 plays from scrimmage.)
“We anticipated playing all the players in the game, [but] we had so few plays on offense, we just weren’t able to do it,” Belichick said. “I think [Maroney] does need to play. I think...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According a major league source, the Red Sox showed interest in outfielder Brad Hawpe, but the former member of the Colorado Rockies chose to sign with Tampa Bay because there was a perceived better fit in terms of guaranteed playing time. Prior to the series opener between the Rays and Red Sox, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said that he sees Hawpe fitting in as the team’s primary left-handed-hitting designated hitter.
The 31-year-old Hawpe, who signed a minor league deal with the Rays (a contract that would have been in line with what he might have received from the Sox and other suitors), was hitting .255 with seven homers and a .776 OPS with Colorado before being released by the Rockies Thursday.
Hawpe had hit at least 22 homers in each of his previous four seasons prior to 2010, never finishing with a batting average lower than .283 during that stretch.
A day after reportedly placing starters Josh Beckett and John Lackey on waivers, the Red Sox have done the same with young hurlers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, according to a tweet from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Placing players on waivers is far from indicative that they will be dealt.
Buchholz, 26, leads the American League with a 2.26 earned run average and his 15-5 record has helped him make a serious push for his first Cy Young. Lester, also 26, is 13-8 with a 3.28 earned run average and 166 strikeouts in 163 innings. Cafardo also reports that relievers Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima were also placed on waivers. Bard has a 1.28 ERA with 28 holds as the primary set-up man to closer Jonathan Papelbon.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Rays, Dustin Pedroia talked about the plan he will take in regard to rehabbing the broken navicular bone in his left foot. The second baseman said that he will be getting another CT scan when the team returns to Boston Friday, at which time a decision will be made regarding surgery.
The problem, Pedroia explained, is that there hasn't been significant healing throughout the eight weeks since he originally broke the bone on a foul ball in San Francisco because it is difficult for blood to get to the area of the injury.
"If it shows like it's healing then I won't have the surgery," he said, "but it hasn't shown like it's healing the whole time."
The former American League MVP said that recovery from surgery typically takes two to three months. Michael Jordan, who had a similar injury, didn't...
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
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.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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