Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre crushed three solo homers on Tuesday to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Rays that propelled Texas past Tampa Bay in the Division Series. Beltre produced the seventh three-homer game in postseason history, and the first since Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy became the unlikeliest member of the club with his three homers against the Twins in Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS.
Beltre's huge offensive day allowed the Rangers to win the best-of-five ALDS against the Rays, three games to one. Texas, the reigning AL champion, will now advance to play either the Yankees or the Tigers in the ALCS in hopes of advancing to the World Series for the second straight year. Meanwhile, a Rays team that overcame a nine-game deficit to the Red Sox to zoom past Boston for the wild card on the final day of the regular season saw its season come to a halt.
Beltre spent the 2010 season with the Sox, enjoying one of...
Rumored Red Sox managerial candidate Pete Mackanin would be interested in the position, according to an ESPN report.
"It's nice to see my name come up,'' Mackanin told Jayson Stark. "At the same time, right now all my thoughts are on [the Phillies] and what we have to do, and we don't need any distractions. We need all the focus we can get these next couple of days. I'll worry about the rest of it afterward. Hopefully, we'll win the World Series, and we won't be done till November, and by then maybe they'll already have hired somebody. If that's how this turns out, that's fine with me."
The 60-year-old Mackanin has been the bench coach with the Phillies since the 2009 season. He has twice served as an interim manager -- with the 2005 Pirates and 2007 Reds -- and posted a 53-53 record.
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Bill Belichick said Tuesday the Patriots looked at wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the offseason, but said "some things come together, some don’t" when pressed about the possibility of New England landing the controversial pass catcher.
The Patriots did end up making a deal for a veteran wide receiver in Chad Ochocinco, but apparently did their due diligence when it came to checking into Burress.
"We did look at him in the offseason, just because of his general availability as we normally do – look at all the players that are not connected with a team," Belichick said on a conference call with reporters. "We look at everybody. Obviously, you don’t get everybody. Some things come together, some don’t. We’ll work with what we’ve got. They’ll work with what they’ve got, see how it goes."
Burress, who eventually signed a one-year, $3.017 million with...
According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, Terry Francona would manage next season if offered an opportunity.
Other than the Red Sox, the White Sox are currently the only club with a managerial opening. Francona -- who managed in the White Sox minor-league system from 1991-95 -- has been rumored to be a serious candidate for the White Sox job.
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss New England's win over the Raiders on Sunday and the team's much-anticipated matchup with the Jets this Sunday.
Brady talked about the Jets defense and how New York will prepare for a Patriots offense that is averaging 507 yards of total offense per game.
"It will be interesting to see how they play us," Brady said. "I'm glad we have a week to prepare for them. We're going to need it. We're going to be excited to play when we see them on Sunday. It's been a long time since we played them."
Brady said that New York's defense keys in on what the opposing offense likes to do and tries to take that away. But the Patriots have shown that they now run the ball in addition to their passing attack, as the Patriots racked up 183 yards on the ground against Oakland.
"We'll try to figure...
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.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Dino, Gerry and Mike Mutnansky discuss the Red Sox getting swept at home by Detroit and the state of the team heading out on an 11-game road trip.
Mut dishes on a few strained -- or perceived strained -- relationships he has at WEEI these days.
A compilation of the morning's Patriots talk with John, Gerry and Mut as the first Patriots practice is set to open in Foxboro.
The guys talk about the Red Sox sweep at Fenway by the Tigers and their recent struggles at home. They then preview the tough road trip ahead for the Sox
The OMFers discuss what it will be like with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The guys get into Mut's complaint from earlier in the morning that Fauria ignored him in the gym
New Patriot's receiver Chris Hogan joins OMF to talk about being the new guy, and his experience with Rex Ryan in Buffalo
We discuss the vagueness of Max Kellerman's comment and how it's just one big desire to be the first one to say something.
We discuss the state of the Sox with manager John Farrell live from Anaheim.
As Pats camp opens, we look at four of the most pressing questions for the team
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
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