Umpiring crew chief Joe West approached Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of the ninth inning to tell the Red Sox closer to speed up his work on the mound. Papelbon was amidst a scoreless ninth inning that secured a 5-3 victory for the Sox, earning his 32nd save of the year.
West pointed to his left wrist, indicating a desire for Papelbon to work faster, as he approached the pitcher. Papelbon somewhat defiantly cleaned his spikes on the mound after hearing from the umpire. The pitching mound at Fenway was damp for much of the game as a result of the steady drizzle during the game, and several pitchers had to clean their spikes, though only Papelbon was warned by West.
After the game, Papelbon suggested that West's instructions were misdirected.
"For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything," Papelbon said. "The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league is going to propose an 18-game regular season schedule to the players’ union as part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Speaking at a press conference at an owner’s meeting in Atlanta, Goodell said the support for what backers are calling an enhanced season was “overwhelming.”
“We think we’ve moved this concept along,” Goodell told reporters at a news conference following the one-day owners’ meeting, who said the league is hoping to introduce the 18-game season in 2012. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for it. We think it’s the right step to take. But we want to do that with our partners, including the players.”
Goodell said owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as a way to enhance revenues. But while owners appear solidly behind the plan,...
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, relievers Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Jason Frasor were among five Blue Jays placed on waivers Wednesday. The Red Sox had expressed interest in Downs at the non-waiver deadline but were scared off by Toronto's asking price.
Downs, 34, has posted a 2.32 ERA with 21 holds this season. Gregg, meanwhile, has converted 28 saves in 32 opportunities while compiling 50 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 46 1/3 innings. In 48 innings, Frasor has posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
After taking the first game of Wednesday's day/night doubleheader with the Mariners, the Red Sox will send Tim Wakefield, and not Jon Lester, to the mound for the night cap. Wakefield hasn't started a game since July 20, when he gave up three earned runs over six innings in Oakland. Lester was moved to Friday because scheduled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka is experiencing back soreness.
Kevin Cash, activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, will get the start behind the played while Jed Lowrie will play second base and bat seventh.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Jed Lowrie, 2B
8. Ryan Kalish, CF
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- Tim Wakefield
Marco Scutaro had two hits and Daniel Nava had a key two-run single in a four-run sixth inning as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 5-3, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Fenway Park. Game 2 is scheduled for 7:10 as the Red Sox send Jon Lester up against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Former Red Sox righty David Pauley [2-5] retired the first nine batters he faced before Scutaro opened the fourth with a double down the left field line. Josh Beckett [4-3] pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing just a leadoff infield single to Ichiro Suzuki and a walk over the first six innings. He surrendered a pair of long home runs to right in the seventh, one to Russell Branyan and a two-run blow by Casey Kotchman to make it a one-run game. The Red Sox, who won their fourth straight to improve to 73-54, picked up an insurance run in the eighth on a Darnell McDonald RBI single.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a...
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.
The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.
John Farrell has named Clay Buchholz the starter for Tuesday's opener. Koji and Christian Vasquez are already ruled out. Vasquez on the 60 day DL.
Wrestlemania was a trial run for Super Bowl 50. More Christian dog stuff. Superintendent in Chief William Gross of the BPD deals with some idiotic protesters after the fatal shooting in Roxbury on Friday night.
Shawn Thornton is now a member of the Panthers, who come to town tomorrow night. Thornton spoke about Claude Julien's control of the Bruins locker room, and his own team playing his former team on Tuesday night.
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
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.
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.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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