Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia hit mammoth home runs over the Green Monster as the Blue Jays scored seven unanswered runs to erase an early three-run deficit and beat the Red Sox, 7-3, Saturday night at Fenway. The loss spoiled the celebratory mood from a 30-minute ceremony before the game as the Red Sox honored catcher Jason Varitek on "Thanks Tek" night.
After taking 3-of-4 from the AL Central-leading White Sox, the Red Sox have stumbled and lost the first two to Toronto, putting them back at 48-47 on the season, just a half-game ahead of the cellar-dwelling Jays in the AL East.
As he did on May 26, when the Red Sox paid tribute to Carlton Fisk, Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected for a three-run homer. However, this three-run blow came at the beginning of the game as his blast off Carlos Villanueva (5-0) gave Aaron Cook and the Red Sox a 3-0 lead in the second. His 18th homer of the season is the most by any catcher in the...
In a 30-minute pregame ceremony, Jason Varitek was thanked for his contributions to the Red Sox franchise, the only major league team he ever played for. Among the reminders of what Varitek helped bring to Boston were the two World Series trophies on a table in front of the Red Sox dugout. Friends, family and former teammates were all on hand.
After a 20-minute presentation, including video tributes from Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Lowe and Bronson Arroyo, Varitek returned the favor.
"How do you thank an entire [Red Sox] nation for my entire career?" Varitek asked rhetorically, before adding, "This has been not quite as hard as walking away from playing in April."
Toward the end of his understated but heartfelt speech, he turned to all sections of Fenway and said "thank you" - similar to the tribute during spring training at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.
Varitek's parents were there, as were his wife and four...
At this point, the Red Sox are willing to investigate and try anything to fix the first-inning troubles of Josh Beckett.
On Saturday, Bobby Valentine said he has never seen a pitcher have a break between his pregame warmups and the first pitch like Beckett does.
"Josh warms up earlier than anyone in the history of baseball," Valentine said. "Now, the question would be, should he warm up later? Maybe. But this is a dog that is hard to teach a new trick to. He's been very successful warming up as early as he warms up, but I've never seen anyone have the break he has in between the time he warms up and the time he goes out there."
In his 16 starts, Beckett has a 10.69 ERA in the first inning. Valentine said pitching coach Bob McClure is working closely with Beckett to look at every possible adjustment. Valentine was then asked if Beckett and the team is considering having him start warming up earlier.
Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles will get Saturday night off as he battles turf toe. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he suffered the injury Friday night when he was running the bases.
"Mike hit the base and has a little bit of a turf toe," Valentine said. "Those things can get worse. So, he's off his feet today for most of the day. If I need him, probably, pinch-hit possibly."
Starting for Aviles at short will be Pedro Ciriaco. Aviles is batting .261 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs in 92 games for the Red Sox this season. Entering Saturday, he had started all but six games for the Red Sox at short this season, playing in 88 of the 92 games overall.
Jacoby Ellsbury also got the night off from the starting lineup as Daniel Nava started his first game in right field for the Red Sox, while Ryan Sweeney starts in center.
"It's kind of a planned day," Valentine said of the Ellsbury respite....
Greg Stiemsma has signed an offer sheet with the Timberwolves, his agent Mike Naditch said. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent but the Celtics can only match up to the amount of the bi-annual exception.
In 55 games with the Celtics last year, Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 14 minutes a game.
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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.
Gerry and Kirk read some inspiring quotes from Tony Robbins and Curtis is all set to see the man himself in June.
Tony Robbins fans were sent to the hospital after getting injured walking over coals and Pat is a massive fan of Tony Robbins.
Gerry, Kirk and Arcand react to Brady getting into a business relationship with Tony Robbins.
Night 1 of the draft has passed and Jimmy Garoppolo is still here. The general consensus on the Bears was that they screwed up their draft. And Larry Bird is out in Indiana. Is there hope for Ordway's Paul George dream?
The offensive issues for this Red Sox team are becoming more and more obvious. We also react to our interview with Pedro Martinez.
Chris Sale basically took on Tanaka and the Yankees by himself last night. And the Sox hot corner of days past seem to be gone as far as third base goes.
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
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
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