Josh Beckett's next start for the Red Sox has been pushed back to Friday at Detroit. Beckett was originally slated to start on Wednesday in the series finale vs. the Blue Jays, but now Tim Wakefield will make the start for Boston.
Terry Francona said on Monday that this move keeps Wakefield stretched out and allows the struggling Beckett (7.46 ERA) to throw an extra side session.
Beckett is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.61 at Comerica Park, which may have also factored in the decision.
Francona noted that the Red Sox are "willing to be outside the box a little bit" when it comes to ensuring starting pitching depth.
No real surprises in the Red Sox lineup as the club opens a three-game series vs. the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Monday. David Ortiz, who has one home run in his three career at-bats vs. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow is in the lineup and batting sixth.
John Lackey makes his 12th career start vs. the Blue Jays on Monday. The right-hander is just 3-3 vs. Toronto in his career but owns a 3.31 ERA vs. the Blue Jays.
Lackey -- SP
Morrow -- SP
WALTHAM – When a player like Paul Pierce struggles offensively the way he has in the Celtics series with Cleveland, questions naturally arise. Most prominently: Is he hurt? Pierce has dealt with a myriad of injuries this season, but given the caveat that every player is a little banged up at this point in the season, he stated flatly Monday after the Celtics went through a brief practice that he was fine. “There’s nothing wrong with me,” Pierce said. “For me, it’s just being ready, being focused, giving my team whatever it needs to win. There’s nothing wrong with me.” Read the rest of this post on Green Street.
According to Patriots.com, the Patriots preseason scheduled is now locked in. Here are the dates and times for all four games:
Thu. Aug. 12 vs. New Orleans (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Aug. 19 at Atlanta (8 p.m., FOX)
Thu. Aug. 26 vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Sept. 2 at New York Giants (7 p.m.)
For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
At the ceremony to unveil Bobby Orr's statue of "The Goal" commemorating the Bruins 1970 Stanley Cup Championship team on Monday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino made a gaffe when describing some of the great moments in Boston sports lore. When listing some of the moments, from "Havlicek stole the ball" to Orr's game-winning goal to beat St. Louis in 1970, Menino listed at the end "and Varitek splitting the uprights."
The line seemed to stun the crowd of about 400 special guests, media and fans which included Red Sox luminaries Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz. No doubt Menino was referring to one of Adam Vinatieri's game-winning kicks during the Patriots Super Bowl years in the past decade or the game-winner against Oakland in the infamous "Snow Game" where Tom Brady may or may have not tucked the ball.
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?
The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Dale Arnold is fired up about the Bruins blown lead and lackluster play this season, and he doesn't mince words with Jerry Thornton when he talks about them with him, and your phone calls.
We talk Manning vs Brady... because the Broncos are playing the Patriots this weekend of course.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, spoke about how dangerous a healthy Rob Gronkowki is, and how stupid defensive coordinators are, when they continue to try and cover his with ONE guy. Rodney agrees with former teammate Tedy Bruschi, in that he does NOT think Vincent Jackson is a necessary addition.More from this show