PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee was brilliant on Monday night, authoring his major-league best fourth shutout of the 2011 season (and his third straight) in a 5-0 Phillies win.
Lee didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, when Marco Scutaro led off the frame with a single. The left-hander -- who has allowed just a single run in five June starts-- then got Josh Beckett to ground into a 6-4-3 double play before retiring Jacoby Ellsbury on a ground out to Ryan Howard.
Beckett was up-and-down in his first start since June 15, allowing five runs on five hits in six innings of work. A great deal of the damage done against Beckett -- now second in the AL with a 2.20 ERA -- came courtesy of Domonic Brown, who blasted a two-run homer in the second inning and doubled and scored in the fifth inning. Shane Victorino would add a two-run homer of his own in the sixth inning. The five earned runs allowed by Beckett were a season high.
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Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has been very clear about his unhappiness with the league's decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara for the March 8 hit that ended the rookie's season, but he's also been emphatic about it not going any farther.
In wake of Tuesday's news that Montreal police still intend to question Chara for a criminal investigation, Pacioretty -- who has gotten in trouble on twitter before -- took to the social networking service to make it clear that he does not want Chara to be face any sort of criminal charges.
Tweeted Pacioretty: "Last comment on this: I hope Chara is NOT prosecuted. I have moved on from my incident and I hope everyone else can do the same."
He followed that tweet by adding, "All I am focused on is getting ready for next season, and will no longer comment on the past."
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In the latest vote tally, Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has moved within reach of Josh Hamilton for the third and final starting spot on the American League All-Star team. With voting still open on MLB.com until the end of the day on June 30, Ellsbury now has approximately 3.05 million votes, roughly 120,000 votes behind Hamilton. The other two outfield spots appear to have been secured by Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista and Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson.
Granderson is one of five Yankees who is leading his position in votes. Derek Jeter remains the leading vote-getter at shortstop, Robinson Cano has the most votes of any AL second baseman, Alex Rodriguez enjoys a lead over Adrian Beltre of the Rangers at third and Russell Martin is the leading vote-getter among catchers.
Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez is the leading vote-getter among AL first baseman, ahead of former teammate Mark Teixeira, while Sox DH David...
PHILADELPHIA -- With Adrian Gonzalez at first base on Tuesday in the three-game series opener with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Terry Francona was asked in his pregame press conference about David Ortiz. The designated hitter was limited to pinch-hit duty in the first three interleague games at Pittsburgh and the Sox manager still isn't sure if Ortiz will get a start at first base in any of the five remaining interleague road contests.
"I'm kind of banging my head over it.," Francona said. "The ramifications [of a possible Gonzalez injury], we'll see … I'm not any more happy about this than he [Ortiz] is. I think it's awful. I just don't know what to do. And I don't blame him for being unhappy, he's having a great year. And he's not playing and that's awful."
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Celtics team president Danny Ainge said that the team intends to extend a qualifying offer to Jeff Green this week as expected. The one-year qualifying offer worth $5.9 million keeps Green a restricted free agent.
Green could sign the offer sheet and become an unrestricted free agent after next year or he could negotiate a longer deal with the Celtics. If another team makes Green a higher offer, the Celtics would retain the right to match and sign him for that amount.
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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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.More from this show