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06/15/2011 - 9:40pm
Beckett dominates Rays with one-hitter

Josh Beckett was absolutely masterful Wednesday night in Tampa, tossing a complete-game one-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 3-0 win over the Rays. Beckett (6-2), who threw just 97 pitches, struck out six on the way to the win, the first one-hitter of his career. He got all the run support he would need when Kevin Youkilis crushed a three-run homer in the seventh off Tampa starter Jeremy Hellickson (7-5). Dustin Pedroia added a pair of hits for the Red Sox, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Rays with the victory. For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.


06/15/2011 - 4:49pm
NFL, NFLPA issue statement on talks

After two days of talks in Maryland, the NFL and the players issued the following joint statement regarding the state of the labor negotiations.

"Discussions between NFL owners and players under the auspices of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan took place again this week and will continue. At the request of Judge Boylan, both sides have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of the substance of the talks."

In attendance on the league side this week was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In addition, owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Dean Spanos and John Mara also were present. Representing the players were NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, as well as Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Jeff Saturday and Brian Waters.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


06/15/2011 - 3:26pm
Tito: Miller 'is in our plans, that's for sure'

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Red Sox manager Terry Francona insinuated that something could be worked out with Andrew Miller shortly, that the pitcher might not have to utilize his opt-out (which he is eligible for as of today), and that the the lefty potentially could remain in the Red Sox organization. Various reports suggest Miller will be promoted to the Red Sox, with some stating he will make a start early next week.

"Andrew is in our plans, that's for sure. I think Theo [Epstein] spent some time with him yesterday. They also talked again today. The best way to say it is this kid is in our plans and we really like him," Francona said. "I think in the near future things will kind of become a little more clear as to what we want to do. I can't go past that now."

(To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

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06/15/2011 - 2:47pm
Ferraro on M&M: B's need to out-hit Canucks

Former NHL player and current Vancouver sports radio host Ray Ferraro joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday to preview Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and give some perspective from the Canucks fan base.

Ferraro said that despite another Boston blowout in Game 6, Vancouver fans aren't too worried about their chances Wednesday.

"I was really surprised, they're actually very confident. I don't know if they even watched Game 6," he said. "I guess they put their faith in the fact that it's almost been like two completely different books for this series. ... For the life of me, I can't figure out why it's been such. Vancouver's been so bad in Boston and Boston hasn't been able to punch through here in Vancouver, so I guess that's what it's all about, Game 7, you play all year to get home-ice advantage and the fans here, they're pretty happy that it's in Vancouver."

Ferraro also had an interesting take on Roberto Luongo's...

06/15/2011 - 2:38pm
Lineup: Lowrie back in against Hellickson

The Red Sox look to start a new win streak after seeing their nine-game run get snapped thanks to a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Rays in St. Petersburg Tuesday night. Jeremy Hellickson will get the start for Tampa Bay, while Josh Beckett takes the hill for the Sox.

Hellickson's only start against Boston came earlier this season on April 11. The right-hander got his first win of the year at Fenway Park, tossing 5.1 innings of two-run ball in a 16-5 win. Hellickson gave up just one run in 7 1/3 innings against Seattle on June 4, but had his worst outing of the season in his last start. On June 10 vs. the Orioles, he surrendered five runs in 5 2/3 innings, including two homers. Hellickson enters the game with a 7-4 mark and a 3.03 ERA.

Here is the lineup the Sox will send out against the Rays:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Carl Crawford LF

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