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.
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.
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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."
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...
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
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.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
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.
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
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.More from this show