PHILADELPHIA -- Daisuke Matsuzaka said prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Phillies that he is physically sound and optimistic after Thursday's rehab start.
Matsuzaka, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, pitched 6 2/3 innings in his most recent outing, giving up five runs (4 earned) while striking out three, and not walking a batter. The righty allowed two home runs, including a three-run blast.
"The last start I felt very confident out there," he said through translator Jeff Cutler. "I felt like I was able to grasp something that I was missing in the previous starts. So I am definitely getting closer to making it back to the majors. It depends on how I feel in my next start and how I feel at that point."
When asked how he felt physically, Matsuzaka said, "It's the first time in a long time that I threw as deep into the game as I did [Thursday night]. But I feel fine right now. Nothing awkward, no...
PHILADELPHIA -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, now set to face the team with whom he spent his first six big league seasons as a member of the Phillies, suggested that he'd been circling Boston's trip to Citizens Bank Park since he signed his four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies as a free agent this offseason.
"I’ve been looking forward to this series since the day that I signed here," said Papelbon, who cited as the basis of his enthusiasm the possibility of "facing old teammates, bragging rights. It’s like, you play with your brother in the backyard for so many years, you want to have those bragging rights. I don’t want to have to hear it from Pedroia or someone like that, text messages. I want to be giving it to him. It will be fun."
Papelbon said that he did not anticipate any anxiety should he be on the mound against his former teammates.
"I’m just going to go out...
With the start of interleague play and the Red Sox operating without a DH while playing under National League rules in Philadelphia, David Ortiz is out of Friday's lineup against the Phillies and left-handed starter Cole Hamels.
But though Ortiz is sitting, it is worth noting that Hamels -- thanks in part to a devastating changeup -- has actually been far tougher on righties this year (.211/.255/.308/.564) than lefties (.286/.326/.452/.778). Hamels has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the majors this year, as he is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA, and 5-0 with a 1.93 mark in his last six starts.
Hamels will face Daniel Bard, who is coming off of his third quality start (in six starts) this season. Bard, in his transition to the rotation, is 3-4 with a 4.30 ERA while averaging just over six innings a start. Bard will be tasked not just with pitching against Hamels but also hitting against him, as the right-hander almost surely will step to the plate...
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Friday that the state will allocate millions of dollars in credits to help Curt Schilling's ailing video game company, 38 Studios, after the company made good on its overdue $1.1 million loan payment.
Schilling's company had delivered the loan payment check Thursday, but it was returned later in the day for insufficient funds. Chafee said the check was then cashed on Friday.
Meanwhile, Schilling took to Facebook on Friday to deny that he used Rhode Island funds to repay himself for money he used to support the company.
"That's not true," wrote Schilling, who has refused media requests to discuss his floundering company.
Thursday night, Schilling wrote a note of thanks to his backers: To all the prayers and well wishes to the team and families at 38, God Bless and thank you! We will find a way, and the strength, to endure.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will not be in the dugout for Friday's opening game of a three-game interleague series with the Red Sox. The veteran bench boss was suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for "aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact," stemming from his dispute with umpire Bob Davidson in Tuesday's game vs. the Astros.
Davidson also was suspended one game, for "repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling," according to MLB. Davidson, a 22-year veteran who ranked fourth on Sports Illustrated's player's poll of worst umpires last year, repeatedly swore at the Manuel after ejecting him for arguing from the dugout.
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.
Kirk gives us today's headlines: John Kerry is switching islands. Jesse Watters makes odd comment about Ivanka Trump. Marty Walsh comments on the Boston 2024 book. Pre-NFL Draft talk.
Hour 4. Kirk questions the show about whether or not anyone would have relations with another man while in prison. Jemele Hill threatened Kirk on Twitter, but did she delete her tweet?
Larry Army Jr., Kyle Kennedy's attorney, joins Kirk, Gerry and Meter to talk about yesterday's press conference and elaborate on a few of his comments.
The mass lay offs at ESPN continue for a second day. And are you watching Chris Sale take on the Yankees or the NFL draft tonight?
One more win for the C's means a ticket to the second round. But should we be feeling confident? The draft starts tonight and the Patriots don't seem to have any intention of participating in the first few rounds.
Following the Sox loss to the Yankees, Lou comes out swinging on managers and writers alike.
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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