CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Making his sixth spring training outing, Jon Lester dominated the Phillies Monday afternoon in the Red Sox' 6-0 win at Bright House Field.
Lester allowed just two hits and no runs over seven innings, striking out 10 and not walking a batter. He was followed up by scoreless innings from Matt Albers and Ross Ohlendorf.
"I think that speaks for itself. I don't have to describe it," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "That's what he was aiming to do. I don't know if he was thinking about throwing 90 pitches and striking 10, but that's pretty good."
"I felt pretty much the same as last time, I was just able to get the ball down in the zone a little bit more," Lester said. "Obviously when you're able to do that you're able to get better results than last time."
Lester, who attributed his strikeout total to keeping the ball down in the zone, only reached a three-ball count to one...
The Patriots have agreed to terms with fullback Tony Fiammetta, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. The 6-foot, 242-pound Fiammetta, a fourth-round choice of Carolina out of Syracuse in 2009, had seven starts in 2010 with the Panthers and finished with 22 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Having served as an assistant under Bill Parcells from 2003-05 with the Cowboys, Sean Payton certainly owes a lot of debt and gratitude to his mentor for getting him to where he is today as the Saints head coach.
Now, Payton may again need Parcells' help, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Payton and Parcells have discussed the possibility of Parcells being the Saints interim coach while Payton is suspended for the entire 2012 season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last Wednesday that Payton would be suspended for the season for his role in a bounty system employed by the Saints defense under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that provided incentives for injuring opposing players.
Payton was an assistant under Parcells for three seasons in Dallas and, according to Mortensen, Payton sought advice and guidance from his former boss on a regular basis since being hired by the Saints in 2006.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Prior to his team's spring training game against the Phillies Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called reports that he was engaged in a power struggle with general manager Ben Cherington "lazy journalism," and dismissed any notion that two were at odds.
"I think it's an easy story to write that has no validity," Valentine said.
When asked if he was aware of the reports, the manager said, "Absolutely. I could have written it on December 3. Are you kidding me?"
Valentine went on to say that he and Cherington talk "a few times" a day, and that his relationship with Cherington mirrored that of the one he shared with former Rangers general manager Tom Grieve, and perhaps the beginning of his tenure with the Mets with then-GM Steve Phillips.
"When Steve became general manager, we had both been in the organization about three years," remembered Valentine. "...
New Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow discussed his potential role with the team and his relationship with starting QB Mark Sanchez when he met the media for a 35-minute press conference Monday at team headquarters in Florham Park, N.J.
"I'm so honored and humbled to be a Jet and thankful they wanted me," Tebow said, adding: "I'm excited about being a Jet. This is where I want to be."
Tebow confirmed a report that Broncos management asked him his preference when considering offers from the Jets and Jaguars, and he said that he told Denver he would have been happy with either destination.
"I had a better relationship with the Jets coaches," he said, noting that he had not met the new Jaguars staff.
Added Tebow: "I've always had a great relationship with coach [Rex] Ryan."
Tebow said he's known Sanchez for about three years, and the two have texted each other during that time. During a...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
Hour 3. The guys take more calls on transgender bathrooms. Evan Drellich joins the show...again.
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.
Max Kellerman rips Pats fans. Skip Bayless says Bill Belichick is "good, not great." And Dan Le Batard feels the heat from Keyshawn Johnson regarding his criticisms of Magic Johnson.
It took a few hours, but Glenn finally starts to agree with Lou and Mut about Danny Ainge.
Obviously the Celtics aren't expected to overtake the Cavs in the East, but the guys wonder if the team is trying to get a little bit better each year, or hold onto their assets until LeBron is over the hill.
We spoke with Danny Ainge and discussed all aspects of the Celtics, trading deadline, playoffs and beyond.
We close out Freestyle Friday with more Pats, Sox and Celtics talk.
We continue freestyle Friday with Brady and Jimmy G trade talk, plus more on the Celtics and the Vancouver Canucks have the mumps!
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.More from this show
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
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