MLB and NESN analyst Peter Gammons checked in with The Big Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss a number of topics, including the World Series, who will win the battle for the services of free-agent-to-be Cliff Lee and the Red Sox’ offseason. Gammons was asked if he thought the Red Sox needed to make a splash in the free-agent market.
"There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford," said Gammons. "That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are some puffs of smoke coming out of New York that suggest the Yankees might go after him, even though their primary need is pitching."
Gammons also weighed in on the future of Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, who are also leading figures in the 2010 free-agent class.
"I don't expect Victor Martinez to come back, I think Detroit is going to give him four or five years,...
The Maple Leafs had a tough night on Thursday as they were shut out by Tim Thomas, but nobody got it anywhere near as badly as Phil Kessel. The former Bruins’ fifth overall pick left town after the B’s, unable to strike an extension with him prior to last season, sent him to the Leafs for a package of draft picks. Since the trade, Kessel has been unable to muster a single goal against his former club, much to the delight of Bruins fans. Tyler Seguin, chosen second overall with Leafs’ first-round pick acquired in the deal, put the cherry on top by scoring against his hometown Leafs in the second period.
The reaction to that? The loudest “Thank you, Kessel” chant that one could imagine.
“I was on the bench and I was trying not to laugh,” Seguin admitted. “All the guys were kind of cracking up because it just stayed together so well. It was surprising.”
Edgar Renteria had a homer and three RBIs, the Giants broke open a close game with seven runs in the eighth and Matt Cain tossed 7.2 innings of four-hit baseball to lift San Francisco to a 9-0 win over visiting Texas Thursday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.
One night after a much-anticipated pitchers' duel between aces Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum failed to materialize, Cain and Texas starter C.J. Wilson matched zeroes through the first four innings before Renteria delivered a solo homer in the fifth to break the scoreless tie, and Juan Uribe added a run-scoring single in the seventh to make it a 2-0 game.
That was more than enough for Cain, who cruised, making quick work of Texas hitters — just one Rangers' hitter got as far as third on the evening. Relievers Javier Lopez and Guillermo Mota finished up for San Francisco, which posted its first postseason shutout since 1952.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien finished his post-game press conference Thursday by announcing that general manager Peter Chiarelli has decided that rookie phenom Tyler Seguin will be staying with the NHL team and not be heading back to juniors.
"He's here to stay," Julien announced. As a result, Seguin cannot be sent to Providence of the AHL and will remain part of the Bruins roster for his entire rookie season. Seguin scored his second NHL goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
NHL teams have nine games to decide whether to send a rookie back to juniors while still holding his rights. The Bruins have liked what they've seen from Seguin so far, as the No. 2 overall pick in last June's draft has two goals and two assists in seven games.
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On a night the Bruins honored hall of famer Milt Schmidt, the team looked like the "Big Bad Bruins" that Schmidt put together in the 1970s and came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.
Patrice Bergeron scored his first of the season on a slap shot from the top of the left circle on the power play with just 41 seconds left in the first period. Tyler Seguin collected his second career goal and first on home ice when he beat Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson at 12:26 of the second period.
Following the goal, the crowd - which booed each time former Bruin right wing Phil Kessel touched the puck - chanted "Thank you, Kessel." It was with the second pick acquired from Toronto in the Sept. 2009 trade the Bruins received the 2nd overall pick and selected Seguin in June's NHL Draft.
Tim Thomas stopped all 20 Toronto shots for his second...
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.
The Big O announces his return to WEEI.
Jesse Spector of Sporting News on Schilling.
The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.
Dont'a Hightower joined the show on a Patriots Monday. He spoke out the benefits of getting "calloused" as the season wears on, how he likes being on the outside because he can go after the QB, and his appreciate for how Rob Ninkovich climbed the Patriots ranks to become a starter.
We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.
We wrap up a Monday with some of the best sound bites you may have missed.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the details behind NESN not renewing play-by-play man Don Orsillo, and take calls from fans about the choice.More from this show
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, reports on Twitter that the "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources." He went on SportsCenter to talk about his report. Mut and his callers reacted to the breaking newsMore from this show
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.More from this show
Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get things going this week discussing all of the latest injuries that can effect your fantasy team or draft in the midst of Week 3 of the preseason. They talk some of the impressive performances coming out of the games Thursday-Saturday. The boys chat about the various rankings and how they are constantly updating these list on Rotobahn.com and the Rotobahn 500. They go in depth on the tight end position, which is very top heavy -- 5 or 6 very good TE's and then a bunch of mediocre guys and unknowns. Jim and Pete also get into 10-team and 12-team league approaches, value picks late in your draft and how the waiver wire is your friend.More from this show
Danny Picard and Bill Speros discuss the state of the Boston Red Sox after taking two of three from the NY Mets, and the state of the Patriots after their third preseason game.More from this show