Adrian Gonzalez had three more hits to raise his average to .335 and started the go-ahead rally in the seventh with a double as the Red Sox beat the A's, 8-6, Friday night at Fenway to snap a four-game losing streak. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a solo homer in the eighth - his fifth - for insurance and David Ortiz collected two hits and drove in a pair as the Red Sox sent the A's to their fourth straight loss.
The Red Sox had to fight their way out of an early four-run deficit when Clay Buchholz was tagged for four runs and five hits in the first inning, with the big blow coming from Mark Elllis, who singled home two runs with two outs. The Red Sox began to chip away in the bottom of first against A's starter Josh Outman, as Gonzalez drove in a run with a ground out as part of a two-run inning. The Sox added one in the second and two more in the third to hand Buchholz a 5-4 lead heading into the fourth.
But Buchholz gave the lead...
Speaking on Friday night, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was “confident” that a new labor deal between the owners and players can get done sooner rather than later. Talking with reporters at halftime of his charity football game at Harvard Stadium for Best Buddies, Brady said he's not sure when the lockout would end, but he certainly sounded encouraged by the recent developments.
“There has been a lot of positive news from both sides. Everyone is working hard for a great outcome. I’m confident that a lot of reasonable people will come to a very reasonable agreement,” he said. “Everyone is just dealing with it — the players are dealing with it as best we know how and the owners are. Like I said, hopefully there is a great outcome. I’m relatively confident that there will be.”
Brady was also asked about having his name on the lawsuit the players are bringing against the league...
VANCOUVER -- Speaking after the team's practice at the University of British Columbia, Bruins left wing Milan Lucic said that he feels the Bruins have not been given their due respect when it comes to the media in the Stanley Cup finals. With the team down, 1-0, in the series to the Canucks, Lucic noted that the way the team is being perceived may be inaccurate.
"You know, it's clear that you guys aren't giving us much of a chance," Lucic said. "We've just got to do whatever we can to prove people wrong."
Due to concerts at Rogers Arena, the home of the Canucks, the teams have had to deal with a two-day gap between Games 1 and 2. Lucic noted that he's blocked out any chatter in that time and is focused on giving the media something positive to talk about after Saturday's Game 2.
"Obviously we can't control what you guys say," Lucic said. "That's why we try not to watch or read too much of what...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona acknowledged Friday that "Tommy John" surgery will almost certainly be required to repair the torn ligament in Daisuke Matsuzaka's right elbow.
"It's looking more and more like he needs to have the surgery," said Francona, who was holding out hope that surgery could be avoided on Matsuzaka. "What we're concerned about is what's best for Daisuke. I think orginially, when anything like this happens and you have a pitcher of that age and thrown the pitches he has, non-surgical is always hopefully the best way to go. Now, if he needs surgery, we support that. Now, we have to figure out who, when, why, where and all that, and we're in the midst of that and that should happen tonight."
Francona said the team met with Matsuzaka on Thursday during a long meeting to discuss all options based on the tests that have been performed on his right forearm and elbow.
Tommy Hottovy had high hopes for his future when he was drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft. It seemed like he had made the first step to reaching his lifetime goal of becoming a pitcher in the big leagues. Then, Tommy John surgery in 2008 while pitching for Double-A Portland seemed like it had derailed those dreams. But nearly seven years to the day since being indoctrinated into the Red Sox organization, Hottovy will make his major-league debut after being called up to the big club Friday afternoon.
After that surgery though, Hottovy, 29, said he thought it was a possibility that a day like Friday would never come.
"I was 26 in Double-A when I hurt my arm. I was going to turn 27 during surgery," he said. "I called my wife [Andrea] and I was like ‘Is this something we really want to do?’ Because I wasn’t going to be alone there, I wanted her to have a big factor in what we...
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.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
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.
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