Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 and allowed two runs in seven innings in his major league debut for the Washington Nationals. The right-hander, taken with the first pick of the 2009 draft, allowed four hits, with the Pirates touching him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning on Delwyn Young's two-run homer. But Strasburg was otherwise dominant, allowing four hits and walking none.
Strasburg recorded the most strikeouts in a major league debut since Astros pitcher J.R. Richard punched out 15 on Sept. 5, 1971. Strasburg exited the game with a 4-2 lead after seven innings, having thrown 94 pitches.
Doc Rivers took objection with the complaints of several Lakers following Game 2 after Kobe Bryant was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, limiting his effectiveness in the final period.
"I'm just miffed and amazed how the other team complained about the fouls since we've been the team in foul trouble for two games," Rivers said Tuesday night prior to Game 3. "Maybe they do different math there or something. I don't get that one."
In the Game 1 loss to the Lakers, the Celtics had several players with three fouls before halftime and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each played most of the fourth quarter one foul from disqualification. The Celtics had 28 fouls called on them in Game 1 to 26 for the Lakers. In Game 2, the Lakers actually took 15 more free throw attempts than Boston, 41-26.
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ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden visited the Celtics locker room about an hour before tipoff of Game 3 of the NBA finals. Gruden, a self-confessed "diehard Celtics fan," was asked for his prediction for the series.
"Celtics in six," said the winning coach of Super Bowl XXXVII. "No disrespect to the Lakers, but the Celtics are the tougher team. Rondo is like a quarterback out there."
Gruden was asked by WEEI.com for his thoughts on the Tom Brady contract situation.
"They'll sign him, what would you do?" asked Gruden. "Come on, who are they going to play? This is Tom Brady we're talking about. Not a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks out there."
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According to a baseball source, outfielder Bryce Brentz, whom the Red Sox selected with their second pick of the 2010 draft (No. 36 overall), has informed the team that he will sign for the Major League Baseball recommended slot bonus. The amount of the bonus is approximately $890,000. A year ago, the No. 36 overall pick (college pitcher Aaron Miller) signed for $889,200 with the Dodgers.
Brentz led the NCAA in homers (28) as a sophomore, before struggling at times while dealing with a hairline fracture (described by some as a high ankle sprain) as a junior. Still, he ended the year hitting 15 homers, and after drafting him on Monday, Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said that Brentz has "light tower power."
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Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is leaving the team to fly to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his broken ribs from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Ellsbury has played in only nine games this season thanks to a hard collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11 in Kansas City. The outfielder will not join the team in Cleveland following the evaluation and will instead return to Boston.
Meanwhile, closer Jonathan Papelbon, placed on the family leave/bereavement list on Monday, spoke with manager Terry Francona on Tuesday and worked out at Fenway Park. It is unknown whether Papelbon will join the Sox in Cleveland on Thursday, when he can once again be activated. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count blog.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk look back at their weekend in Fort Myers. Who visited Mommy and Daddy over the weekend?
Dunkin Donuts liked Christian's "bacon covered doughnut" idea. SNL does an ISIS skit. The Pittsburg Pirates issued a statement condemning "Jihadi John's" Pirates hat.
With free agency looming, Adam Schefter, on Sportscenter, said that he thinks Darrelle Revis will NOT be re-signed by the Patriots and that they will cut him instead, making him the most coveted free agent on the market.
Barry Melrose joined the show to talk about the NHL trade deadline. Although Melrose likes the trade of Brett Connolly from Tampa to Boston, he thinks the team needs to make more moves to keep ahead of Florida, who just traded for Jaromir Jagr. He also weighs in on the job security of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
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