Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Monday's game for a defensive replacement prior to the top of the eighth inning due to a left knee contusion. Prior to leaving, he'd gone 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
The injury occurred when Ellsbury slid home safely (just in front of Dustin Pedroia) on a bases-clearing double by Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the seventh. Ellsbury's leg bumped into the shin guard of Angels catcher Jeff Mathis, resulting in a bruise that has Ellsbury's availability on Tuesday against the Angels in question.
Manager Terry Francona described his center fielder as "a little sore. He banged his knee on that play at the plate. Banged the inside of his knee. He’s real stable and everything. Just has kind of a bruise on the inside of his knee. ... With a bruise like that, we’ll see how he wakes up."
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PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was hospitalized after taking a header into the corner boards late in the first period of Monday's Game 2 in Philadelphia.
McQuaid was trying to execute a backcheck on Philadelphia's Mike Richards behind the Bruins net when he missed and tripped over Richards' skate, crashing into the boards. He remained on the ice for several minutes while the Bruins training and medical staff tended to him. He sustained what appeared to be a bloody chin before being helped off the ice by Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara.
He was taken from the arena and transported to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for further evaluation.
MIAMI -- The NBA downgraded the flagrant-one foul that was called on Jermaine O'Neal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to a personal foul. O'Neal elbowed Miami's James Jones on the play, which came at the 2:30 mark of the third quarter and resulted in a five-point swing after Jones made his free throws and Mike Bibby sank a 3-pointer.
The NBA also rescinded the technical foul on Jones from his altercation with Paul Pierce at the 7:49 mark of the fourth quarter, but upgraded the personal foul called Jones to a flagrant-one. Pierce was later ejected after picking up a second technical foul. An NBA official said on Monday that Pierce wouldn't be suspended for Game 2.
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PHILADELPHIA -- One hour before Game 2, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that top defenseman Chris Pronger will be out with an undisclosed injury.
TSN's Bob McKenzie - on his twitter page - initially reported in the afternoon that Pronger would likely miss the game, with Danny Syvret taking his place. But Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren sent a text out to Philadelphia beat writers that the defenseman was "OK," leading to speculation that he would play in Game 2.
But minutes later, numerous reports confirmed the Pronger scratch for Game 2.
Pronger missed the last five minutes of Saturday's Game 1 and was spotted headed up the runway with about two minutes remaining. The injury is not believed to be related to the broken hand he suffered in the middle of the season, leading to speculation that it is some sort of leg or lower body injury.
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The Red Sox announced that Josh Beckett will make his next start Wednesday against the Angels, allowing him six days rest between appearances. Jon Lester will pitch Tuesday, allowing the lefty his usual rest in between starts. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who left his start Friday night with stiffness in his pitching elbow, is slated to go Friday, with John Lackey pitching Thursday.
Monday's bullpen session, which Sox pitching coach Curt Young said Sunday would determine Beckett's availability for his next start, appeared to have gone well, with the starter making it through the 25-pitch exercise in good shape. Red Sox manager Terry Francona noted that with a lack of off days coming up for the Sox, the team wanted to use this opportunity to give Beckett some rest after throwing 125 pitches two starts ago.
"We leaned on Beckett pretty hard there a couple times," Francona said, later noting, "There's a reason why we keep an eye on workload....
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
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.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
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