Speaking prior to the Red Sox series finale against the Cubs at Fenway Park Sunday night, Sox manager Terry Francona said that John Lackey is progressing well from his right elbow strain and plans on throwing a side session Tuesday.
"He's done really well," said Francona of Lackey, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 16 (retroactive to May 12). "The idea was that hopefully the shot knocked out what he had going on in his elbow and it did. So once he's pain free he's allowed to throw and build up again and that's what he's doing. I think he was upbeat last night, which was great to see."
Francona also reported that Bobby Jenks, who has been on the DL since May 5 (retroactive to May 2) with a right biceps strain, is scheduled to throw a side session Monday.
Another Red Sox player on the disabled list, Marco Scutaro, still hasn't begun hitting since beginning his rehab from a left oblique strain.
Lightning coach Guy Boucher did not reveal who will start between the pipes Monday in speaking with reporters at TD Garden on Sunday. No. 1 goalie Dwayne Roloson has been pulled in two of the last three games and replaced by Mike Smith due to poor play, but the most the coach would offer was that Roloson is "getting ready" for Game 5 in Boston.
Smith, who replaced Roloson after the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period Saturday and allowed nothing to the B's as the Lightning came back for a 5-3 win, said following the victory that he didn't expect to start Game 5.
"I don’t think so,” Smith said Saturday when asked if he thought he'd get the start. “It’s one game. Roli has got us this far and he’s played outstanding in the playoffs. I don’t doubt that he comes back and plays really well for us. I have no doubt in my mind that he rebounds from a game like this.”...
The Red Sox watched as a 3-1 lead quickly turned into a 9-3 loss to the Cubs as a result of a brutal eight-run eighth inning in which Matt Albers and Franklin Morales were the two pitchers on the mound. That, in turn, raised questions about why the Sox didn't have setup man Daniel Bard on the hill with the game on the line.
Manager Terry Francona explained that the Sox committed prior to Saturday's game to give Bard a second straight day of rest. The right-hander, who allowed back-to-back homers in his most recent appearance on Thursday night, was tied for second in the AL with 22 appearances (in 44 games) entering Saturday's contest. His 23 innings ranked sixth among American League relievers. As such, the Sox committed before the game to not using their setup man of choice, regardless of the game situation.
"We made the decision before the game to give him yesterday and today. That’s why we do it before the game. Your emotions get the...
It appeared that nothing could derail the Red Sox en route to their eighth straight win.
On a night when Alfredo Aceves made his first start since 2009, he gave the Sox everything they could have hoped for, delivering five innings and allowing one run. The Sox carried a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning, and seemed all but assured of standing alone in first place in the AL East by the end of the night.
But then, in a crazy eighth, the Cubs exploded for eight runs en route to a startling 9-3 victory. The damage was done entirely against Matt Albers and Franklin Morales, leading to questions about why Daniel Bard was not in the game.
Matt Albers faced six batters and retired none, allowing three walks, two hits and another run to reach on an error. He walked in one run to narrow the game to a 3-2 count, permitted two more to score on Reed Johnson's bases-loaded double that gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead, then saw another run cross the plate when...
Kevin Youkilis set a Red Sox record in somewhat inglorious fashion when Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano's 92 mph fastball in the bottom of the fifth inning grazed him on the rear end. The hit by pitch was the 72nd of Youkilis' career, leaving him alone atop the franchise leaderboard in HBPs, one ahead of previous record holder Mo Vaughn.
With the HBP having come a few innings after Sox starter Alfredo Aceves hit Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd in the face with a pitch, both benches were warned. Youkilis went to first base without incident.
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.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
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's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
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.