WALTHAM -- The Celtics are standing behind Paul Pierce as he struggles offensively against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Pierce is shooting just 31 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range, and averaging 12.7 points per game (down from 19.6 in the first round). Nonetheless, his teammates are not concerned.
“I’m not worried about P,” Kendrick Perkins said after practice on Saturday. “I’ve been around with P a long time. I’ve seen P have a few bad nights and come back and have a 35-point night. So you just never know with P. I know he’s capable of having big games and he always steps up in big games.”
Pierce is tasked with more than just scoring against the Cavs. It has been his job to contain LeBron James, who scored 21 points in the first quarter of Game 3 alone. While Doc Rivers wants to feed his captain more often, he understands...
Speaking before the Red Sox' game against the Yankees Saturday afternoon Daisuke Matsuzaka said that despite two subpar pitching lines he is happy with the quality of his pitches thus far in his first two starts, specifically identifying his fastball as encouraging.
"When it comes to the fastball it's really in the best place it's been since I've arrived here," Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino. "It's a little frustrating to know how good my fastball is right now and not see the results I would like to see coming out of it. It's all about not necessarily the pitches themselves, but how I go about using them.
Matsuzaka, who has allowed 12 runs over his 10 innings of work (all but one coming in two separate innings), has produced similar velocity on his fastball compared to his previous three seasons with the Red Sox, averaging 91.9 mph on the pitch (according to Fangraphs.com). He had been...
Sporting a protective white, padded bandage on his left forearm, Jason Varitek will be available for action off the bench on Saturday for the second game of the series against the Yankees after getting crossed up on a pitch in the sixth inning Friday and taking a fastball off the forearm from Josh Beckett.
"He's actually doing pretty well," Francona said before Saturday's game. "We actually checked with him last night but more telling certainly was this morning when he woke up. He's got a pretty good bruise but he could be available if needed, which is good news.
"They were concerned about controlling the swelling and they did a pretty good job of that. I think we were pretty fortunate, we dodged a bullet there. Watching it, even live, I remember watching his reaction and watching the pitch, I thought that had a chance to [do damage]. 96 on the forearm can't feel real good. It's different...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he didn't expect warnings to both teams before Saturday's game after Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano were drilled by Josh Beckett on Friday night.
"No, and we took care of it anyway," Francona said, before adding some tongue-in-cheek perspective. "We hit Tek. We took it out of their hands. That's the ultimate respect."
Jeter was hit in the left side on Friday with the bases loaded in New York's six-run sixth while Cano was hit by a fastball on the inside of the left knee. Cano had to come out for a pinch-runner and was a game-time decision for the starting lineup while Jeter reported no lingering soreness and was in the starting lineup at short. Ramiro Pena was in the original lineup for the Yankees before Cano tested his injury.
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Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said that there is "not a chance" that his close friend, Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, has been affected this season by his contract status. With the prospect of free agency looming at the end of the 2010 season, Martinez, typically a terrific April performer, got off to one of the worst starts of his career, hitting .238 with a .632 OPS in the season's first month.
But Sabathia -- who first was teammates with Martinez in the New York-Penn League in 1999, when both were in the Indians system -- said there was "not a chance" that Martinez' uncertain contract status played into his struggles.
“Not a chance. No. I don’t think so at all,” said Sabathia. “He got off to a slow start, but you look at his numbers at the end of the year, they’re going to be just like they have been every year. He’ll hit. That’s one thing...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show