FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alfredo Aceves had his first bad outing of the spring, pitching just three innings while allowing nine runs on 10 hits while walking one (his first free pass of the Grapefruit League season) and striking out three Phillies hitters. He gave up three homers, leaving a number of pitches up in the zone on a day when the ball had tremendous carry. Aceves threw 58 pitches, 36 for strikes.
The outing represented a marked contrast to Aceves' previous spring work. In three Grapefruit League games, he'd allowed just one run in nine innings on five hits and no walks while striking out eight.
"One bad game and moving on from that," Aceves said after the outing. “Since when? I don’t remember. Since when did I have the last bad outing? ... I feel good and I see the ball jump off my hand. You know? it was one of those days that nothing went good."
Asked if he thought that the struggle might impact whether the...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Jupiter, Fla., that he has kept an "open mind" about the team's roster competitions this spring, which include the shortstop position and the back of the rotation.
"The thing I’m happy about the most with myself is I have really kept an open mind and I haven’t even gone to the places that most everybody else has gone in making decisions on these things," said Valentine.
Against the backdrop of that declaration of continued open-mindedness, Valentine suggested that the amount of attention being paid to various roster spots, particularly the shortstop competition between Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias, might be misplaced.
"It’s all ridiculous," Valentine told reporters. "It’s a good situation. I don’t see it as a problem. I see it as, we have a wealth of talent. ... They’ve all played very well in...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar has worked closely with both Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias during their time with the Sox, including this spring. He offered praise for the progress that both has made in the time that he's known them, noting the defensive progress made by Aviles since the Sox traded for him last summer and the offensive steps forward by Iglesias in his third spring training.
Bogar suggested that the Red Sox are now facing a challenging task in selecting one to be shortstop for the team at the start of 2012.
“You know what? It is a tough decision but it’s one of those things where we’re lucky we have two guys who can play it and two guys who can play it well,” said Bogar. “Whatever decision that’s going to be, we’re going to be fine.”
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Mickael Pietrus, who was taken off the court in Philadelphia on a stretcher Friday night, has been cleared to travel and will be examined by the team's medical staff when he returns to Boston.
Pietrus stayed overnight in Philadelphia while the team flew back to Boston, but he didn't have to spend the night in the hospital. The official word was a "questionable closed head injury," which could indicate a concussion. There is no immediate update on a timeline for his return, but a travel clearance is certainly good news for Pietrus.
It was a scary scene when Pietrus hit the floor hard midway through the second quarter after Philly's Lou Williams blocked his shot. The momentum of the play caused Pietrus to land on his back, and he appeared to be spitting up blood. Williams later told coach Doc Rivers that the play wasn't intentional, and the coach told him he didn't think it was.
Pietrus lay on the court for several minutes...
In a game marred by the departure of Mickael Pietrus on a stretcher midway through the second quarter, the shorthanded Celtics were outscored by 20 points in the third quarter and could never recover in a 99-86 loss to the Sixers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia managed to hold on to to first place in the Atlantic Division despite the efforts of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who each scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who finish their season-long road trip with a 4-4 record and fall 1.5 games behind the Sixers in the division.
Elton Brand led six Philadelphia players in double figures with 20 while Lou Williams added 19. The Sixers also outscored the Celtics 46-24 in the paint.
The Celtics got off to a blazing start in the first quarter, shooting 65 percent and making 13-of-21 shots from the floor, with Garnett leading the way by connecting on all four of his shots. Pierce was 4-for-5 and had 11 of his 20 points...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. After Kraft’s comments at the owners meeting, the guys discuss how long Brady will play for. Gerry hates Lavar Ball. Reimer had a crazy time in Germany.
Hour 3. Kirk announces the K&C trip to Washington, D.C. Alex continues his battle against Kirk and Gerry on the Iowa State terrorist assignment. Kirk is sick of sporty promos.
Hour 2. Kirk responds to Keefe’s shot at him. Alex says America is to blame for 9/11 in Headlines. Alex says the U.S. should let as many people in as possible.
HOUR 4 - How many big-games does Tuukka Rask have to miss before guys like Bergeron and Marchand call him out for it? Also, Belichick skips the coach's breakfast, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, Kirk rips "The Baseball Show" and Dale, Holley and Keefe rip the Whiner Line.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
People are unsure if Tuukka can be trusted in net in these big spots coming up and if the Celtics even stand a chance against Cleveland so Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe sort through Robert Kraft's comments at the owners' meeting regarding key Patriots players.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Hour 1. Evan Drellich makes his casting couch return. Over the weekend, Michael Che affirmed that he believes Boston is “the most racist city” he has ever been to.More from this show
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.More from this show
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.More from this show