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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach each belted a pair of home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Red Sox, 11-9, at City of Palms Park on Monday afternoon. The Rays hit a total of seven home runs in the game, including two off starter and loser Boof Bonser and three of Junichi Tazawa with a strong wind blowing out to right all afternoon. Bonser, battling for a roster spot, allowed six hits and five runs, while walking two, striking out two in two-plus innings.
Trailing 11-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox rallied with their minor leaguers. Second baseman Ray Chang belted a three-run homer for the Red Sox in the seventh. The Sox added two in the eighth and three more in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate as the game ended.
The Red Sox also dropped a game across the state as the St. Louis rallied for seven runs in the eighth for a 13-8 win at...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey, in his fourth start of the spring, threw five innings in a minor league camp game. Facing an array of Sox minor leaguers (mostly from the Double A and Triple A ranks), Lackey allowed one run on three hits while striking out six and walking none. He still has yet to give up a walk this spring, though he did permit his first run on a homer to left by minor leaguer Daniel Nava.
"Got one out of the way," Lackey joked.
Lackey threw 68 pitches, 46 strikes. He said that his buildup this spring has been more gradual than in previous years, but that he wanted to scale back his spring workload somewhat after having started each of the last two seasons on the disabled list.He incorporated more sliders than he had to this point of the spring, and was able to use the pitch to record a couple of his punchouts.
"I was more happy with my breaking stuff...
Paul Pierce has been named the Eastern Confernce Player of the Week today. He averaged 24.8 points in just 26.3 minutes per game in wins over Detroit, New York, Houston and Dallas last week. The Celtics captain also shot 63 percent from the field in the four victories. Pau Gasol of the Lakers was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Bruins' center Patrice Bergeron said after practice on Monday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington that he plans on visiting Matt Brown, a Norwood High Hockey player that who broke his neck in a game in January when the team plays in Atlanta on Tuesday. Brown is undergoing treatment at the Shepard Center for Rehabilitation in Atlanta. Bergeron said he understands Brown's situation after having dealt with significant hockey-related concussions over the past two seasons.
"I have been through similar stuff and I know it is tough to sometimes stay positive," Bergeron said. "You get frustrated. It is something that I want to share with him and I am excited to go see him, him and his family. We prepared a little bag of stuff to remind him about Boston a little bit. Some movies, some stuff different professional teams in Boston, some clam chowder and stuff like that. I hope he is going to like it and it is going to be fun to first meet...
We find out what Chris Price was right and wrong about when he made a few predictions before the Lions game. Also, we hear some new ones regarding Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Packers game, one that many are calling a possible Super Bowl preview.
We get our weekly NFL update with SI/MMQB's Peter King. Peter talks AFC East, first round byes, Jonas Gray/LeGarrette Blount and much more.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
The Red Sox trotted out their newest FA acquisition Tuesday afternoon, third baseman, Pablo Sandoval. The Kung Fu Panda then joined MFB to talk about his conversations with (former) Giant teammate, Jake Peavy, about playing Boston. He also stressed that this move was the next big challenge in his life, and addressed some concerns about his defense, stating that he is focused on being at the hot corner for the duration of his contract.
Buster Olney of ESPN joined MFB to talk about all the free agent news surrounding the Red Sox over the past 24 hours
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about David Pastrnak's first game, the offensive struggles, and Milan Lucic playing with the Swedes.
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
BC football sideline reporter Scott Mutryn with the worst impersonation of all time.
Ben Cherington joined us to discuss the Sox off-season moves.
Dino picked the Pack.
Rick Pitino had some curious comments after a blowout victory. Richard Sherman takes on the NFL Media policies. Christian talks about a pill for farts.
Dale and Michael give their four selections for the MLB Hall of Fame... this year's finalists were announced today.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins and discuss the supposed practice scuffle between Tuukka Rask and Soderberg, and DJ Bean dials us up to give his thoughts.
Mikey remixes Billy Joel "Movin Out" in honor of the Patriots playing the Green Bay Packers
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
The guys previewed the upcoming Packers Patriots game and discussed the media's latest tweet beef.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
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