Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after a 4-for-5 night that saw him blast two homers and two doubles while matching a career high with five runs batted in to help lead the Sox to an 18-6 win, suggested that the intensity of the season has reached a new pinnacle. As such, Pedroia suggested that the team -- following a 1-6 road trip -- was shifting gears and embracing a playoff mentality in which each game is treated with a sense of urgency.
"The last couple of weeks have been tough. We've had a tough schedule. We haven't gotten much sleep, " said Pedroia. "We're at the time of the year where we all need to step up together and play winning baseball. We played great tonight but tomorrow we have to come out and find a way to win. That's basically it. It's getting close so we have to figure it out.
"Every win is big," Pedroia added. "We're going to come out and play every day like it's Game 7 from here on...
After the Red Sox' 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, manager Terry Francona explained that the reason David Ortiz was pinch-hit for by Jed Lowrie in the first inning was due to back spasms. The ailment, according to Francona, didn't pose a threat to Ortiz' availability until just before the first pitch.
"Right before the game, and I mean right before the game, his back was getting stiff," the manager said. "He thought he was going to be OK, and we had to take the lineup cards out, so rather than take him out, we thought he had a shot. We turned in the lineup cards, then he went to swing and it really got tight so we had to scratch him. Just muscles spasms, but he got really tight."
Ortiz came into the game hitting .429 against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (6-for-14) with two home runs. Lowrie struggled in replacing the designated hitter, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
It is unclear if Ortiz...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after his team's 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night that Josh Beckett is tentatively slated to make his next start Friday night at Fenway Park against the Rays.
Beckett, who hasn't pitched since he exited his September 5 start with a sprained right ankle, threw a successful bullpen session Monday, paving the way for a return to the rotation. It is still unclear who will make the Sox' start Thursday in their series opener against Tampa Bay.
"Yeah, I think he's going to pitch Friday," Francona said. "That's not exactly set in stone, but I think that's the way we're leaning. He's going to come out tomorrow and cover first and stuff, do those types of things, have that kind of workout, and I think Friday's looking good."
Another injured Red Sox starter, Erik Bedard, did some light tossing Tuesday, but isn't a candidate to pitch this week. The left-hander told WEEI.com prior to the...
According to Yahoo Sports, a collection of retired NFL players -- including former Patriots offensive lineman and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah -- on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the National Football League Players Association, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. The former players are reportedly bringing the suit because they believe they believe the current players did not have the authority to negotiate on their behalf during the lockout.
Michael Hausfeld, who is representing the former players, said this lawsuit does not affect the current labor peace but that the former players want to readjust the benefits they’ve received in the new CBA. Said Hausfeld: "The retirees rights were sacrificed for the benefit of the active players.”
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Dustin Pedroia launched two home runs, scored four runs and claimed five RBI in leading the Red Sox to an 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, allowing Tim Wakefield to claim his 200th career victory. The win, coupled with the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Rays, pushed the Sox' Wild Card lead over Tampa Bay back up to four games.
The 45-year-old Wakefield, who becomes the 108th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games, allowed five runs over six innings, striking out six and walking two while throwing 96 pitches. The knuckleballer trailed 5-4 heading into the fourth inning, but back-to-back homers by Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia would give the Sox the lead for good.
Pedroia would strike again in the sixth, ripping his second round-tripper of the game over the left field wall for a three-run home run and his 20th of the season. It allowed the second baseman to become the seventh player in Red Sox history to claim at least...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
In the fourth and final hour Curt Schilling discussed Ortiz and Betts as MVP candidates and gave his thoughts on Monday's debate.
The guys discussed Papi's MVP chances and a bizarre postgame show on NESN.
In two we play some of Rex Ryan's conversation with Julian Edelman and read about Gary Tanguay's appearance in the Herald during Headlines.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian listen back to David Price's bizarre interview with Trenni Kusnierick. Glenn and Lou think David Price is passive-aggressively lashing out at the Media. Christian thinks he's just being a good teammate by saying it's "Not about me."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian tell the true story of Gary Tanguay's walk-out yesterday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian watched last night's Red Sox AL East Champs celebration, and they love the new NESN, especailly the copious F-Bombs and "Party Gary" Striewski. Plus, Christian tries to get Producer Paul to try DMSO horse cream for his leg injury.
We talk Patriots, Bills and all things NFL (and even some Red Sox) with Peter King from SI/MMQB.
Dale, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the Sox clinching the AL East and the fashion in which it happened, which of course opened up the pandora's box about John Farrell and his decision making as Sox manager.
With the Sox officially in the playoffs, we look at four teams they could meet in the upcoming postseason.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Gerry Callahan and Jeff Kuhner react to the first presidential debate of this election season. Gerry is convinced Trump lost the first debate while Jeff thinks otherwise. Gerry and Jeff talk about what Trump needs to do better in the upcoming debates.
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.More from this show
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.More from this show
Gary stormed out of the studio for the second time in three months after he was labeled a bad father and a pedophile. His future at the station remains highly in doubt.More from this show