Jason Varitek has seen Josh Beckett dominate. He caught the pitcher during his phenomenal postseason run in 2007, and he was behind the plate when Beckett enjoyed an overpowering four-month stretch in 2009.
But on Sunday night, when Beckett allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings to a stacked Yankees lineup, Varitek suggested that the pitcher might have outdone himself in Boston's 4-0 victory.
“Best I’ve seen him. As far as [being] complete, absolutely,” Varitek said. “[It was] eight strong, perfect innings.”
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team after a 4-0 victory on Sunday night allowed the Sox to take two of three from the Yankees over the weekend, improving to 2-7 on the year. While the start certainly has not been what Boston was looking for, Pedroia suggested that the team's predicament isn't quite as dire as has been portrayed.
"In like the sixth inning I was looking up at the board out there. We’re four games out now with 153 to go," Pedroia said. "Everybody knows what type of team we have. The expectations, everyone told us how good we were and we went to Texas and they punched us right in the mouth. We’ve go to respond to it. The best we can do is go out there and play.
"The way I think about it," Pedroia continued, "we’re four games out of first place with 153 to go. That’s a long-ass way away. I’m not very smart, but it looks doable. What do you think?...
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was hit on the left hand by a CC Sabathia fastball in the fifth inning of Sunday night's game, said after the game that he's "good" and won't need X-rays. He said that after getting hit on the thumb and two knuckles he experienced tingling and numbness but no pain, something that came as a relief.
"I don’t think it’s broken or anything. I was able to swing the bat. I’ll be fine," Gonzalez said. "Every time you get hit, especially on the bone, you’re always worried. But there isn’t any pain, just a little bit of tingling and numbness. I think I’ll be all right."
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and the hit by pitch.
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Josh Beckett struck out 10 batters and returned to dominant form over eight scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park to win the weekend series. Beckett, who walked just one and hit a batter, retired the last 14 batters he faced and allowed just an Eric Chavez single to center in the third and a Robinson Cano single to right field in the fourth.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Beckett after eight, denying him the chance for his 10th career complete game and fifth career shutout. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the light rain to pitch the ninth inning and finish Boston's second win of the season. Beckett was injured on a wet Yankee Stadium mound last May and never regained his ace form in 2010.
Offensively, Dustin Pedroia had three more hits and walked once, finishing the series with three hits in every game, going 9-for-13 with four runs scored.
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The Bruins will open their 2011 playoff schedule Thursday at TD Garden against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. Boston will host the first two games of the best-of-seven first-round set, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Montreal will serve as the site for the next two games, as the Canadiens will host Game 3 April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 April 21 at 7 p.m..
If needed, the series will move back to Boston for Game 5, which is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. Montreal would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m. And if the two teams need to play a Game 7, that would be April 27 at TD Garden at 7 p.m.
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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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
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.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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