TORONTO -- John Lackey's struggles continued, with the Red Sox starter taking his fifth loss of the season as the Red Sox dropped a 9-3 decision to the Blue Jays in the teams' series finale Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Lackey saw his ERA go to 8.01, giving up nine runs on nine hits 6 2/3 innings while throwing 118 pitches. The righty also walked five while striking out just one. He was ultimately driven from the game in the seventh inning, having allowed five runs in the frame. In Lackey's last two starts he has allowed 19 hits and 17 runs over 10 2/3 innings.
After allowing the Blue Jays to jump out to a 4-1 lead, the Red Sox did come back thanks to back-to-back home runs by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz in the sixth inning. Both players had homered Tuesday night, with Gonzalez now having gone deep six times in the last nine games.
Jacoby Ellsbury saw his 19-game hit streak come to an end, going 0-for-4. The Red Sox fall to 17-20....
LeBron James highlighted a shocking 16-0 game-ending run with a pair of long 3-pointers over Paul Pierce late in the fourth quarter as the Heat eliminated the Celtics with a 97-87 win in Game 5 Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. James finished with 33 points while Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the winner of the Bulls-Hawks in the other Eastern semifinal.
For three quarters, the Celtics seemed poised to post one of the most remarkable and unlikely playoff wins in their long, proud history. With starters Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal on the bench for most of the second half with bad backs, the Celtics entered the final four minutes with a five-point lead. The Celtics led 87-81 on a Nenad Krstic jumper with 4:29 left. They did not score again.
After making just one of 10 shots from the field in Game 4 and finishing with just seven...
TORONTO -- By making a relief appearance with two outs in the seventh inning in the Red Sox' game against the Blue Jays Wednesday night, Tim Wakefield became the oldest player ever to appear in a game for the Red Sox. Wakefield, who is 44 years, 282 days old, passed Deacon McGuire, a first baseman who played until August 24, 1908.
The knuckleballer relieved starter John Lackey with two outs in the seventh and two runners on, with the score 7-3 Blue Jays. He allowed a two-run single to Rajai Davis before striking out Yunel Escobar to end the seventh.
Wakefield came into the game with 193 career victories, carrying an 0-1 mark with a 5.73 ERA in 10 appearances (2 starts).
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TORONTO -- Speaking before the Red Sox series finale against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Wednesday, Daisuke Matsuzaka said he embraced the idea of getting additional rest prior to his next start, which is scheduled to take place Monday at Fenway Park against the Orioles. The righty will be working on seven days rest, having last gone Sunday when he allowed four runs over six innings.
"I don't consider any part of it negative," Matsuzaka told WEEI.com through translator Kenta Yamada. "More rest means I get more chance for preparations. It's more of a break so I can get better prepared for the next game."
Matsuzaka insinuated he will use the extra time to continue to work on aspects of his game, such as fine-tuing his two-seam fastball. The pitcher identifies the pitch as the biggest difference-maker for him, allowing him to make it deeper into games, as was evidenced in him throwing it almost half the time during his eight-...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview with the Big Show, said that Jose Iglesias will get his first career start at shortstop on Wednesday. That decision is a product of a stomach virus that has made its way across the Sox roster and that now has rendered Jed Lowrie unavailable.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will once again be paired with starter John Lackey. Jesse Litsch -- one of the top pitchers in the majors against right-handers this year -- will be on the mound for the Blue Jays. For complete matchup information, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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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.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
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.
The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SI
Texas Rangers sideline reporter Emily Jones likes getting doused by Gatorade. A D&C caller accuses the guys of being sexist in their analysis, which leads to a debate of the hottest sideline reporters in sports.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Tuesday's Dale and Holley show which feature some measure of tension during the interview with John Farrell and during a Rick Porcello debate
The Red Sox needed a big start from a pitcher, and Porcello delivered. Glenn and Lou talk about last night’s win in Tampa and discuss what ERod needs to do while down in Triple A.
David Price is on the mound this afternoon in Tampa, but after last outing’s terrible performance, the pressure is on for him to perform. Glenn and Lou discuss Price and his need to take over a game.
Red Sox GM Mike Hazen joins Glenn and Lou to talk about what went into sending ERod down to Pawtucket, and what the trade market looks like at this point in the season.
Ugh. Dale and Michael after another crap-fest of a Red Sox game break it all down and listen in to John Farrell and David Price's post game comments.
We close the show out with some of the best cuts of the day.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
It's somewhat of a rarity on D&C, but the phone lines were open on Tuesday as the Kirk Minihane haters and MiniFans alike called in take him on.More from this show
Should Callahan go to the Donald Trump luncheon at the Langham Hotel? The guys discuss as well as the risk of celebrities endorsing Trump publicly.More from this show