Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, who lines up opposite standout Calvin Johnson, is comparing his team's passing game to the undefeated Patriots of 2007, who featured Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Explained Burleson to the NFL Network (via profootballtalk.com): "This year I'm going to try to be the black Wes Welker. I'm going to get as many catches in the slot or on the outside opposite Calvin because he's going to attract a lot of attention all year."
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Jacoby Ellsbury electrified the Fenway crowd with his first career inside-the-park homer to open a seven-run seventh as the Red Sox overcame an abysmal performance by starter John Lackey in an 18-9 win over the Orioles Monday night. Conor Jackson capped the big seventh inning with a grand slam and joined Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie with four RBIs as the Red Sox split the day-night doubleheader at Fenway to maintain their two-game wild-card lead over the Rays.
Lackey immediately put the Red Sox in a 3-0 hole when he gave up three hits, three runs and a walk in the first. The Red Sox answered with four in the bottom of the inning against Brian Matusz, highlighted by Lowrie's two-out, three-run shot over the Monster, his first homer since Aug. 12. It was also his first hit since taking a seat last Tuesday due to left shoulder soreness.
The Red Sox then added two in the second and five more in the third as Lackey was given 11 runs...
The Red Sox rotation has endured a dreadful September, a pattern that continued on Monday when rookie Kyle Weiland allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings as the Sox fell to the Orioles, 6-5, and saw their wild card lead dwindle to 1 1/2 games over the Rays.
The rough outing by Weiland (0-3, 7.99) was easily juxtaposed with an outstanding relief outing by Alfredo Aceves, who punched out four in three shutout innings that included an escape from a second-and-third, no-out situation. Aceves (9-2) now has a 2.74 ERA this year, and he has turned in seven scoreless relief appearances of at least three innings, most in the majors.
At a time when the Sox rotation has a 6.38 ERA through 18 games in September, DH David Ortiz embraced the idea of having Aceves join the rotation.
"To be honest with you, the way things are going, [Aceves] should be starting. Simple as that. Give it a shot," Ortiz said to a small group of reporters...
Red Sox first base coach Ron Johnson said that, from his vantage point, there was no question that the ball lined by David Ortiz down the right field line was fair. Even though Johnson noted the difficulty of getting a good angle on balls hit towards the Pesky Pole, the fact that the first base couch could make such a clear read from his position made it stunning to him that first base umpire Mike Eastabrook ruled the ball foul, a pivotal play that cost the Sox at least one run in their 6-5 loss to the Orioles in Game 1 of Monday's double header.
"I knew the ball was fair. I was just watching the Pole. The ball was past the Pole, so I knew the ball was fair," said Johnson. "To see right down that line I’d have to run down the line and almost look in fair territory to see it. So I just turned, looked, bam, looked at the Pole, ball goes by it. I saw the ball go by it. Then I was kind of baffled. I didn’t understand why there...
Carl Crawford was a late scratch from the first game of the Red Sox doubleheader loss to the Orioles and he will also miss the nightcap. Conor Jackson will start in his place and hit seventh. As planned, Jed Lowrie returns to the lineup and will replace Mike Aviles at third base. Lowrie has been out since leaving Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays with shoulder soreness.
The Sox send John Lackey to the mound against Brian Matusz in the hopes of reversing their slide. The Sox hold a 1 1/2 game lead in the wild card race after their 6-5 loss in the opener.
Here's the rest of the lineup:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
SS Marco Scutaro
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
3B Jed Lowrie
LF Conor Jackson
C Jason Varitek
RF Darnell McDonald
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Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Mut ranks all 23 Dino Casting Couch members and Gary Tanguay posts another velfie on the Celtics and Kirk.
Mut defends himself in voting for Trump despite Alex Reimer's claim that he only voted for him because he goes along with whatever Gerry said. Damien Woody joins the guys for his second Friday interview.
Damien Woody praises Tom Brady's work ethic and thinks he can play three or four more seasons. Woody thinks Brady pushed the limits on Deflategate but it didn't play a role in the Patriots beating the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
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Ken broke some news in the 7 am hour by telling New England that he would not trade Andrew Benintendi for Clayton Kershaw.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter close out the final hour of the show discussing how Chris Sale will fit in Boston and Larry Bird's 60th birthday.More from this show