Red Sox starter Jon Lester caught Rays designated hitter Willie Aybar looking at a 93 mph fastball for his 500th career strikeout in the top of the fourth inning. Lester struck out the side in the first, and now has five strikeouts through four innings. Lester is the seventh left-handed pitcher in Sox franchise history, and first since Bruce Hurst (1980-89), to reach the milestone.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah ripped Kevin Garnett Sunday morning after the dust-up between Garnett and Miami's Quentin Richardson in Game 1 of their playoff series. "He's unbelievable, that guy," Noah said to reporters in Cleveland where the Bulls are getting ready to play Game 2 against the Cavaliers. "I'm gonna say it: He's a dirty player, man. That's messed up." Noah and Garnett have a history. Before Game 7 of last season's playoffs, Noah told WEEI.com that he was not fan of Garnett, even though he was his favorite player growing up.
The ups and downs of the Bruins season may have actually helped them get ready for playoff hockey, according to coach Claude Julien. Julien, who spoke to the media on Sunday after practice at TD Garden, said that everything that has happened this year might actually benefit his team in this tough first-round matchup with Buffalo.
"It's certainly helped," Julien said of the adversity this season. "The fact that we went through a lot of that stuff certainly builds character and resiliency. There's not doubt it's helped us get through the tough times and it's made us a better hockey club."
The Bruins know all too well what the injury bug can do to a team — see Marc Savard — and the bug might actually be hitting their opponent at the right time. Buffalo left winger Thomas Vanek's status is still not known for Game 3, but Julien said he isn't going to worry about the other team's players....
The Red Sox and Rays are now scheduled to start their Sunday matinee at 2:05 p.m. A steady rain at Fenway Park prompted the 30-minute delay. Sox starter Jon Lester had to interrupt his warmup session in the bullpen for a few minutes, but is now once again throwing.
With a day game following the night game, the Red Sox will have Victor Martinez serve as the designated hitter on Sunday, with David Ortiz getting the day off. Jason Varitek will be behind the plate to catch Sox starter Jon Lester.
Jeremy Hermida will remain in left field with Jacoby Ellsbury still sidelined.
Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup against Matt Garza:
SP -- Lester
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Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Darrelle Revis' comments on his contract offer from the Patriots.
The guys opened the show by discussing the rumored profanity laced tirade by Bill Belichick.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the show to talk about the struggling Bruins, the play of Zdeno Chara, and the future of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York joined the show to talk about the ongoing tampering scandals between the Jets and the Patriots.
Christian does not impress the high school girls hockey team.
Dale and Michael discuss the collective egg laid by the Celtics against the Heat, and how the Bruins turnaround better begin tonight if they want it to begin at all.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound and more...
We discuss Shane Victorino's call-out of another local radio show, and debate the merits of Victorino's claims.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon preview this year’s NCAA regionals and take a look at the chances for each of the Boston-area teams in the field. They also discuss BU’s Jack Eichel, Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey and the Hobey Baker Award.
We discuss the annual joke that is the New York Jets, and their latest Jets-like move. Plus how on earth could you possibly choose to be a Jets fan.More from this show
Things are getting silly in the AFC East, as reports came out late last night the Jets have turned around and essentially accused the Patriots of counter-tampering.More from this show