Kevin Youkilis struck out looking with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 8-7 at Fenway Park, failing to clinch the A.L. wild card. Adam Lind became the first opposing player since Frank Thomas in 1996 to belt three homers in a game at Fenway as the Blue Jays built an 8-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. Clay Buchholz started for the Sox and allowed a career-high five homers and seven runs. But the Red Sox, who had hit into four double plays, including one in the eighth, rallied in dramatic style with two outs. Youkilis and David Ortiz started the five-run outburst with back-to-back doubles. After a walk to Jason Bay, J.D. Drew followed with a long three-run homer to right-center to cut the deficit to one heading into the ninth. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
Mike Lowell, who had a recent injection for his ailing hip, will be ready to come back to the line up on Thursday. Lowell will take batting practice outside on Wednesday. Nick Green, battling a balky knee, has been fatiguing very quickly in his workouts though he has improved from when he first injured the leg. Green is shooting for a Friday return.
The Red Sox have announced their plans with their ailing starters for the rest of the week. Tim Wakefield will take the mound tomorrow after throwing a bullpen session last night. Jon Lester, who took a line drive off his leg against the Yankees last weekend is set for Thursday while Josh Beckett will pitch on Saturday. Beckett was scratched from last night's game with back spasms.
"It was something that snuck up on me overnight," Beckett said. "Probably could have pushed back the start but at this stage of the year it just made sense to skip it."
The Red Sox called up right-handed pitcher Fernando Cabrera from Triple-A Pawtucket and added him to the active roster this afternoon. Cabrera has been up with the Sox once this year, posting a 4.50 ERA (2 earned runs / 4 innings pitched) before being designated for assignment on August 21 and outrighted to Pawtucket on August 27th.
Aaron Bates made his major league debut with the Sox on July 6th and went 4-11 with two RBIs and two doubles in five games. He has been called up from Pawtucket though was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.
The Red Sox announced their annual minor-league award winners, with first-year pitcher Casey Kelly and outfielder Ryan Kalish leading the list of recipients.
Kelly was named the organization's pitcher of the year after going a combined 7-5 with a 2.08 ERA in 17 starts at two levels of A-ball. The 2008 first-round pick went on to play shortstop for Single-A Greenville, and will participate in the Arizona Fall League as a position player.
Kalish was named the organization's offensive player of the year. After seeing his power numbers hindered in 2008 while he recovered from wrist surgery, the outfielder hit 18 homers and led Sox minor leaguers with 68 walks while hitting .279 between Hi-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Like Kelly, Kalish will play in the Arizona Fall League.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!