The Red Sox claimed the first game of their doubleheader with the Rays, beating Tampa Bay, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Earning the win for the Sox was Jon Lester, who improved to 12-6 after allowing just one run on three hits over seven innings. The lefty, whose ERA stands at 3.22, struck out eight and walked just one. His only miscue came in the first inning when the Rays plated Desmond Jennings on an Evan Longoria ground out.
The Sox' offense only managed three hits against Tampa Bay starter James Shields in the righty's eight innings of work, but one of them was Jacoby Ellsbury's 21st home run of the season. The blast into the right field stands scored both Josh Reddick and Mike Aviles, who had both singled.
Closing things out for the Red Sox, who improve to 74-46, were Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, with each reliever pitching a flawless inning. For Papelbon it was his 28th save in 29 chances.
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With Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles all on the roster, the Red Sox would seem to have a little bit of a bounty of players who can play the shortstop position for them down the stretch here in 2011. On Tuesday, that depth really played into the team and manager Terry Francona's hands.
According to Francona, Marco Scutaro is still tending to a stiff back and will be out for his second game in a row, leaving Lowrie and Aviles as the remaining potential starters for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays. But with Rays lefty starter David Price set to pitch Wednesday, Francona said he would rather start the switch-hitting Lowrie, who is just more than a week removed from his 45-game-long disabled list stint due to a shoulder issue, against the southpaw in the series finale. (Lowrie is in fact hitting .373 against lefties this season compared to .204 versus righties).
That left only Aviles to get the start Tuesday.
Nothing like a doubleheader after a day off in which you travel from coast to coast. That's what the Red Sox are doing Tuesday as they take on the Rays twice in one day.
The first game - a 1:05 start that is a makeup for an April 13 rainout - will feature a fairly normal Red Sox lineup with the only alteration being Mike Aviles playing shortstop and hitting ninth instead of Jed Lowrie or Marco Scutaro. Aviles is riding a small hot streak, going 5-for-9 in his last three starts, but the 30-year-old hasn't played since Saturday. Tuesday's start will be Aviles' second at shortstop since the Red Sox acquired him in late July.
On the mound, the front end of the doubleheader will feature a potential pitchers duel between All-Stars Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32 ERA) and James Shields (11-9, 2.80).
UPDATE: David Ortiz was scratched at the last moment with an undetermined illness. Lowrie replaces him as the DH and will hit eighth.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Patriots and news from around the NFL.
There are questions concerning the Patriots' two recent high-profile acquisitions, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, but Florio said he doesn't expect the team will cut either player.
"I don't see it happening under any circumstances with Ochocinco," said Florio, noting that the receiver would leave with $4.75 million and the option to sign with another team. "With Haynesworth, who knows? Everyone's saying all the right things. But his salary's only [$]1.5 million. They could cut him three games into the season, if they're willing to pay the balance of that salary, then so be it. But it seems like they're committed to making it work with Haynesworth. There's just that mystery now as to what's up with him because he hasn't been practicing or playing due to whatever injury. He's had knee...
New England golf standout Keegan Bradley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about his victory at the PGA Championship over the weekend, when he rallied from five strokes down with three holes left and then edged Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.
The 25-year-old Bradley, a Vermont native who moved to Massachusetts as a teenager and graduated from Hopkinton High School, won the first major tournament in which he appeared. He called it "a dream come true."
"I've been wanting to do this since I was 2 years old," said Bradley, the son of a golf professional and the nephew of LPGA legend Pat Bradley.
Added Bradley: "To be able to sit in my house and I'm staring at that Wanamaker Trophy, it's unbelievable."
Bradley put himself in position to win with a drive on the third and final hole in the playoff that cleared the water on the 18th, setting up the clinching par.
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.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
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.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
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.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
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.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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