With Victor Martinez having caught Clay Buchholz in Game 1 of Sunday's day-night doubleheader, Jason Varitek will be behind the dish for Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kevin Youkilis, after going 0-for-4 and playing third in the first game, will get the second game off.
The Sox will be looking for their second sweep of a doubleheader this season.
SP -- Lester
SP -- Shields
Bruins center David Krejci skated with a group of injured/recovering Bruins players during an early morning skate prior to the two main practice sessions at the TD Garden in Sunday's training camp opener. B's coach Claude Julien labeled Krejci as "day to day" while he recovers from right hip surgery, but also noted that the 23-year-old center is "ahead of schedule" in the healing process. Joining Krejci in the early non-contact group were Zach MacDermid, Zach McKelvie, Jordan Caron, Jordan Knackstedt and Kevin Regan. Knackstedt was kept in the early group until his conditioning is up to par with the other players -- never a good sign for a young player hoping to impress at NHL training camp. For more on the first day of training camp, check in with the Big Bad Blog.
Dustin Pedroia's opposite field, two-run home run off Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza in the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay, Sunday afternoon, in the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. Pedroia, who hadn't hit an opposite field home run in his life prior to an Aug. 6 blast at Yankee Stadium, now has 13 homers on the season. The blast scored Joey Gathright, who was pinch-running for David Ortiz after the Sox' slugger doubled in a pinch-hitting role to leadoff the eighth. Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz pitched well once again, allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings. Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning to close things out. Victor Martinez, who drove in the Red Sox' only other run with a sixth-inning, RBI single, joined Pedroia as the only two Red Sox to accumulate a multiple-hit afternoon.
Terry Francona opened his Sunday morning briefing with reporters by acknowledging he spent the night in his office, sleeping and doing some homework on the upcoming series with the Los Angeles Angels. "By the time you shower, drive and then you wake up and then turn around. I got a ton of the Anaheim (preparation) done," said Francona. The Red Sox manager also said that he is leaning toward starting Paul Byrd on Wednesday against the Angels, one night after Daisuke Matsuzaka starts for the first time since June 19. "I don't think we feel like we're as thin as it looks," Francona said of the back-end of the rotation.
Jason Bay gets his first start this season as the designated hitter while David Ortiz sits in the first game of the split doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Rays today at Fenway Park. Here are the lineups for Game 1, starting at noon.
Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down the Pats win over the Vikings.
The boys go around the table for their final thoughts and predictions for Pats/Vikes today.
Tom E. is live in Minnesota and gives his take on the Peterson situation and what the scene is like there - multiple fans with Peterson jerseys and more. He gets into the X's and O's and what the Pats need to do today to get in the win column. Tom is not a big fan of making Thompkins inactive today in favor of Dobson.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the leagues handling of the Ray Rice situation.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Rodney Harrison joined the show discussing the Ray Rice situation and the future of Roger Goodell.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated by his team for tomorrow's game against New England in light of his indictment, Friday night, on charges of child abuse.
Jerod Mayo joins MFB to talk about the Pats preparation this week for the Vikings.
Three For All: Official Cocktail of each state, Microsoft pays a huge sum for commentators to call their tablets iPads, and a team has to issue a twitter apology.
We talk to the playmaker about the Patriots, their match-up vs the Vikings and the bad week for the NFL.
We discuss Brady's dismal passer rating in week one, and how the Patriots can't help but play better than they did in week one vs the Dolphins.
We tackle four topics and look back at the the memorable moments for New England vs Minnesota.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
Ben and Russ talk about the latest MLS news and the transfer window.
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