Josh Beckett struck out 10 batters and returned to dominant form over eight scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park to win the weekend series. Beckett, who walked just one and hit a batter, retired the last 14 batters he faced and allowed just an Eric Chavez single to center in the third and a Robinson Cano single to right field in the fourth.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Beckett after eight, denying him the chance for his 10th career complete game and fifth career shutout. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the light rain to pitch the ninth inning and finish Boston's second win of the season. Beckett was injured on a wet Yankee Stadium mound last May and never regained his ace form in 2010.
Offensively, Dustin Pedroia had three more hits and walked once, finishing the series with three hits in every game, going 9-for-13 with four runs scored.
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The Bruins will open their 2011 playoff schedule Thursday at TD Garden against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. Boston will host the first two games of the best-of-seven first-round set, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Montreal will serve as the site for the next two games, as the Canadiens will host Game 3 April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 April 21 at 7 p.m..
If needed, the series will move back to Boston for Game 5, which is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. Montreal would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m. And if the two teams need to play a Game 7, that would be April 27 at TD Garden at 7 p.m.
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In a press conference to discuss the four-year, $29.945 million deal between Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox that runs through the 2015 season, general manager Theo Epstein lauded the pitcher's maturation in explaining why the team felt comfortable committing to him for the long haul. Whereas Buchholz once encountered shoulder fatigue that ended his 2007 season -- at the time, something that was considered the result of his failure to follow the organization's shoulder strengthening program -- he has now become the sort of diligent worker whom the Sox considered a worthy investment.
"Clay has certainly earned our trust. He’s developed a tremendous amount as a player and as a person, from the time that he signed here out of junior college," Epstein said. "I don’t think Clay would argue with me if I said that his first year, he wasn’t the most compliant guy with our shoulder program. Now he’s a star pupil on the shoulder...
South African Charl Schwartzel won the Masters Sunday, finishing the tournament with birdies in his last four holes and ending up 14 under par.
At 26 years of age, he is the youngest to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 1997. Woods finished tied for fourth at 10 under, while Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for second at 12 under.
Rory McIlroy led the tournament after three rounds but was 8 over on Sunday and finished tied for 15th.
LeBron James finished with 27 points and seven assists and Miami gained a big edge in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 100-77 win over the Celtics Sunday in Miami. The Heat now have a one-game lead over the C's with two games left in the regular season. (Chicago already has clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.)
The Celtics, who had won their previous eight games against Miami, got 24 points and seven rebounds from Paul Pierce and 21 points from Kevin Garnett in the loss.
Boston was in command early, taking a nine-point lead, but Miami used a 15-6 run toward the end of the second quarter to help push out to a 47-40 lead at the half. The Heat extended that advantage throughout the the second half. The Celtics went on a brief run to cut a 22-point lead to 10 late in the fourth quarter, but Boston could get no closer.
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Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
Mark Dondero of WPRI came in studio for the final hour and addressed his odd question to Bill Belichick.
Gerry, Kirk and Alex Reimer react to the Peter King interview on Dale and Holley.
Bryan Curtis of The Ringer joined Gerry and Kirk to discuss his story on Chris Mortensen.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
Kirk Minihane has taken Dave O'Brien to task during the entire baseball season. Kirk has critiqued O'Brien for a number of things over the season, his chemistry with Jerry Remy, his soliloguy at the start of the season, and of course accusing him of dying his hair. O'Brien defends some of his tactics of how he calls games and is adamant that he does not dye his hair.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Ken & Curtis react to the Friday edition of Kirk & Callahan with Alex Reimer and Mark Dondero in studio on Dino's Casting Couch
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season.
Ken & Curtis break down a Kirk & Callahan Thursday show with Trenni in for the second straight day. A memorable Kirk vs. Callahan bitch fest is featured.
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