Marco Scutaro matched a career-high by driving in four runs in support of starter John Lackey, who fanned a season-high 10 batters as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 6-3, on Monday in the three-game series opener at Fenway Park.
Lackey, whose previous high strikeout total this season was seven, allowed scattered six hits over eight innings, allowing three runs — two earned — while walking two.
Scutaro's second two-run single of the night in the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled the Sox to their third straight win.
Remarkably, the grounds crew had the field ready to go on time, despite heavy, driving rain in the hours leading up to first pitch. The Red Sox improved to 5-2 on their nine-game homestand.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show on Monday to discuss the preseason, the Logan Mankins saga, and of course, HBO's "Hard Knocks."
"I'm sure it's good," said Belichick, who noted he hasn't seen the show. "If NFL Films does it, I'm sure it's good."
Asked about quarterback Tom Brady's "I hate the Jets" comment on Dennis & Callahan earlier in the day and Rex Ryan's admission that he hated the Patriots, Belichick confirmed both sides' feelings while downplaying their significance.
"I don't think its any secret that the Patriots and the Jets don't have a great affection for each," Belichick said. "I don't think any two teams in any division do. I don't think that's a big news-breaking story."
On the subject of Mankins, who remains a no-show as the team prepares for its third preseason game, Belichick said...
Tigers designated hitter Johnny Damon has told Detroit News baseball writer Tom Gage that he will have a difficult time deciding whether to return to the Red Sox, who claimed him on waivers Monday.
"I have to think long and hard about this," Damon said. "I hadn't even thought about playing for that team again. Never crossed my mind."
Damon played for the Red Sox from 2002-2005 but angered Boston fans when he joined the Yankees as a free agent prior to the 2006 season. Negotiations with the Red Sox never progressed to the point of the team offering a fifth year, which led to his departure.
"[I] had a great time playing for Boston," Damon said. "When it became apparent I was not a necessity to re-sign, it got ugly."
Damon added that it will be a "tougher decision now (to return to Boston) than leaving Boston."
According to a tweet from Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, Johnny Damon is "not inclined to go back to Boston." The Red Sox claimed their former center fielder, now a desiginated hitter for the Tigers, off waivers from Detroit Monday. Damon has a clause in his contract that allows him to block trades to 21 teams, with the Red Sox on among the teams he can veto a move to. The Boston Herald reports that, for what it's worth, both the Yankees and the Rays were on the list of teams the Tigers could trade Damon to without his permission.
Damon would likely move back to the outfield should he be acquired by the Red Sox, but with Damon having the power to veto even a straight release of him to the Red Sox, it seems a move is far from a sure thing.
With Monday's news that the Red Sox have claimed outfielder/DH Johnny Damon off waivers from the Tigers, count Tim Waklefield among the current Sox players who would welcome their former teammate back.
"I think it would be great," Wakefield said of the possibility of Damon returning on Monday. "Obviously, with [Jacoby] Ellsbury and [Mike] Cameron out probably for the rest of the year, if we're going to make a push for the postseason, he'd be a great addition. He knows how to play here. He was a huge fan favorite here. It would be great for the city of Boston and great for him."
Damon and Wakefield played together in Boston from 2002-2005. The outfielder signed with the Yankees prior the 2006 season before inking a free agent deal with the Tigers last offseason. In his first campaign with the Tigers, Damon is hitting .270 with seven homers and 40 runs batted in. He has served as the DH in 17 of...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss the Bruins' Saturday win over Minnesota, sans Patrice Bergeron, with yet another goal from Brad Marchand
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.
The morning show and midday show have been trading barbs for a day and half now. Glenn, Lou and Christian respond to a particularly heated, Kirk Minihane.More from this show
Podcastgate was still alive on Friday, and after listening to Kirk's podcast with Barstool Sports found Dave Portnoy, Glenn wanted to address some of the accusations levied against him.More from this show