ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Napoli broke open a one-run game with a sixth-innig, three-run homer over the left field wall off Red Sox starter Erik Bedard, helping the Rangers to a 4-0 win over the Sox in the teams' series opener Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Prior to the Napoli homer, Bedard had allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings, having thrown 101 pitches. The lefty, however, was forced to take the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Napoli has now homered in each of the last four games he has played against the Red Sox.
Texas jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning Elvis Andrus singled in Craig Gentry on a ground ball to left with nobody out in the frame. The RBI came after a controversial call by first base umpire Doug Eddings, who ruled that right fielder Josh Reddick trapped a sinking liner off the bat Ian Kinsler. Reddick had thrown to first after making the play, assuming...
After dealing with a rash of August injuries, the Red Sox appear poised to refortify in the coming days, manager Terry Francona told reporters in Texas.
Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined since getting hit on the back by a pitch in the eighth inning of Friday's contest in Kansas City, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers. Ellsbury -- who is hitting .313 with a .370 OBP, .517 slugging mark, .887 OPS, 22 homers and 33 steals -- showed enough improvement from Sunday to Monday while hitting early that the Sox concluded that Tuesday made a reasonable target for his return date.
"He hit yesterday but it wasn't easy for him. Today he let it loose a little bit more. He did better," Francona told reporters. "If he keeps improving like he has he'll be able to play tomorrow. He'll be sore, but he'll be ready to play."
David Ortiz, said Francona, was expected to take full batting practice on Monday and then...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show as part of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium on Monday. In talking with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi, Belichick discussed the status of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The former Titan and Redskin was not in Foxboro Monday due to a simple assault hearing in Washington D.C. and has missed several consecutive practices due to injury. Belichick said that Haynesworth, who is considered day-to-day, could possibly play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions.
The Red Sox have scheduled left-hander Andrew Miller to make a start in the series finale against the Rangers on Thursday. As a result, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will get his first chance to shoot for career win No. 200 at Fenway Park on Friday.
Miller (5-1, 4.99) last pitched on Friday in Kansas City, logging 5 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on three hits en route to the victory. Wakefield (6-5, 4.97) made the start the next day, likewise exiting after 5 1/3 innings and with the Sox ahead, 4-3. But the bullpen allowed an inherited runner to score and then permitted five more runs, resulting in a no-decision for Wakefield and a loss for the Sox.
By having Miller pitch on Thursday, both Miller and Wakefield will be pitching on five days' rest. Moreover, Wakefield will avoid pitching at the Ballpark at Arlington (where he has a career record of 5-13 with a 6.23 ERA in 21 games) in favor of a home park in which he has a 97-76 career...
Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show for Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, and declined to expand upon a Yahoo! Sports report that he accepted $50,000 from booster Nevin Shapiro while attending the University of Miami.
"I commented about it, and I'm done with that," Wilfork, who later added he couldn't remember when he first learned the story was going to be reported, said . "That's all I'm going to say about it. I've moved forward from that day. I'm looking forward to Detroit, and that's where I'm at right now."
Wilfork had said prior to Monday's practice that he did not want to "be a distraction" to the Patriots, so he was quick to change the subject to how he felt the defense fared Thursday against the Buccaneers when asked about the Miami situation on The Big Show.
"Like I said, i've made my comments, and I don't have anything else to say about. I've moved forward from it. Like...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.
HOUR 4 - Glenn, Lou and Christian go over a great story in USA Today's "For The Win" blog, which talks about how LaVar Ball was a nuisance towards the head coach Chino Hills high school team, where Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo play.
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HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
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Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have a Friday edition of the K&C recap show as 'Hardo Mut' was in with Kirk and Gerry.
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