John Smoltz surrendered four runs in the first inning but settled down for his next four frames, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings (92 pitches). Still, the deficit was too great for the Red Sox to make up, as they dropped the series' finale with the Nationals, 9-3, Thursday night at Nationals Park. Daniel Bard and Takashi Saito each came on and allowed two runs in their respective inning of work. Rocco Baldelli supplied the the offensive highlight for the Sox, hitting his fourth homer of the season, a two-run blast, with one out in the ninth inning. Jordan Zimmerman earned the win for the Nationals, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings.
In order to clear a major-league roster spot for John Smoltz, who will start tonight's game against the Washington Nationals, the Red Sox optioned catcher Dusty Brown back down to Triple-A Pawtucket. Brown saw just one inning of work during his first taste of the majors, replacing Jason Varitek behind the plate for the ninth inning on Tuesday.
While shortstop Jed Lowrie is still a bit sore after having been hit by a pitch on the knee during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, manager Terry Francona said that he would be fine. He'll probably return to the lineup on Saturday.
With Kevin Youkilis getting a day off as the Red Sox rotate rests for their corner infielders while playing under National League rules, David Ortiz will get nudged up in the batting order to hit cleanup in the Red Sox lineup. Of course, the No. 9 hitter -- John Smoltz -- is the name that will garner the most attention today.
Red Sox minor-league pitchers Casey Kelly and Junichi Tazawa were named to the rosters of the XM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place during the All-Star festivities in St. Louis.
Kelly, the Sox' first-round draft pick in 2008, is nearing the end of his season as a pitcher (he will spend the final months of the season playing shortstop). He has been dominant on the mound at two levels this year, going 6-1 with a 1.12 ERA for Single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League, and 1-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts since a promotion to Single-A Salem of the Carolina League. He will be on the roster of the U.S. team
Tazawa, whom the Sox signed as a Japanese amateur this winter, is 7-4 with a 2.92 ERA for Double-A Portland. Tazawa will pitch for the World Team in the Futures Game.
It was a clean sweep for the Patriots Thursday morning: ESPN.com named them the team of the decade, Tom Brady as the all-decade MVP and Bill Belichick as its all-decade coach. The honors were bestowed with consultation from NFL general managers, coaches, scouts and players. “You have to recognize championships because, ultimately, that’s what we’re playing for,” Belichick said when informed of ESPN.com’s selections. For more Patriots' updates, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."
Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.
Christian breaks down what the Patriots need to do to beat the Raiders this Sunday
MFB talks to Sal Cappaccio of WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco of ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
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 and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
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
Rodney Harrison addressed his non comments earlier in the week with MFB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show responding to MFB's MFK.
Jerod Mayo gives Christian karaoke advice and previews the Patriots home opener.
Christian chooses his song for Karaoke tonight.
We check in with the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin joins Dale and Holley.
Michael, Dale and Tom E. Curran break down, react and take your calls about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's first public press conference this regular season.
For our final segment we take a look back at the infamous Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule play, this time via Raiders radio and more.
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.
Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
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.
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