PHOENIX -- Andrew Miller will get the start in the first game of the second half for the Red Sox, and he will be followed by John Lackey and then Josh Beckett in the three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays following the All-Star break. Miller (3-0, 3.57) will look to improve upon his perfect record, while Lackey will look to build upon his strong final start (6 2/3 scoreless innings) of the first half.
Should Beckett (8-3, 2.27) pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, he will have four days of rest between the contest and his first start of the second half. He suffered a mild hyperextension of his knee in his last start before the break, but the issue will not impair his availability either for the Midsummer Classic or the second half.
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PHOENIX -- Even before he was traded to the Red Sox last winter, Adrian Gonzalez was considered one of the elite players in the game. Nonetheless, there is little question that the move to Boston has elevated the four-time All-Star's profile, and his surge to national prominence continued on Monday evening, when he finished second to Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in the All-Star Home Run Derby.
Gonzalez ripped one longball after another into distant reaches of Chase Field. Though he is renowned for his opposite field power, he launched a succession of shots to right and right-center field.
Yet it was not enough amidst a record-setting run by Cano. After Gonzalez tied a record for the most homers in the final round of the Derby, Cano set a new mark by going deep 12 times to claim the title.
The two players separated themselves from their competition in each of the three rounds. In the first round, Gonzalez led the eight Derby...
PHOENIX -- Talking during the media interview session for the American League All-Stars, Jon Lester said that his injured left lat muscle has been progressing well and the hope is he will be able to start throwing again when joining the team in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thursday.
"Everything is good. We're on track," Lester said. "It's one of those deals where right now we're waiting. i think we're no-throw for another couple of days and we should be fine after that. We'll just move on and it's one of those deals where we're trying to prepare for the rest of the season. We're not preparing to make a start next week. It's important, but it's not as important as a start in September or October.
"Every day has been getting better. The day after felt better the day before and so forth until now. There's really not a whole lot of treatment you can do to it besides ice. But every day has a been great."
Lester, who was...
ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday afternoon to discuss the latest developments regarding the NFL labor negotiations.
Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported Monday morning that a deal was close and was expected to be ready for a vote at the July 21 league meetings. However, there appears to be at least one key sticking point preventing the end of the lockout.
"The bottom line is they're still hung up on a couple of issues," Mortensen said. "The most, I think, troubling one — and to me a little surprising — is the rookie wage system that owners are hung up on, a matter that doesn't make sense to me, and it doesn't make sense to the players side."
Explained Mortensen: "The players have basically agreed that we're going to cut rookie salaries about in half in terms of the amount of money they're paid. … But where the players are pretty upset … what they're...
WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the team's development camp that there is no news to report with regard to contract negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand.
"We've continued to talk," Chiarelli said. "We've had some discussion, and we'll leave it at that."
Marchand, 23, scored 21 goals and added 20 assists for 41 points in his rookie season, winning the team's seventh player award. He finished second on the Bruins with 11 postseason goals, and his plus-12 rating put him in a tie for third on the B's in the playoffs.
The young winger is the only Bruins' restricted free agent. Given that they have qualified him, the team match any offer sheet Marchand signs with another club or lose him in exchange for draft pick compensation. Defenseman Shane Hnidy is the lone other unsigned player, but the B's have told the restricted free agent that they will not be offering him a...
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. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Fortune Magazine named Theo Epstein the world's greatest leader. Fauria struggles to read a blurb about Shakira. ("Philanthropic" was especially tough.) Lou has a lot of fake Twitter followers. Tim Benz is interviewing porn stars.
HOUR 3 - We play some great audio of LaVar Ball going back-and-forth with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, and react. Glenn, Lou and Christian also get into the idea of whether or not GM's will be scared to draft Lonza Ball due to LaVar's presence.
HOUR 2 - Ian Kinsler rips Puerto Rican and Dominican baseball players for showboating in the WBC. The guys get to talking about pimpin' home runs and we re-visit some comments Goose Gossage made last summer on the topic. At the end of the hour, the guys get into the red-hot Celtics who are only a game out of 1st place.
Not a good look for our State University. Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss it.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the possibility of bringing in Revis.
Dale, Holley and Keefe have differing opinions on whether the Celts can overtake the Cavs. We discuss it.
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.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey rank the Quentin Tarantino movies and discuss how they all connect in the Tarantino-verse. Plus "This Week in #DORK," "Davey's Video Game Minute," "Pick of the Podcast," and "Black Panther Reads iTunes Reviews."
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.More from this show
Hour 4. Albert from RI battles Alex, who is actually Tomase, over racism in Boston. Kirk says he has great gaydar, proving it by identifying who is gay at the station. A high school coach in Washington put his hot dog in a bun.More from this show
Hour 1. John Tomase joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys discuss Keefe’s accusation that Kirk and Gerry have fake Twitter followers. In the next segment, Tomase says he doesn’t like going after colleagues for something that he doesn’t find egregious.More from this show
Hour 3. Tomase reiterates that white people cannot speak on racism in Boston. Tomase thinks Bomani Jones may have a better perspective than Kirk and Gerry.More from this show