|Injury Report: Breaking down Jacoby Ellsbury’s shoulder injury||04.26.12 at 1:55 pm ET|
Rob Bradford is joined Dr. Daniel Quinn of Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates to discuss the injury sustained by Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Dr. Quinn explains exactly what the injury is, along with what Ellsbury now faces in terms of recovery time. (For more information on sports-related injuries, go to NWOA.com.)
|Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda might be out for full year with torn labrum||04.25.12 at 5:23 pm ET|
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that Pineda was healthy when he was acquired from Seattle, and that he believed the injury occurred last week, in the pitcher’s final rehab outing. Pineda was tested after the 15-pitch outing, showing significantly different results than had been uncovered prior to the appearance.
Surgery on the 23-year-old is expected to be performed Tuesday.
Pineda is coming off a rookie season in 2011 in which he made the American League All-Star team, finishing at 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. Montero has played in 14 games with the Mariners (10 at designated hitter, four at catcher), hitting .254 with two home runs and a .643 OPS.
|A message from Curt Schilling regarding Fenway Park’s celebration||04.19.12 at 4:32 pm ET|
To Red Sox Nation,
I apologize that business at 38 Studios has made my participation in the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park impossible. Please understand that should in no way indicate my love and passion for Red Sox Nation. There was no greater feeling than standing on that mound, in that park, in front of you fans. The memories I was honored to be a part of, from David’s walk off HR in the 2004 ALDS, to going 4-0 in World Series games in that park, to the true honor of wearing that uniform every single day is something I am blessed to have, and will never forget.
I was and always have been opinionated, and unafraid to share my opinion, and for that I accept whatever it is you think of me. But please know that when I had the ball in my hand I gave the team, and you, every ounce of everything I had to get a ‘W.” It was an honor to wear the uniform, and compete with the incredible team and teammates I was allowed to.
Every great memory I have in that uniform is because of the people that paid to watch us play, and I will be forever grateful to you for that.
Thank you and God Bless,
|Fenway at 100: Park’s quirky design due in part to rushed delivery, happenstance||04.18.12 at 1:15 pm ET|
The rain had finally let up, and Peter Davis was busy. Standing beside his green pushcart in front of brand-new Fenway Park, he was handing bags of peanuts to fans as fast as they could slap coins into his hand. His powerful arms, which had already been takes by pushing the cart several miles to Jersey Street from its downtown holding pen, were starting to ache. He didn’t mind a bit.
Davis had never seen this many people in one place. It reminded him of the lines he had encountered at the docks after coming over from Greece years before. When the Red Sox played at the smaller Huntington Avenue Grounds in previous seasons, the most fans they ever drew to a game was approximately 10,000. This crowd had to be at least double that, and it seemed like all of them were walking right by his cart.
It was nice to see folks smiling as they looked up at the beautiful red-brick facade of Boston’s first steel and concrete ballpark. But with three straight rainouts and the distressing news about the RMS Titanic unfolding over previous several days, the excitement leading up to Opening Day of 1912 had been largely subdued — even with the added factor of Fenway’s grand unveiling. People were more concerned with scanning the lists of survivors the appeared in each day’s newspapers, hoping they would find their relatives and friends among them, than reading how Tris Speaker and Joe Wood had fared during the season’s first five games at New York and Philadelphia. For a week, basketball wasn’t much discussed. But now, with the shock of the disaster having set in and the Red Sox and New York Highlanders set to play under sunny skies, Bostonians could fully focus on Fenway.
As Davis kept up his work outside the ballpark, John Fitzgerald took a good look around the inside. As mayor of Boston, he had been asked to throw out the first ball before that afternoon’s game. Unlike many politicians who have performed this task before and since, the charming, flamboyant “Honey Fitz” was a true fan who was genuinely interested in watching the on-field action rather than just courting votes in the stands (although he enjoyed that, too). Born in Boston during the Civil War and the son of Irish immigrants, he had been devoted to his city’s baseball teams for most of his 49 years.
As a rising young congressman in the 1890s, Fitzgerald had joined up with the “Royal Rooters” fan club headed by his qually ebullient friend, saloon owner Michael “Nuf Ced” McGreevy. A top-hatted Honey Fitz had led the Rooters in their march down 165th Street to New York’s Polo Grounds during the final days of the 1904 pennant race, and his Irish brogue could often be heard singing “Tessie” and other favorites during home games. He had been denied an opportunity to purchase the Red Sox in their early years — done in by shrewd maneuvering on the part of a political rival — but he never stopped being a fan.
Fitzgerald felt immense pride watching the new park fill up. Boston was a city known for cultural and educational achievements, and here was a sports venue it could hold up alongside its renowned universities, public library, opera house, and art museums as a symbol of that status. It was a place that generations of families would enjoy, and in future years he would delight in taking his own grand owns — Joe, Robert, Ted and John Fitzgerald Kennedy — to see games there.
|Friday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Josh Beckett vs. David Price||04.13.12 at 5:50 am ET|
The Red Sox and Rays both head into Boston’s Friday home opener boasting one of their top-line starters: Josh Beckett and David Price. But after their first starts of the season, only one is looking like an ace. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, theirs is the one that finished with more home runs given up than innings pitched in his first outing and is the subject of speculation about the condition of his thumb.
Beckett and the young lefty Price both opened up the season against one of the American League‘s best offenses (Detroit for Beckett and New York for Price) with vastly different results. Price recorded his first win of the season after giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings with five hits and four walks while striking out five. Beckett lasted 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers, giving up seven runs on seven hits (including five home runs in addition to a double) en route to a 10-0 loss.
Luckily for Beckett, his poor performance against the Tigers has been largely overlooked as part of a series sweep from the Tigers, with much of the fans’ ire being directed at the shaky back end of the Sox bullpen. Surprisingly, Beckett’s 13.50 ERA was only tied for the fourth-worst on the team after Tuseday night’s loss. However, Beckett can hardly afford back-to-back poor outings, especially after spending much of the offseason as one of the main scapegoats of the team’s collapse at the end of last season.
Fortunately for Beckett, he’ll be going up against a Rays lineup that he dominated over the course of three starts last season. In 2011, Beckett surrendered only two earned runs over 23 innings pitched against Tampa (an ERA of 0.78), including 19 strikeouts. He also gave up as many walks as he did home runs against the Rays: one. Beckett’s career numbers against the Rays are hallmark of consistency. The righty has a 9-4 record with a 2.94 and a 1.005 WHIP in his 19 starts against them.
Of the members of the Rays lineup he’s pitched to at least five times, only two have batting averages above .200. However, those two, Evan Longoria and Luke Scott, both have great numbers. In 39 plate appearances, Longoria has a .324 average with two home runs while Scott has a .435 average with three home runs in 28 appearances against Beckett.
On the other side, the Sox lineup, which has struggled to score early on opposing starters so far this season, will face one of the top lefties in the league. A 26-year-old former first overall pick, Price has not lost a game at Fenway Park in four starts and will look to take away the Sox lineup’s left-handed foundation of Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. To this point, Price has succeeded in doing so, as the three have combined for only six hits in 51 plate appearances against Price. Gonzalez in particular has struggled, going 1-for-16 with two strikeouts. Ortiz has not fared much better, coming in with a .118 average, including six strikeouts in 20 plate appearances.
|Rob Bradford talks with Seth Everett about all things Red Sox||04.12.12 at 9:31 pm ET|
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