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Month: June 2017

What is Trader Danny doing? edition

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Scores:
Red Sox beat the Astros, 6 to 5.

The morning quote:
“It’s just been terrible. It’s been bad. It’s not me. I can throw the baseball better. That’s the bottom line.”
—David Price, who got the win in last night’s Red Sox game by going a mediocre five innings and giving up three runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out three. He’s now 2-1, with a 5.14 ERA for the season.

Another first for the GOAT.
He threw a football on the Great Wall of China yesterday, to an avid group of…press photographers, and a couple of mystified onlookers. He also brought the Super Bowl trophy with him, just because. You can see TB12’s dramatic Instagram posts from the scene here.

And what did Gisele do for Father’s Day while Tom was half a planet away?
We’re glad you asked, because the Daily Mail has the answer.  It involved a dramatic Instagram post of her own.

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game:
David Price pitched just mediocre enough, and Xander Bogaerts belted two homers, drove in three runs and scored two in Boston’s victory over Houston. With the win, the Red Sox are now tied with the Yankees for first in the division.

Did you see Andrew Benintendi’s pickoff at the plate last night?
He cut down Jose Altuve at home, with a 237-foot, 91 MPH perfect throw to save the game in the eighth inning. You can see it here.

Ouch.
Dustin Pedroia was hit with a pitch in the back last night in the seventh inning, and had to be taken to a Houston hospital for X-rays on his ribs. The previous batter, Mookie Betts, was also hit, and then got nailed on the elbow during a pickoff attempt when he was on first base.

What the heck is Danny Ainge doing?
It looks like he’s selling this year’s #1 pick to the 76ers for the #3 this year, and an unprotected likely lottery pick either next year (traded to Philly from the Lakers) or the year after that (traded to Philly from the Kings).

What about the great Markelle Fultz?
Philadelphia looks ready to take him #1. A little reality check on him, and his “greatness,” though: Larry Bird took a bunch of nobodies at Indiana State to the NCAA finals. Fultz took a bunch of nobodies at Washington, and lost all but two of his conference games.

So what does this mean for the Celtics?
We have no idea. Yahoo Sports runs down the possibilities here. But any way you look at it, Trader Danny has an incredible number of options at his disposal, and the makings of the next Super Team. All from unloading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in 2013. Red would be so proud.

Three New Hampshire NHL’ers were made available for the expansion draft.
And the Manchester Union Leader has the list: Tim Schiller of the Bruins, Paul Thompson of the Panthers, and Ben Lovejoy of the Devils. We should add that Boston winger Jimmy Hayes, of Dorchester Mass. and Boston College, was also left unprotected.

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Don’t blame Panda edition

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Don’t blame Panda edition

Scores:
Red Sox lost to the Phillies, 1 to 0.

The morning quote:Don’t 
“I think all pitchers like to hit, and a small part of all hitters likes pitching, too. We don’t get to do it very often, so it’s fun to go up there and mess around a little bit. Would’ve liked to get the win. Trade it in.”
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who doubled in the eighth inning for his first career extra base hit, but was stranded on the bases. He went eight innings, striking out 10 and walking one, while giving up one run in the bottom of the eighth to pick up the loss.

Our favorite headline of the morning…
Comes from boston.com: “Tom Brady posts adorable photo of his son Benny trying on Patriots ‘armor.” Greatest. Kid picture. Ever.

The “no duh” headline of the morning…
Comes from ESPN Boston: “Tom Brady’s arm strength shows no signs of decline in practice.” Of course it doesn’t! Does the strength of the sun’s rays show signs of decline? Does the strength of gravity’s pull show signs of decline?

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What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game:
Boston was down one run in the ninth, with JBJ on first base and two outs, when manager John Farrell let Pablo Sandoval step to the plate. Three pitches (two of them in the dirt) later, the mighty Panda had struck out, and the Red Sox had lost.

Don’t blame Panda.
It’s not his fault that he’s being embarrassed at the plate and on the field right now. It’s John Farrell’s. If the Red Sox manager kept him on the bench, permanently, he wouldn’t look nearly as bad.

Heckuva job, Dave Dombrowski.
Right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg, who came to the Red Sox in a trade for two minor league prospects and promising third baseman Travis Shaw, will receive season-ending shoulder surgery.

Travis Shaw update: 
He’s batting .302, with 11 HR, 46 RBI, 7 stolen bases, 68 hits, and 30 runs for the Brewers. This is when young people at home might want to google the words: “Jeff Bagwell for Larry Andersen” and see what fun information comes up.

Look out Red Sox fans:
$72.5 million Cuban mystery man Rusney Castillo is hitting .357 so far this month in Pawtucket. Is he finally figuring things out? Too bad he doesn’t play third base.

The Bruins offered a sneak peek at their redesigned Adidas jerseys yesterday.
And you can see it here. Same black and gold, with just a few minor touches.

On to 2017 edition

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Scores:
Red Sox beat the Phillies, 4 to 3 in 12 innings.

The morning quote:
“I expect to go out there and dominate. I don’t expect anything less.”
David Price, who went six innings giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking four against the Phillies. Red Sox fans don’t expect anything less from you, either, David. So where’s the problem?

The morning quote, II:
“I love being a Patriot and we’ll leave it at that. I’m looking forward to the 2017 season.”
Julian Edelman, on his new contract with New England. We, too, are looking forward to the 2017 season. Only 85 days left.

The morning quote, III:
“We need to move on to 2017.”
Bill Belichick, on his team focusing on the future, and not last season’s Super Bowl. The WESR’s seasoned staff of football experts is already there, coach.

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game:
Andrew Benintendi’s 12th inning single drove in Xander Boagaerts from third to hand Boston its second extra-inning walk-off victory in a row against Philadelphia. The Red Sox’s rookie outfielder also threw out a runner at the plate in the 8th to keep the score tied.

What else you need to know about the Red Sox game:
Bogaerts and Benintendi both doubled and collected three hits. JBJ had two hits including a double, raising his average to .247. Mitch Moreland went 2-for-5 with his 9th home run. And seven Red Sox relievers pitched six scoreless innings.

The Red Sox concluded their second day of the Major League draft yesterday…
By taking Jordan Wren, son of the team’s senior vice president of personnel Steve Wren, in the 10th round. The junior Wren batted .268 last season for Georgia Southern. We’d like him better if Steve had named him Bird or Parish instead of Jordan. Just saying.

Speaking of the Major League draft:
Ten former Cape Cod League players were taken in the first round, including the fourth pick overall, Brendan McKay, who played for the Bourne Braves. Yesterday the Red Sox took former Harwich Mariners closer Zach Schellenger in the sixth round.

And speaking of the Cape Cod league:
Its season starts today.

Bill Belichick is not a doctor edition

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Scores: 
Red Sox beat the Yankees, 5 to 4.

The morning quote:
“Learn baseball language.”
Red Sox color man Jerry Remy, during last night’s broadcast, to Yankees Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who uses a translator during coaches’ visits on the mound.

The morning quote, II:
“Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job. That’s what we have a medical staff for.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the subject of Tom Brady and concussions.

The morning quote, III:
“It almost feels like I belong here.”
Markelle Fultz, teh top prospect in the upcoming NBA draft, on Boston after visiting the Celtics facilities yesterday.

Patriots headline of the morning…
Comes from ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss: “A stop-the-hype practice: Patriots’ offense draws Bill Belichick’s wrath.”

TMZ is on the case!
Everyone’s favorite news outlet has been closely following the Rex and Rob Ryan bar fight incident over the weekend in Nashville, and this morning they’re reporting that the alleged victim is filing assault charges.

Our favorite statistic of the day: 
This offseason, the Jets have released all but three players on their roster over age 30. They’re in full purge-and-rebuild mode.

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game:
Drew Pomeranz threw 120 pitches over five innings but gave up only two runs, and closer Craig Kimbrel blew away five Yankees hitters—all on K’s—to end the game and hand Boston the victory. Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth for the Sox.

103.5.
That’s the speed, in miles per hour, that a Joe Kelly fastball to Yankee Aaron Judge hit on the radar guns last night. Three of the pitches in the at bat (which ended in a strikeout) were among the 11 fastest thrown by anyone in the majors this year.

Eduardo Rodriguez update:
The incredibly talented and often injured young Red Sox pitcher said yesterday the prescribed cure for his injured right knee is a lot of rest. Don’t expect to see him back before the All Star break.

Hating the Orioles edition

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Scores:
Red Sox lost to Baltimore, 7 to 5.
Warriors beat the Cavs, 113 to 91 (video highlights here).

The morning quote: 
“You know, I really hate the Orioles.”
—Timmy, the youngest of the WESR interns, echoing just about everyone in the Boston area’s feelings, after watching Baltimore take a 7-1 lead over the Red Sox in the sixth inning.

The morning quote, II:
“I don’t know if I can tell you. I just threw a pitch and my foot got in a bad position and I went down. But nothing crazy. I just landed a bit different and that’s it.”
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez, on his strange tumble in the bullpen during pregame warmups (video here). He gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings and his delivery never looked quite right all night, as Lou Merloni tweeted.

The morning quote, III
“@stephencurry30 good time to dust these off! @kingjames you got a headband for me?? Good luck champs! #nbafinals #trilogy”
Tom Brady on Instagram, posting a photo of a Steph Curry shoe by Under Armour, before the varsity season of the NBA finally began last night with Game 1 of the Finals. Way to pick a side, Tom.

ESPN may not have any on-air talent left…
In wake of all of their layoffs (so long, John Clayton). But they do have computers, which have calculated power ratings for every NFL team. The Patriots, are at 92 percent odds of winning the division, 50.7 percent of making the Super Bowl, and 34.7 percent of winning the big game.

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game:
Eduardo had only allowed one home run in his first six career starts at Camden Yards, but gave up four dingers in last night’s loss to Baltimore. The Red sox were trailing 7-1 in the ninth until Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run home run in the ninth, to shrink the deficit.

JBJ Watch:
Everyone’s favorite center fielder collected two of his team’s nine hits last night, and slammed his seventh home run of the season, raising his average to .226. Sam Travis and Christian Vazquez also had two-hit games.

If you haven’t seen…
The trailer for the two-part “30 for 30” on the 1980s Celtics-Lakers rivalry, here it is. It’s called “Best of Enemies” and airs on ESPN June 13.

Another Tiger Woods police video was released last night.
This one of him struggling to take a breathalyzer test in jail, while handcuffed. How he was able to walk out his front door to his car is a mystery.

September 18.
That’s the date of the Bruins’ first preseason game. (It’s a Monday.) Mark your calendars.