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Hello Cleveland edition

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Scores:
Red Sox beat Seattle, 2 to 1.
Cleveland beat the Warriors, 93 to 89.

The morning quote:
“Cleveland, this is for you.”
LeBron James, after the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in game 7 of the NBA Finals. We’re glad he didn’t say it was for Topeka, Kansas. That would have been confusing. The victory brings Cleveland its first professional sports championship in more than five decades.

The morning quote II:
“I’m guessing Bill Belichick and his staff don’t do that.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, remarking on his routine of doing hot yoga for 60 minutes before each game with assistant Luke Walton. It didn’t help last night.

What you need to know about last night’s game 7 of the NBA Finals.
In a contest that featured 20 lead changes and 11 ties, Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (26 points) nailed a three-pointer over an outstretched Steph Curry with 53 seconds left to put his team in front for good.

How did the stars do in the game, you ask? 
King James had 27 points, 11 assists,11 rebounds, and an insane last-minute game-saving block while playing 47 out of a possible 48 minutes. Steph Curry scored 17 points, and only three points in the fourth quarter, when he went 1-of-6 from the field with no assists.

The Warriors won an NBA record 73 games in the regular season…
And now that accomplishment is irrelevant. Patriots fans know how this feels.

What you need to know about yesterday’s Red Sox game:
David Price finally pitched like a team ace, going eight innings and giving up one run while striking out seven in Boston’s victory. The go-ahead run came off the bat of Mookie Betts, who hit a solo homer in the seventh.

So you might have heard that Rusney Castillo was placed on waivers yesterday.
But no MLB team is going to pick up the remaining three years at $33 million for a 28-year-old player who’s batting .245 at AAA. So he’ll probably just stay at Pawtucket.

Let’s do the numbers on Rusney, shall we? 

His total contract is worth $72.5 million, which is the amount it would cost the Red Sox to give away free tickets to every seat in Fenway for 36 games. Heckuva job, Ben Cherington.

On the flip side:
The Red Sox promoted $31.5 million man Yoan Moncada to AA Portland yesterday. He’s considered one of the top minor league prospects in all of baseball and is on a rocket trajectory to the majors. Heckuva job, Ben Cherington.

The Bruins have only two weeks left to sign Loui Eriksson…
Before he becomes a free agent. And the two sides aren’t anywhere close to a deal.

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Back to Buchholz edition

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Scores:
Red Sox lost to the Orioles, 5 to 1.
Cavaliers beat the Warriors 115 to 101.

The morning quote:
“We’ve won the offseason. I would challenge any team. I think we’ve won the offseason.”
Rex Ryan, talking about his team, the Buffalo Bills. Do they get a trophy for that?

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game.
Young Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez was lackluster again, giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Clay Buchholz came into the game in the sixth and pitched three shutout relief frames, striking out four. The Sox scored their only run on a Big Papi homer, his 17th.

Welcome back Buchholz?
It’s pretty clear that Rodriguez hasn’t fully recovered from the knee injury that delayed the start of his season. The Sox really have no choice but to return Clay to the starting rotation, do they? Gulp.

Best Cuban baseball signing ever. (If only.)
Overmatched Rusney Castillo went 0 for 3 last night, with two strikeouts.

What you need to know about last night’s NBA game.
We’ve got ourselves a game 7, people: Cleveland dominated game six from end-to-end, led by LeBron James who scored 41 points to go with 11 assists and eight rebounds.

The U.S. men’s soccer team won last night.
Their 2 to 1 victory over Ecuador sends them to the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario. Clint Dempsey had a goal and an assist to lead the way for Team USA.

That’s what we call diversifying your portfolio.
Robert Kraft’s company, the cleverly named Kraft Group, is ponying up between $25 million and $50 million as part of a $4.1 billion bid to buy Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Speaking of Robert Kraft:
It was announced yesterday that he’ll be honored at ESPN’s sports humanitarian awards night on July 12. We’re thinking that he’s getting it for bestowing upon the world the Greatest Sports Franchise Ever, but we could be wrong.

Shout-outs:
Thanks Emily M. for posting a photo from Fenway last night on the WESR Facebook page. Looks like you had great seats.

Brady’s hair, the sequel, edition

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Scores:
Red Sox beat the Orioles, 6 to 4.

The morning quote: 
“We have a saying that great players go to the Pro Bowl but great teams go to the Super Bowl.”
—Patriots owner Robert Kraft to young students at Edward Devotion School in Brookline, which is the elementary school he attended as a kid.

The morning quote II:
“Get ready…its about to get hot!”
Hanley Ramirez, after his moon-shot home run last night, telling reporters that he’s close to breaking out of his six-week-long slump. We certainly hope so, Hanley.

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game.
Boston scored all of its runs in the first three innings, and team ace Steven Wright put on another stellar performance in the victory. Five Sox players had two hits, including Hanley Ramirez, who hit a three-run shot in the third. It was his fifth homer of the year.

Steven Wright watch:
Last night was the 31-year-old’s fifth straight victory, raising his season record to 8-4. His 2.22 ERA puts him at second in the league behind Cleveland’s Danny Salazar (2.19). His average pitch velocity this year is 67.3 mph.

Our favorite headline of the morning comes from Boston magazine:
“Man Carves Giant New England Sports Championship Tree Sculpture.”

Headline that made us laugh out loud this morning:
“New Bengals receiver Brandon LaFell says QB Andy Dalton is a lot like Tom Brady.”

Once again, the WESR is a day or two ahead of the rest of the mainstream press.
Local Boston outlets are just now discovering Tom Brady’s new, suspiciously European looking hairdo, which we pointed out earlier this week.

Shout outs:
Today’s goes to Jack P. Thank for spreading the word of the WESR. Any interest in moving to the Cape and becoming an intern here? We won’t pay you anything, and the job security is terrible, but the location is nice.

The Price wasn’t right edition

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Scores:
Red Sox lost to the Orioles, 3 to 2.

The morning quote:
“I’m better than three runs. I know it.”
Red Sox starter David Price, who gave up three runs in eight innings last night, and whose ERA for the season is 4.52.

Say it ain’t so:
The latest Pats headline from the New York Post: “Bill Belichick has taken the Gronk out of Gronkowski.”

What you need to know about last night’s Red Sox game.
Boston starter Price struck out 11 batters but wasn’t good enough against the Orioles who had ace, Chris Tillman (9-1) on the mound. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in the seventh for the Sox—who left seven men on base for the game—and Hanley Ramirez drove in a run in the eighth.

Jackie Bradley Jr. watch.
JBJ is 8 for his last 43, for a .186 average during that stretch.

The fifth-starter merry-go-round for the Red Sox keeps spinning. 

Roenis Elias will be called up from Pawtucket to take the mound for Boston on Friday against his former team, the Mariners. He’s 15-20 in his major league career, with a  4.04 ERA. Over his last five starts at AAA, he has given up just eight runs while striking out 40.

This is how silly the baseball All-Star voting is:
The Red Sox’ Blake Swihart, who hasn’t played behind the plate since April, is the fifth-leading vote-getter for catcher. Meanwhile, Mookie Betts is in fifth place for outfielders. Big Papi and Xander Bogaerts are leading at their positions.

Bruins news! We’ve got breaking Bruins news!
“Giant Hockey Stick Placed at Bruins’ New Brighton Practice Facility.”

The NHL, by the way, has decided on the location of its next expansion franchise:
And the winner is Las Vegas. The loser, sadly, is Quebec City, which has been trying hard bring the NHL back to town.

Another day…
Another trade rumor for the Celtics, owners of the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

Shout outs:
Today’s goes to reader Ned T., who posted a picture from Fenway last night on the WESR’s Facebook page. Interns: give that man a t-shirt!

The return of Gronk edition

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Scores:
Cavaliers beat the Warriors, 112 to 97.

The morning quote:
“We’re just happy we got another day. That’s all we can ask for.”
LeBron James after his team, down 3 to 1 in the NBA championship series, beat Golden State in Oakland last night to force a game six. He and teammate Kyrie Irving each scored 41 points in the victory. The Warriors were without suspended star Draymond Green.

A Red Sox minor leaguer was suspended for 25 games yesterday. 
His name is Jhon Nunez and he was caught using performing-enhancing drugs. He plays at Class A Greenville where he’s hitting .316. The Sox should really have Big Papi sit him down and teach him how not to get caught…up in that sort of thing.

Brace yourselves for a Hanley Ramirez report.
Here are his June numbers: 5 hits in 37 at bats for a .135 average, with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and 3 runs. He hasn’t hit a homer since May 10. Depressing.

Gronk returned to practice yesterday.
And so the planet began spinning properly on its axis again. Running back Dion Lewis also returned for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left ACL in November.

Here’s a strange one for you:
32-year-old former Celtic point guard Nate Robinson tried out Monday at defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks—the position he played at the University of Washington a decade ago. He said in April that the Patriots once called him about working out for their scouts.

Good news, book lovers!
Remember how Gisele sold all 1,000 copies of her self-titled, $700 coffee table book before it hit store shelves last fall? Well, she’ll soon be re-issuing it, according to the Guardian. Looks like we know what the WESR Book Club’s selection for July will be.

Well that seems a bit generous.
Las Vegas has given the Bruins 25-to-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup next year. That puts them behind only 15 other NHL teams.

Shout-outs:
Today’s goes to Kara M. who’s bringing new readers into the WESR community. Thanks for giving the gift of knowledge and humor to the world.