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John Farrell: Joe Kelly Can Be ‘Dominant Starter’ For Boston Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Joe Kelly’s ceiling as a starter was too high for the Red Sox to pull the plug. Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park that Kelly will remain in Boston’s rotation, with Steven Wright shifting to the bullpen. Kelly pitched well Saturday against...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Stan Wawrinka Ends Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam Bid With French Open Win

PARIS — Stan Wawrinka won the French Open by beating No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the final Sunday, thwarting Djokovic’s bid to complete a career Grand Slam. The eighth-seeded Wawrinka, so long in the shadow of his Swiss Davis Cup teammate and pal, Roger Federer, collected his second major title after last year’s Australian Open...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cavs Enter Game 2 Of NBA Finals As 8-Point Underdogs Against Warriors

After coming up short in a 108-100 overtime loss Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers look ahead to Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday as 8-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Cavaliers came within a missed buzzer-beater of picking up the straight-up win in Game 1 before being outscored...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly To Remain In Red Sox’s Rotation; Steven Wright Joins Bullpen

BOSTON — Joe Kelly won the competition. Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park that Kelly will remain in Boston’s rotation. Steven Wright, meanwhile, will shift to the bullpen. Kelly’s next start is scheduled for Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway. Wright, who last started Thursday against the...
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Pablo Sandoval Back In Red Sox’s Lineup; Mookie Betts Sits For A’s Finale

The Boston Red Sox are looking for their first series sweep of 2015 on Sunday, and they’ll do so with a few tweaks to their lineup. Pablo Sandoval is back in the batting order after sitting the first two games against the Oakland Athletics this weekend following a two-error performance in Boston’s loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The third baseman...
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Michael Keaton owns Andrew McCutchen heckler

By Sam Galanis Don’t worry, Andrew McCutchen. Batman has your back. The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder was the target of a heckler during the Buccos’ game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Friday, but, luckily, he had the support of a Pirates fan seated near the dugout. And that Pirates fan just happened to be actor Michael Keaton. Cutch had the situation under...
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Fight Night New Orleans: Dan Henderson KOs Tim Boetsch In 28 Seconds

Despite giving up 10 years to his opponent, 44-year-old Dan “Hendo” Henderson found the fountain of youth in his storied career once more Saturday night, knocking out the 13th-ranked middleweight contender Tim Boetsch in just 28 seconds at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. “I can’t feel bad about that one,” Henderson said. “When I say I’m not done, and nobody...
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Red Sox Notes: Matt Barnes Earning Trust With Composure In Key Spots

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Oakland Athletics aren’t very good. The Red Sox are taking advantage of such. Boston outlasted Oakland 4-2 on Saturday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, who have won back-to-back games against the A’s in the wake of a sloppy performance Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, appear to be generating some momentum...
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Fanendo Ado Scores Twice In Final Minutes, Timber Drop Revolution 2-0

PORTLAND, Ore. — Fanendo Adi scored two late goals and the Portland Timbers beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Saturday night for their first three-game winning streak since joining MLS in 2011. Adi scored a header off of Jorge Villafana’s free kick in the 86th minute, then stretched to knock Alvas Powell’s cross past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth...
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Red Sox’s Offense, Defense And Pitching Working Together Leads To Win (Video)

The biggest flaw of the 2015 Boston Red Sox is consistency. When the offense has provided, the pitching or defense has failed, and vice versa. Joe Kelly was well aware of that when he took the mound Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, and made it a priority to get his teammates off the field as quickly and efficiently as possible. That extra effort...
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Fan Blows A Kiss To Rays’ Chris Archer Who Catches It And Throws It Away (Video)

Oh no he didn’t. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer did something we haven’t seen the likes of since elementary school. A fan sitting about five rows behind the Rays dugout in Seattle yelled to get the attention of Archer, who was leaning over the dugout fence. Archer surprisingly turned around and acknowledged the fan, but looked to be a cross between shocked and horrified...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Lightning Win 4-3 Shootout With Blackhawks, Even Stanley Cup Finals

TAMPA, Fla. — Two goalies taking turns in the crease in the third period. A low-scoring defenseman getting the biggest goal of all. The Tampa Bay Lightning found some strange ways to even the Stanley Cup Final. Jason Garrison scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 11:11 to play, rookie goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy relieved Ben Bishop twice to earn the...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Dunkin’ Donuts Poll Results: Should Intentional Walks Be Four Pitches?

We all know four balls in a single major league baseball at-bat puts a runner on base with a walk. Sometimes, teams choose to intentionally walk players for multiple reasons — like not wanting to pitch to a power hitter or trying to set up a double play. But if the teams are putting batters on base anyway, should they need to throw all four pitches to...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox Show Support For Fan Injured At Fenway Park

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Even as the Red Sox earned their second consecutive win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, the thought of Friday night’s scary scene remained in the back of their minds. A woman, since identified as Tonya Carpenter, was struck by a broken bat in the second inning of Friday’s game and stretchered out of...
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Hanley Ramirez Shows Signs Of Thriving For Red Sox In Face Of Scrutiny

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez just took a step toward silencing the haters. Ramirez has been heavily scrutinized amid the Red Sox’s disappointing season. His outfield defense has been atrocious and he hasn’t been much of a game-changer at the plate since suffering a shoulder injury in late April. But Ramirez made an impact Saturday in Boston’s 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics...
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Bob Baffert Emotionally Remembers Parents After Winning Triple Crown (Video)

Bob Baffert has been waiting for this moment his entire career. When American Pharoah crossed the finish line at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Baffert finally won the elusive Triple Crown. Arguably the greatest trainer in the sport’s history, Baffert needed just the Crown to cement his legacy. Saturday, after three previous chances at a Triple Crown in 1997, 1998 and 2002, Baffert...
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Joe Kelly Strengthens Case To Keep Spot In Boston Red Sox’s Rotation

BOSTON — Joe Kelly’s final audition went well. The Red Sox’s starting rotation soon will return to being a five-man unit, with Kelly and Steven Wright battling for the fifth and final spot. Kelly made a strong case Saturday to remain in the rotation, as he spun six solid innings in Boston’s 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. “He had three pitches for strikes...
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Relive The Moment: American Pharoah Wins First Triple Crown Since 1978 (Video)

“And here it is: the 37-year wait is over! American Pharoah is finally the one! American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown!” Larry Collmus’ incredible call of the 147th Belmont Stakes will go down as one of the best, and you can count on hearing it every time the Triple Crown is mentioned from now through eternity. American Pharoah took home the first Triple Crown since 1978...
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Women’s World Cup Groups Preview: 24 Teams Compete In Largest-Ever Field

After almost four years of waiting, qualifying and build-up, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada is finally here. This year’s women’s soccer’s world championship tournament is the seventh, and largest, edition in history. FIFA has expanded the field from 16 to 24 teams, allowing more players to showcase their talent over 52 games — also...
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Red Sox Wrap: Hanley Ramirez, Joe Kelly Spearhead 4-2 Win Over A’s

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox’s 2015 rollercoaster ride is on one of its upswings. The Red Sox, who have been plagued by inconsistency all season, have won back-to-back games in the wake of Thursday’s sloppy series finale against the Minnesota Twins. Boston took down the Oakland Athletics 4-2 behind an energetic effort Saturday...
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Belmont Stakes 2015: American Pharoah Wins First Triple Crown Since 1978

American Pharoah won the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes by several lengths, becoming the 12th horse to win the elusive Triple Crown and the first to win it since Affirmed completed the feat in 1978. Pharoah, the 3-5 favorite entering the race and running from the fifth post, defeated Frosted. Pharoah led throughout the race, but pulled away in a dominant showing in the final...
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Barcelona's ‘beautiful cycle’ continues in Champions League

By Marcus Kwesi O'Mard Barcelona’s return to the top of the soccer world shouldn’t come as a surprise, as this group of players never really left the the summit it first climbed six years ago. Barcelona clinched its second league, cup and European treble Saturday with an emphatic 3-1 win over Juventus. Barcelona outplayed Juventus by a comfortable margin, aside from a 20-minute...
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Ben Cherington, Red Sox Open-Minded About No. 7 Pick In 2015 MLB Draft

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox refuse to exhibit tunnel vision. There are a lot of different directions the Red Sox could go in with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. General manager Ben Cherington and Co. are considering all of their options without closing the door on any. It’s...
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Justin Masterson’s Role With Red Sox In Return From DL Still Up In Air

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Justin Masterson’s rehab journey is without a clear final destination. Masterson, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 14 with right shoulder tendinitis, is nearing his return to the Red Sox. The right-hander pitched exclusively as a starter before landing on the DL, but he might soon transition to the...
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A’s Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Shows Off Unique Six-Finger Glove (Video)

A unique craftsman requires a unique tool to conduct his trade. Oakland Athletics pitcher Pat Venditte certainly falls into that category. The 29-year-old is a switch-pitcher, and in his MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night became the first pitcher since 1995 to throw pitches with both arms in the same game. Venditte throws right-handed to lefty batters and left-handed...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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