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Justin Masterson Changing Strategy For Red Sox Amid Decreased Velocity (Video)

The days of Justin Masterson blowing fastballs past hitters might be over. But pure speed isn’t the only way to be effective. The Boston Red Sox pitcher has seen the average velocity on his fastball drop from 93.1 miles per hour in 2011 to 87.9 mph so far this season. But Masterson still is finding ways to get batters out, as evidenced by his 2-0 record and 20 strikeouts through...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rival GM: Red Sox not blinking in Cole Hamels trade talks

By Ricky Doyle The staring contest continues between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. A rival general manager recently told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that Boston “isn’t blinking” in its trade talks with Philadelphia for left-hander Cole Hamels. Heyman suggests, however, the Red Sox still are the favorite to land Hamels thanks to their prospect depth and their...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez Flexing Impressive Power During Hot Start For Red Sox (Video)

Hanley Ramirez doesn’t just hit baseballs. He destroys them. The Boston Red Sox left fielder has flexed his impressive power already this season, clubbing 10 homers in the month of April to tie David Ortiz’s record for the month set in 2006. Yet even more eye-popping has been the speed with which Ramirez smacks his hits. A new stat called batted...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Alex Rodriguez A Good Player ‘You Don’t Bet Against’

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox are well-aware of Alex Rodriguez’s resume. Rodriguez arrived at Fenway Park on Friday sitting on 659 career home runs, one shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth place on Major League Baseball’s all-time list. A-Rod wasn’t penciled into the New York Yankees’ starting lineup for the series opener...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Tracker 2015 Live: Second- And Third-Round Picks As They Happen

The 2015 NFL Draft continues Friday night with the second and third rounds. The New England Patriots closed Thursday night’s first round by selecting University of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 32nd pick. The reigning Super Bowl champions enter these rounds with three picks overall. They own the 64th overall pick (last selection in the second round) and the 96th...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mayweather-Pacquiao Tickets For May 2 Fight Are Getting Much Cheaper

Want to go to the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight but don’t feel like selling everything you own? You might be in luck. Tickets for the boxers’ May 2 showdown at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas recently were going for astronomical prices on the secondary market, with some seats costing as much as $350,000 on StubHub. Even a few “cheaper”...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao Weigh-In Online (Live Stream)

The big fight is right around the corner. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to square off for the WBO welterweight title on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. On the eve of their showdown, the two boxers will make their final public appearance in Friday’s weigh-in. Follow all the action in HBO’s live stream below. Thumbnail photo via Robert Hanashiro/USA...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod eyeing milestone vs. Red Sox: ‘I love playing at Fenway’

By Ricky Doyle Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees arrived at Fenway Park on Friday for the start of a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox. The series is Rodriguez’s first in Boston since serving a season-long performance-enhancing drug suspension last season, and A-Rod comes to town one home run shy of tying Willie Mays (660) for fourth on Major League Baseball’s...
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Floyd Mayweather Still Favored Over Manny Pacquiao For May 2 Showdown

With the hours counting down to Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather now sits as a -210 moneyline favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com to defeat Pac-Man and unify the WBO, WBC, and WBA Super World Welterweight titles. Mayweather brings a perfect 47-0 professional record into the ring for Saturday night’s...
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Cardale Jones Tweets He’s Transferring To Akron In ‘May Fools’ Joke

Cardale Jones couldn’t wait until next year’s April Fools’ Day. So he just made up his own pranking holiday. The Ohio State freshman quarterback, who led the Buckeyes to a national championship in January, interrupted everyone’s quiet Friday afternoon with a series of shocking tweets suggesting he’s transferring to the University of Akron. It...
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Allen Craig Gets Start In Right Field For Red Sox’s Clash With Yankees

Allen Craig will start in right field at Fenway Park for the first time this season Friday night. Craig is in the Boston Red Sox’s lineup batting seventh and playing right field for his team’s series opener against the New York Yankees. The 30-year-old has started in four games for Boston this season, but all of them have come on the road. He’ll fill...
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Wil Myers Pulls Jose Canseco, Has Home Run Bounce Off His Head (Video)

Wil Myers has had some adventures in the outfield. Myers was tortured by Boston Red Sox fans in 2013 when, as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, he misplayed a fly ball in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Now with the San Diego Padres, Myers had another outfield folly Tuesday night versus the Houston Astros. To his credit, Myers got a pretty good read on a deep fly ball...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Browns’ Tweet Of NFL Draft Selection Has Typo For Second Straight Year (Photo)

The NFL draft wouldn’t be complete without high-profile quarterbacks, Mel Kiper Jr. impressions — and the Cleveland Browns screwing something up on Twitter. The Browns were plenty busy Thursday in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, taking defensive tackle Danny Shelton with the 12th overall pick before snagging offensive lineman Cameron Erving 19th overall. Cleveland’s...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets pick Williams wants Tom Brady to be first career sack

By Mike Cole It took a matter of moments for the newest New York Jet to turn his attention to the rival New England Patriots. The Jets bolstered their pass rush Thursday night when they took defensive end Leonard Williams with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The USC product wasted no time in devoting attention toward the Patriots, more specifically quarterback Tom Brady....
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2015 Kentucky Derby Odds: Dortmund Closing Gap On American Pharoah

With the race set for Saturday, Dortmund continues his climb up the odds to win the Kentucky Derby at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, sitting at 7-2 heading into the weekend. Dortmund, who was back at 15-2 odds as recently as April 1, continues to close the gap on the favorite American Pharoah, who is perched at 13-5 after being awarded one of the...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Malcom Brown Reacts To Patriots Drafting Him With Family, Friends (Video)

Malcom Brown is excited to be a New England Patriot, and we have video proof. The former Texas defensive tackle was selected by the Patriots with the 32nd overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Brown wasn’t in Chicago to meet Roger Goodell at the podium, opting to spend the special moment with family and friends back home. But that doesn’t mean Brown and Co....
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Join Budweiser At The Baseball Tavern In May For Chance To Win Fan Of The Game

Join Budweiser at The Baseball Tavern before every Boston Red Sox home game in May for a chance to be selected as the Budweiser Fan of the Game. Winners will receive four right field roof tickets at the Budweiser Brewhouse, four Bud baseball jerseys and a shot of their group on the center field scoreboard. Fans 21 and over can participate. Budweiser, brewed the hard way! Great...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Warriors GM Bob Myers Voted NBA Executive Of The Year; Danny Ainge Fourth

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been voted the NBA’s Executive of the Year after assembling a roster that won a franchise-record 67 games and earned the top playoff seed in the Western Conference. Myers received 13 first-place votes and 82 total points from a panel of fellow league executives. Cleveland’s David Griffin was second with eight...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mayweather-Pacquiao Predictions: Who Will Win The Fight Of This Century?

Mayweather-Pacquiao — the biggest fight in decades — is almost here, and we’re not short on hot takes about the bout. Floyd Mayweather is undefeated, but is he really better? Maybe not. Will Manny Pacquiao’s devastating left hand be the difference? Mayweather’s fight history provides some hints there. We won’t know the answers until Saturday night, but here’s how eight...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony Joins Protester March In Hometown Of Baltimore (Video)

Carmelo Anthony has been outspoken about the violence and unrest that recently has overtaken Baltimore. On Thursday, he decided to take action. The New York Knicks star, who was born in New York but moved to Baltimore before he was 10 years old, was spotted participating in a three-mile “peaceful march” to City Hall in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. NBA...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady and teammates head to Kentucky Derby

NESN Staff The New England Patriots are going on the road to the Kentucky Derby. We know Derby weekend is one of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s favorites, and it looks like he’s rolling with a pretty big crew this year, including a couple of high-profile teammates. Brady posted this photo to Facebook on Friday, with teammates Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman making an appearance...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Yankees Open Three-Game Set With First Place In AL East At Stake

After taking two of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays this week, including a 4-1 win Wednesday as strong moneyline favorites, the Boston Red Sox close out the month of April with a middling 12-10 record but remain a strong 12-1 wager on the odds to win the World Series. Boston’s victory over Toronto marked its first series win since the Sox opened...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-NFLer Plaxico Burress Indicted On Charges Of Failing To Pay Taxes

Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has been indicted on charges he failed to pay taxes, New Jersey prosecutors announced Thursday. The 37-year-old former wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets was charged last week with willful failure to pay a state tax and issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer. Burress is...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Matt Harvey, Hanley Ramirez In Tom Caron’s Lineup

It’s Friday, there’s baseball to be watched and life is good. But do you have what it takes to beat an expert? DraftKings offers one-day fantasy baseball games, allowing users to set a new lineup every day for the chance to win tons of cash prizes. This year, DraftKings has partnered with NESN to give fans a unique opportunity: Compete against Tom Caron in the sport he knows...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: DeMarcus Cousins a potential Celtics trade target

By Zack Cox The Celtics reportedly will make a push to bring Boogie to Boston this offseason. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Friday that Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will be among the Celtics’ many trade targets as president of basketball operations Danny Ainge looks to bolster his roster in the coming months. “Will (the Celtics) open their war chest of future draft...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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