The Boston Red Sox need a win Sunday night in London to avoid a disastrous sweep across the pond.
Alex Cora’s club got out-slugged by the New York Yankees in Saturday’s London Series opener, sending Boston to 10 games back of its arch rival for first place in the American League East. The Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound for the series finale, while the Yankees will counter with lefty Stephen Tarpley, who will serve in the “opener” role.
As for the lineups, Xander Bogaerts will start for Boston after exiting Saturday’s game with a lower-back injury. Andrew Benintendi, struggling at the plate as well as with a leg ailment, will begin the game on the bench.
Michael Chavis will bat fifth and play first base following his two-homer performance Saturday night, while Sam Travis will play left field in place of Benintendi.
Christian Vazquez will handle the catching duties for Rodriguez.
Check out the lineups for both teams:
BOSTON RED SOX (44-39)
Mookie Betts, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, DH
Michael Chavis, 1B
Christian Vazquez, C
Jackie Bradly Jr., CF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Sam Travis, LF
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP (8-4, 4.87 ERA)
NEW YORK YANKEES (53-28)
D.J. LeMahieu, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF
Gary Sanchez, C
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS
Gleyber Torres, 2B
Gio Urshela, 3B
Brett Gardner, LF
Stephen Tarpley, LHP (0-0, 6.48 ERA)
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Revolution’s Antonio Delamea With A Special Goal Against Houston Dynamo On Saturday, First Goal Since 2017
New England Revolution defenseman Antonio Delamea hadn’t played an MLS match since 5/8/19 against the Chicago Fire and hand’t scored a goal since June of 2017. But all that changed on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.
Delamea, 28-years-old, has had a rough year dealing with various injuries that have kept him sidelined. On Saturday though Delamea was hungry, he was a paying with a purpose.
“I just played today for my uncle; he passed away on Thursday,” said Delamea after the game. “I’m just happy [because] I know he was there with me and that was for him. I wasn’t thinking about anything else but him.”
His teammate, Diego Fagundez who assisted Delamea on his goal, noticed something extra:“I think he wanted it and you can see he was hungry after, and made sure that he was a solid defender back there. It definitely gave him a boost. We want to keep seeing that from him.”
The last few months have certainly been tough for the Slovenian International who has been out of the starting XI, getting him some time was all part of the plan for the Revolution coaching staff.
“We wanted to make sure we could move him along in training,” said Head Coach Bruce Arena. “ And since I’ve been here, he hasn’t missed a training session. He’s played well and at some point we were going to give him a chance. And I thought he did very well tonight.”
Delamea couldn’t help but feel bad about how it all went down for former Head Coach Brad Friedel but is hoping Saturday is the start of a new beginning for him in New England.
“It’s been pretty tough, especially with the demand that Brad [Friedel] had to leave,” said Delamea on working back. “I just wasn’t ready to play, but there was no one else and I had to play the game in Chicago, which turned out to be one of the worst games we ever played. After [the game], I kind of felt guilty that I was part of everything that happened to Brad [Friedel]. Bruce [Arena] came; he gave all of us huge confidence. He really made a team of us. Honestly, the last month, it was really a joy to come here training. I knew, every training, what I was working for: working to come back and to start playing like I played my first season. I hope this is a new start for me.”
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Phil Kessel is on the move once again.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Saturday a deal to send Kessel, defenseman Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for center Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Pierre-Oliver Joseph.
TRADE ALERT: The Penguins have acquired forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph from the Coyotes in exchange for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks, and a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.
Details: https://t.co/fe3DWHBZCc pic.twitter.com/9W8jtdXzW1
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 30, 2019
Kessel spent the last four seasons with the Penguins, averaging 27.5 goals and 48.3 assists per season with the squad. The ex-Boston Bruins winger racked up 82 points (27 goals, 55 assists) with Pittsburgh through the 2018-19 season.
PawSox Allow 6 Runs In 8th Inning In Loss To Rochester RedWings
Everything was going according to plan for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rochester, until the bottom of the 8th hit.
In the bottom of the 8th IL All-Star Dan Runzler allowed 6 runs on 5 base hits while only recording one out causing the PawSox to lose 9-6.
For Pawtucket this has to be a frustrating loss with starter Ryan Weber giving 5 quality innings allowing 2 runs on 7 base hits while fanning 7 batters.
Even the rehabbing Tyler Thornburg had a scoreless inning of relief followed up by a scoreless inning by Jordan Weems.
Offensively Pawtucket scored two runs in the third, but broke out in the top of the 5th with both Chris Owings and Gorkys Hernandez hitting home runs to make it a 5-2 game.
Hernandez came back in the top of the 7th with another RBI making it 6-2.
Runzler spoiled the road party with just one out recorded and 6 runs allowed in the bottom of the 8th inning. This makes back-to-back outings that Runzler has struggled with the veteran allowing 3 runs and just 2 outs recorded last time out. Tough for Runzler who was just named to the IL mid-season all-star team with his ERA now ballooned to 5.96 on the season.
Rehabbers Update And A Quick Look Ahead
The rehabbing Tzu-Wei Lin played in this one going 0-2 with 2 walks serving as the DH. Infielder Steve Pearce was once again out of the lineup for Pawtucket.
As for Thornburg he continues to make strides on the mound has he rehabs from a right-hip impingement.
With the loss the PawSox fall to 32-47 on the season and have one more game with Rochester on Sunday with Darwinzon Hernandez on the mound.
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With Kemba Walker reportedly on his way to the Celtics, the Charlotte Hornets have turned their attention elsewhere.
As Walker ships up to Boston, the Hornets are reportedly targeting Celtics point guard Terry Rozier to fill the open roster position, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Here’s what Charania had to say about Rozier:
As Kemba Walker continues to be poised to sign elsewhere, Charlotte has begun to target point guards, such as Celtics free agent Terry Rozier, league sources said. Rozier is a target for the New York Knicks, too.
The Celtics had originally made a qualifying offer to Rozier but quickly renounced his rights to make room for Walker (who reportedly is on his way to New England to meet with Celtics’ officials Sunday), making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Red Sox and New York Yankees put on quite the show in Game 1 of their two-game set at London Stadium.
And while Boston attempted a late-game comeback, they simply couldn’t find the runs to walk away with the win. But they did help put up some impressive numbers along the way.
The Red Sox and Yankees combined for 30 runs off 37 hits in Saturday’s contest, including seven doubles and six home runs between the two squads.
Check out the stats in the “NESN Sports Today” video above, presented by People’s United Bank.
New England Revolution Lifted By Late Goal By Bunbury To Pick Up Critical 3 Points
Foxborough, Massachusetts: On Saturday the New England Revolution hosted the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium.
From Wednesday’s match Bruce Arena made a total of 6 changes to his starting XI including forward Justin Rennicks getting his first MLS start.
“Playing two games in a very short period of time on this field is challenging,” said Bruce Arena. “The guys that started both games this week are players we feel are pretty fit.”
In what was a critical July inter-league meeting the Revolution defeated Houston with a late stunner from Teal Bunbury lifting the Revs to a 2-1 victory.
“It was a lot of work from all the guys,” said Bunbury. “From the first minute, it wasn’t our prettiest game. But guys put the work in.”
With the win the Revolution move to 5-8-5 on the season and have 20 points which moves them up to 9th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
“You could see the fight from everybody,” said Bunbury. “Everybody wanted to win this game.”
New England is unbeaten in their last six matches.
The Play-By-Play, A Stoppage Time Stunner Lifts New England
After trading opportunities with the Revs Houston took a a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.
The ball came in off a corner and was deflected past the outstretched hand of Matt Turner with the goal being credited to Darwin Ceren.
Overall the first half showcased a number of chances for New England who failed to convert high goal scoring opportunities. They allowed Houston to have room to take long shots in and allowed way too much space in transition.
“I thought technically in the first half we were very poor,” said Arena.
Part of the 1st half’s problem was a formation New England wasn’t necessarily comfortable with.
“I think I probably screwed them up in the first half a little bit,” said Bruce Arena candidly after the game. “I don’t think that the formation they were comfortable enough with.”
New England who scored on a corner in their last match on Wednesday had another goal via a corner in this match.
Diego Fagundez took the corner feeding Antonio Delamea to tie the game at 1-1. This was the 28-year-old’s first goal with New England since 6/17/17 and it was his first MLS appearance since 5/8/19.
Delamea with the equalizer! #NEvHOU pic.twitter.com/DXTvsd3Iiu— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 30, 2019
New England didn’t score their second goal until stoppage time when Teal Bunbury scored a point blank range to make it 2-1.
Bunbury who started the game on the bench now has 2 goals on the season.
“That for me was all Penilla’s work,” said Bunbury on the goal. “He took on two, three guys, drove the keeper out with him, was able to chop it back and I had all the time in the world to make sure I got it on target.”
Houston, you have a problem …#NERevs // @Tealbunb pic.twitter.com/d3Z4mxcBON— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) June 30, 2019
A Look Ahead, Two On The Road
New England will now hit the road for a two-game road trip starting with the Colorado Rapids in a Fourth of July match at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“They have played very well as of late,” said Arena who watched about 60 minutes of the Rapids last game against LAFC. “It’s going to be a difficult game and it’s in altitude.”
After taking on Tim Howard and the Rapids the Revs will take on Wayne Rooney and D.C. United on Friday, July 12th on ESPN.
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Before the Boston Red Sox took the field for Game 1 of their two-game series against the New York Yankees at London Stadium, Mookie Betts and Alex Rodriguez took some time to send a special message to David Ortiz back in the United States.
Betts, who built a special relationship with Ortiz while he still played in Boston, told the man known as Big Papi to “get well” and promised to visit him soon. Rodriguez told him to “hurry back” and said “everybody is cheering for you” on the set of the show he once helped host.
Check it out:
Our crew and @mookiebetts had a special message for our friend and colleague @davidortiz pic.twitter.com/H3fZflP1gR
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019
Ortiz has progressed well since returning to Boston to receive treatment for a gunshot wound he sustained in the Dominican Republic on June 8, according to this wife Tiffany, and has been moved out of the intensive care unit while in good condition.
With NBA free agency just hours away, Jimmy Butler already appears to be exploring his options.
Butler is expected to meet with the Heat and the Rockets within the next week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’ll meet with Miami in south Florida on Sunday before meeting with Houston (which reportedly have been expected to aggressively pursue Butler in free agency) in Los Angeles early in the coming week.
The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly have been willing to work with Butler on a potential sign-and-trade deal, but it would likely cost the winning team a pretty penny.
Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
NBA free agency begins on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.
The divorce between Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics seems to be all but complete.
And it looks like Irving may have found himself a new home as NBA free agency approaches.
Irving reportedly will meet with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, with both sides “motivated” to move quickly toward a four-year, $141 million deal. Rumors of him leaving Boston for Brooklyn have been swirling for weeks.
Free agent Kyrie Irving is meeting with the Brooklyn Nets in New York on Sunday and both sides are motivated to move quickly toward reaching a 4-year, $141M deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
But in order to take Irving on, the Nets will have to make some room. But it appears they may already have that part figured out, too.
Wojnarowski reports Brooklyn is expected to renounce the rights of D’Angelo Russel, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. Russel has already received plenty of interest from other teams in the league, including the Los Angeles Lakers.
Once Kyrie Irving commits to a deal, Nets are expected to renounce All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Russell led Nets to the playoffs this past season. There's tremendous league-wide interest in Russell. https://t.co/cJSryXSUJV
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019