A-Rod took advantage of the Red Sox bullpen to hit home run #660 to tie Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list and give the Yankees a 3-2 win. (NY Daily News)

Sitting at 659 home runs for his career, Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in the initial lineup to start Friday night’s game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It appeared he, and the rest of the baseball world, would have to wait another day to see him tie Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list.

It didn’t seem like it would change much when A-Rod pinch-hit in a tie game in the top of the eighth inning either and quickly was ahead of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa 3-0. But with a green light (I guess that’s the case when you have over 600 home runs for your career) and one long swing, A-Rod is tied for fourth in MLB history with 660 home runs.

Though A-Rod’s is certainly the headline of last night’s loss to the Yankees — not only historically but also as the go-ahead home run in the 3-2 win over the Red Sox — the real story is in the tale of two bullpens.

Continue reading Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: A-Rod Ties Willie Mays on All-Time HR List in Tale of Two Bullpens »

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Brock Holt's walk off home run on Friday was just another reason for him to be in the everyday lineup. (GAIL BURTON/AP)

I’ve done my absolute best to be optimistic about this pitching staff. Of course we all know how unproven the entire rotation was coming into this season, but it seemed like the five of them would be able to put it together. Each pitcher has had success in the past and the thought was they would all be serviceable enough to give the offense a chance to win games. This week we saw Wade Miley get shelled in just 2.1 innings of work and Joe Kelly imploded in the sixth inning to literally hand Tampa Bay a win. Thankfully it’s only April and there is still plenty of time for the rotation to put it together but I don’t think it’s outrageous to be slightly worried about what we’ve seen. Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitching Continues to be Woeful »

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2015 NFL Mock Draft

April 28, 2015 at 8:00am in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Patriots, Top Story
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB (FLORIDA STATE)

The Buccaneers need a franchise quarterback and it appears as though Winston will be the choice for them. Although I personally believe Marcus Mariota will be the better quarterback of the two, Winston seems to be the favorite Tampa Bay. He is talented and led Florida State to a National Championship in 2013. He has some serious off the field questions and his on the field play was lacking in some areas in 2014 (see first halves vs BC, Georgia Tech, and Miami) but if the Bucaneers can work with these issues, Winston could end up being a franchise player.

  1. Tennessee Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB (OREGON)

This pick could change if the Titans pull off the much talked about trade for San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, but unless that scenario occurs Mariota will likely be the pick here. There is some skepticism about his NFL ability due to the offense he played in at Oregon, but he has shown an ability to make every NFL throw and has an impeccable off the field record. Continue reading 2015 NFL Mock Draft »

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Milan Lucic

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Friday that they have signed former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as their General Manager and President of Hockey Operations. After his 9 year tenure at the helm of the S.S. Bruins, Chiarelli will get a fresh start in Edmonton.

First off, good for Peter Chiarelli. Although he could be frustrating to the fans at times, Chiarelli had a tremendously successful career in Boston. He took a flailing franchise and brought them a Stanley Cup and a perennially dominant team. He’s exactly what the Oilers could use right now- a responsible, conscientous mind that isn’t afraid to trade the pieces that don’t fit into his vision for the team.

What’s happened in Edmonton over the past five years has been nothing less than fascinating. They have drafted first overall three times during that span, and the others were third and seventh overall. Statistically speaking, no team has been worse during that span. And the crazy thing is, they don’t show any sign of turning that around. Continue reading Trading Lucic to the Oilers Makes Sense for Both Sides »

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After celebrating their 4th Super Bowl victory, it's back to work for the New England Patriots. (credit Getty Images)

The NFL season concluded almost three months ago and we’re already itching for the start of 2015. With the NFL Draft next week and the schedules being released this week, the excitement is already starting to build as we gear up to watch the Patriots defend a championship for the fourth time. Along with playing division rivals twice and last year’s AFC division winners, the Patriots will be playing the AFC South and NFC East. At a glance things are looking good for the Patriots as the AFC South as a whole went 25-39 last year and the NFC East was 32-32. There is one glaring negative on the schedule and that is the less than ideal week 4 bye. Looking at it with a “glass half full” mentality, since the Patriots played longer and had a delayed start to the off season, the early bye can give them a chance to ease into the season. With that said let’s take a look at the games. Continue reading 2015 New England Patriots Schedule and Predictions »

Rick Porcello was taken deep twice on Sunday moving his total to 5 home runs allowed on the season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Going into this season the biggest question mark was the pitching, notably the starting rotation. With Jon Lester going to Chicago they weren’t able to land a credible “ace” pitcher. Instead they filled the rotation with pitchers who have all shown the ability to be very good, but have all lacked consistency. That was never more evident than in week two of this short season.

– Clay Buchholz has shown in his few starts that he still posses the Jeckyll and Hyde personality disorder. On opening day against a weak Phillies lineup he was dominant. Sunday night in prime time against the Yankees he gave up seven runs in the first inning. Then on Saturday against the Orioles he really pushed his way through six very difficult innings against the Orioles. He only allowed two runs which was impressive considering how many times the O’s loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately for Clay, the offense was shut down by Chris Tillman.  Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitchers Post League Worst ERA »

Lebron. Celtics. Destiny. We're back in the NBA playoffs! (Boston.com)

Some Celtics fans were probably hoping for the team to lose its last two games and avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers and their league best record 34-9 over the last three months in Round One. A first round matchup against the struggling and banged up Atlanta Hawks certainly seemed preferable, right?

Well, destiny took the decision out of our hands, as the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 95-93 on a long Jae Crowder jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the second to last game of the season, sealing the seventh seed and setting up a nostalgic date with Lebron James and the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs. The series tips off today at 3pm on ABC.

Bring it on!

Continue reading Date with Destiny: Celtics Set to Face Lebron, Cavs in Return to Playoffs »

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