Daily Noontime – May 30, 2012

Daniel Nava drove in three runs on Tuesday, as Boston defeated Detroit, 6-3! (Photo Credit: CTPost.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s “hump day,” which means this week is somewhat over, right? OK… OK… here are some headlines, news and stories from the city of champions.

* The Boston Red Sox earned their 25th win of the season on Tuesday, as they defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. David Ortiz cranked his 11th home run and 18th double of the season, while Daniel Nava recorded three RBIs. Also, Daniel Bard picked up his fifth win on the bump by tossing 5.1 innings and yielding five hits and two earned runs. Bard also recorded four strikeouts before he was relieved in the sixth for Rich Hill.

* Boston has now won 12 games at Fenway Park this season, and will attempt to even their home record on Wednesday against the Tigers – Jon Lester faces Drew Smyly – first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.

* According to reports – Carl Crawford is two weeks away from throwing. The Sox outfielder has apparently tallied 60 swings of a tee, but is 10 days away from being able to test the arm, which he believes will be the “true test.”

* The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they released the 2007 first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Gonzalez. The wide out, who was a free agent this past winter, has been hampered by injuries and hoped to revive his career in New England.

* Finally, the Boston Celtics will attempt to even their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat on Wednesday — tip is scheduled for 8:30PM.

Daily Noontime – May 22, 2012

Brandon Bass recorded 18 of 27 points in the third quarter on Monday, which helped Boston defeat Philadelphia in Game No. 5! (Photo Credit: Sporting News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the day with some news, headlines and more news from the city of Boston.

* Paced by Brandon Bass, who deposited 27 points, Boston defeated Philadelphia, 101-85 on Monday in Game No. 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Boston now leads the series, 3-2, and will attempt to conclude the series on Wednesday when both squads return to the hardwood in Philadelphia for an 8PM match.

* Excluding Bass, Kevin Garnett poured in 20 points, Rajon Rondo added 13 points and dished out 14 assists, and Paul Pierce finished the contest with 16 points and four defensive rebounds.

* According to the NBA stat crew, Bass netted 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter, which is the highest point total during this particular NBA postseason in one quarter. LeBron James tallied 17 points against the New York Knicks in his team’s first round series, but that particular statistic has officially been erased.

* Trailing Baltimore late in the game, Boston’s bats sparked a three-run rally — two in the seventh, one in the eighth — to earn an 8-6 victory against the first place Orioles on Monday. David Ortiz hit his 10th home run of the season, while Mike Aviles recorded his 28th RBI in the win.

* The Sox have now won four of their last five contests, and will look to earn their 22nd win of the season on Tuesday when Felix Doubront pitches against Brian Matusz at 7:05PM.

Daily Noontime – May 21, 2012

Mike Aviles cranked his eighth home run of the season on Sunday, as Boston defeated Philadelphia, 5-1! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Monday, which means a brand new week has officially started! Let’s get things rolling with some news and headlines from the city of Boston, and state of Massachusetts.

* The Boston Red Sox concluded their weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 5-1 victory. Boston defeated Philadelphia two out of three times, and are now 20-21 overall.

* Against Cliff Lee on Sunday, Boston’s bats recorded five runs on nine hits. Mike Aviles cranked his eighth home run of the season, and also recorded his 27th RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia finished the day 1 for 4, and hit a home run and drove in three runs.

* Boston will continue its current road trip on Monday when they travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles at 7:05PM – Clay Buchholz faces Tommy Hunter on the bump.

* According to the Boston Globe — if the Sox record a sweep against the Orioles, they’d be able to “tighten things up” in the American League East. Also, don’t expect Daisuke Matsuzaka to return to the rotation anytime soon, as the right-hander is currently dealing with “pain in his right trapezius muscle.”

* The Boston Celtics will return to the TD Garden on Monday for Game No. 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. The series is tied, 2-2, and Boston has only won one game at home this series, and one in Philadelphia.

* The Celtics squandered a golden opportunity to earn a two-game cushion on Friday, and know that this particular match is critical, especially after an “idle weekend.”

Red Sox Weekly: Andy Lindberg Podcast

By Andy Lindberg

Myself, (Andy Lindberg) decided to do a podcast this week on the Boston Red Sox. It’s less than 10 minutes long because any longer on the Red Sox would be considered a crime against humanity.


Boston Red Sox Recap: Game No. 5 vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Links)

Daniel Bard lasted five innings on Tuesday, but surrendered eight hits and five runs! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Monday, Boston celebrated their first win of the 2012 season, but on Tuesday they struggled.

Toronto’s bats beat-up Daniel Bard and Boston’s pitching staff, which helped the Blue Jays defeat the Red Sox, 7-3.

Here are some links, game stories and recaps from Boston’s fifth regular season contest.

* Tuesday’s offensive performance was certainly the main reason why the Toronto Blue Jays earned their first win at home this season.

* Toronto’s Kyle Drabek certainly pitched well enough against the Sox on Tuesday to earn his first win on the bump.

* After recording five innings on the bump, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo believes that Bard is a “work in progress.”

* The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber wrote an interesting piece about Bard, and explained that the right-hander’s stats didn’t exactly dictate the actual outcome.

* ESPNBoston crafted their usual “rapid reaction,” which focused on the various key moments from Tuesday’s clash.

Recapping The Third Day Of Boston Red Sox Baseball (Links)

Alex Avila hit a two-run blast in the bottom half of the 11th, which helped Detroit sweep Boston on Sunday! (Photo Credit: TotalProSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston-Detroit series ended in heartbreak, as the Tigers rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the 11th, which lifted them past the Red Sox, 13-12. Alex Avila‘s two-run blast provided Detroit their third consecutive win.

Here are some links and recaps from Sunday’s afternoon contest.

* After watching their third game conclude with a loss, Boston’s Bobby Valentine apparently is dazed and confused about his ball club.

* Against Boston on this particular date – Avila was the true hero for Detroit.

* Once again, WEEI’s Alex Speier writes about the Sox up and down bullpen that once again didn’t prevail.

* Comcast Sports New England provided an interesting piece about how the Sox blew two leads – one in the ninth and one in the 11th – which allowed the Tigers to win.

* The Detroit Free Press crafted a piece about the Tigers offense, which produced when it needed to.

* After three games – CBS Sports believes that Boston has a closer problem.

Are You Ready For Red Sox Baseball? Cast Your Vote!

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re a few hours away from the start of another Boston Red Sox season, and it’s expected to be wacky and wild campaign.

Bobby Valentine is amped about molding the local nine into champions, while various reports confirmed that Josh Beckett has begun contemplating surgery for his right thumb. However, the right-hander seems to be OK these days.

Dustin Pedroia told the Boston Globe on Wednesday, “We’re ready to go, ready to play hard. It’s a long year. We’ll find out what kind of a team we have through the grind of the season.”

And finally, fans are still pondering why “the greatest team” ever assembled finished the final month of the 2011 season with seven wins and 20 losses.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?

Do you see the Red Sox making the playoffs? Winning the division? Reaching the American League Championship?

Cast your vote below, and also, feel free to post comments about the team, too.

Daily Noontime – August 31, 2011

Penn State will play both quarterbacks this weekend against Indiana State, which could be interpreted as a good and bad decision!

Happy “Hump Day” y’all and welcome into the middle of the week Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines, news and more! 

Headlines: 

* Believe it or not, the NFL is slowly in the process of beginning to pay for ex-players health issues, which certainly is a serious situation.

* The brand new “Madden ’12″ hit stores on Tuesday and certainly various gamers have enjoyed it thus far, but also feel there’s some glitches too.

* The New York Yankees earned an important win on Tuesday at Fenway Park, as they beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-2. Now, the Bronx Bombers are a half-a-game behind in the AL East standings.

* Apparently some believe that Texas A&M shouldn’t leave the Big 12, but what’s the upside for staying? Should they join the SEC Conference?

* According to head coach Joe Paterno, both Penn State quarterbacks will play against Indiana State this weekend, which is an interesting move, right?

* A variety of NBA All-Stars drew a large crowd for a pick-up summer league game in Baltimore on Tuesday at Morgan State University and yes, LeBron James was in attendance.

Games to Watch: 

* Minnesota at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 2:05pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Boston (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Washington at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Loads of  video gamers flooded Game Stop in North Buffalo, New York on Monday evening, so they could snag a copy of Madden ’12.

Noonan: Cleaning Off the Noontime Sports Desk

Nothing better than cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk, right?

By Matt Noonan 

Cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk before Hurricane Irene – always a good time.

* Currently, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees remain in a heated AL East division crown race; however, they’ll be able to duke it out on Tuesday, which is when the Bronx Bombers invade Fenway Park for a three-game series. Anyone else somewhat excited for this mid-week clash?

* Does anyone else believe that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have “Lady Luck” on his side? After six starts, Wakfield hasn’t earned win number two-double-zero. Of course, some believe that the Red Sox organization shouldn’t feel bad, but as a fan, it’s easy to sense some sort of emotion, especially for the oldest player in the MLB currently. Eventually the knuckleballer will earn that significant victory, but exactly when will it happen remains a mystery. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Mr. Wakefield, as well as pray for the Sox offense to produce some runs too.

* According to a recent report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to start rookie quarterback Cam Newton during the team’s final preseason contest. Yet, is this a good or bad decision? Rivera has jostled this young man over the past few weeks, as well as given him false hopes that he’d be the starting signal caller this season. However, should Rivera really be saying this stuff? Seriously, haven’t we endured enough Cam Newton drama? In all honesty, I’d expect Newton to be the starting quarterback this season, but wouldn’t be surprised if Derek Anderson gets the nod, especially since Jimmy Clausen recently sustained a knee injury.

* If you’re a supporter of the Indianapolis Colts, how’re you feeling these days? Are you convinced that Kerry Collins is “your guy?” What’d you think of Reggie Wayne’s recent comments? In all honesty, it’s probably a “dark” time in Indianapolis. Perhaps the local economy will tank because of Peyton Manning’s absence? Hey, it happened in Cleveland when LeBron James traded in his winter jacket for flip-flops. Yet, without Manning, the Colts are a completely different team, so hopefully the Blue and White fan-base will have something to cheer about this season because otherwise it’ll seem as if Jim Mora is roaming the sidelines. Anyone remember his famous, “playoffs” rant?

* Brandon Davies was reinstated to the BYU basketball team on Friday after serving a season ending suspension in March. Yet, what exactly did he do? Well, he broke a rule and didn’t exactly respect the school’s honor code. In fact, have you read BYU’s honor code? It’s rather intense. Davies is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, so I am sure his teammates are happy to have him back on the roster. Although, one sure hopes that he’s learned his lesson and won’t have premarital sex again, especially since it’s forbidden on that particular college campus.

Well, that’s enough pondering. Enjoy the rest  of your weekend and of course, please be safe, especially those in New England!

Daily Noontime – June 17, 2011

The Boston Bruins - Black and Gold Fan Base is still in Awe!

Happy Friday to everyone, but also, welcome to yet another weekend in 2011, wahoo! Here’s today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to some Boston Bruins fans, this particular NHL Stanley Cup championship seems like one BIG DREAM, but really, it happened.

* So, the Vancouver Canucks indeed lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7, but what exactly did the riots teach hockey fans?

* While it sounds like the NFL is close to a new CBA, some owners apparently are not interested in finishing the deal.

* The Boston Red Sox maybe in first place of the American League East division, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the local nine.

* Finally, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio are officially on the same page for the upcoming NBA season.

* The Dallas Mavericks championship celebration continued on Thursday, as the squad celebrated with a parade in the Lone Star State.

Games to Watch: 

*  New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Milwaukee at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Texas at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:35pm eastern

* San Francisco at Oakland (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

I think it is appropriate, especially after the Boston Bruins won the cup on Wednesday to re-live Jack Edwards heroic post-game speech.