Jon Lester has allowed three home runs in five starts this season. David Price has watched five of his pitches clear the fence in six appearances. Across Major League Baseball, there were a record 1,144 homers hit in March and April. Lester, the former Boston Red Sox and current Chicago Cubs ace, and his Sox counterpart Price believe they know the source of this bonanza. “I think there’s something up with the ball,” Lester told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “It seems almost like the ones they use in the Home-Run derby with the way it flies. But that’s the thing baseball people want to see, all of these homers, and how far they went. “It gives the millennials something to look at and talk about with all of the stats, spin rates, launch angles and all of that stuff. But coming from a pitcher, it looks like an excuse.’” Price pointed to the phenomenon of hitters sprinting out of the batters box, then realizing the double they thought … [Read more...] about David Price and Jon Lester believe MLB is juicing baseballs
The Bruins defeated the Rangers on Wednesday night, 6-3 thanks to a “special” effort from David Pastrnak. The TD Garden crowd, with one eye on another dominant Bruins performance and the other on the start of baseball season, began a “Yankees suck” chant during the game. And today is officially the start of the Red Sox 2019 season. The defending World Series champions open in Seattle with a 7:08 p.m. EST start against the Mariners. Jon Lester reflected on the failed Red Sox negotiations: In February, as the Red Sox were in the middle of negotiating a contract extension with Chris Sale, principal owner John Henry made a blunt admission about the team’s recent history. Comparing Sale’s status with that of former Boston ace Jon Lester in 2014, Henry acknowledged the team had made a mistake. “I think we blew the Jon Lester [negotiations]. We blew the signing in spring training,” Henry told reporters. Lester was traded mid-season, and then … [Read more...] about Morning sports update: Jon Lester reacts to Red Sox admitting they ‘blew’ 2014 contract negotiations
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 5:07 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 There was a bit of a feeling-out process in Tim Lester's first season as head coach at Western Michigan, his alma mater. He did all the traditional things, like letting his coordinators do what they're paid to do, coordinate. It left him, at times, frustrated, especially as the offense was up and down — as Lester, a former star Broncos quarterback, continued to delegate the play-calling duties. Once the season ended, in disappointing fashion as Western at 6-6 missed out on a bowl game, he sat down with his offensive coordinator, Kevin Johns, and discussed possible changes. One of them included Lester becoming more hands-on. "He asked me, 'I want to you to get more involved in the passing game,'" Lester said. "The passing game was really poor, he knew it, and he wanted my help." Two weeks later, Johns was gone, taking the job as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, which made the decision easier for Lester. … [Read more...] about Western Michigan coach Tim Lester finds his voice in second season
By John Shea Updated 11:45 am PST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Photo: SF Chronicle / John Shea Photo: SF Chronicle / John Shea Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Photo: SF Chronicle / John Shea A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty wins Tony Conigliaro Award 1 / 4 Back to Gallery A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty has won the Tony Conigliaro Award, which goes annually to a player who has “overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.” When Piscotty was dealt from St. Louis to Oakland last winter, it allowed him to be with his mother, Gretchen, who had been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral … [Read more...] about A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty wins Tony Conigliaro Award
So it appears Dave Dombrowski, for lack of a more fitting cliché, is keeping the band together. Most everyone with a Red Sox rooting interest is pleased that postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi, who reached agreement on a four-year, $68 million contract Thursday, is sticking around — no one more so than his financial planner. That 101-mile-per-hour fastball — not to mention that the two Tommy John scars on his right elbow didn’t prevent him from volunteering to use it any time he was needed between starts in the playoffs — makes it easy to ignore that his top career comp is the less-than-legendary Kevin Gausman. The guy is a champ, and perhaps one still rising toward his peak. World Series Most Valuable Player Steve Pearce, a career have-bat, will-travel type, signed a one-year, $6.25 million deal to stay while the region was still in the happy haze of the franchise’s fourth championship since 2004. He’s a helpful supporting player who, like Eovaldi, … [Read more...] about Red Sox keeping band together in quest to repeat, but is it the right move?