Uno's Sports Tonight to celebrate milestone 5,000th episode

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Uno's Sports Tonight to celebrate milestone 5,000th episode

Longest Running Nightly Sports Television Show in the Region
Looks Back at 10 Years on the Air
 
BURLINGTON, MA, August 7, 2012 UNOs Sports Tonight, Comcast SportsNet New Englands twice a night news and analysis program, will celebrate its 5,000th episode on Monday, August 13th with a one-hour prime time special beginning at 6:30PM. At 5,000 episodes and 10 years, Sports Tonight is the longest running nightly sports television show in the region.
 
The celebratory special episode on August 13th, hosted by Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson, will begin with a look back to the Sports Tonight launch in 2002 which commenced with coverage of the Patriots 2002 Super Bowl Championship title.  Since then, Sports Tonight has featured six years of Red Sox Spring Training shows, aired live from four different Super Bowls, two NBA Finals, two World Series, one MLB All-Star Game and hosted more than 350 of New Englands most influential athletes, team personnel and media as guests on the show.  From the heated moments and contentious arguments, to the sincere laughter and hilarious bloopers, Sports Tonights 5000th show will reflect on a decade of serving New England sports fans with the most in-depth, unfiltered and proactive sports talk and opinion in the market.

Following are some of the highlights from the past 10 years of Sports Tonight:
 
        Show launched on February 11, 2002, hosted by Gary Tanguay & Wendi Nix
        Glenn Ordway and Gerry Callahan were the first ever guests on Sports Tonight during the debut episode
        The 10 p.m. edition of Sports Tonight debuted one year later, February 10, 2003
        Dickerson and Tanguay were co-hosts from February 2003 until October 2007 ; In November 2007, Felger and Tanguay became co-hosts and continue to co-host the show today
        Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a special guest on the show in 2002 while running for Governor of Massachusetts
        In 2007, Paul Pierce hosted the show on three separate occasions
        Additional athletes who have made regular appearances on the show include: the Red Soxs Kevin Millar, Coco Crisp, and Jonathan Papelbon; the Patriots Vince Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, and  Mike Vrabel; the Celtics Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker; and the Bruins Shawn Thornton.
 
CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, will feature clips from the various Sports Tonight promo campaigns, will showcase highlights from some of the best episodes, and will run extended, uncut clips from features aired during the special.  A bracket has also been launched for fans to vote on Sports Tonights Most Valuable Personality from over the years.  
 
Since 2002, Sports Tonight has been the gathering place for the most influential voices in the region with daily participation from New Englands best personalities, said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet New England Executive Vice President and General Manager. The opinion-driven show has gained a loyal following from passionate sports fans in New England, who are never short on opinions.  We are pleased to share Sports Tonights  5,000th episode & retrospective with all of the partners, guests, and viewers who have helped make the show a success over the past decade.
 
Sports Tonight airs every weeknight at 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNets programming includes the Boston Celtics, SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Unos Sports Tonight, Celtics Now, Sports Sunday, Quick Slants, The Baseball Show and New England Tailgate. Comcast SportsNet New England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Here’s a switch: Red Sox last in A.L. in HRs, but first in steals

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Here’s a switch: Red Sox last in A.L. in HRs, but first in steals

BOSTON - It's an admittedly small sample size, but somehow, after the first 21 games of the season, the Red Sox' offense is going against type.
     
The Sox are somehow last in the American League in homers, but first in stolen bases.
     
The Red Sox have successfully stolen 20 of 22 bases, for a 90.9 percent success rate. The 20 steals are the most through the first 21 games of a season for a Red Sox team since 1995, when they had 21.
     
By contrast, the Sox needed 51 games last season to steal their 20th base.
     
"We spend quite a bit of time studying our opposition,'' said John Farrell, "and if there are certain things that might present opportunities for us, we'll look to take advantage of those as best possible. I think it speaks to the attention to detail. The success rate of stolen bases is not just a function of speed - it's clearly our guys being aware of certain things and paying close attention and staying focused to capitalize.''
     
Farrell wouldn't detail who has the "green light'' to run on their own, but pointed out that there are triggers of sorts for players to run.
     
"Guys are trusting the information being provided and exposed to,'' he said. "They take it upon themselves at that point.''
     
In 2013, when the Sox won the World Series, they were similarly aggressive and took advantage of chances to run and take extra bases.
     
"You try to create a characteristic of your team,'' Farrell offered. "Certainly, a lot is going to be dependent on the talent of your team, depending on your roster. We can't create speed for guys [where] it just isn't there. But in combination with that, there's the mental side  of it, paying attention and playing smart baseball. I think that's  what we're saying.''
     
Farrell also recalls the downside of that same aggressiveness when, in 2014, just one year removed, the Sox ran into a lot of early outs on the bases.
     
"Stolen bases are valuable, but giving away outs is not, obviously,'' said Farrell, who recalled reining in some baserunners who weren't successful. "As long as guys are trusting [of the program] and understand what's acceptable - there are certain game situations where the runner, in his mind, has got to be 100 percent sure he's going to get that extra 90 feet.''
     
Beyond the extra bases, Farrell likes the idea of putting pressure on the defense and distracting the pitcher on the mound.''
     
Of the two caught stealing the Red Sox have had, one was Tuesday night in Atlanta when a planned hit-and-run backfired as Brock Holt swung and missed and Travis Shaw was cut down at third. That means, incredibly, that the Sox have been thrown out just once in a true steal attempt.
     
As far as homers, the Sox have hit just 17 homers, ranking them 15th in the American League. Only two other teams Texas (19) and Cleveland (18) have fewer than 20 homers.
     
"I don't know what to make of that,'' Farrell noted. "I do know this: our offense is working well as a unit [leading the league in runs scored]. We've used the whole field. We play in a ballpark that's a really good doubles ballpark (the Sox are far and away the leaders there with 59; next best in the A.L. is Houston with 46) and hopefully that's playing to our advantage.
     
"But the overall approach - the situational hitting, that's been really good. I think our guys have a pretty good vibe about themselves offensively.''
     
In the Red Sox lineup, only two hitters -- Mookie Betts (four) and David Ortiz (three) -- have more than two homers.