Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday and said he is nearing a deal to join Sirius XM satellite radio.

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday and said he is nearing a deal to join Sirius XM satellite radio. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

One day after refuting a Deadspin report that his camp had reached out to Fox Sports about joining that network following his dismissal from ESPN for his political commentary on social media, Schilling said he expects to know more about his future very soon.

“I think I’m going to be doing stuff with Sirius,” Schilling said. “I don’t know anything yet. Stuff’s coming together. There’s still a bunch of kind of irons in the fire that I’m talking with. I’m going to meet with some people today face to face and hopefully come to some sort of resolution over what’s going to happen in the next week or two.”

Schilling indicated the Sirius deal would consist of separate appearances — one to talk sports, the other to discuss “stuff” — and would not be a five-day-a-week gig right off the bat, although it could lead to a regular show.

“I think at some point it would get to that,” he said of doing a daily show. “I think that there needs to be kind of a breaking-in period both ways. I need to see if I actually can do it. I need to see if people care that I can do it, and then go that way. … Talking for four hours is one thing, but talking for four hours about stuff that people are actually interested in and want to talk about is another. It’s work. I think there’s a lot of preparation to it, there’s a lot of time to put into it. Because I’m not going to be talking about just sports. And so there’s a lot of time and effort and energy out into preparing to be good at it. Because I sure as hell don’t want to do it just to do it. I’d want to do it to be better than everybody else that was doing it. So we’ll see.”

ESPN was criticized for editing out Schilling’s Game 6 performance from a documentary about the 2004 Red Sox’ comeback against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series that aired before Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. While the network claimed the move was made due to time constraints after an afternoon softball game ran long, Schilling is convinced the move was rooted in ESPN’s feelings about him after his controversial departure.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t think that there’s any possible explanation otherwise.”

Added Schilling: “I’m uncomfortable saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe they cut me out.’ But when you talk about that series, what do you think about? I think about Dave Roberts’ steal, I think about the walk from [Kevin] Millar off [Mariano] Rivera, [David] Ortiz’s [game-winning home runs] and that Game 6. I don’t know. I was waiting for it, expecting exactly what was said in response, when they issued the response, which was, ‘We had to cut the show down to fit into [the time slot].’ … My thought was, somebody in charge — it wasn’t just some dude saying, ‘OK, I’ll just edit this’ — somebody made that actual order: ‘Cut Game 6 out of this, and be very specific.’

“I think the result was exactly the opposite of what they were hoping would happen.”

Schilling’s replacement on Sunday Night Baseball, Jessica Mendoza, has received both accolades and criticism for her work.

“It’s unfortunate that she’s going to be put in a position [to fail],” Schilling said. “I think she’s good at what she does in the sense that she knows hitting. But I just feel like this is an issue where I just don’t see it ending great. And that sucks, because I love her to death.”

An avowed conservative and frequent critic of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Schilling previously expressed support for Ben Carson in the Republican presidential race. Now that Donald Trump has essentially locked up the nomination, Schilling said he will back the controversial billionaire businessman.

“Contrary to what people want to believe and think, supporting someone doesn’t mean everything that comes out of their mouth you stand for and believe in,” Schilling said. “I have some disagreements with some of the stuff that he’s said. He hasn’t been specific enough for me to disagree with much, and I think that’s got to change.”

Added Schilling: “The fact that he said ‘America first’ and all the things he’s said — and I’ve never heard one of the candidates on the other ticket even come close to talking about stuff like that — speaks volumes. Much like a certain company, I think both parties have continued to do that exact opposite of what they’ve intended, which is they’re trying to drive people away from the guy, and they’re doing the exact opposite. I think every time they come up and say something stupid and foolish about Donald Trump, more people vote for him.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On if he might ever run for an elected office: “I think someday I might think about it. Just because I think a lot of people — and I’m probably one of them — sit on the sidelines a lot and talk trash and all the things that we do and actually don’t do anything about it.”

On how close he was to running for Senator from Massachusetts after Ted Kennedy passed away in 2009, creating a vacancy: “I wasn’t as close as people might think, but it was closer than I ever expected to be. And after talking to Senator [John] McCain and talking to the Republican party, it was considered. But once you sit down and think about what that involves, not just from yourself but what your family has to put up with, it wasn’t something that I thought was [the right move at the time].”

On what position might entice him: “I’ve come to believe in my mind that the true moves and shakers in politics and the people that make things happen in the world are the people that do it at a local level. I’ve seen it here in Medfield. When you’re on the board of planning or those kind of things, you actually impact people lives in a big way. So, I don’t know. Like I said, I’m pretty much focused on what’s right ahead of me and what we’re doing. Those things are going to square themselves away over the next couple of weeks and then we’ll get moving.”

On David Price’s slow start and if something might be wrong with him: “I hesitate to use the word ‘wrong,’ but I will tell you this … the big thing for me is never really average velocity. It’s down a little bit, but if you look at average velocity it’s generally over [2,000] or 3,000 pitches. So there’ll be marginal changes year to year, that can change. The big thing you pay attention to is max velocity. Because to me, max velocity is a huge indicator. Because in the fifth inning of a game with the bases loaded, I want a strikeout, I’m going to reach back and give it everything I have. When everything I have changes, then that means there’s physically different things. Could be just the season, could be the time of the season, but his max velocity is down significantly. … When you move from one velocity sector to another, I think there are questions. He’s not hurt — let’s be very clear about that, because you don’t throw the ball 95 or 96 miles an hour hurt. I just think that he’s either working his way into picking that max velocity up, or that’s what he’s got this year.”

On the report that the Red Sox did not insure Pablo Sandoval’s contract: “I haven’t heard beyond yesterday what I heard, but if that contract is uninsured, then anybody associated with that deal should be fired. … What I’ve heard, and I don’t know it to be true or not, was that the contract was uninsured — completely uninsured. And that, to me, is absolutely [a blunder]. You get what you deserve at that point. If you did that, that’s your fault.”

On Sandoval’s future: “I don’t think he can [return to the Red Sox]. Listen, I would like to think you’re going to see him a year from now at 225 [pounds]. You know what I’m saying? I would like to think he would have the pride and the desire to come back and say, ‘I’m going to fix this, I’m going to make these people like me.’ I don’t know that the history shows that as a possibility, No. 1, and No. 2, I think it’s just as likely he comes back at 315. That’s a really, really, really tough thing to do. At that point, you certainly can’t trade him.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

ATLANTA — The Red Sox should be getting some clarity on the Pablo Sandoval situation in less than a week.

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (12-13): L, 6-4, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.

Chris Marrero

Chris Marrero

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (12-13): L, 6-4, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

— With the PawSox down to their final strike in the ninth inning, Chris Marrero launched a game-tying home run off the top of the wall in center field. However, Pawtucket ended up suffering the third walk-off loss in the first six games of its road trip when Nick Williams hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning for the Iron Pigs.

— Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, making his second rehab start, surrendered three runs in the first inning but then settled in and allowed just two baserunners (both on singles) over the remainder of his six-inning stint.

— The Marrero cousins drove in all four PawSox runs. Chris Marrero had an RBI double in the fifth inning, and Deven Marrero hit a two-run double in the eighth to draw his team within a run at 4-3. Chris Marrero is 8-for-11 with four doubles and two home runs in three games at Lehigh Valley’s Coca-Cola Park this season.

— Sam Travis twice came up with two runners on base and two outs in the late innings — including the 10th — but could not deliver.

Henry Ramos

Henry Ramos

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (8-17): L, 13-2, vs. Binghamton (Mets)

— Teddy Stankiewicz entered Tuesday’s game on a run of four straight quality starts, pitching exactly six innings each time out and never giving up more than one earned run. However, that ended early as he allowed eight runs on nine hits (two home runs) and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander, a second-round draft pick of the Sox in 2013, fell to 0-1 and saw his ERA jump from 1.13 to 3.58.

— Designated hitter Henry Ramos, batting leadoff, had two of Portland’s six hits, as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. The 24-year-old from Puerto Rico now is hitting .254. Catcher Jake Romanski went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI to improve his average to .333.

— The Sea Dogs lost to the Mets for the eighth straight time, dating back to last season, and for the 13th straight time in Portland. The Sea Dogs will try to end that streak Wednesday night when they send Ty Buttrey (0-4, 4.24 ERA) to the hill on Martial Arts & Ninja Turtle Night at Hadlock Field.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (17-8), W, 15-3 in Game 1, W, 7-6 in Game 2, vs. Carolina (Braves)

— Center fielder Andrew Benintendi had a pair of hits in each game of the doubleheader sweep to improve his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest in Salem Red Sox history. He’s now hitting .371.

— Second baseman Yoan Moncada also had hits in both games, including a grand slam in the fifth inning of the opener, to improve his average to .329.

— In Game 1, Mauricio Dubon went 3-for-5 to lead Salem’s 14-hit attack. Nick Longhi went 2-for-3 with two walks, a two-run double, a triple and three RBIs. Bryan Hudson was 2-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and four runs scored.

— Left-hander Jalen Beeks improved to 3-1 with a five-inning outing in which he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Righty Taylor Grover pitched the final two innings (both games were seven innings as per league doubleheader rules) and allowed one hit and no runs, with one strikeout.

— In the nightcap, Salem trailed by a run in the bottom of the sixth. Deiner Lopez led off with triple, Moncada doubled him home and went to third on a throwing error, and Dubon hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run.

— Right-hander German Taveras started and pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Righty Yankory Pimentel picked up the win (1-0) after pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts.

— The Mudcats loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning off closer Austin Maddox, but the right-hander got out of the jam unscathed to pick up his fourth save.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (11-12): No game scheduled. Next host Augusta (Giants) on Wednesday night.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

For the middle game of the Red Sox-White Sox series in Chicago, Boston will send Clay Buchholz to the mound looking for his first win of the season, and he’ll be opposed by 23-year-old left-hander Carlos Rodon.

Buchholz, who struggled badly in April for the third straight season, is 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. The Red Sox have lost all five games he’s started, including his previous outing last Thursday vs. the lowly Braves. In that game, a 5-3 loss, Buchholz went 6 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

Buchholz pinpointed the main problem as his lack of command of his fastball.

“There was a couple of them that got hit hard and they found the holes. They didn’t hit the ball at anybody,” Buchholz said. “It happens like that sometimes. When you do walk guys, you try to minimize the damage. I didn’t do a very good job of that tonight.”

Added Buchholz: “I don’t mind walking guys in situations. But when you’re out there trying to throw a strike — trying to throw the ball down the middle — and you don’t do it, it’s frustrating.”

In eight career starts against the White Sox, Buchholz is 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He did not face Chicago last season.

Rodon carries a 1-3 record with a 4.33 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. In his last outing last Friday against the Orioles, he went seven innings and surrendered six runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts as Chicago dropped a 6-3 decision. It was a 3-3 game when Rodon have up a three-run home run to Nolan Reimold in the seventh inning.

“I felt fine,” Rodon said afterward. “I thought I threw well but sometimes things don’t go your way, and you make a mistake like that late in the game, and you’re going to pay for it against these big league hitters.”

As a rookie last season, the North Carolina State product started 23 games and appeared in three others, compiling a record of 9-6 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He has not yet faced the Red Sox.

Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon

Red Sox vs. Rodon (LHP)

Chris Young (6 plate appearances): .400 AVG/.500 OBP/.600 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

No other Red Sox have faced Rodon.

White Sox vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Melky Cabrera (34 plate appearances): .226 AVG/.294 OBP/.323 SLG, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Brett Lawrie (30): .107/.138/.107, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Austin Jackson (21): .263/.333/.526, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Dioner Navarro (19): .278/.316/.333, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Adam Eaton (7): .000/.143/.000

Jose Abreu (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Perhaps no big league pitcher has experienced the highs and lows more than Clay Buchholz.</p>
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CHICAGO — Hanley Ramirez has a message for Pablo Sandoval.

Even though Tuesday morning’s labrum surgery on the third baseman’s left shoulder might have seemed painful, the hardest part hasn’t surfaced.

Chris Young

Chris Young

CHICAGO — By the time May 4 rolled around last season, Chris Young had made his mark.

The outfielder had hit .308 with a 1.052 OPS in 74 plate appearances, dominating lefties to the tune of .440 batting average and 1.548 OPS in 32 plate appearances. His Yankees were also 4-0 games Young started at the time.

This time around?

With the Red Sox’ 4-1 loss to the White Sox Tuesday night, they are 0-6 in games Young has started. The righty hitter has just 32 total plate appearances, hitting .167 with a .519 OPS. He has managed just 15 trips to the plate against the pitchers he was brought into face, lefties, notching three hits and two walks.

“It is what it is,” said Young when asked about the lack of opportunities. “Keep working and try and be ready for whatever opportunities come. That’s all I can pretty much say about that.”

Young, who went 0-for-3 against Chicago starter Jose Quintana Tuesday night, will get his second crack at back-to-back starts thanks, Wednesday, with the White Sox throwing lefty Carlos Rodon.

“Honestly, you know what, I’ve never really paid too much attention to it in the past,” said Young of his current role. “This is the first year there’s been so much focus on it and so much attention brought to it. In years past I probably played a little more often, but it wasn’t as accentuated as much as it is right now. It’s been pretty obvious there hasn’t been many lefties this year, as I would like, but I’ll just make the best of the situation and stay ready.”

It’s still a mystery as to how the Red Sox, and Young, can handle lefties. John Farrell’s club has totaled a major league-low 151 plate appearances against left-handers, hitting an MLB-worst .193 in such situations.

Quintana joined Drew Smyly and J.A. Happ as the only lefty starters the Red Sox have faced this season, with the three combining to allow just two runs in 23 innings.

“I can’t say that,” said Farrell of the premise that left-handers might present a problem for his club. “We have such a heavily-right-handed hitting lineup you’d think our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitcher coming at them. But we faced three good ones that have pitched extremely well against us. Still, we’re capable of more.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

CHICAGO — Hanley Ramirez has a message for Pablo Sandoval.

Even though Tuesday morning’s labrum surgery on the third baseman’s left shoulder might have seemed painful, the hardest part hasn’t surfaced.

“It’s going to be a lot of work,” the Red Sox first baseman said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s five years and I’m still not feeling the same. It’s not going to be the same. Your swing might change a little bit. You have to find a way to adjust. It’s going to take a lot of hours, every day.”

Ramirez knows of what he speaks. In 2011, the infielder also had Dr. James Andrews repair his labrum (along with some work on the rotator cuff) in what turned out to be an eight-hour surgery.

And, to this day, Ramirez is constantly reminded of the procedure, and not just because of the enormous scar running along his left shoulder. He spends virtually every morning or afternoon participating in some sort of Red Sox-monitored rehab for the surgically-repaired body part.

It is an injury that cropped back up last season when crashing into a wall back just about a year ago, forcing Ramirez to make a decision as to whether or not to go under the knife once again. But when presented the option of surgery vs. rehab, he took the latter.

So, instead of spending the offseason recovering from another trip to Dr. Andrews, he went down to a rehab facility in South Florida prior to the end of the 2015 regular season to amp up a strengthening program heading into the offseason.

“We could have gone both ways, but I didn’t want to have surgery because I owe a lot to the city and a lot of the team,” Ramirez said. “People were criticizing me after they sent me back before the season ended, but it was worth it because they sent me down to the rehab facility.

“They took a look and they saw I had in there. It was better that I rehab. I worked my ass off in the offseason and here I am.”

And now, Ramirez is ready to help Sandoval learn from the last five years.

“The hardest thing is not the surgery. The hardest thing is the rehab,” he said. “My advice to Pablo is that it’s going to take a lot of work. A lot of work, a lot of eduction and a lot of discipline because you use your shoulder for everything. I know that he can do it.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford