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Stock Watch: 5 up, 5 down in wake of preseason win over Panthers

Christopher Price  |  08/29/2015 - 1:35am EST

The Patriots eked out a 17-16 win over the Panthers Friday night in Charlotte, the second straight preseason victory of the summer for New England. But in the preseason, wins and losses are often secondary, as the real importance is on individual performances, situational football and how each player respond to what might best be described as stressful situations. And there’s always worth noting which players did well to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them. With that in mind, here’s a look at who had a good night for the Patriots, who had a bad night, and what it all means going forward into the final week of the preseason. FIVE UP Running back Dion Lewis Coming into Friday's game, there was some ...

This winter should mark return to top of free agent pitching market for Red ...

John Tomase  |  08/28/2015 - 1:37am EST

A year ago, we had no idea how the Red Sox would build their rotation, but we knew where they'd look -- under rocks, at flea markets, in consignment shops, on the side of the highway, etc. ... This year we still don't know exactly how they plan to build their starting staff, but we can focus on five names you'll only find at Bergdorf Goodman or Saks Fifth Avenue. If Vegas will lay the odds, I'd put money on the Red Sox signing one of the following this winter: Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke, David Price, Scott Kazmiror Jordan Zimmermann. It would mark a tectonic shift in the organization's team-building philosophy, but that's what happens after three last-place finishes in four years prompt the arrival of a baseball chief in Dave Dombrowski who ...

The Hanley Effect has rippled through Red Sox roster, left destruction in ...

John Tomase  |  08/27/2015 - 1:06am EST

If Hanley Ramirez were a movie monster, he'd have about a dozen tentacles. And while each one swung wildly, dealing serious damage, he'd plaintively wail, "I don't want to hurt anybody." In this arm, general manager Ben Cherington. Ramirez may be the single biggest reason he's unemployed, though he's clearly fond of his former farm director. In that arm, coaches Arnie Beyeler and Brian Butterfield, good men who may nonetheless join Cherington on the job hunt at least in part because they either weren't able to reach Ramirez or won't be able to. In this arm, the Red Sox pitching staff, which never found its footing in April while Ramirez made minimal effort in left field. Most of that is on them, but his misadventures contributed to a ...

First things first: Hanley Ramirez has long way to go

Rob Bradford  |  08/26/2015 - 10:14pm EST

CHICAGO -- There was really no other move. Hanley Ramirez had to give first base a try. Now comes the hard part. With a kick-start from Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox enacted their long-discussed plan to introduce Ramirez to first base Tuesday. The lessons with infield instructor Brian Butterfield continued Wednesday, with the pair conducting a brief instructional session during batting practice. But just because we've now seen the slugger don a first baseman's mitt doesn't mean he's even close to being a first baseman. Ask two-time Gold Glove shortstop Alex Rodriguez how tough a transition it is. Pull up some black and white footage of Dick Stuart committing 29 errors for the Red Sox in 1963. Heck, give Mike Napoli a call. All we know is that ...

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08/26/2015 - 10:14pm

CHICAGO -- There was really no other move. Hanley Ramirez had to give first base a try. Now comes the hard part. With a kick-start from Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox enacted their long-discussed plan to introduce Ramirez to first base Tuesday. The lessons with infield instructor Brian Butterfield continued Wednesday, with the pair conducting a brief ... more »

08/28/2015 - 1:37am

A year ago, we had no idea how the Red Sox would build their rotation, but we knew where they'd look -- under rocks, at flea markets, in consignment shops, on the side of the highway, etc. ... This year we still don't know exactly how they plan to build their starting staff, but we can focus on five names you'll only find at Bergdorf Goodman or Saks ... more »

08/29/2015 - 1:35am

The Patriots eked out a 17-16 win over the Panthers Friday night in Charlotte, the second straight preseason victory of the summer for New England. But in the preseason, wins and losses are often secondary, as the real importance is on individual performances, situational football and how each player respond to what might best be described as stressful ... more »

08/25/2015 - 1:53am

Last season there wasn’t much of a question as to where Kevan Miller would fit in the Bruins lineup. At worst he’d be a bottom-pair guy and at best he’d pick up the recently departed Johnny Boychuk’s minutes. One injury-plagued season for Miller and an extremely weird summer for the Bruins later, how Miller ends up fitting with ... more »

01/29/2015 - 12:34am

"Tom Brady will never win another MVP. He's never going to play in another Super Bowl in New England. His best days are gone, and the days at a level right below his best days are gone. There will be flashes of the old form, but those will be outnumbered by what we've seen the last year and a half. It's only going to get worse for Brady and the ... more »

08/19/2015 - 2:17pm

Another day, another beatdown of the National Football Leagueand its high and mighty authority. That's what the Deflategate saga is turning into before U.S. Judge Richard M. Berman. Tom Brady didn't need to fight a public relations battle. The court is doing it for him. It sure seems like for all the world that Judge Berman has many of the same issues ... more »

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NFL Sunday with Butch Ste…

NFL Sunday with Butch Stearns and Chris Price -- DIscussing how the roster and practice squad are constructed, the performance of Jimmy Garoppolo, and previewing Week 1 of the NFL regular season - 8-30-15

Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.

NFL Sunday with Butch Stearns and Chris Price -- Discussing the Pats performance in Carolina, the Develin injury and the running back depth chart - 8-30-15

Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.

It Is What It Is Cast: Reggie Wayne makes his practice debut with Patriots

WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

The Sunday Sports Roundta…

The Sunday Sports Roundtable with Butch Stearns and John Tomase -- A look at the current Red Sox rotation and possible ways to improve in the offseason as well as John's take on the Don Orsillo situation - 8-30-15

Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

Joe Kelly Player Of The Game Interview 8-29-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 08-28-15

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Hey look Mort is wrong ag…

Hey look Mort is wrong again! 8-28-15

Another hour of Mort being wrong.

Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

Mike Florio calls out Chris Mortensen 8-28-15

The great Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk joined us on the latest Mort screw up.

Foreshadowing Pats Openin…

Foreshadowing Pats Opening Night, 8-28-15

The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.

Previewing the Pats dress rehearsal, 8-28-15

On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.

Three For All - Barkley sends shots at agent, Emotional pre-game speech & a Gruden is fat, 8-28-15

The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.

Dale and Holley's Final D…

Dale and Holley's Final Drive / Freestyle Friday - 08-28-15

We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.

No apologies... Mort keeps digging that hole deeper each week

We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.

Yes, the Red Sox do still exist, and yes, Rob Bradford is with us talking Sox

We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.

Chris Mortensen made some…

Chris Mortensen made something up?!?!?!?!

Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald Legal Analyst

Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.

Chris Villani talks deflate gate and Chris Mortensen

Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.

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Fantasy Football Podcast “Draft Strategy”

It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!

SoccerCast - Best transfer moves, Alex hates Arsene Wenger & how far can the Revs go? 8-27-15

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?

D&C’s Breaking Balls: The Patriots have a problem with ESPN 08-24-15

Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.

Chris Mortensen details d…

Chris Mortensen details deflategate tweet saga, claims Kraft family called him to apologize

We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.

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Chris Mortensen stepped in it again 8-28-15

Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.

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Robert Kraft goes rogue 8-3-15

Buck, Gary and Dino discussed Kraft's comments.

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D&C: Breaking down Game 2…

D&C: Breaking down Game 2 of the World Series from Busch Stadium

The advance guard is all set up in St. Louis as D&C opened up the show from Busch Stadium. On the menu: Another homer from Ortiz, the return of Beltran, and a big mistake from Breslow.

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