Brad Penny takes the hill for the Boston Red Sox tonight against James Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Both Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz return to the Red Sox lineup and Julio Lugo is back in the field and at the bottom of the order, a day after batting leading off as the DH.
Kevin Youkilis remains out of the lineup however Terry Francona reports Youk is feeling "better, just not ready to play... he is really improved today, which is good". Francona also stressed they want to avoid placing Youkilis on the DL as the All-Star first baseman continues to do some rotational work - stepping up activity for the injury, which as described as Francona, is a "deep bruise that spasmed up on him".
Tito also noted that Ortiz is feeling better today and Baldelli feels good after playing last night for the first time coming off the DL. Other injury updates from Francona is that Mark Kotsay is improving and will travel with the team on the road trip. John Smoltz had a good day of throwing yesterday and will throw again tomorrow. Smoltz will then go to Florida on Monday, throw a side session on Tuesday, and perhaps inning or two in a game on Friday in Fort Myers.
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B
David Ortiz - DH
Jason Bay - LF
Mike Lowell - 3B
JD Drew - RF
Jeff Bailey - 1B
Jason Varitek - C
Julio Lugo - SS
BJ Upton - CF
Carl Crawford - LF
Evan Longoria - 3B
Carlos Pena - 1B
Pat Burrell - DH
Gabe Gross - RF
Akinori Iwamura - 2B
Jason Bartlett - SS
Michel Hernandez - C
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
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