Red Sox manager Terry Francona offered the usual round of pre-game updates. Among them:
Jacoby Ellsbury is "a little sore." After his examination yesterday for a shoulder strain, "everyone concluded it was just a bruise, which is good." The Sox planned to have him work out on the field before the game, leading to a subsequent evaluation of his status. He's considered day to day.
Jed Lowrie probably will start a rehab assignment within about a week. "The one thing we don't want to do is send him out to play while he still has rehab to do," Francona said.
J.D. Drew told Francona that he is "good to go. "
The match-up of Josh Beckett vs. A.J. Burnett features two pitchers with dominant stuff. "If you're a fan," said Francona, "this is one of the best games to watch."
Francona offered a few ideas about Josh Beckett's dramatic turnaround, during which he has gone from permitting opponents a batting average of over .300 in his first five starts to under .200 in the last five. "He's trusting his stuff. His command is better. The finish on his stuff is better," Francona said. Francona also suggested that Beckett has been using a two-seam fastball to great effect against lefties, a pitch that is thrown at their belt buckles but then veers back over the inside corner.
Of the formidable Yankees lineup, Francona said, "Everybody has 12 homers...If you pound the (strike) zone and miss, they hit a homer."
On David Ortiz: "I think the last, maybe it's 10 days, he's made a concerted effort to not drag (emotionally), because he understands how important he is to our team...when he's driving the ball consistently with authority, I think everyone will feel good." Francona said that he was unsure how he would use Ortiz during interleague play during the weekend series in Philadelphia, when there will not be a designated hitter. Teh Red Sox manager did say that he would not use Ortiz at first base simply to keep his mind off of his hitting problems, since that would be detrimental to the team's run prevention.
"I hate to put a player in a position to be embarrassed, not because of skill but instead because he hasn't been out there," Francona said of using Ortiz at first.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
Heath Evans of the NFL Network joins Mut and Lou to talk how Revis and Browner impact the Patriots defense, the Vince Wilfork Situation, and the arms race between Denver and New England
We talk Revis with his friend and mentor, former Patriot Ty Law.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.
Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.
Kevin Millar makes his weekly appearance to discuss Michael Pineda's apparent pine tar on his hand, the Red Sox loss to the Yankees, and the team's pitching.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks about the Bruins stretch run to the playoffs and rants about the NCAA.
Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.
Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Joe Andruzzi witnessed the attacks first-hand and sprung into action to help others when the blasts went off on Boylston Street. The former Patriots OL joined the show to discuss and reflect on that day.
Mut, Merloni and Christian Fauria reflect on the tragic events on April 15th 2013 at the Boston Marathon and discuss how the city has changed.
We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.
Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.
We speak with David Abel of the Boston Globe, who penned the incredible piece on the Richard Family in this past weekend's Boston Globe.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
It’s been a busy week across the NFL & with the College Football Draft Hopefuls so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson plowed through as much as you can handle, including news about The Jets & their interest in Chris Johnson, the LSU Pro Day, rumors and news surrounding free agents & recent signings like Santonio Holmes, DeSean Jackson & Nate Burleson. Then it’s all about the 2014 Rookie Wide Receiver class that just continues to grow and impress. There’s a lot here to keep you informed as the offseason heats up and the draft approaches. Get ready!
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