Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about Carl Crawford's rehab stint in Triple-A. Crawford is slated to rejoin the big league club for Monday's game against the White Sox.
"We were pretty impressed with what we saw," Beyeler said. "He looked like he was ready to go."
Crawford has struggled in Boston, and many have speculated that his mental state is the key reason as Crawford tries to live up to his mega-contract.
"He seems to be fine," Beyeler said of Crawford's attitude. "I know he's early comfortable with Bobby and he's looking forward to getting back. Everybody's been real positive with him. He was down there and worked hard, got all his work in and was bouncing around. We were really pleased to see what we saw while he was here."
While Crawford appears ready to take the next step, the news on pitcher Daniel Bard hasn't been as...
According to a report in The Miami Herald, former Celtics guard Ray Allen has a two-year contract with the Heat that includes a $3.2 million player option for 2013-14, allowing Allen the option to become a free agent again next summer.
Previous reports indicated the deal was for three years and $9 million, with no mention of a player option.
The story by Barry Jackson, crediting sources with direct knowledge, indicates that Rashard Lewis -- who signed with the Heat last week after being bought out by the Hornets -- has a similar option.
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With reports leaking out from New York that the Knicks might change course and let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets, Carmelo Anthony called Lin's renegotiated offer from Houston -- which includes a $14.9 million salary in the third year of the three-year deal -- "ridiculous."
The way the contract is structured makes it difficult for New York to match, and the Knicks appear prepared to instead go with a point guard rotation of Raymond Felton (reportedly headed East in a sign-and-trade with the Trail Blazers) and Jason Kidd (who was arrested Sunday morning for DWI only days after signing a free agent deal).
Knicks coach Mike Woodson insisted last week that the team would match the Rockets' offer to Lin, but that was before Houston altered it to ensure that the Knicks would have to go well over the salary cap to keep the former Harvard star.
"I can't talk about it," Woodson said Sunday.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith made it...
Optimists in Boston have been preaching patience as the Red Sox start to return injured players to the lineup. On Sunday, two of those recently returned players -- Will Middlebrooks and Jacoby Ellsbury -- combined to go 6-for-9 and lead the Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Rays in the final game of a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Middlebrooks, in his third game back from a hamstring strain that cost him a week, was 3-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs. Ellsbury, who injured his shoulder on April 13 and was out until this series, went 3-for-5 with a double.
Daniel Nava hit a home run off Rays starter James Shields (8-6) to lead off the fifth inning and put the Red Sox ahead for good at 4-3. Later in the inning, Middlebrooks ripped a two-run single up the middle with the bases loaded and one out for some insurance.
Cody Ross hit a sacrifice fly to score Ellsbury in the sixth inning for the game's final run.
The Red Sox...
The Red Sox placed reliever Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with a with right forearm tightness and recalled pitcher Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday.
The Atchison move is retroactive to to Saturday. The 36-year-old leads all Sox relievers with a 1.76 earned run average.
The recall marks Tazawa's second stint in the majors this season. He did not allow a run over five relief appearances (6 1/3 innings) in April.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show