ST. PETERSBURG -- With starter Clay Buchholz making his return from the disabled list, corner infielder Mauro Gomez is being optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Gomez was called up on July 4 to give the Red Sox a right-handed bat with Will Middlebrooks unavailable due to a hamstring injury. Gomez ended up making six starts (five at third base), hitting .333/.360/.458/.818 with three doubles.
Buchholz is 8-2 with a 5.53 ERA on the year, though he'd been excellent in his five starts before landing on the DL with esophagitis, going 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA, 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 37 innings.
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, out of the lineup for a second straight day after being a late scratch prior to the start of Friday's game due to back spasms, said that his lower back is "a little bit better," but that he was not yet ready to play. In hopes of keeping his absence brief, the team and player felt it made sense to have him sit out at least on Saturday.
"I need to take it easy," said Gonzalez. "My back just locked up yesterday. Trying to move around in BP, it was just getting worse.
"I feel better right now," he added. "They just don’t want me to go out there, aggravate it and make it worse. Better to be a two- to three-day type thing than a DL thing."
Gonzalez stepped into the on-deck circle in the late innings of Friday's game as if to pinch hit, but he said that he was no more than a decoy in that situation. The first baseman actually told Sox manager...
ST. PETERSBURG -- Adrian Gonzalez, who was a late scratch from Friday's game with back spasms, is once again out of the lineup on Saturday against the Rays and All-Star left-hander David Price. The Sox will instead feature Brent Lillibridge at first base and batting eighth.
Clay Buchholz will be back on the mound for the Red Sox after missing the last three weeks due to esophagitis, throwing to catcher Kelly Shoppach. For a look at the batter vs. pitcher matchup histories of the Sox against Price and the Rays against Buchholz, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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WALTHAM -- While the Celtics aim for resolution of new contracts for Jeff Green and Jason Terry, they did officially welcome back Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox on Saturday.
Garnett's deal is for three years and $34 million, while Bass is back for three years and $20 million. Wilcox signed a one-year deal, believed to be for the league minimum. Those three are expected to form the backbone of the Celtics' frontcourt.
"That was a priority for us this summer, to get KG back," team president Danny Ainge said. "That was a great relief to get him back. He’s such a big part of who we are and going forward we think he has a lot of basketball left in him."
Garnett was not in Waltham on Saturday, but Bass and Wilcox both expressed relief at being back with the team.
"I knew where I wanted to be," Bass said. "That was back in a green jersey."
Wilcox had emerged as the...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics held a press conference on Saturday morning to announce the free agent signings of Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. What they haven't done officially yet is sign Jeff Green and Jason Terry. Those deals are expected to be done soon, possibly this week, but the delays are the result of the team's maneuvering under the new collective bargaining agreement.
"We hope to resolve those sometime in the near future," team president Danny Ainge said. Ainge later added, "Things are moving forward."
The Celtics have been trying to swing a sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks for Terry, which would enable them to use the mid-level exception on another player. In order to take advantage of more favorable trade terms, they have to be below the luxury tax line of $70.3 million once the deal is complete.
Green's agent David Falk was purposefully vague about the delay, only alluding to the...
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
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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!
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