Will Middlebrooks will make his major-league debut for the Red Sox on Wednesday, batting eighth and playing third base against the A's at Fenway Park. Middlebrooks is batting .333 with nine homers, 27 RBI and a .677 slugging percentage for Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
The status of Kevin Youkilis (back) remains unknown. Bobby Valentine told WEEI on Wednesday that no decision has been made regarding a potential DL stint for Youkilis.
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Former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau was found dead of an apparent suicide in his San Diego-area home Wednesday, police have confirmed.
Seau, a 10-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection, played for his hometown Chargers from 1990-2002 before joining the Dolphins for three seasons. He signed with the Patriots in 2006 and played four seasons in New England, although he signed well into the season in 2008 and '09.
Seau, 43, was involved in an incident in 2010 when his Cadillac Escalade drove off a highway in Carlsbad, Calif., and down a 30-foot coastal bluff shortly after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at his home (although he was never charged). Police said Seau had fallen asleep at the wheel.
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ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney made his weekly appearance with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about Red Sox news involving Kevin Youkilis, Aaron Cook and Oil Can Boyd.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been tearing it up in the minors, but until the Sox decide what to do with the injury-plagued Youkilis, Middlebrooks might have trouble finding enough at-bats in Boston. Olney was asked what the market would look like if the Red Sox considered trading Youkilis.
"They have been exploring it, I think in the past. I'm not saying that they're aggressively there looking to dump his contract, but I think they're aware of potential interest," Olney said. "And I can tell you this for a fact: There are teams -- and I've spoken with evaluators of other teams -- as soon as Youkilis leaves the Red Sox, whether it's as a free agent at the end of this year or if they're willing to eat a lot of the money in this year's deal,...
Josh Beckett will miss his next start on Saturday against the Orioles and righthander Aaron Cook will be promoted and take his place in the Red Sox rotation, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced before Wednesday's game.
"Aaron Cook was retained by us. There was a question if we keep him, what do we do with him. And so what we're going to do is keep him, start him on Saturday, that will be in Josh's spot. Josh is just going to miss that one start, just to play it safe on the fact that he threw more pitches than he normally throws. And he had some right lat stiffness, tightness."
Beckett matched a career high by throwing 126 pitches on Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox.
"There's a reason for everything and Aaron Cook gets a start and Josh gets more than just one day extra," Valentine said. "It's the next-day stiffness that was a little more than normal."
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Andy Pettitte, testifying Wednesday in the trial of Roger Clemens in Washington, backtracked on his insistence that Clemens admitted to him that he used HGH. Asked by a defense lawyer it was fair to say it was 50-50 that Pettitte misunderstood what Clemens told him during their conversation in 1999 or 2000, Pettitte answered, "I'd say that's fair."
One day earlier, Pettitte testified that "Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH," repeating a claim he made in a congressional deposition in 2008.
Pettitte, Clemens' former teammate with the Yankees and Astros, is important to the government's case as prosecutors try to prove that Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Pettitte, 39, is trying to make a comeback with the Yankees this year.
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.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
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.
Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?
The debate heats up as the discussion turns towards O.J. Simpson
On a Friday edition of Headlines, Gary presents us with some thrilling erotica talk.
Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.
Glenn and Christian discuss last night's underwhelming draft by the Celtics
Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.
Dale and Holley's Final Drive 06-24-16
Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.