In response to David Ortiz's comments in USA Today that it was "humiliating" to be taken to the brink of salary arbitration by the Red Sox before settling for a one-year, $14.575 million deal for 2012, Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino said that the Red Sox hope to retain the slugger for the duration of his career, but that he would not address specifics regarding the kinds of offers the team will make to the newest member of the 400-homer club.
"We love and respect David Ortiz. He is part of the heart and soul of this team and this franchise, and we want him to play his entire remaining career with the Boston Red Sox. He has carried this 2012 team with his performance and leadership," Lucchino wrote in an e-mail. "His latest 4th of July accomplishment of 400 home runs is but another reminder of his greatness and Hall of Fame worthiness.
"Beyond that strongly-held sentiment," Lucchino added, "it would be...
Daniel Bard, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket against the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, submitted perhaps his worst outing since being sent to the minors after struggling in the Red Sox rotation. Summoned with runners on second and third and none out, Bard retired none of the four batters he faced, hitting one batter, allowing a two-run double to center, hitting a second batter, uncorking two wild pitches and then finally giving up an RBI single. He threw just eight of 20 pitches for strikes. One of his pitches was so high that it tipped off the catcher's mitt and ended up hitting the home plate umpire.
In 13 1/3 innings in the minors, Bard has issued 10 walks, hit six batters and thrown six wild pitches. His Triple-A ERA is 8.78. Opponents have a .435 OBP against him.
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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jacoby Ellsbury did not make the trip with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs for their Thursday night game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Ellsbury, who is rehabbing from a dislocated right shoulder, has a scheduled day off and tweeted that he’s "looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."
Carl Crawford and Ryan Sweeney did make the trip, however, and will both start in their respective rehab stints. Crawford will start in left field and bat first in the order while Sweeney will bat third as the designated hitter. Sweeney will be making his first rehab start since injuring the big toe on his left foot that forced him to the 15-day disabled list on June 27.
They’ll both go up against Fisher Cats right-hander Fernando Hernandez. Crawford is 5-for-20 in seven combined games between Portland and the Gulf Coast League since beginning rehab from left wrist surgery.
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As it turns out, Brandon Bass was the first of the Celtics' three remaining high-priority free agents to come to terms, signing a three-year deal, a league source confirmed. Ray Allen is visiting Miami with the Celtics still in the running, and the C's also are working on a new deal for Jeff Green. Contracts can't be officially signed until July 11. The Boston Herald reported news of the agreement first.
Bass opted out of the final year of his contract that was worth $4.25 million, but after the Celtics were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami, Bass noted how much he enjoyed playing in Boston and that he was hoping to stay. Bass averaged a career-high 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds last season with the Celtics and started 39 games during the regular season and all 20 playoff games.
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The Clippers have agreed to terms with veteran guard Jamal Crawford with the mid-level exception and canceled their scheduled meeting with Celtics guard Ray Allen, according to The Los Angeles Times. Allen had been scheduled to meet with the Clippers on Friday after his meeting with the Heat on Thursday. Allen also has been pursued by the Grizzlies and Timberwolves.
With the Clippers off the board, Allen's free agent choice would appear to come down to the Heat and Celtics. Miami can offer only the mini-mid-level -- a contract starting at $3.1 million for up to three years in length -- while the Celtics reportedly have offered Allen a two-year deal at $6 million per season.
Even with free agent Jason Terry on board, the Celtics have remained adamant that they want Allen to return. Contracts can't be signed until July 11.
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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.
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after the Red Sox beat the Tigers 10-2 as Rick Porcello earns his 17th win
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.
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Mickey Rourke in a small, yet growing, group of public figures to rip Lenny Dykstra for his nefarious deeds.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling
The 2016 edition of the annual survey into what sports fans think about their teams (and more importantly, about the media) is out, and Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into some of the opinions of the local fans.
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.
Andrew Benintendi made possibly the catch of the year for the Sox, and the guys talk about the hype surrounding that play. Also, they get into Pats talk, and focus in on what a loss of Tom Brady for 4 games means to an already shaky offensive line.
We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.
We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?
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.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Patriots QB Jimmy G makes his weekly appearance with D&C on 'Patriots Monday' live from Gillette Stadium with Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky on site.More from this show
CSN Pats reporter Tom E. Curran makes it over to the WEEI Gillette Stadium studios to discuss injuries to Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason.More from this show