PAWTUCKET -- The Red Sox signed Andy LaRoche, who requested and was granted his release by the Indians last week. The third baseman joined Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
LaRoche, 28, played 46 games for Triple-A Columbus, hitting .234 with a .331 OBP, .372 slugging mark and .704 OPS, playing 30 games at third base and 10 more at shortstop. In 403 career big league games (most recently, two score with Oakland last year), he's a career .226/.305/.337/.642 hitter.
"This looked like the best fit for me," LaRoche said of the decision to sign with the Sox. "I'm probably going to get the most playing time here."
LaRoche already owns a place in Red Sox history, having been part of the three-team deal with the Pirates and Dodgers that resulted in the departure of Manny Ramirez at the 2008 trade deadline and the arrival of Jason Bay in Boston, a deal that Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington suggested this winter...
Former Patriots defensive back and assistant coach Corwin Brown, charged with striking his wife and holding her hostage with a handgun last summer, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday in South Bend, Ind. In the incident, Brown shot himself in the stomach after releasing his wife.
Family members say they believe Brown suffered brain trauma during his football career at Notre Dame and in the NFL. Brown, 42, played eight seasons with the Patriots (1993-96), Jets (1997-98) and Lions (1999-2000). He was an assistant for one season under Bill Belichick in 2010, following stints with Virginia, the Jets and Notre Dame.
Brown is due to be sentenced Aug. 21. The plea agreement recommends a four-year prison sentence but indicates prosecutors would not oppose a suspended sentence with Brown placed on probation.
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The Mariners scored the game's only run when, with one out in the ninth inning, John Jaso singled in Casper Wells to give Seattle a 1-0 win over the Red Sox, Thursday night at Safeco Field.
The decisive play was made that much more frustrating for the Red Sox considering Cody Ross' throw from right field was in time to get Wells, but catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's sweep tag resulted in the ball popping loose, allowing for the game-winner.
Earning the win for Seattle was its starter Felix Hernandez, who struck out a career-high 13 batters over his nine innings, allowing just five singles while holding the Red Sox scoreless. The Mariners' righty threw 128 pitches, stranding runners on first and second in his final inning by getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to deep left-center and Will Middlebrooks to pop out.
Hernandez would fan each of the Red Sox' starters -- except Mike Aviles -- at least once.
Doing a good job of keeping...
Danny Ainge didn't think he would be able to select Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger when the draft began, but as he fell because of a disk issue in his back, Ainge said the team was comfortable taking him.
"We’re fortunate to get him," Ainge said. "We were concerned and we did our research on the back issues and felt comfortable, but there are some issues there. Our medical staff thinks that short term and long term there may be some maintenance issues with the back."
Sullinger's back problem became a concern at the draft combine when it was reported that teams had a medical red flag. His father told ESPN.com that the issues were related to tightness in his legs. Sullinger missed two games in December because of back spasms, but they were the only two he missed his his two years at Ohio State.
Ainge praised Sullinger's all-around game and noted that he's been one of the best players in his class since his days...
The Celtics took Syracuse center Fab Melo with their second first-round pick, the 22nd overall selection in the draft Thursday night. Melo was the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year and averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks for the Orange.
Melo grew up in Brazil and didn't start playing competitively until his freshman year in high school in southern Florida. He played only 10 minutes a game, but played a more prominent role with Syracuse as a sophomore.
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.
Kirk and Callahan start the 9am discussing the soon-to-come Tom Brady four game suspension and what will happen during that stretch for TB12 and the Pats. The guys then dig back into the Kaepernick discussion in this 9am hour podcast.
Kirk Minihane reads the Wednesday news & gossip headlines, much to the chagrin of the auditioning Gary Tanguay who had prepared to take the lead.
Kirk, Gerry and Gary Tanguay welcome Pats QB Jimmy G to the program, and then discuss the Pats' QB situation in this upload of the entire 8am hour of Wednesday's show.
"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 is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.
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.
Liz and Kristen are surprised by Tom Brady, who calls in to help #KCANCER. Liz Hoenshell (Littleton) and her family appeared on WEEI in 2008 and 2009. Her daughter Kristen was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when she was 9-months old. It is a soft tissue cancer, which in her case, was located in the eye. She underwent immediate surgery and had to follow it with 43 weeks of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. She finished her treatments in March 2009 and has been in remission as of March 2010. Francis “Frank” Hoenshell, 47, of Littleton died at his home in March 2016. He battled bile duct cancer. Liz also lost both parents to cancer. Liz and Frank's children are Cathryn (13), Hannah (11), Kristen (8) and Thomas (6).More from this show
Mike (Methuen) was diagnosed in October 2014 after having severe back pain during a golf tournament. He began treatment at another hospital until February 2015. He then was in remission, but before long it was clear he was having some complications. By July his cancer was back and he started treatment at Dana-Farber, and began a new chemotherapy regimen. By mid-July he was in a coma because of a bad reaction to the chemotherapy and when he woke up he could not move his right arm or left leg and as a result he couldn't walk. Mike rehabbed and at the end of August was finally able to head home. He spent every couple weeks in the hospital for more chemo and spent the time in between doing more physical therapy. Early December, Mike was moving around and he started the stem cell transplant process. He spent his birthday, Christmas and New Years and TWO fantasy football championships in the hospital and by early January was allowed to go home. He spent the next few months recovering under his parents’ watchful eye. All he ate for 2 months was frozen pizza and chicken fingers. He began a clinical trial in February this year, forgoing a 2nd stem cell transplant and instead opting to spend his summer golfing, hanging with friends and family, and getting healthy. After treatment he is still a 4 handicap and had a hole in 1 on May 28. Dr. LaCasce treats patients in Dana-Farber's adult lymphoma program. Lymphomas are blood cancers. Dr. LaCasce can speak about the clinical advances made in treating lymphoma over the past 10+ years.More from this show
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.More from this show