The Red Sox activated reliever Hideki Okajima Saturday. The left-hander last pitched for the Sox on August 5 and was put on the DL with a right hamstring strain the following day. He has struggled mightily this season, posting an ERA of 5.85 and a WHIP of 1.98.
Michael Bowden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to make room for Okajima on the roster. Bowden has not pitched for the Sox since allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings vs. the Blue Jays on August 20.
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According to a tweet by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has told friends he will not require the White Sox to extend his contract as part of a possible deal between the two teams.
There were several national reports Friday that suggested Ramirez would not accept a deal to the White Sox without an extension. Ramirez is in the final year of a two-year, $45 million deal that also includes a full no-trade clause.
The two teams have until 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday to complete a trade.
The Red Sox and Rays will play the second-game of a three-game set Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox moved to within 4.5 games of the Rays and Yankees in the AL East (and wild-card) race with a 3-1 win Friday, a victory fueled by a pair of Victor Martinez home runs and seven strong innings from Jon Lester.
Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox on Saturday. Buchholz has won each of his last five decisions and leads the American League in ERA. Matt Garza (13-7, 3.62), who has allowed just a single run over his last two starts, gets the ball for the Rays.
Buchholz -- SP
According to a report in the Boston Herald, the results of an MRI taken on the right ankle of Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace Friday show only a sprain, and not a more serious injury.
It is not yet known how long Brace, who had seven tackles and a sack in Thursday's preseason loss to the Rams, will be out of action.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Victor Martinez hit a pair of solo home runs, and Jon Lester held Tampa Bay to just one run on two hits over seven innings, as the Red Sox claimed the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field, beating the Rays, 3-1, Friday night.
The victory, which brought the Sox within 4 1/2 games of Tampa Bay, was accomplished against Cy Young candidate, Tampa Bay starter David Price. Martinez helped get the visitors off on the right foot with a homer to left field in the first inning, and then added an insurance run with another long ball against Price in the seventh. Coming into the game the Tampa Bay lefty had allowed just one homer in three starts against the Sox.
Martinez also came up big defensively, expertly blocking the plate in the sixth inning as B.J. Upton was attempting to score the game-tying run from second on Jason Bartlett's single. With the catcher's maneuvering, and an on-target throw...
Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he
Joe & Dave talked to Rubby De La Rosa after the rookie pitcher went seven innings in the one-run win against the Royals at Fenway.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
Do the Bills pose the biggest threat? Should Sean McManus force his announcers on CBS to NOT say Redskins? What happens next? Tiger win another major, or will Rory complete a career grand slam? Colby Lewis was angry at Colby Rasmus for bunting against the shift. Should Red Sox fans have false hope, or cautious optimism?
Tim bought the entire DVD box set of True Detective and binge-watched the entire series in one weekend. Christian found a man who made a spread sheet of how and when his wife said "No" to sex. And most importantly, Lou spoke about a boy named Danny Nickerson. Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall. He loves to see his name on postcards and mail, so Lou encouraged people to send Danny birthday cards.
The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?
We delve into Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam and drafting him, and how there may be more at work here than on the surface.
We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.
We tackle four topics, all spawned by Rory McIroy's futures bet he placed on his own son 10 years ago.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!
As we inch closer to August the initial Fantasy Football picture is starting to become more clear. Today, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com review Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com featuring 20 High Value Targets to consider. The conversation features a deep analysis on upside players like Justin Hunter, Aaron Dobson, Tavon Austin, Michael Floyd and Martellus Bennett. As well as a breakdown on three Quarterbacks including Tom Brady who should be strongly considered ahead of their current Average Draft Position. Get ahead of the information while these great Fantasy Stocks are low!
Rob Bradford is joined by Torey Lovullo, Red Sox bench coach, to talk about what went wrong with his team and how they might be able to fix it heading into the second half of the season. Included is a special guest cameo by Alex Speier.
Lester went 8 innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8 as the Red Sox swept the Royals. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. With every dominant performance, the price tag goes up.More from this show