After dealing with a rash of August injuries, the Red Sox appear poised to refortify in the coming days, manager Terry Francona told reporters in Texas.
Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined since getting hit on the back by a pitch in the eighth inning of Friday's contest in Kansas City, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers. Ellsbury -- who is hitting .313 with a .370 OBP, .517 slugging mark, .887 OPS, 22 homers and 33 steals -- showed enough improvement from Sunday to Monday while hitting early that the Sox concluded that Tuesday made a reasonable target for his return date.
"He hit yesterday but it wasn't easy for him. Today he let it loose a little bit more. He did better," Francona told reporters. "If he keeps improving like he has he'll be able to play tomorrow. He'll be sore, but he'll be ready to play."
David Ortiz, said Francona, was expected to take full batting practice on Monday and then...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show as part of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium on Monday. In talking with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi, Belichick discussed the status of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The former Titan and Redskin was not in Foxboro Monday due to a simple assault hearing in Washington D.C. and has missed several consecutive practices due to injury. Belichick said that Haynesworth, who is considered day-to-day, could possibly play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions.
The Red Sox have scheduled left-hander Andrew Miller to make a start in the series finale against the Rangers on Thursday. As a result, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will get his first chance to shoot for career win No. 200 at Fenway Park on Friday.
Miller (5-1, 4.99) last pitched on Friday in Kansas City, logging 5 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on three hits en route to the victory. Wakefield (6-5, 4.97) made the start the next day, likewise exiting after 5 1/3 innings and with the Sox ahead, 4-3. But the bullpen allowed an inherited runner to score and then permitted five more runs, resulting in a no-decision for Wakefield and a loss for the Sox.
By having Miller pitch on Thursday, both Miller and Wakefield will be pitching on five days' rest. Moreover, Wakefield will avoid pitching at the Ballpark at Arlington (where he has a career record of 5-13 with a 6.23 ERA in 21 games) in favor of a home park in which he has a 97-76 career...
Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show for Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, and declined to expand upon a Yahoo! Sports report that he accepted $50,000 from booster Nevin Shapiro while attending the University of Miami.
"I commented about it, and I'm done with that," Wilfork, who later added he couldn't remember when he first learned the story was going to be reported, said . "That's all I'm going to say about it. I've moved forward from that day. I'm looking forward to Detroit, and that's where I'm at right now."
Wilfork had said prior to Monday's practice that he did not want to "be a distraction" to the Patriots, so he was quick to change the subject to how he felt the defense fared Thursday against the Buccaneers when asked about the Miami situation on The Big Show.
"Like I said, i've made my comments, and I don't have anything else to say about. I've moved forward from it. Like...
Shortstop Marco Scutaro will lead off as the Red Sox remain without Jacoby Ellsbury in the starting lineup as they prepare for the start of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The Sox will be facing Rangers Opening Day starter C.J. Wilson, who is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts against Boston (all of which the Rangers have won).
Though Wilson has typically been a devastating matchup for left-handed hitters, this year, his typical splits have been reversed. Left-handed batters have a .261 average and .710 OPS against Wilson this year, while righties have marks of .228 and .645. That fact makes the absences of Ellsbury (out of the lineup for the third game since being hit in the back by a pitch) and David Ortiz (bursitis) all the more significant.
Wilson will face Sox left-hander Erik Bedard, who is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 17 strikeouts and four walks in 16 innings (spanning three starts) with the Sox.
We check in with the HC of the NEP on Patriots Monday. Bill Belichick breaks down all aspects of the win over Dallas, including the linebacker play, Dion Lewis, and the league's point on emphasis on pick plays.
We check in with the best football analyst on Boston radio. Tedy Bruschi talks to Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart about all aspects of the win over Dallas, and the the upcoming Colts game.
We check in with Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday after a win over Dallas, and they're on to Indy.
Sam Packard and Josue Pavon from WEEI.com discuss the Celtics first two pre-season games. Then, in the second installment of Packard's Corner, Sam is joined by his brother Nick to answer an important historical question. Kick it!
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Former Red Sox infielder Nick Punto to discuss who was in the wrong when it came to the leg-breaking slide of Chase Utley, his former minor-league roommate. Punto also revealed why he chose to take a year off from big league baseball, as well as what went wrong with the 2012 Red Sox. The Bradfo Show is sponsored by Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors and Gould's Distinctive Clothing.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
DJ Bean checks in with Ken Laird for today's Boston Bruins post-game podcast as the B's fell again to Tampa 6-3. Was Chara a help? Any signs of improvement?
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after Boston falls to Montreal in game two of the season. Updates on Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara's health, and reaction to a key Bruins disallowed goal in the second period. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI PodCentre
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
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Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the news of the day, Tom Brady's interview with Dennis and Callahan in which he breaks down his relationship with his health guru Alex Guerrero, and some of his health beliefs and practices.
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