Pitcher Franklin Morales told WEEI.com that he will start Sunday's game against the Twins in place of Josh Beckett, who injured his back in his last start. Morales has made five starts for the Sox this season, going 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.
Manager Bobby Valentine told The Big Show on Wednesday that Morales was his choice to start if the need arises. Beckett suffered a back spasm in the third inning of his start against the Tigers on Tuesday and was not able to throw in his scheduled side session on Thursday.
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FOXBORO -- Two days after a training camp fight broke out before 22,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium, there were two more battles on Friday. Coach Bill Belichick sent the team, along with members of the coaching staff, to run three laps around the field as punishment.
The first fight involved linebacker Bobby Carpenter and lineman Ryan Wendell and two incidents followed moments later. Belichick spoke to the team after the laps and quarterback Tom Brady called for a players-only huddle.
"It's the same stuff it always is," Carpenter said after Friday's practice. "It's guys trying to go all the way through the whistle and things get a little heated and one thing leads to another and before you know it, there's 60 guys out there. But Coach Belichick talked to us. Hopefully, that won't happen again. We can't be fighting ourselves. We have to be working to improve."
That scrum, which also featured Patrick Chung and Rob...
Kelly Shoppach (shin) and Mike Aviles (turn toe), both of whom had been sidelined by injuries recently, are back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday against the Twins. With left-hander Brian Duensing on the mound for Minnesota, the Red Sox will also feature Ryan Lavarnway at designated hitter, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting.
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In a video interview on the team's website, Celtics' forward Paul Pierce said that Ray Allen's contributions to the franchise will never be forgotten and joked that he was "a little bitter" about Allen's decision to sign with Miami.
"It's going to be weird," Pierce said of seeing Allen with the Heat. "Ray made the best decision for him. That's what it's pretty much all about. You get in these situations in free agency, you make the best decision for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't have a championship ring. The things he's been able to for this organization will never be forgotten."
Asked if he has talked with him much this summer, Pierce joked, "I'm still a little bitter, but we're still brothers."
Also in the interview, Pierce said that his left knee felt a lot better after he played through...
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning and discussed how he would have reacted to the most recent controversy in the Red Sox clubhouse regarding Bobby Valentine and Will Middlebrooks. Valentine told The Big Show Wednesday that the only time he had discussions with ownership about communication with players was after he made a sarcastic comment to Middlebrooks after a couple of defensive failures by the third baseman in an inning earlier this season.
"As a player, that's a swing. I'm taking a swing at that comment," Schilling said. "And I'm not talking about just Bobby, if anybody had said that … Bobby's different. He runs and beats to a different drummer. ... I never came off the field after giving up five runs and had a manager say, 'wow, that's a nice inning." I never heard anybody...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher about how it feels to be one of the veterans on the club as they head into the playoffs as AL East Champs
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.
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
Glenn, Lou and Christian joke around with audio from a grab-bag of topics, including David Ortiz driving for Lyft, Rex Ryan joining the Buffalo media conference call, and Jim Mora coming back with another great rant.
Red Sox President of Baseball Ops. Dave Dombrowski checks in with Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about what the playoff roster might look like, and to give the latest update on Pablo Sandoval.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo & Jacoby Brissett, and talk about what he say from a day of practice and press conferences down at Gillette.
Vintage Rex today... while Belichick is deep in to game film and preparation, Rex is making practical jokes against Julian Edelman and getting testy with the Boston media.
John joins us from NY and tells us why he left Price in, what to expect from the rest of this Yankees series, and more.
Inspired by what should happen at Yankee Stadium tonight or tomorrow, we look at four other memorable moments in which the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Gerry Callahan and Jeff Kuhner react to the first presidential debate of this election season. Gerry is convinced Trump lost the first debate while Jeff thinks otherwise. Gerry and Jeff talk about what Trump needs to do better in the upcoming debates.
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.
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