With left-hander Jeff Francis on the mound for the Royals, the Red Sox have loaded their starting lineup with right-handed hitters. Ryan Lavarnway will get his second straight start at DH, while Darnell McDonald gives Josh Reddick a day off in right field.
Here is the Red Sox' lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mike Aviles SS
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jed Lowrie 3B
Ryan Lavarnway DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Darnell McDonald RF
Andrew Miller P
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King spoke with Mut & Merloni about the Patriots and other NFL news Friday afternoon.
King said that the Patriots’ more aggressive pass rush this preseason reflects less a philosophical change and more a personnel-based decision.
“If [Albert Haynesworth] is in the lineup on September 11, he’s going to be a force in a 4-3 defense next to Vince Wilfork,” King said. “I think Wilfork is excited about it, I think all the guys behind him are excited about it, and there’s no question in my mind … they’re going to play a lot of 4-3.”
King also said trying to label NFL defenses as 3-4 or 4-3 is “so silly.”
“What happens mostly is that teams just morph into so many different things,” King said. “Last year, the New England Patriots had three defensive linemen on the field on 39 percent of the snaps. So, if that’s a...
Patriots veteran tackle Matt Light has been slowly working his way back into form following offseason shoulder surgery and in his absence first round pick Nate Solder has been seeing most of the time at his position. Appearing as a guest on WEEI's The Big Show, Light said that the competition among the offensive line is healthy and that the mentoring process happens naturally.
"We all do a good job of pushing each other. I think competition is key to any team's success," Light said. "When it comes to some of these young guys sure you want to impart some knowledge that you've gained over the years. Whether it's thinks about technique, whether it's an individual play, things you have to look out for, things that have happened to you, that kind of just happens naturally through the process. When I was a younger play I had a lot of guys who were doing that for me. Whether it was the [Mike] Compton's or watching some of these older guys...
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss Thursday's impressive preseason victory over the Buccaneers.
"Coach has been putting in new things each and every day. We've just been trying to see what works," Mayo said. "Last night, some things worked well for us. We'll go back to the drawing board and take those good things out and work on the bad plays and see what happens."
Asked about the Patriots' apparent move to use the 4-3 more often, Mayo was noncommittal. "I don't know what we're going to run," he said. "I'm sure we'll show a lot of different looks."
Rookies attempting to learn the Patriots' system have had a short offseason due to the lockout, but Mayo offers no excuses for them.
"There's no sympathy on Sundays. None at all," he said with a laugh. "At the same time, these coaches are — we're meeting a lot, they're throwing a lot...
The Georgetown basketball team's goodwill tour of China lacked goodwill Thursday night. A chippy game against the Bayi Rockets in Beijing ended with about 9½ minutes left when a huge brawl broke out. In a video of the incident, Chinese players appear to be the aggressors, throwing punches, swinging chairs and tossing water bottles. That led Georgetown coach John Thompson III to pull his team off the court. Thompson, who was berated by a Chinese player early in the game, did his best to downplay the incident after retreating to his hotel.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
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
Scott Sarver, explains the origins of Alex Guerrero's infomercials, and who they were crafted by, and who was pulling the strings on the operation.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to discuss and defend Alex Guerero's "checkered past", Bill Belichick making his teams play for 60 minutes, and Marvin Lewis' big win over Seattle.
The B's look terrible, with losses in each of their first 3 games. They've been outscored 10-4, and CSNNE's Joe Haggerty is reporting that the team is quietly gauging the market on some veteran players.
Dale, Michael and Jerry have a few laughs at the expense of Gregg Doyel's latest column. Fake tears included!
Kind of hard to get ramped up for a big revenge game when the opposing city's media can't find it in themselves to pick against the Patriots.
We close out the day with some of the best in sound bites that you may have missed.
Mikey, Mut, and Villani are talking about Tom Brady and Alex Guerrero and where should the line be drawn.
Mikey and Mut are talking Patriots and get a call from someone who is upset about the Patriots "running up the score"
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to their interview with Tom Brady including Tom's defense of his business partner Alex Guerrero.