The Patriots reportedly have started the process of cutting their roster to 75 players, as they have released safeties Josh Barrett and Ross Ventrone.
Barrett, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive back out of Arizona State, played one full season with the Patriots, suiting up in five games last season (with four starts) and coming away with 17 tackles (14 total). The 27-year-old has played three seasons in the NFL, two with the Broncos and one with New England. As for Ventrone, the 25-year-old defensive back gained a small measure of fame last season because he was released and brought back on several occasions. The 5-foot-8, 195-pounder out of Villanova -- who still has practice squad eligibility -- played in eight games last season and came away with two tackles.
The news was first reported by Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe. The Patriots, who currently have 83 players on their roster, need to be at 75 before the Monday afternoon deadline....
Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-5 and launched his second homer of the season as the Red Sox rapped out 14 hits and came from behind to beat the Royals, 8-6, Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Dustin Pedroia also homered in the eighth as the Red Sox made a winner of reliever Pedro Beato, who was called up earlier in the day to reinforce the depleted Red Sox bullpen, which was without Alfredo Aceves, serving the second game of a three-game, team-imposed suspension.
Bobby Valentine came out to argue an out call on Pedroia in the bottom of the fifth and was ejected by first base umpire Dan Bellino. Replays showed first baseman Eric Hosmer came off the bag early and Pedroia beat the throw from third. With five ejections this season, Valentine matches the season high for a Red Sox manager, joining Terry Francona, Joe Morgan and Darrell Johnson. It was the 42nd time Valentine has been ejected in his major league managerial career.
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David Ortiz continues to battle lingering soreness in his right Achilles and said before Sunday's game that he should know by the "end of the day" whether he will end his season and focus on fully healing the injury.
Ortiz missed 35 games with the right Achilles injury before returning Friday and going 2-for-4 with a double. It was while rounding first and heading for second on the double that Ortiz felt significant soreness, indicating to him that the injury had not fully healed.
"Thinking about my foot while I'm facing the opposition, which is what happened to me after I hit that double," Ortiz said Sunday morning. "Instead of just seeing the ball and hitting the ball, I'm thinking about how my foot is going to react once I take off running. We're talking to the doctors and we're going to have some decision by the end of the game just to see how we're going to approach this."
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First baseman James Loney, who was traded in Saturday’s blockbuster deal from the Dodgers, will make his debut and bat fifth for Boston on Sunday as the Red Sox host the Royals in the series finale at Fenway Park.
Felix Doubront will also return to the mound after spending time on the 15-day disabled list for a right knee contusion. He’ll try to help the Red Sox win their first series since July 30-Aug. 1 against the Tigers.
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According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz "was just real sore" on Saturday, one day after his return from a DL stint of more than five weeks due to an injured right Achilles. He did not take batting practice and, according to Valentine, "wasn't available" in the Sox' 10-9, 12-inning loss to the Royals. After the contest, Ortiz met with Valentine and GM Ben Cherington, presumably to discuss the appropriate course of action to allow him to heal.
Prior to the contest, Valentine had said that the Sox were planning on having Ortiz play every other day while also keeping him available as a pinch-hitter, though noting, "If it's going to jeopardize his health, [pinch-hitting] would not be done."
Ortiz, 36, is hitting .318 with a .415 OBP, .611 slugging mark (tops in the AL) and 1.026 OPS (also tops in the AL) along with 23 homers in 90 games. Friday marked his first game since suffering his Achilles...
We check in with former Patriot, current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans for his complete analysis on the Patriots win over the Bengals, and the rest of the NFL.
We talk to special teams Captain Matthew Slater about the win over the Bengals and some of the extra-curricular activities that took place between plays.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts and analysis on beating the Bengals, and preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
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.
Listeners voice their displeasure with the NFL and Michael Lombardi called in to give his thoughts on Roger Goodell and Josh Brown.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut react to Mad Dog defending Josh Brown.
The guys praised Jerry Thornton's questions to Peter King and headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the MMQB's comments on Dale and Holley defending the NFL and Giants organization. They find fault with him and other NFL apologists in their rationale of making excuses for the league and the Giants as to why Josh Brown was only suspended one game.
The OMFers open the show talking about new revelations about Giants Kicker Josh Brown and his domestic violence case. They discuss the NFL's failure to uphold the standards that they had placed on themselves in policing domestic violence perpetrators.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio makes his weekly appearance on OMF to discuss the NFL and New York Giants mishandling of the Josh Brown situation.
We discuss the NFL and the Patriots with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the Pats prepare to head to Pittsburgh to take on the Stillers.
We discuss Josh Brown, domestic violence and the league that never learns from it's past mistakes, the NFL
We close out the show with the best clips of the day and LAROY!
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
With Pete Davidson unavailable today, Jim Hackett brought in a special guest for today’s show. You know him as “Andy from Sales,” famous from his appearances as spokesman for New England Fat Loss. The loser of 75lbs has been a winner to date in the Entercom Boston Fantasy Football League, sporting a 6-0 record sitting in 1st Place. But Jim is concerned about the makeup of his team. At 6-0, there’s still plenty of work to do for Andy (picture here)… After Andy’s team diagnosis that includes some needed Waiver Wire adds and some trade options to seek, the show turns to Pete’s Starts & Sits article where Jim highlights some plays and values he likes for Week 7. The show closes with a little insight from Jim on the continued missteps of the NFL… Enjoy!
Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about what the Revs need to do to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference, what the future holds for Jay Heaps, and the front office philosophy.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.More from this show
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.More from this show
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with MMQB's Peter King for our weekly hit with him. The guys discuss Josh Brown, the Giants and the NFL, the Patriots, and also the Robert Klemko vs Bills fans situation.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter discussed the 3rd and final presidential debate in hour one of the Thursday show and have all concluded Hillary Clinton is going to be our next president.More from this show
Mut and Tom E. Curran talk about the NFL's response to the recent decline in ratings for the league. They talk about some of the issues that could be contributing, such as poor officiating and lack of rivalries.More from this show