One day after being hit in the upper lat by a pitch and experiencing a headache, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays. In his absence, Yamaico Navarro will get the start at third base and bat ninth against Toronto southpaw Brett Cecil. Meanwhile, Dustin Pedroia will bat cleanup for the Sox.
With a left-hander on the hill, Darnell McDonald gets the start in left field, while J.D. Drew (2-for-10 with two homers vs. Cecil) gets the start in right, as Josh Reddick will sit out. Jason Varitek will be behind the plate for starter Jon Lester.
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and defensive back Donnie Fletcher are two of 65 college football players on the initial Bednarik Award watch list. Kechley was a semifinalist for the award last season, given annually to the nation's top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club. LSU corner Patrick Peterson was last year's winner.
Big things are expected of Kuechly after a sophomore season in which he led the country in tackles (183) and was a first-team All-ACC selection. Fletcher, a senior corner, had 58 tackles and led the team with five interceptions last season.
For more Boston College news, go to the BC blog.
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about the perjury trial of former Red Sox star Roger Clemens, who allegedly lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs while playing, that begins this week with jury selection and opening statements by both sides. Those proceedings will be key in the way the public learns about how the Clemens legal team expects to defend its client, according to McCann.
"I suspect it's going to be a mix of going after [former Clemens trainer] Brian McNamee and saying, 'This guy is not trustworthy,' going after Andy Pettitte and saying, 'He's trustworthy but he's misremembering what happened,' and going after the physical evidence and saying, 'It's all from Brian McNamee. How can you trust it?' So those are going to be the key arguments for Clemens."
In fact, McCann went on to say that he thought the most important person in the trial...
A White Sox investor who died in December left behind a valuable collection of autographed baseballs, featuring the signatures of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski and other Hall of Famers. Now, the sons of Larry Pogofsky are suing each other for possession of the memorabilia, after one of the sons went to their mother's house and took a bunch of the balls. "It's a family matter, but somebody has done the wrong thing in this case," said the mother, Lynda Pogofsky. "I'm just a mother trying to survive."
Also at Tuesday's Morning Mashup, check out a list of the 10 worst owners in sports history and find out who is the only person to rank as more inept than Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will fly to North Carolina this week for a consulation with back specialist Dr. Craig Brigham. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 19 (retroactive to June 17), and he suggested prior to the start of Monday's game that he is seeing little improvement in the lingering soreness in his lower back, which will keep him from returning to the mound until at least after the All-Star break.
“I’ve been sitting out for two and a half weeks and getting a little miserable with it. There’s nothing I want to do besides go out there and throw and pitch and try to help this team win. But I feel like I’ve got to be healthy to do that,” Buchholz said prior to Monday’s game. “It felt like it was getting better for a while. Started doing some treatments on it. It’s not going down, but it’s sort of staying the same. That’s what we’re looking at....
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Dont'a Hightower joined the show on a Patriots Monday. He spoke out the benefits of getting "calloused" as the season wears on, how he likes being on the outside because he can go after the QB, and his appreciate for how Rob Ninkovich climbed the Patriots ranks to become a starter.
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.
The Big O announces his return to WEEI.
Jesse Spector of Sporting News on Schilling.
The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show