Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano has held opposing left-handed hitters to a .228 average and .647 OPS, compared to marks of .252 and .731. As such, the Red Sox will feature a couple of notable right-handed hitters in Tuesday's lineup against Liriano.
Darnell McDonald will be in right field in place of Josh Reddick, while Jed Lowrie will start at shortstop for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-June. Lowrie is hitting .380 with a 1.012 OPS against lefties this year.
Erik Bedard will make his second start since the Red Sox acquired him at the trade deadline. The left-hander will be paired with catcher Jason Varitek.
FOXBORO -- In a sign that both Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis are likely to miss the preseason opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it's likely that if a player hasn't participated in practice, they won't be game-ready for the Jaguars.
Belichick sounded optimistic that Haynesworth, who has battled lingering soreness in his knee, could be back on the practice field within the week.
"I'd put him in the day-to-day category," Belichick said. "He's getting some treatment and I think he'll be back out there as soon as he can. He's working really hard and hopefully, he'll back out there in a matter of hopefully a day or a matter of days."
Ellis, meanwhile, has overcome hip injuries and spent his first day of practice on Monday watching from the sidelines in shorts and a t-shirt.
"I think the players that have practiced at the positions they...
ESPN football insider John Clayton talked with the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday afternoon and discussed one of the newest Patriots acquisitions, defensive end Shaun Ellis, who Clayton expects is the final signal that New England is in line for a scheme change.
"I think they figured out that Sean is going to be a valuable part of what looks to be a 4-3 defense," Clayton said. "Maybe the 3-4 days are going to be at least temporarily held back. I'm sure they can switch into a 3-4, but you can see now to try to get the pressure that they haven't been able to get from the linebacker position, they're going to get as many good, big bodies as they can up front to at least win the battle at the line of scrimmage."
That being said, Ellis turned down a one-year deal to stay with the Jets. Instead, the Patriots nabbed him and Clayton thought that deal was due to the limited dollars the Jets were offering the defensive end.
Tom Verducci from Sports Illustrated and the Major League Baseball Network joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about his cover story on Dustin Pedroia in this week's SI. Pedroia -- who had two hits and two runs in Monday's win over the Twins -- is perhaps having the best season of his career, batting .311 with an on-base percentage of .411 and OPS of .880.
"I thought he was the best player in the league, player of the month in July," said Verducci. "He's such an important part of the team with the best record in the American League. Not just a great player, but his influence, I'm not sure there's anyone quite like him in baseball. I get the sense that Terry Francona relies on Dustin so much, I don't know that another manager out there has another player as important in the overall scheme of things. … I think he's as indispensable as any player in baseball. This is everything you want in a baseball player, even if you...
Monday's big story in the sports world was Real Madrid's signing of Argentinian 7-year-old soccer prodigy Leonel Angel Coira, aka Leo. The boy will not be paid but will start training with the Spanish club's youth team in Madrid next month (the family moved to Spain three years ago). "[My] dream is to meet [Lionel] Messi, play in the first division with Madrid and for Argentina in the World Cup," Coira told the Spanish newspaper ABC.
While the signing of such a young child made headlines around the world, a Real Madrid spokesman insisted the team has signed younger players in the past. "They only have to be a standout," Juan Tapiador said. "We look for something different, that quality or talent that makes them stand out from the rest."
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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.
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.
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.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Stephen A. confronted Kevin Durant on ESPN yesterday.
Another blown call in Seattle on Monday Night Football.
Ray Lewis was on the MNF pregame show attacking Jimmy Graham's blocking abilities.
The Lions lost in a controversial ending last night on MNF. Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell, barely registers a pulse in his post game presser, and clearly doesn't know the rules.
Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into the DraftKings/FanDuel scandal, and talk about how competitive advantages can be gained, and what the two businesses can do to prevent it.
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins, specifically Claude Julien as we are less than 24 hours from the puck-drop for the 2015-2016 Bruins season.
Mikey, Lenny and Danny Picard are talking about how rules seemingly fall through the cracks during live games
Mikey and Lenny are talking aboutt he batted ball controversy from the Seahawks vs Lions game on Monday Night Football.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss who they think are the most media friendly players in the Patriots locker room and if the Dallas Cowboys will present a challenge this Sunday.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Sausage's pudding story, Don Orsillo and Curtis just shows up for some reason.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable take a look back at the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox and their affiliates, including who the guys think should be classified as the team's Top 10 prospects. Also, a check in with play-by-play voices this year in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville as well as Ken's one-on-one interview with Offensive Player of the Year Sam Travis.
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