Kendrick Perkins was the happiest person in the Garden on Tuesday night as he made a successful return to game action in 16 minutes of the Celtics' 112-95 romp over the Cavaliers. Perkins came in with 8:02 left in the first quarter to replace Semih Erden and played his first five minutes of the season. Perkins — who had reconstructive ACL surgery on his right knee — scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in his first game since injuring the knee in Game 6 of the NBA finals last June.
"I've got to play a few more games first. I surprised myself on a few plays today, just finishing, a couple of rebounds, it felt real good," he said. "I know I can do better, I could do more. I was mad at myself, I didn't block any shots today. I was a little winded and a little off-key. I'll get better."
Perkins also admitted he was very tired after the game since he didn't sleep on Monday...
During a question and answer session with fans in New York on Tuesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated that at the moment, he feels the Red Sox have a better roster than the Yankees.
With the Yankees still looking to solidify their starting rotation, Cashman was asked by a local radio host who had the better squad without the Yanks adding another starter. The general manager replied, "Red Sox," and later in the conversation added, "They’ve got guys they can run 1 through 6, and I’m looking for a fourth.”
“The biggest problem we have right now is I need a starting pitcher,” Cashman added. "Everybody knows that. I’m going to work on trying to get that. It might come from someone who has decided right now they don’t want to play, it might come from a trade, it might come from within. Time will tell.”
According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox made "multiple offers" to the Blue Jays in an attempt to trade for slugging outfielder Jose Bautista prior to signing free agent Carl Crawford.
Rosenthal notes that between Jayson Werth's signing with the Nationals and the Sox' signing of Crawford, the team pursued a variety of outfield options, including Bautista, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Beltran.
Bautista led the majors with 54 homers last season. Rosenthal is reporting that the team and Bautista's representation are not currently discussing a multi-year deal to keep Bautista, who is has one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent.
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The Red Sox announced the start times for their home games for the coming 2011 season on Tuesday. All week night and Saturday night games will take start at 7:10 p.m., while Sunday day games will have 1:35 p.m. starts.
The team's first home series, which will take place April 8-10 vs. the Yankees, will consist of games at 2:05 p.m., 1:10 p.m. and 8:06 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
General ticket sales for the 2011 season begin this Saturday at 10 a.m. For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, out since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season against the Lakers, will return to the C's lineup on Tuesday night vs. the Cavaliers. Perkins returns about 10 days before his target date (Feb. 4), but Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was told late Monday by the team's medical staff that Perkins was cleared to play. He won't start and is likely to play between 12-16 minutes. ESPN's Chris Forsberg was first to report the development.
"I don’t know how much he’ll help us yet," Rivers said. "He will. Just his presence on the floor. We’re not activating for that. We’re activating him more because they say he’s ready to play." The Celtics were down to one healthy center in Semih Erden with Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal out of the lineup, but Rivers said that wasn't a consideration.
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Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
Catcher Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox top-rated prospects, sits down with Lou to talk about Spring Training and his expectations for the upcoming season
Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Ryan Lambert calls the guys to talk about the Bruins playoff chances, Chiarelli's future and if the B's are sellers or buyers as the trade deadline approaches.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss David Ortiz and his objection to the new 'pace of play' rules. They also discuss which Boston athletes are spoiled.
Big John can't take it anymore, JUST TALK ABOUT SPORTS!!!
Ben joined Dino, Gerry and Kirk to look at the team's offseason acquisitions. He also chatted about the market for adding quality Cuban talent.
With the recent discussions about the "pace of play", the guys discuss the larger issue of baseball's declining popularity.
The guys react to David Ortiz recent diatribe against the new rugulations about players in the batter's box
Michael and Dale discuss the re-emergence of the Celtics in the public's eye, especially since the trade to bring in Isaiah Thomas. The grit of this young team just might be contagious.
After David Ortiz' comments yesterday, more players are weighing in on MLB's efforts to try and quicken the pace of games in 2015. We discuss it with you.
Dale and MIchael discuss the Patriots and the plethora of players popping up as available in the NFL right now. Are any of them a fit here? We discuss.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
Chris and Nate from Barstool Sports review the events of Fast Lane and Raw while discussing the potential card at Wrestlemania.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton listen in as David Ortiz goes off to the media about the pace of game rule changes being put in place this year in Major League Baseball. They listen to David, discuss it among themselves, and talk with YOU.More from this show
Bogaerts sat down with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to talk about the upcoming season. He revealed that he lost his confidence last season after a tough start and is looking forward to settling into shortstop in the future.More from this show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to help them examine the pressing issues facing the 2015 Red Sox.More from this show