Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles will get Saturday night off as he battles turf toe. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he suffered the injury Friday night when he was running the bases.
"Mike hit the base and has a little bit of a turf toe," Valentine said. "Those things can get worse. So, he's off his feet today for most of the day. If I need him, probably, pinch-hit possibly."
Starting for Aviles at short will be Pedro Ciriaco. Aviles is batting .261 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs in 92 games for the Red Sox this season. Entering Saturday, he had started all but six games for the Red Sox at short this season, playing in 88 of the 92 games overall.
Jacoby Ellsbury also got the night off from the starting lineup as Daniel Nava started his first game in right field for the Red Sox, while Ryan Sweeney starts in center.
"It's kind of a planned day," Valentine said of the Ellsbury respite....
Greg Stiemsma has signed an offer sheet with the Timberwolves, his agent Mike Naditch said. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent but the Celtics can only match up to the amount of the bi-annual exception.
In 55 games with the Celtics last year, Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 14 minutes a game.
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For the first time in his Red Sox career, Daniel Nava will be manning right field. Nava will hit leadoff against Blue Jays righty Carlos Villaneuva, with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the day off. Cody Ross gets the start at designated hitter, while Pedro Ciriaco will man shortstop.
With Aaron Cook on the mound for the Red Sox, here is the host's lineup:
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Josh Beckett admitted after his latest struggle, a six-inning outing during a 6-1 setback to the Blue Jays, that he's at a loss to explain why he can't consistently make pitches and get batters out in key situations.
Beckett was the victim of a controversial call in a two-run first when Colby Rasmus was called safe on a tag play at the plate when TV replays showed his left hand may not have grazed the corner of the plate. Rasmus was ruled safe. Two hits later, the Jays were ahead 2-0.
"Obviously, the results aren't where you want them to be but you have to keep going out there," Beckett said. "There's nothing you can really do."
Beckett faced another key moment in the second when he had the chance to get out of the inning with no runs scoring. But with two outs and Yunel Escobar on third, he walked the light-hitting Anthony Gose. Beckett then allowed a two-run double to Rasmus to extend the Jays' lead to 4-0....
After arguably the most emotional win of the season, the Red Sox fell flat Friday night as Colby Rasmus doubled and tripled in support of Aaron Laffey as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 6-1, at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett was rocked for five runs and seven hits over six innings as the Red Sox fell to 3-2 on their seven-game homestand.
In a familar theme, Beckett (5-8) was again roughed up in the first inning, getting knocked around by the Blue Jays for two runs and three hits. The key play came when Will Middlebrooks fielded a ground ball off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion and fired home, attempting to throw out Rasmus, who had tripled with one out. Rasmus slid and attempted to swipe the plate with his left hand.
Replays on TV appeared to indicated Kelly Shoppach had the plate blocked. But home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled him safe. Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia followed with singles that produced another run that put Beckett and the Red Sox...
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian. He talked about playing against Brock Osweiler, and the team's mindset at 3-0.
Glenn, Fred and Butch break down the Patriots' destruction of Houston, with big praise for the defense and 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett.
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.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the Red Sox first baseman, who hit his 29th home run as the Sox finished a four-game sweep of the Orioles.
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.
Mike Lombardi discussed Bill O'Brien's tough night and Bill Belichick's approach to dealing with injured players.
In the final hour of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk heard from some drunk callers to the Real Postgame Show and discussed how the Sox fared head to head against the Patriots last night on TV.
In hour three of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk discussed the Pats win and took calls on Brady vs. Jimmy G.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
Lucy Burdge is in to host the second edition of the K&C Recap pod with producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis, but they don't get far as Kirk Minihane hijacks the program to dish on the show hosts and to blast Curtis.
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