Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has undergone potentially season-ending back surgery, according to a report by the Boston Herald. Kaczur suffered the back injury on just the second day of training camp and had not returned to practice since. There has been no indication whether or not Kaczur will return this season following the surgery. He was expected to be the replacement for Logan Mankins should the left guard continue his holdout over a contract dispute. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
Yamaico Navarro will get his first-ever start as a major leaguer when he starts at second base and hits eighth for the Red Sox in their game against the Blue Jays Saturday night. The 22-year-old recorded his first MLB hit in Friday's laugher after replacing Marco Scutaro at shortstop. With Jed Lowrie out, J.D. Drew will take his place as the second hitter in the Sox lineup. Darnell McDonald also gets his second straight in centerfield and will bat ninth. Here's the lineup in its entirety:
1. Marco Scutaro SS
2. J.D. Drew RF
3. Victor Martinez C
4. David Ortiz DH
5. Adrian Beltre 3B
6. Mike Lowell 1B
7. Bill Hall LF
8. Yamaico Navarro 2B
9. Darnell McDonald CF
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP
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Former Patriots fullback Kevin Turner was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Turner is the 14th NFL player to be struck with the disease since 1960. He played three seasons in New England from 1992-94 and caught 52 passes out of the backfield in 1994 before moving on to the Eagles organization the following year.
Recent research done at Boston University has linked ALS-like symptoms to the head trauma that some football players experience during their careers. Turner told the Globe that he took several hits to the head during his playing days.
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On the day it was learned that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia would be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to continuing pain in the navicular bone on his left foot -- which was still healing after being fractured -- shortstop Marco Scutaro that he has been battling with discomfort in the back of his right shoulder for "about two weeks."
"I don't know how it started," Scutaro noted after the Red Sox' 16-2 loss to the Blue Jays Friday night at Fenway Park. "But I have hard time reaching back on throws."
Scutaro said that the biggest difficulty when it comes to the dealing with the ailment occurs when he is forced to extend his arm back on longer throws, and tosses where he has to come across the bag. To compensate the shortstop had altered his throwing motion, shortening up his delivery to make it a more flip-like procedure.
For much of the season Scutaro had...
Lyle Overbay had a pair of three-run homers and drove in seven runs and Jon Lester had the worst outing of his career as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Red Sox, 16-2, on Friday night at Fenway Park.
Lester allowed eight hits and a career-high nine runs over two-plus innings. Lester, who won his last two starts, fell to 2-5 since the All-Star break while the Red Sox fell to 2-2 on their nine-game homestand.
Overbay matched a season-high in the majors this season, joining Aramis Ramirez, Joe Mauer and Torii Hunter as players with seven RBIs in a game.
Dustin Brown drove in the only runs for the Red Sox with a two-run double in the seventh inning.
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Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.
Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
Christian started the day by packing up his back pack as he always and heading to work. He noticed that the zipper was broken on one of the pockets. As the show was ending, he remembered this and reached into the bag and pulled out not ONE, but TWO New England Patriots Super Bowl rings. His response: "Oh! There they are." Much to the shock of Tim and Lou, Christian was completely unfazed by the fact that he hadn't seen his SB rings since the NCAA National Championship game 7 MONTHS AGO!
A South Carolina mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her 9 year old daughter alone for hours at a local park while she worked a shift at McDonalds. This has sparked a national debate about whether or not the mother should have been arrested, since many are arguing that 9 years old is old enough to show dependency. The question arises: Where do we draw the line?
Tony Dungy is catching a lot of backlash regarding his comments that he would NOT have drafted Missouri LB Michael Sam because of the distractions it would have brought to the team. MFB had Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com on the show to discuss Dungy's comments.
We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.
The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.
In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!
The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?More from this show