FOXBORO — Derrick Burgess said it was a personal matter and not the possibility of retirement that kept him away from the first two-plus weeks of training camp, and now he’s fully committed to be a part of the Patriots going forward.
The 32-year-old, who had five sacks last season with the Patriots, said it was a “personal situation” that arose at the end of July that prevented him from reporting to Foxboro for the start of training camp. It had been reported that Burgess was possibly thinking about retirement, but he shot down that idea Sunday afternoon after his first day of training camp practices.
“I just had a personal situation going on,” said Burgess. “I had to take time to take care of [some things], and me and Bill [talked] about it, and he just told me to take my time and get my stuff together.
“It was basically some personal matters I had to take care of.”...
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innngs, putting the finishing touches on one of the most dominant seasons against the Red Sox in the past two decades, leading Texas to a 7-3 victory. Wilson went 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA against Boston this year, the lowest ERA by a pitcher against the Sox since 1991.
Through six innings, Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly kept up with Wilson, allowing just one run through the first six frames while striking out eight. But he was pulled after allowing another run in the seventh, and reliever Manny Delcarmen promptly gave up a three-run homer to put the Rangers ahead, 5-0, and effectively put the game out of reach for the Sox.
Though the Sox rallied for three runs and forced Wilson from the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, a rally that was highlighted by Darnell McDonald's two-run homer, Sox relievers Dustin Richardson and Michael Bowden then...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Speaking after the conclusion of his two-game rehab stint with Triple A Pawtucket Sunday, Dustin Pedroia spoke with a sense of urgency when touching on the subject of how he feels and whether he saw enough at-bats prior to Tuesday's return to the lineup.
"Good enough," Pedroia said of whether he was satisfied with his rehabilitation. "We don't have time for [making sure everything's perfect]. We're in a pennant race. I've got to try to get back in there, and I'll figure it out."
Pedroia, who has been out since June 25 with a broken bone in his left foot, added that he hasn't "really been 100 percent all year."
The 2008 American League MVP went 1-for-6 in two rehab games, playing second base on Saturday and serving as the designated hitter on Sunday. His main focus now is returning to the team as it makes a push for the playoffs.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- PawSox first baseman Carlos Delgado left the team's 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday after three innings due to tightness in his lower left back and hip area. Delgado was originally scheduled to have the day off Sunday but requested he be in the lineup. He was replaced in the fourth inning by Lars Anderson at first base.
Delgado, 38, who has had two hip surgeries, said the tightness is not in the surgically repaired hip, but that it has been "sore for the last couple of days." The first baseman said that the discomfort is "hopefully not" a setback, adding, that he and the PawSox will "see how it is tomorrow and take it from there."
The stiffness was chalked up by Delgado to being something that comes up as one returns to his game form.
"You want things to go pretty smooth, but you've got to get rid of some of those kinks...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Appearing in his second and final rehab game for Triple A Pawtucket, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-3 in a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday.
Pedroia, who hit third and served as the team's designated hitter, grounded into a 1-6-3 double play off Buffalo starter Raul Valdes to end the first inning. He had hard-hit balls in each of his next two at-bats, flying out to deep right and left in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively.
Pedroia has been out with a broken bone in his left foot since June 25. He went 1-for-3 with a single on Saturday while playing second base for the PawSox and is set to return to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Carlos Delgado left the game after three innings and was replaced by Lars Anderson at first base. Manager Torey Lovullo noted before the game that Delgado was scheduled to have the day off after playing Saturday...
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 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.
The always entertaining and informative Steve Bulpett joins Butchie to talk some Celtics b-ball. He gives his opinion on what the C's did on draft night -- he's high on both picks and think they can contribute, specifically on offense. He also gets into the Love deal and the fact that it is not over yet. He talks free agency with Lebron and Carmello and if the Celts will kick the tires on any of the big names and talks about Rondo's future as well.
Dave O'Brien talks with John Farrell about the change in the catching situation, and how Christian Vazquez cares about the pitchers and the game and how that can go a long way to forming a successful battery, some of the umpiring questions from Friday's game and more.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez after he goes 3-4 getting his first big league hit and RBI.
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 Lyons calls out John Tomase on his AJ Pierzynski column without reading it. Kirk, Meter and Buck discuss why some media members find it necessary to protect players.
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The Red Sox walked off for the second straight game against the White Sox. Kirk, Meter and Buck look at the win and potential roster moves in the future.
Tim and Christian react to the breaking news that Lebron James is resigning with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Millar discusses the Red Sox releasing A.J. Pierzynski, his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the Red Sox continued struggles.
Skip Bayless of ESPN's First Take joins Tim and Christian to discuss Lebron's return to Cleveland
We discuss the biggest news in the United States today (say what you want about that later), LeBron James is going home.
We tackle four topics all sparked by Lebron James homecoming in Cleveland.
Holley, Jerry Thornton and Andy Hart discuss Josh Gordon (and also Andre Johnson) and how they might be tied to the Patriots in the future.
Bill "Spaceman" Lee joins The Planet Mikey Show to give his thoughts on the Red Sox and their struggles. Also Bill discusses his relationship with the late Don Zimmer.
Jake Steinfield, creator of Body By Jake, joins the Planet Mikey Show to discuss America's up-and-coming sport, Lacrosse. Also Red Sox talk.
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Kirk interviews Steve James director of Hoop Dreams and a new documentary about Roger Ebert.
Danny O previews the big fight Saturday night between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.
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