WEEI.com has confirmed via a league source that the Patriots have worked out former Pittsburgh linebacker Bruce Davis. A third-round pick out of UCLA in 2008, the 24-year-old Davis played a limited role on special teams last season for the Steelers, seeing action in five games with Pittsburgh. As a collegian, he had impressive numbers with the Bruins, finishing his college career with 29 sacks, second most in school history. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Davis is the son of former Oakland offensive tackle Bruce Sr., who won two Super Bowl rings with the Raiders. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Just two hours after losing their fifth straight game, the Red Sox finally clinched the American League wild card berth at 12:50 a.m. ET Wednesday morning when the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 5-2, at Angel Stadium. The Red Sox had a chance to clinch earlier in the evening but their dramatic comeback against Toronto fell short in an 8-7 loss at Fenway. Some Red Sox players and staff actually stayed around at Fenway Park to celebrate the club's sixth playoff berth in seven seasons. The Red Sox will play the Angels in the American League Division Series next week, with the first two games in California. For full coverage, visit the Full Count blog.
Adam Lind said he has no hard feelings after Jonathan Papelbon drilled him with a 94 mph fastball in the ninth inning, after the Toronto designated hitter drilled three homers in his first four at-bats of the night. "He was just trying to get me out, trying to hit his spot. I've been pitched there a lot, so he just missed his spot," Lind said. "He just said he didn't mean to. He said it twice. I kind of know people who know him and he's a really nice guy." Lind became the first visiting player since Frank Thomas in 1996 to hit three homers at Fenway Park in Toronto's 8-7 win over the Red Sox in a game that delayed wild card celebrations at Fenway Park. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
Kevin Youkilis struck out looking with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 8-7 at Fenway Park, failing to clinch the A.L. wild card. Adam Lind became the first opposing player since Frank Thomas in 1996 to belt three homers in a game at Fenway as the Blue Jays built an 8-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. Clay Buchholz started for the Sox and allowed a career-high five homers and seven runs. But the Red Sox, who had hit into four double plays, including one in the eighth, rallied in dramatic style with two outs. Youkilis and David Ortiz started the five-run outburst with back-to-back doubles. After a walk to Jason Bay, J.D. Drew followed with a long three-run homer to right-center to cut the deficit to one heading into the ninth. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
Mike Lowell, who had a recent injection for his ailing hip, will be ready to come back to the line up on Thursday. Lowell will take batting practice outside on Wednesday. Nick Green, battling a balky knee, has been fatiguing very quickly in his workouts though he has improved from when he first injured the leg. Green is shooting for a Friday return.
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Will Middlebrooks hit a 3-run double in the top of the 9th inning to power the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Rays tonight. He joined Joe & Dave after the final call live from the dugout.
Larry joined the program to discuss the teams recent struggles and informed the guys that it is still early in the season. Larry also said that he still has faith that Daniel bard can turn things around.
Stephen Drew helped the Red Sox to a 9-2 victory over the Rays tonight with a grand slam in the 3rd inning. He spoke with Joe Castiglione & Dave O'Brien after the game.
Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski has emerged as one of the young stars of the team and he joins Mut and Tom Caron to discuss his role on the team, why he's confident, and the trade that almost sent him to Calgary.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss the Bruins Game 1 win over the Rangers, the play of the three young Bruins defensemen, and the fatigue Jagr has shown on the ice.
Pierre McGuire joins Tom Caron and Mut to discuss the Bruins young defensemen, the intensity and energy level in the game, and the Rangers offense.
Shawn joined the program to discuss another overtime win for the Bruins. When asked about Game 7 against Toronto, Thornton said that he would like to keep his specific comments in the dressing room private, but acknowledged that he encouraged Tyler Seguin to up his play and it paid off in overtime.
Barry joined the guys to help breakdown the Bruins overtime win last night in game one. Barry said that he has rarely seen a team dominate as much as the Bruins yet be forced to an overtime.
Boomer joined the program to discuss the tough loss for his beloved Rangers. Boomer told the guys that Lundqvist will be better in game two and predicted a seven game series.
Millar joins the show to discuss the recent Sox slide, Jacoby Ellsbury's lack of power, and hitting in the big leagues.
We talk all things game one with Jack Edwards of NESN, and get to hear a little from Jack's Finnish protege as well.
We tackle four topics we haven't yet touched upon today.. Joe Thornton and disappointing former Boston athletes, parking in Boston, buying jersey numbers and more...
We talk about the report that Rob Gronkowski may now be a candidate for back surgery with a disc problem. Is Gronk just an injury prone guy? Or is he not rehabbing proberly? Can the Pats build an offense around a guy who is so inconsistently on the field? We discuss.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Daily Planet Wednesday May 8th
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins take a 2-1 series lead, the Red Sox get a run-off win, and we hear about cannibals and bible thieves.
Sounds like a prostate exam to me!
Damn New Yorkers!
Sauce Man stylings!
Buster Olney joins the show to discuss the muddled AL East, the average play of Ellsbury and how that will affect him in free agency, and Tropicana Field.More from this show
Linda explains how the shootout transpired in Watertown during the early morning hours. She saw the first suspect mortally wounded and police beginning the manhunt for the second suspect.More from this show
Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, joined the show to give the guys an update of his condition and a first-hand account of that terrible day. Jeff told the guys how he wrote the description of the bomber as soon as he could. Mr. Bauman added that he is aided every day with the knowledge that he is alive and the terrorist that detonated the bomb is dead.More from this show