BRADENTON, Fla. -- Josh Beckett turned in a solid outing against the Pirates Wednesday afternoon, allowing just one run on three hits over five innings. Beckett struck out nine and walked two while throwing 85 pitches, 56 of which were strikes. Beckett, who left the game with the Red Sox leading 6-1, was replaced by reliever Joe Nelson.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke in a conference call with the media on Wednesday afternoon about the three-year contract extension the team signed with defenseman Andrew Ference through the 2013-14 NHL season. Ference said that he was very happy to be staying in Boston.
"My family and I are absolutely thrilled and I look forward to being the abolute best representation of the Bruins both on and off the ice," Ference said.
Chiarelli on Ference:
"He is experienced and that experience brings an element of stability on defense especially when you have some younger players. He competes. I remember him playing for Calgary in the Stanley Cup playoffs the year they went to the finals," Chiarelli said. "He is efficient enough on the ice where he can play in the top four, compliment the top four and still have that compete level that he has ... He has got a lot of...
Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Wednesday afternoon and talked about developments at the owners meetings in Orlando. King said coaches are not pleased that owners passed the new overtime rule Tuesday while coaches -- many of whom did not approve of the rule -- were out on the golf course. "[Saints coach] Sean Payton [ripped] not only the decision by the owners, but how it was implemented," King said. "He told me, ' I hate it, they snuck it though the back door on us. They know we didn't want it.' "
King also talked about alterations to the schedule. "One of the reasons that the schedule is so late this year ... is the fact that [commissioner] Roger Goodell and the powers that be in the league are trying to formulate a schedule where Week 17 is all division play and as much as possible that Week 16 is, too," he said. "The theory being that you have a...
Jose Canseco announced on Twitter that he had been subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Canseco indicated Tuesday that the FBI was about to visit his house, then said he had received a subpoena to appear before the grand jury "about roger clemens,andrew pettite and others" on April 8.
"Its like the godfather," Canseco said in a later post, "when I thought I was out they drag me back in. And now it begins again."
BRADENTON, Fla. — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, speaking before the Red Sox' spring training game against the Pirates on Wednesday, said that X-rays on Dustin Pedroia's wrist were negative and that the second baseman is expected to take batting practice Thursday and play in a game on Friday.
Pedroia stayed behind in Fort Myers on Wednesday as he previously had been scheduled to film a Dunkin' Donuts commercial.
Pedroia sprained the wrist diving to corral a grounder in the first inning of Tuesday night's game vs. the Twins. He left the game an inning later.
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We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.More from this show
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