Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the first time since being sidelined with a slightly torn muscle in the adductor muscle in his right thumb, Saturday at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The plan is to evaluate how much swelling occurs after Saturday's batting practice session, and if the thumb is deemed OK Pedroia will conduct another round of BP Sunday.
The hope since an MRI showed the tear was for Pedroia to be in position to re-evaluated during Monday's off-day, with the chance of the second baseman returning to the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday against Baltimore.
While swing a bat Pedroia will wear a brace molded for his hand in the position it forms to when grabbing a bat. It also possesses a strip of foam material on the inside to cushion impact.
Pedroia initially injured the thumb on May 2 while fouling off a Ryan Cook pitch. X-rays after that game against Oakland showed no damage, but the subsequent MRI almost three...
Talking to MLB.com prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Blue Jays, Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis said he is unfazed by the recent rumors suggesting he may be traded.
"You could get traded at any time," Youkilis said. "You're not better than the game. If you were better than the game, you would never be able to be traded. It's part of the business."
Youkilis appeared upset regarding the reaction of some toward him this season, while also going out of his way to praise the Red Sox fans.
"You can't worry about it. A lot of people hate and said some things around here. What are you going to do?" Youkilis said. "People have been hating here for a long time. And it's not fans. It's other people that hate all the time. What are you going to do? One day you're...
Adrian Gonzalez is back in right field for the Red Sox Saturday, marking the ninth game he has played in the outfield this season. The Sox carry a 6-2 mark with Gonzalez in right this season.
With Gonzalez in right field, Kevin Youkilis returns to the lineup to play first base, with Will Middlebrooks manning third base.
The Red Sox, who will start Felix Doubront on the mound, will go up against Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek. The righty won his last meeting with the Red Sox, April 10, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. He carries a 4.55 ERA, having given up nine runs over three innings against the Rangers in his latest start. For all the matchups, click here.
The following is the Red Sox' lineup:
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Aviles SS
Adrian Gonzalez RF
An inspired and fired up Kevin Garnett let everyone know exactly how proud he was of the Celtics fan base that supported the team Friday night in their 101-91 win over the Heat Friday night at TD Garden in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics avoided falling behind 3-0 in the series and could tie the series on Sunday with another home-court win.
“It’s whatever, it’s desperation," Garnett said. "You know, at this point it's desperation, desperation basketball. Next game, Game 4, it's going to be even more. You have to anticipate them making adjustments, were going to make some adjustments. But the tenacity, the desperation has to be there. We're playing at home, we have to give it our all out and it will be out. The jungle was rockin’ tonight. I want to thank all the fans who came out. The [expletive] jungle was rockin’ tonight! I loved it. [Expletive] loved it.”
Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 10 assists while Marquis Daniels provided a key spark off the bench with nine points in 16 minutes to help the Celtics hold off the Heat, 101-91, in Game 3 Friday night at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett added 24 points and 11 rebounds while Paul Pierce chipped in with 23 as the Celtics cut the Heat lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1 while improving to 7-1 at home in the playoffs this season.
LeBron James had 34 points while Dwyane Wade added 18 for the Heat, who lost for the first time since Game 3 of their series against the Pacers. It was all James in the first quarter as he hit seven of his first nine shots and had 16 points in the opening period to lead the Heat out to a 28-22 lead. The Celtics were struggling badly with their transition defense and were getting beaten up the court after nearly every made basket.
But Marquis Daniels and Keyon Dooling came into the game and provided a spark of...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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 Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
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.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.
Kirk, Gerry and Mut get into some David Ortiz legacy talk in the 8am hour of the Thursday show.
After Kirk & Gerry get their digs in on Mut and some movie news, they move on to some Patriots QB talk with an eye on Friday night's game in Carolina.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show