Prior to the Red Sox' match-up with the Yankees, Saturday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke on how pitcher Jon Lester is doing a day after being hit in the leg with a Melky Cabrera line-drive. "All things considered he looks fantastic." Francona said that the Red Sox would like to have Lester make his next start, but "not at the expense of limping around." Hideki Okajima, who left the team to have a sore oblique examined, is already back with the club in New York. Francona also said that Victor Martinez is catching Daisuke Matsuzaka for the first time to cover all bases leading into the playoffs.
The Red Sox lineup Saturday at Yankee Stadium will be: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Lowell 3B, Ortiz DH, Baldelli RF, Lowrie SS, Anderson LF. Against the Daisuke Matsuzaka the Yankees will send out: Jeter SS, Damon LF, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Matsui DH, Posada C, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Cabrera CF.
A league source has confirmed to WEEI.com that the Patriots worked out former Tennessee wide receiver/return man Chris Davis on Friday. Davis is a 5-foot-10, 181-pound free agent out of Florida State who was a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 2007. The 25-year-old has three career touchdowns for the Titans in the last two years. In addition, he also returned 31 punts for 293 yards (9.5 average) his rookie year, and last season, he returned four kicks for 119 yards. For more Patriots news, check out It Is What It Is.
Bruins defenseman Drew Fata hammered home the game-winning slap shot midway through the third period and Tim Thomas made 35 saves in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place Friday night. Rookie forward Brad Marchand tallied a power play strike in the first period to round out the scoring for the B's, and Milan Lucic engaged in a bloody fight with Sens tough guy Chris Neil during a preseason game that had a little bit of everything. Boston plays their final preseason game on Saturday night at TD Garden against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
NEW YORK -- Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima left the team prior to Friday's game in order to seek treatment from a Boston-based acupuncturist for a sore right side that began affecting the pitcher while he was in Kansas City. Okajima was not going to pitch during the three-game weekend series in New York, and so the Sox elected to send him back to receive treatment.
"We just don't want something that is sore [to] end up turning into an injury," said Sox manager Terry Francona.
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.
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.
Joe Castiglione talked with John Lackey after he picked up the W against the Twins. Lackey threw seven innings, and retired the 1st twelve batters of the game.
Dave O'Brien talked to John Farrell before the end of the Twins series. The Sox skipper said that Big Papi's success is no surprise given his work ethic.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Steve joined the show to discuss the Rangers and their coach John Tortorella. Steve said that the Bruins have been the far better team thus far in the series.
Kirk and Gerry talked about game three tonight at Madison Square Garden between the Bruins and Rangers. Gerry and Kirk are not very confident in the ability of the Rangers to make this a series.
Find out which WEEI host came out victorious in the latest Salk Vs. Mut battle.
We talk to #54 about his career and well deserved induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame.
We tackle four off-topic topics! Today including RGIII's wedding registry, Tiger Woods, new putters in golf and more.
We check in with ESPN's great hockey analyst and former NHL coach Barry Melrose to get his take on this Bruins-Rangers series. We also ask the coach in him how he'd deal with the great play of the rookie defensemen when the vets get healthy... and his answer might surprise you.
The Bruins look to take a 3-0 series lead, Jon Lester gets his first loss, Dwight Howard has options in free agency.
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins have a 2-0 lead over the New york Rangers, the Red Sox are back on the winning sde of things, and the noteable birthdays of the day.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
They're like a ray of morning sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day.
....uhhhh.....a bunch of bombs over there....
Sounds like a prostate exam to me!
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
By and large, the focus of development in the minor leagues is on players. Still, there is a developmental path for coaches and managers in the farm system, as is evident from the fact that the previous two managers of the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket -- Torey Lovullo (2010) and Arnie Beyeler (2011-12) are now both on the Red Sox' big league coaching staff. They share their insights about the differences between player and coaching expectations in Triple-A vs. the majors, while discussing professional development from the perspective of former minor league managers who aspire to similar positions in the big leagues.More from this show