BALTIMORE -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup on Saturday for the first time since Sept. 20. Manager Bobby Valentine suggested that he was hopeful that the 29-year-old could "play the next few games and go home on a good note."
Still, Ellsbury will end the year with numbers that are drastically different from the ones he posted a year ago en route to a second-place finish in the AL MVP race. Ellsbury -- who missed three months with a subluxation of his shoulder, and has subsequently managed some bumps and bruises in the second half -- entered Saturday hitting .277 with a .321 OBP, .382 slugging mark, .704 OPS, four homers and 14 steals in 70 games.
While Valentine maintained in spring training that Ellsbury should have been the 2011 AL MVP (winning the award over Justin Verlander), the Sox manager said that the outfielder hadn't been the same player this year.
"You know, I based my...
The first day of training camp on Saturday marked Jeff Green's official return to basketball in a Celtics uniform.
"I’ve gone through the tough times," said Green, whose aortic aneurysm was discovered during C's training camp a year ago. "I’ve beat it, and now I’m in great condition. My game is getting right, and I’m just happy to play basketball."
Green hadn't suited up in green since Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat.
"I was trying not to smile too much during practice," he said. "I had to keep a straight face. It’s hard. I let some emotions go, telling all the players that I’m happy to back, encouraging them, just talking a lot for no reason, because I was glad to be back on the floor."
Despite undergoing season-ending heart surgery in January and being subsequently released by the Celtics, making the 6-foot-9...
Terry Francona will interview next week for the position of manager of the Cleveland Indians, a job that became vacant when Cleveland decided to fire manager Manny Acta earlier this week.
“I’m excited and I’m honored that they would give me an interview,” Francona told the Associated Press. “I know Sandy Alomar is also a candidate. He’s a good friend of mine. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I will do my homework over the next week.”
Francona spent a year working with the Indians front office in 2001, a year that he has often credited with laying the groundwork for his successful managerial tenure with the Red Sox after a challenging run in Philadelphia that ended with his firing at the end of the 2000 season.
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BALTIMORE -- Red Sox starter Jon Lester, reflecting on the anniversary of his team's season-ending 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Sept. 28, 2011, suggested that the 2012 season has been a far more difficult one to endure than was the 7-20 struggle to the end of 2011.
"This is something that a lot of us have never experienced. I don’t know how organizations can let their teams do this year in and year out," said Lester. "It’s tough. It’s tough mentally. It’s tough physically. It’s tough to show up at the field every day with a positive attitude.
"I think last year, it was like somebody walking up to you and punching you in the face, and you go, ‘What happened?’ Then you move on. This year is kind of like, one week you’ve got somebody coming up and not really hitting you hard, but hitting you. The next week, they come up and do the same thing. It builds throughout...
Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey threw the seventh no-hitter in the majors in 2012 Friday night as the Reds blanked the Pirates, 1-0, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It was the first time since 1971 that the Pirates were held hitless, when Bob Gibson authored his only career no-hitter.
Bailey struck out 10 and walked one and was the beneficiary of an error ruling on Gold Glove third baseman Scott Rolen in the third inning. Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes opened the third inning with a chopper to Rolen at third. Rolen tried to backhand the ball and his skipped off his glove, bounced high in the air and landed in short left field. The official scorer immediately ruled error on Rolen.
The only other baserunner was Andrew McCutchen, who walked with one out in the seventh. He stole second but was thrown out trying to steal third for the third out.
For Cincinnati, which has won a major league-leading 95 games, it marks their 15th no-...
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter close out the final hour of the show discussing how Chris Sale will fit in Boston and Larry Bird's 60th birthday.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter started the 8 am hour discussing the latest velfie by Gary Tanguay.
Ken broke some news in the 7 am hour by telling New England that he would not trade Andrew Benintendi for Clayton Kershaw.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to preview the Patriots game against the Ravens and to laugh at how bad the Jets have been,
Glenn, Lou and Christian look ahead at the Patriots Monday Night Football game next week and talk about the big test they will face with the Ravens defense.
Dave Dombrowski has now shipped off a bunch of the Red Sox top prospects. The guys address the big trade and look back at why the bigger risk would've been to ride with the prospects.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Chris Sale trade from all sides, and it's becoming abundantly clear that Michael is now afraid of losing Yoan Moncada.
We check in with Bradfo, who's work is never done!
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
Ken Laird and WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable take a look at the Red Sox' acquisitions of Chris Sale and Tyler Thornburg from the minor league side of the equation, and what's left of Dave Dombrowski's farm system.
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