Kevin Youkilis returns from the disabled list on Friday, having spent the 15-day minimum on the sidelines for his lower back strain. He played a pair of rehab games for Triple-A Pawtucket this week, going 2-for-8 with a home run, in anticipation of being activated. The Sox averaged 5.9 runs (second-best in the AL) and went 9-5 without Youkilis.
Youkilis is hitting .266 with a .380 OBP, .481 slugging mark and .861 OPS, along with 17 homers and 78 RBI. Against lefties, he is hitting .303 with a .981 OPS.
With the third baseman reclaiming his customary cleanup spot, the Red Sox lineup will be very similar to the one the team used during the early months of the season, with Dustin Pedroia back in the second spot of the lineup. With Rangers left-hander Derek Holland on the hill, Darnell McDonald gets the start in right field over Josh Reddick.
For a look at how the Sox and Rangers have fared against starters Holland and Red Sox lefty Andrew...
According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, the NFL will not fine Lions defensive tackle defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh for his role in an altercation with Patriots guard Logan Mankins in Saturday's preseason game.
Suh appeared to take a swing at Mankins -- who had just been flagged for a 15-yard penalty for pulling the face mask of defensive end Lawrence Jackson -- in the second quarter of the game. No penalty was called on Suh, who was fined earlier this preseason for a hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and twice last year for hits on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme of the Browns.
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Sports Illustrated's Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Patriots and other NFL news.
Albert Haynesworth made his first appearance in a Patriots uniform Thursday night against the Giants, making two tackles as he works his way back into shape. King had both criticism and praise for the controversial defensive lineman.
"It's just a good example of who the guy is that he doesn't show up ready to go when he's making whatever it is, 5 million bucks this year. It's one of the reasons why the Redskins wanted to get rid of him," King said. "Having said that, I said in the magazine this week that I thought he'd be the Comeback Player of the Year. Because I believe if [Bill] Belichick can't get it out of him, nobody can. And there is definitely something very good to be gotten. I still think Haynesworth is going to be a positive for the Patriots."
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With the league mandating that all teams must cut to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m., the Patriots have already started making moves. According to league sources, three players — wide receiver Buddy Farnham, running back Richard Medlin and offensive lineman Jonathan Compas — have all been informed of their release.
Farnham, a Massachusetts native, played both offense and defense for the Patriots over the course of the preseason, finishing with one interception as a safety as well as six catches for 48 yards as a wide receiver. Medlin showed some versatility out of the backfield, running the ball 20 times for 66 yards and adding six catches for 39 yards. Compas is a 25-year-old who has worked primarily as an interior offensive lineman.
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Former Bruins enforcer Lyndon Byers, now a morning co-host at WAAF, joined sister station WEEI Friday morning for a discussion about problems with brain damage caused by repeated hits to the head in hockey.
Wade Belak died this week -- reportedly a suicide -- and became the third NHL enforcer of playing age to die in the last four months, joining Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard.
Byers said he's not treating Belak's case the same as the previous two.
"Sad coincidence," Byers said. "I expected a knee-jerk reaction. It's very, very sad that Wade Belak hung himself. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. I think it's completely separate from Rypien and [Boogaard]. To be honest, I think all three deaths are completely separate.
"The Boogaard incident, he was doing drugs with his brother and overdosed. His brother might be going to jail for that. Rick Rypien dealt with depression. Millions of Americans --...
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
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Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.More from this show
Gene Steratore's crew had a rough time in Foxboro on Monday night, and the lowest moment came when an inadvertent whistle cost the Patriots a possible touchdown.More from this show
Danny Amendola went down last night with a knee injury last night. He'll get an MRI today, but in the meantime, the guys discuss who will have to step up as yet another skill position player gets injured.More from this show