ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine cited Clay Buchholz's stiff back as the reason he took the starter out after 94 pitches Thursday night, Buchholz downplayed any ailment.
"The back's fine," said Buchholz following the Red Sox' 7-4 loss to the Rays. "I had a couple of long innings and I felt like somebody else could do a better job than I could. I was up and ready to go going into the eighth, there was a pitching change, and I was like, 'You know what? I've thrown 95 pitches and a couple of them have been taxing, so that was that.' "
The pitcher later added when asked again about his back, "It's basically everyday soreness. It's fine."
The issue is a sensitive one considering Buchholz missed almost four months of 2011 due to surgery on his back. The ailment hasn't been a problem for the righty, who finished his latest outing not allowing a run while giving up just four...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- B.J. Upton completed a furious ninth-inning comeback by the Rays when he launched a three-run homer against Vicente Padilla. The one-out home run handed Tampa Bay a 7-4 win over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
The homer completed a six-run ninth by the Rays, who managed to split the four-game series with the Thursday night victory.
Andrew Bailey suffered through his worst outing as a Red Sox, blowing a three-run, ninth-inning lead, managing just one out. The Sox closer gave way to Padilla, leaving with runners on second and third, one out and Upton at the plate. Desmond Jennings drove Bailey from the game with a two-run, bases-loaded double, setting the stage for Upton's homer.
For eight innings, it looked like Clay Buchholz would win the battle of aces, as he got the better of the Rays and their starter, David Price. Buchholz didn't allow a run over his seven innings, surrendering just four hits while striking...
After 12 seasons in the NBA, Keyon Dooling announced his retirement on Thursday. The Celtics subsequently waived the veteran guard for the purpose of clearing a roster spot just over a week before the team opens training camp for the 2012-13 season.
"Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that it’s time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family. He will never forget his time in Boston with the Celtics," Dooling's representative, Kenge Stevenson, announced in a statement.
Dooling, 32, averaged seven points in his 12 seasons, including 4.0 points a game in 46 games for the Celtics last season. He also played for the Clippers, Heat, Magic, Nets and Bucks over his career.
“We’ll miss Keyon’s spirit and energy, both on and off the court,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. “The whole Celtics family wishes...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots added defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick (ankle) and offensive lineman Logan Mankins (hip) to the injury report on Thursday. Both players were listed as "limited" at practice, joining a group of eight other players who also were limited. Here's the full injury report:
Did not participate
DT Justin Francis (ankle)
TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Brandon Deaderick (ankle)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)
TE Daniel Fells (shin)
WR Brandon Lloyd (thigh)
OL Logan Mankins (hip)
OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)
CB Sterling Moore (knee)
RB Shane Vereen (foot)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
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With the NHL lockout having pushed back the start of its season, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin signed with EHC Biel in Switzerland and is expected to report on Saturday and be ready to play as early as next week, the team announced on its website. According to the announcement, Seguin's initial commitment will run through Dec. 31. (Also in the announcement, in offering a summary of Seguin's career, there is mention of the "amusing random episode" that he was disciplined by the team for sleeping through meetings.)
The 20-year-old led the Bruins last season with 29 goals and 67 points in 81 games.
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Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
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.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
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.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
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.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
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The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.More from this show
In the 6 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the latest season ending injury for Gronk and the joint statement released by the team last night.More from this show