The Red Sox promoted first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Hi-A Salem to Double-A Portland. Rizzo, a 20-year-old who was taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, is considered one of the top prospects in the system. He was hitting .248/.333/.479/.812 with five homers for Salem, where he'd collected an extra-base hit in six of his last seven games.
Rizzo missed most of the 2008 season while being treated for Hodgkins lymphoma. When he returned to the field in 2009, he showed little impact from the layoff, hitting .298/.365/.494/.859 for Single-A Greenville and then .295/.371/.420/.791 after a mid-year promotion to Salem. Rizzo essentially takes the place of fellow first base prospect Lars Anderson on the Sea Dogs roster, less than two weeks after Anderson moved up from Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Josh Beckett's next start for the Red Sox has been pushed back to Friday at Detroit. Beckett was originally slated to start on Wednesday in the series finale vs. the Blue Jays, but now Tim Wakefield will make the start for Boston.
Terry Francona said on Monday that this move keeps Wakefield stretched out and allows the struggling Beckett (7.46 ERA) to throw an extra side session.
Beckett is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.61 at Comerica Park, which may have also factored in the decision.
Francona noted that the Red Sox are "willing to be outside the box a little bit" when it comes to ensuring starting pitching depth.
No real surprises in the Red Sox lineup as the club opens a three-game series vs. the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Monday. David Ortiz, who has one home run in his three career at-bats vs. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow is in the lineup and batting sixth.
John Lackey makes his 12th career start vs. the Blue Jays on Monday. The right-hander is just 3-3 vs. Toronto in his career but owns a 3.31 ERA vs. the Blue Jays.
Lackey -- SP
Morrow -- SP
WALTHAM – When a player like Paul Pierce struggles offensively the way he has in the Celtics series with Cleveland, questions naturally arise. Most prominently: Is he hurt? Pierce has dealt with a myriad of injuries this season, but given the caveat that every player is a little banged up at this point in the season, he stated flatly Monday after the Celtics went through a brief practice that he was fine. “There’s nothing wrong with me,” Pierce said. “For me, it’s just being ready, being focused, giving my team whatever it needs to win. There’s nothing wrong with me.” Read the rest of this post on Green Street.
According to Patriots.com, the Patriots preseason scheduled is now locked in. Here are the dates and times for all four games:
Thu. Aug. 12 vs. New Orleans (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Aug. 19 at Atlanta (8 p.m., FOX)
Thu. Aug. 26 vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Sept. 2 at New York Giants (7 p.m.)
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The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
The guys opened the show by discussing Nick Cafardo's column on Stephen Drew. Everyone disagreed with the premise that it is time to panic and sign Drew.
Our friend and Jimmy Fund Patient Sam Thomas discussing his desire to meet Ellen. #EllenMeetSam
Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
We tackle four topics that surround the great BIG MAN athletes of sports. BIG as in chubby.
Tom E Curran and Michael Holley talked Celtics, Rondo and the return of Paul Pierce to the Garden, and we were joined by a fan who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and wasn't afraid to show them for the Celtics.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.