The Red Sox season hangs in the balance. The team is 6 1/2 games behind both the Rays and the Yankees, and needs to get hot fast in order to make a push for the postseason. Can they do it? Did they do the right thing at the trade deadline by essentially standing pat? What to make of the injury to Kevin Youkilis, and the issues surrounding Jacoby Ellsbury?
WEEI.com’s Lou Merloni will be taking your questions about these subjects and others at noon on Thursday. Stop by for his insight into all things Red Sox.
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With Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins anchored at home in a contract holdout, he joins a long list of Boston athletes who have taken a similarly drastic negotiating approach. We count down the 10 most significant holdouts in Boston sports history at the LEEInks blog.
Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th home run Wednesday, but he's still getting plenty of flak, with one national columnist calling it a "hollow milestone" and another writing that only 444 of the home runs should count. Baseball legend Willie Mays offered his congratulations and support and refused to discuss A-Rod's use of performance-enhancing drugs. Meanwhile, the Yankee Stadium security guard who retrieved the ball is getting his 15 minutes of fame for turning in the ball instead of trying to capitlize on it financially. Read more about that, plus check out other stories, trivia and videos — including one of an incredible, fence-climbing catch in Japanese baseball — at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell insisted Wednesday night that there is nothing physically bothering Jon Lester that has led to his 0-4 record since the All-Star break.
"There's nothing physical that's been the cause of any of this," Farrell said after Lester allowed four runs - two earned - on seven hits and two strikeouts in five-plus innings as the lefty took the loss in Boston's 9-1 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. "He was on such a strong run, some out of the outings he's had or some of the pitches he's made in critical situations might not have been as consistent over these past four starts."
Lester did complain of cramping in his left hamstring during the fifth inning on Wednesday but returned to start the sixth, only to allow a solo homer to Jayson Nix and a hit to Andy Marte before being yanked from the game and falling to 11-7 on the season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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