Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday
Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
OL Dan Connolly (back)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
LB Rob Ninkovich (calf)
DL Myron Pryor (calf)
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
LB Adalius Thomas (foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Terrence Wheatley (knee)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
Red Sox Manager Terry Francona said that Victor Martinez, who has been away from the team to attend to a personal matter, will be back in the lineup on Thursday night against the Angels. Francona also said that Kevin Youkilis is minimally better but still tight. Also on the injury front, Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield will meet with the medical staff a little later, as strength has been decreasing in his leg. Unfortunately, the only way it's going to get better for Wakefield is if he has surgery. For more on Wakefield, read the Full Count Blog by CLICKING HERE. Finally, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will be unavailable on Wednesday night after tweaking his back on Tuesday after slipping in the bullpen, ...
For the second straight day, Casey Kotchman will be in the lineup for Kevin Youkilis. Rocco Baldelli is in right field for JD Drew and Jason Varitek is behind the plate to catch Red Sox starter Paul Byrd. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup for Wednesday night against the Anaheim Angels:
Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Bay - LF
Lowell - 3B
Ortiz - DH
Baldelli - RF
Varitek - C
Kotchman - 1B
Gonzalez - SS
This time it's the New York Jets who are being fined on the eve of a game with the Patriots. Two years after 'Spygate' resulted in heavy penalties being levied against the Patriots, the NFL announced Wednesday afternoon it has fined the Jets $75,000 and general manager Mike Tannenbaum and former head coach Eric Mangini $25,000 apiece for violating the injury reporting policy in 2008. Brett Favre two weeks ago revealed the Jets were aware he had a torn biceps tendon late in the season, though the club never listed him on the injury report. The league issued the following statement: "The NFL has assessed $125,000 in fines for violations of the league’s injury reporting policy by the New York Jets last season. During the final month of the 2008 regular season, the Jets did not disclose, as required, an injury that the club had identified to the throwing arm of starting quarterback Brett Favre."
Free agent linebacker Derrick Brooks signed on Wednesday but not with an NFL team. The veteran of 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joins Tedy Bruschi as an in-studio NFL analyst for ESPN. Brooks, 36, had been rumored as a potential fill-in LB with the Patriots for the injured Jerod Mayo, who is reportedly out 6-8 weeks with a sprained MCL. Brooks spent his entire career with Tampa Bay, including 11 as a Pro Bowler and four as an All-Pro. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Joe Castiglione talked with John Lackey after he picked up the W against the Twins. Lackey threw seven innings, and retired the 1st twelve batters of the game.
Dave O'Brien talked to John Farrell before the end of the Twins series. The Sox skipper said that Big Papi's success is no surprise given his work ethic.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Brickley joins the show and discusses what the Bruins should do with their young defensemen once the veterans return from injury, the play of Rask, and Torterella's coaching style.
Shawn joined the show to discuss the teams great performance in game two against the Rangers. Shawn said that he wouldn't mind playing for John Tortorella because he seems like a funny guy.
Dale and DJ roll on with their puck talk and chat some more about the goalie matchup in this series, as well as the lack of a quality power play for both of these teams. In fact, DJ says the Rangers are even worse on the PP than the B’s! The guys also get into the resurgence of Milan Lucic and his deceptive speed and grit. Dale and DJ talk about the similar styles of play for these teams and look forward to Game 2.
John, Gerry and Kirk give their things that they would never do, listeners joined on the WEEI yakoff app with their thoughts.
After hearing the horrible performance by Alexis Normand at the Memorial Cup in Canada, Minihane saved us all by delivering a heartfelt rendition of our national anthem.
LB joins the show in studio to discuss the Bruins taking a 2-0 series lead against the Rangers and what Claude should do when Seidenberg, Redden, and Ference are ready to play.
Mut and Merloni get into a Red Sox discussion after a successful weekend in Minnesota. They discuss Pedroia, Lackey, and the future of Ellsbury with the Red Sox.
What's better than a whole hour with NESN's Jack Edwards? Not much. We talk all hockey, all the time with Jack live from his study, with a "Loving Cup", whatever that is.
We talk hockey as the Bruins have had little problem taking a 2-0 series lead against the much talk about NY Rangers. Will this continue in games 3 and 4 at MSG? We discuss.
We tackle four topics we haven't yet touched upon today. Gronk!, Proms with celebs and athletes and much more.
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins have a 2-0 lead over the New york Rangers, the Red Sox are back on the winning sde of things, and the noteable birthdays of the day.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Daily Planet Wednesday May 8th
....uhhhh.....a bunch of bombs over there....
Sounds like a prostate exam to me!
Damn New Yorkers!
Linda explains how the shootout transpired in Watertown during the early morning hours. She saw the first suspect mortally wounded and police beginning the manhunt for the second suspect.More from this show
By and large, the focus of development in the minor leagues is on players. Still, there is a developmental path for coaches and managers in the farm system, as is evident from the fact that the previous two managers of the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket -- Torey Lovullo (2010) and Arnie Beyeler (2011-12) are now both on the Red Sox' big league coaching staff. They share their insights about the differences between player and coaching expectations in Triple-A vs. the majors, while discussing professional development from the perspective of former minor league managers who aspire to similar positions in the big leagues.More from this show