Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview with the Big Show, said that Jose Iglesias will get his first career start at shortstop on Wednesday. That decision is a product of a stomach virus that has made its way across the Sox roster and that now has rendered Jed Lowrie unavailable.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will once again be paired with starter John Lackey. Jesse Litsch -- one of the top pitchers in the majors against right-handers this year -- will be on the mound for the Blue Jays. For complete matchup information, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on The Big Show, said that Major League Baseball fined him "a little bit," but will not suspend him, in the wake of his ejection from Friday's game against the Twins while arguing a balk ruling.
As he tried to argue with home plate ump Angel Hernandez, who called the balk, crew chief Joe West tried to separate Francona from Hernandez. West tried to stand between Hernandez and Francona, and in the process, he came into contact with the Sox manager.
"I thought I took a charge," joked Francona. "I thought it should have been an offensive foul and no fine. ... One of those things that sometimes happens with Joe. You get aggravated and I move on."
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Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal reportedly is resisting plans by LSU to erect a life-sized statue of the 7-footer in front of the university's new basketball practice facility.
According to the website Sports by Brooks, Shaq has donated "multiple millions" funds to his alma mater but always requested that his name not be placed on any of the new facilities he helped fund.
The website reports that the school already has competed the statue of O'Neal dunking the ball in an effort to convince him to accept the honor. There also are plans to have three other statues, representing Pete Maravich, Bob Petit and women's standout Seimone Augustus. O'Neal reportedly has donated the money for the Augustus statue.
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Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox.
Gammons said he's trying to figure out why the Sox can't seem to put things together and get over the .500 mark.
"There's something funny about the passion of this team," he said. "I still don't see the offense. They haven't scored 10 runs in a game all year. I don't believe they've been ahead by four runs at the end of the fourth inning all year. So, games have really been struggles for them.
"They probably will click on all cylinders. But for the time being … Is it right to say that it's almost like there's a little chip missing here? I really sense that, that there's a personality chip missing that's different than what they maintained last year when they overachieved."
Added Gammons: "I can't put my finger on it. I thought about it all last week. I kept...
MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal didn't play in the second half or overtime of Game 4 of the Celtics' playoff series with the Heat and he's not likely to play in Wednesday night's Game 5 either. It wasn't a coaching decision by Doc Rivers, it was strictly health-related. "It was physical," Rivers said at the team's shootaround Wednesday. "Don’t know yet today. I will say I doubt it. That little stretch of the game it got worse."
Rivers said that Shaq's condition worsened in the four minutes he played in Game 4 and it doesn't sound like he will be able to play no matter what happens in Game 5 or beyond. "It’s nothing he can do. It’s not like he’s not trying," Rivers said. "He’s done everything you possibly can do to get healthy. Unfortunately for him he just hasn’t been able to do it. When he originally got injured no one thought it was that serious. It just never healed and it still...
Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.
Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
Butch and Tom discuss Tom's Top 50 Pats of the Bill Belichick era feature as he nears his top 10. They also get into more Deflategate talk on the heels of Mike Florio's report this morning that Goodell's decision will be announced this coming week.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Stephen A. joined us to discuss Brady's punishment.
Pats fans called in with their thoughts on the Brady suspension.
Callers give their reaction to Tom Brady's suspension being upheld.
Stephen A. Smith was on the show BEFORE the news came down about Tom Brady's suspension being upheld. He was also the first to report the news that Tom Brady destroyed his personal cell phone.
Junior Seau's daughter denied chance to speak at her father's HOF induction. Dan LeBetard addressed the Colin Cowherd suspension. Jack Trudeau pulled over with absurdly high BAC.
Law Professor Michael McCann joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension and how this will play out in court.
Peter King joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
Collin McGregor gets weird and wild with Tigers
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
With the transfer window open and active in the world of soccer, David Amoyal joins Ben & Alex to talk transfers, transfers and more transfers
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable talk all things Red Sox prospects, joined this week by WEEI.com's Rob Bradford as well as affiliate eyes Mike Antonellis (Pawtucket), Mark Perlman-Price (Portland), Kevin Burke (Salem), Cameron White (Greenville), and Jon Boswell (Lowell)
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