FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Marlins returned Rule 5 draftee Jorge Jimenez to the Red Sox on Sunday. The 25-year-old third baseman had been selected by the Astros in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 10, and then was traded to Florida as part of a deal for reliever Matt Lindstrom. But the Marlins decided that they could not keep the infielder on their major league roster all season, and so sent him back to Boston for $25,000 (the Sox having received $50,000 from Houston when Jimenez was selected).
Jimiez comes back to a Red Sox organization for whom he has performed beyond expectations when he was taken in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. In 2009, he hit .289/.366/.422/.787 with 13 homers and 87 RBIs in Double A Portland. Though not a slugger, he has always shown a good offensive approach at the plate. Still, he has never played about Double-A, which made a spot on a big league roster a longshot.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 32 pitches in a minor league intersquad game at the Red Sox minor league complex on Sunday morning. The right-hander threw 12 pitches in the first and then retired the side in order in the second on three ground balls. Matsuzaka then stayed on the mound with runners on base to allow him to work from the stretch. The day ended with a double play ball. Pitching coach John Farrell and general manager Theo Epstein were among the Red Sox staffers on hand to watch.
"It was a positive step forward," Farrell said. Matsuzaka will throw a side session on Tuesday and is slated to pitch two or three innings on Thursday at City of Palms in relief of Tim Wakefield against the Florida Marlins.
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Matt Lombardi's goal 5:25 into overtime gave the senior from Milton his first career hat trick and allowed Boston College to claim a 7-6 win over the University of Maine in the Hockey East championship game Saturday night at TD Garden. It was BC's league-record ninth title and fourth in the last six years. Maine had mounted a comeback, fighting back from a two-goal deficit with just more than five minutes remaining, culminating with Joey Diamond's equalizer with 30 seconds left. For the complete recap click here.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw two scoreless innings against Red Sox minor leaguers in camp on Sunday. He then worked out of a simulated jam by getting an inning-ending double play. In all, he threw 32 pitches, 18 for strikes. Barring any physical setback, he will then pitch in his first big league game of the spring on Thursday. Matsuzaka will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and then is scheduled to pitch in relief of Tim Wakefield two days later. For video of Matsuzaka and pitching coach John Farrell, visit the Full Count blog.
The Celtics knocked off the Mavericks, 102-93 as Paul Pierce scored 29 points Saturday night in Dallas. It was the fourth straight win for the Celtics and fifth in their last six games. They also completed a road sweep of the Texas teams after beating San Antonio earlier in the year and the Rockets, Friday night. Ray Allen added 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Read more in the Fast Break.
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We discuss the Patriots blown chance at clinching the division with a loss to the Dolphins with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Hoo-man joins Mut and Merloni from Gillette Stadium after the team’s loss Sunday in Miami. Mut and Lou ask him about his highlight reel touchdown reception and whether he was interfered with as the Patriots attempted to score the game winning touchdown.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
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Rob BRadford and Alex Speier are back together on the Hot Stove Show. They talk about the Red Sox and David Ortiz talking contract extension, and speak with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the offseason and preparing for 2014.
For the first time in 2013, WEEI.com's Alex Speier was responsible for compiling Baseball America's list of the Red Sox' top 10 prospects. He discusses his list with the man who'd been in charge of compiling it for most of the prior two decades, Jim Callis of MLB.com. They discuss prospects Xander Bogaerts, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley Jr., Allen Webster, Garin Cecchini, Mookie Betts, Matt Barnes, Trey Ball, Anthony Ranaudo and others.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Stephen A. Smith joined the show and discussed the Celtics trade rumors. He added that as a New Yorker he is jealous of the success of the sports teams in Boston.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed a crazy mice fetish.
Kirk and Dino opened the show previewing the Pats and the Ravens. Dino likes the Ravens, Kirk thinks the Pats will play well in Baltimore.
Reiss checks in with Mut and Merloni to breakdown the Patriots injury situation heading into Sunday's action. He updates the status of left tackle Nate Solder and wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.
King calls in to Mut and Merloni for his weekly chat before the Patriots-Ravens matchup this Sunday. Peter explains what the Patriots should expect heading into Baltimore.
Jackie joins Mut and Merloni to discuss all the trade reports surrounding the Boston Celtics. Jackie looks at the chances that the Celtics move Rajon Rondo and whether they will complete a deal for Rockets’ center Omer Asik.
We talk football with ESPN's Mark Schlereth and get his take on the Patriots, as well the as the rest of the AFC heading into week 16 of the NFL season.
We listen in as Brooks Orpik speaks to the media for the first time since the Shawn Thornton incident over a week ago.
We tackle four topics around the great moments of 2013 in Boston Sports.
Doug joins the show to discuss the upcoming Patriots-Ravens game and offers his insights into the game, and how important healthy players are for this coming Sunday.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
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