Outifielder Rocco Baldelli, who has been battling a strained hip flexor, is not on the Red Sox' roster for the American League Division Series. Joey Gathright and Brian Anderson will serve as the team's reserve outfielders. The Sox will carry 11 pitchers and two catchers. The roster is as follows:
Catchers: Jason Varitek, Victor Martinez
Infielders: Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Alex Gonzalez, Mike Lowell, Jed Lowrie, Casey Kotchman, David Ortiz
Outfielders: J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Bay, Brian Anderson, Joey Gathright
Pitchers: Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Paul Byrd, Takashi Saito, Billy Wagner, Daniel Bard, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Ramon Ramirez
Linebacker Adalius Thomas and running back Fred Taylor were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots practice this afternoon. Thomas was not on the Wednesday injury report, but Taylor did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The practice was held on the lower fields behnd Gillette Stadium, and was in full pads. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Gary Marbry, WEEI.com's resident statistician, offers an in-depth statistical preview of the second game of the American League Division Series on his blog, Nuggetpalooza. For more see Nuggetpalooza, and to monitor all things playoffs see the Full Count Blog.
Get your updates on the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics, plus the bizarre stories of the day, including a 12-year-old girl filing a lawsuit against the Phillies to reclaim a Ryan Howard home run ball (NOTE: updated at 3:55 p.m. with video of the girl and her lawyer), Tigers manager Jim Leyland calling out umpires for not admitting their mistake even after watching a replay that shows it, and Zdeno Chara posing in the buff for ESPN The Magazine. All that plus videos, trivia and the quote of the day. Click here for Thursday's Morning Mashup at our LEEInks blog.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said that he has no idea whether he will start any games against the Angels in the Division Series that is scheduled to begin on Thursday. But while the 37-year-old said that his role is "definitely different" than it has been in the past, he also insisted that he has no cause for complaint of disappointment.
Varitek praised the work of teammate Victor Martinez, who likely will assume the bulk of the Sox' catching duties during the postseason. The Sox captain said that his concerns remain on the goals of his club, rather than personal playing time.
"We’re in the postseason. I don’t know what’s disappointing about being in the postseason," said Varitek. "You can’t really control playing time, but you can control the other parts where you contribute. It may not be by playing. It may be on the bench. You can’t really control...
Pete joined the show to discuss Tebow's signing with the Patriots. He said that Tim Tebow cant play and that he has trouble learning NFL playbooks.
On this episode of the It Is What It Is Cast, Chris Price talks with the Boston Herald's Jeff P Howe about the Patriots offseason, Rob Gronkowski's back surgery, Danny Amendola replacing Wes Welker, and how this seasons team will stack up against last seasons.
In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is Cast, Chris Price talks with Will Carroll. Injury expert and lead writer for Sports Medicine, Bleacher Report. They talk about the injury to Rob Gronkowski and what his back surgery could mean for his season.
Jeff joined the show to discuss the rumors of Doc heading to the Clippers. Jeff said that he will not discuss his future but that his brother would be a great candidate anywhere.
Stephen A. joined the show to discuss the status of trade negotiations between the Clippers and the Celtics. Stephen said that it is a 50-50 proposition that Doc ends up in Los Angeles.
Grande and Max take more calls on the Celtics and discuss what lies ahead for Doc Rivers with Steve Bulpett.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who pounded the ball out of the park to win the second game of the doubleheader against the Rays.
John Farrell postgame press conference
The Bruins have looked quite good taking a 2-1 lead on the Blackhawks, but Shawn Thornton says the team is not getting ahead of itself. Thornton also talks about what makes Patrice Bergeron such a great player and teammate. He also squeezes in a few shots at his friend Keegan Bradley.
Pierre McGuire joins Mut and Merloni after a Bruins win and discusses the play of Rask and the defense, the Hossa injury, and Jagr.
Tony Amonte calls out Marian Hossa for missing Game 3 and recaps the Bruins win.
Keegan Bradley hopped on the set in Connecticut with D&C to talk some golf, but seeing as how he's a big Boston sports fan, the interview covered a lot of ground. You can hear Keegan talk about the Bruins' Cup chances, the Doc Rivers deal that almost was, and Shawn Thornton's lacking golf game.
Legal expert Michael McCann joined D&C to take on the topic of the day: Just what exactly is happening with Aaron Hernandez? McCann addressed Hernandez' lack of cooperation in the investigation so far, and how that may play out as the case moves along.
LB joins Mut and Merloni and discusses the Stanley Cup Finals and takes phone calls from listeners.
Despite many other important newsworthy items, the Boston Herald decided it was appropriate to put a story about Mut and Lou sending a vulgar cake to a Chicago radio station on the front page of today’s paper. Mut and Merloni respond, make it clear it was just a good natured joke and not meant to offend anyone.
Buster joins the program to discuss the problems of Andrew Bailey, what closers are available in the market, the Buchholz injury, and the latest in the biogensis scandal.
Salk and Holley break down a big Bruins win over the Blackhawks in Game 3 at the Garden.
We talk all Bruins, all the time with the man himself, as Jack Edwards from NESN gets us ready for Game 3 and beyond.
Four guys, four topics we haven't yet touched upon today. T.O. visits Ocho, Bob Costas has enough smarm for us all, stupid beauty pageant contestants and more.
Mikey gets a surprise call from Red Sox legend Bernie Carbo. They talk about old-time baseball and Bernie's new book.
Mikey talks with Tom and Luke about their new movie, "Plimpton!" and finds out what it was like to try to encapsulate everything George Plimpton accomplished during his life.
Today on the Daily Planet, the Red Sox and Yankees face off in the Bronx, Claude Julien doesn't want players wasting energy, and Dwight Howard and free agency.
Both Xander Bogaerts and Anthony Ranaudo punctuated their strong 2013 seasons with head-turning events on June 13. On that day, Bogaerts, the Red Sox' top prospect, was promoted from Double-A Portland Pawtucket, with the 20-year-old becoming one of the youngest position players in the affiliate's history. On that same day, right-hander Anthony Ranaudo punched out 13 batters for Double-A Portland, the most strikeouts by a Red Sox minor leaguer since Jon Lester in 2005. They joined Minor Details to discuss both those accomplishments and their seasons to date.More from this show