Former Jets defensive end Vernon Gholston, who signed a one-year deal with the Bears last month after being released by New York, on Monday accused Rex Ryan of not giving him a fair shot. Despite benching Gholston in last season's playoffs and calling the player a "phony" in his book that came out in the offseason, Ryan expressed an interest in re-signing Gholston and defended his actions Tuesday. "I'm confused, because I think I'm fair," Ryan said. "I think I'm more than fair and I think I give plenty of opportunities. But if it wasn't viewed that way, then that's it. Again, I'm comfortable with being who I am."
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox scored two runs in each of the first three innings on the way to an 11-5 win over the Rangers Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The Sox' offensive output, which was their highest since July 27 when they put up 12 runs against the Royals, was paced by Adrian Gonzalez. The first baseman came away with his second two-home run game of the season, finishing with three hits in the process. Gonzalez' first home run came in the first inning and plated Jacoby Ellsbury, while his second was a solo shot in the fourth.
Gonzalez hadn't hit a home run since July 30 and had gone deep just once after July 7. It also marked the major league-high 22nd time he has come away with at least three hits, boosting his batting average to .346.
Earning the win was starter John Lackey, who allowed four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. The outing lowered the righty's ERA to under 6.00 for the first time this season (5.98) and...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A day after earning his fourth win over the Red Sox in the past two seasons, Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson surmised that the reason Sox pitcher Erik Bedard was working so slow was due to the visitors' concern over Texas stealing their signs -- even with no runners on base.
"I think part of the reason Bedard was taking so long -- because it wasn't like he was giving up a lot of hits -- was his thing was that they were going like five signs with nobody on base," Wilson said. "We were like, 'What are they doing? We're not in Toronto. We don't have guys with flags and airplane flares.'"
Some of the Red Sox explained after their 4-0 loss Monday night that the team typically likes to change up its signs, especially for teams that possess significant differences between their home and road splits. Texas entered Tuesday night hitting .293 with 93 homers at Rangers Ballpark compared to .262 and 58 home...
Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish's 2011 season could be in jeopardy after the outfielder was placed on the seven-day minor league DL due to soreness in his neck/upper trapezius muscle. The discomfort is in the same region that hindered Kalish for several weeks this summer, slowing his return from a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder by months.
The Sox and Kalish have not yet made a decision about whether Kalish will be shut down for the season, or if the current injury will rule out the possibility of a September call-up. Nonetheless, given that a) Kalish has played in just 24 games this year, b) there will be no more than eight minor league regular-season games remaining if he comes off the DL at the earliest possible date and c) he and Sox farm director Mike Hazen characterized Kalish as going through a sort of second spring training as he worked to regain his timing at the plate, the idea that he will be able to return to the majors this year...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After the Red Sox' 11-5 win over the Rangers, Sox manager Terry Francona said that David Ortiz will be in the lineup Wednesday and was available for action Tuesday night if needed after being cleared by the team's medical staff.
Prior to the Sox' win, Ortiz executed five minutes worth of jogging and sprints on his injured right heel (bursitis), reporting no problems.
"I can be in the lineup right now. I can’t be watching this [stuff] no more," said Ortiz, who has been out of the lineup since Aug. 16. "But yeah, I’ve got to listen to what the doctor says because, I think, just stay on top of everything they tell me. This is something, if you don’t do things exactly the way they say, it can catch up with you later on, so I don’t want to be stupid."
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.More from this show
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.More from this show
Gene Steratore's crew had a rough time in Foxboro on Monday night, and the lowest moment came when an inadvertent whistle cost the Patriots a possible touchdown.More from this show
Danny Amendola went down last night with a knee injury last night. He'll get an MRI today, but in the meantime, the guys discuss who will have to step up as yet another skill position player gets injured.More from this show