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06/03/2010 - 1:02pm
Finals preview: How Celts, Lakers match up

The NBA finals between the Celtics and Lakers is set to begin Thursday night at Staples Center in LA. "It's going to mean everything for my career, because a lot of guys have won one, and not many have won a couple," Pierce said Wednesday before Boston practiced at Staples Center. The NBA's most decorated franchises are set to do battle in the NBA finals for the second time in three years and the 12th time overall. After this series concludes, the two teams will have won 33 of the league's 64 titles. The WEEI Sports Radio Network and WEEI.com will be your home for NBA finals broadcasts and coverage. WEEI.com's Game 1 finals coverage includes the following:
 

06/03/2010 - 11:53am
Source: Patriots work out WR Owens

According to a league source, the Patriots had Rod Owens in for a workout Thursday morning. Owens, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound wide receiver, led Florida State with 61 catches for 729 yards and three touchdowns last season. A 23-year-old, he was released late last month by St. Louis. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/03/2010 - 10:59am
Lineup: Lowell starts at DH

Mike Lowell will get the start at DH and bat sixth for the Red Sox in their matinee game against the A's Thursday, replacing David Ortiz who was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 6-4 win for the Sox. Lowell gets the nod because he is 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in his career against Oakland starter Brett Anderson. This will be Lowell's first start since May 29. J.D. Drew will also get a breather against the lefty starter with Bill Hall replacing him in right. Meanwhile, Victor Martinez returns to the starting nine to catch knuckleballer Tim Wakefield after sitting out Wednesday. The rest of the lineup is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Lowell DH, McDonald CF, Hall RF, Hermida LF, Wakefield P. For all the matchups, go to The Full Count Blog by clicking here


06/03/2010 - 9:52am
McHale on D&C: C's toughness prevails vs. LA

Celtics legend and NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals series. McHale said the two keys in his mind are play in the paint and Rajon Rondo's ability to exploit Derek Fisher.

 

Regarding the physical play aspect, McHale said it has to be a major concern for Lakers coach Phil Jackson how his big men will respond to Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis banging down low. "If Phil Jackson's going to be honest with you, that's the question Phil's asking his staff right now this morning: What's going to happen if Perkins and Rasheed and KG and Big Baby start knocking our guys around and our guys don't respond?" McHale said. "What are we going to do? The answer is you've got to challenge them, you've got to push them."

 

McHale said Jackson's whining earlier in the week about Garnett's hits on...

06/03/2010 - 9:08am
Mashup: Will blown call lead to replay?

The day's top story is umpire Jim Joyce's blown call that ruined Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga's perfect game Wednesday night. We took a look around the web to see what people are saying about the play. There are calls for commissioner Bud Selig to overrule the call, and there are questions about whether this will lead to an expansion of instant replay. Read more about it, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


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Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

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Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

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John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start 4-23-14

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

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Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Shawn Thornton on the gam…

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.

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Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox haven't been able to replace Ellsbury, 4-23-14

Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

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John Farrell with Dale and Holley: Pierzynski just needs more familiarity with this pitching staff 4-23-14

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

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Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

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The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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