Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Patriots Friday to hit on a number of topics, including his disappointment in the team's 36-35 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Patriots' player representative was also asked about the proposed 18-game season, which he called "premature."
"At the end of the day we need to make sure that we have a season to play next year," Light said, referring to negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. He added that he does not view the uncertainty of regarding the 2011 as a "distraction."
A popular topic among Patriots players this week, Light also discussed HBO's "Hard Knocks" by saying he "absolutely [does] not" watch the show that documents the Jets.
"I'll wait to see them on the field," Light said of the Patriots' division rivals, though he imagined it's "got...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to his team's series-opener with the Rays at Tropicana Field, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the plan is to have Daisuke Matsuzaka make his next start Thursday in Baltimore against the Orioles. The pitcher had been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday after experiencing lower back pain.
Francona also gave an update on Mike Cameron's surgery, saying that the procedure was a bilateral sports hernia repair and bilateral groin release.
"They stitched the mesh and the adductor groin to kind of take the pressure off a little bit," Francona said. "And what they said was that it was very obvious he needed surgery. He's probably still in recovery ... But everything went well. But he needed it."
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Hall of Fame NESN/MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Friday, saying that the Red Sox may be better off seeing how their series goes with the Rays before considering any big waiver-wire moves (he said they claimed "a few" relievers, including Scott Downs). He also discussed the state of the Red Sox and their injuries, most notably touching on second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
"I don't know if he ever really healed," Gammons said of Pedroia, adding that the 2008 MVP "knew right away that he'd come back too soon."
Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot on June 25 and rushed back to rejoin the lineup last Tuesday and Wednesday, but after two games was placed back on the DL. He is set to spend a week in a boot before determining whether surgery is the right course of action.
Gammons also said that Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz has a...
ST. PETERSBURG -- With Tampa Bay left-hander David Price on the mound, the Red Sox will employ a lineup that features as many players hitting from the right side of the plate as possible. As such, the left-handed hitting Ryan Kalish is out of the lineup, with Darnell McDonald batting second and playing center field in his place.
The Sox will still feature a pair of lefties in their lineup against Price. David Ortiz (1-for-7 with a double) is in the lineup, as is J.D. Drew, who has never faced Price in the regular season, but who did have a pair of postseason appearances against the southpaw in the 2008 ALCS, most notably his bases-loaded, two-out, check-swing strikeout in the eighth inning of Game 7.
Price has held lefties to a .213 average and .591 OPS this year, compared to marks of .234 and .674 by righties.
For complete matchup information on the pairing of Price against Sox starter Jon Lester...
According to a tweet from Jayson Stark, the White Sox were awarded a waiver claim on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez. Stark notes that the Rangers and Rays likely claimed the slugger as well, but that the White Sox won out due to their inferior record.
Now that he is claimed, the White Sox can work out a deal with the Dodgers until midnight Tuesday, or Los Angeles could simply release Ramirez to Chicago. Ramirez has a no-trade clause that would him allow to negate a move, similarly to what Johnny Damon did earlier in the week with the Red Sox, but reports have stated Ramirez would accept a move to Chicago.
The former Red Sox left fielder is hitting .313/.407/.513 this season with eight homers and 40 runs batted in over 64 games. He has had three different stints on the disabled list this season with a calf strain.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Hackers obtained hundreds private photo's of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, Market Basket is back in business, and Pete Frates and his wife Julie have a baby girl, Lucy.
The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
7th round draft pick Michael Sam was trying to be the first openly-gay player in the NFL. With only 7 days to go before the season opener, the Rams released him on one of the last round of cuts.
The Patriots finally completed a deal that was speculated for weeks, when they traded back up QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans for a conditional 7th round pick. Mallett will be reunited with former New England quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
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