According to ESPN.com, the Patriots signed tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year contract, days after Aaron Hernandez went down with a right ankle injury. Winslow caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, and he's recorded at least 66 catches while accounting for 730 or more receiving yards in each of the last three years. The 29-year-old was taken in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Browns.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will interview for the Houston Astros' managerial opening in the coming days. It is not expected that Bogar will be forced to leave the team, with Astros executives planning to conduct the interview in the Tampa Bay area at some point during the Red Sox' four-game series against the Rays.
Bogar declined comment when asked about the interview.
It will be the second time Bogar has interviewed with the Astros, having been one of the candidates prior to the 2011 season. Houston ultimately hired former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, who was let go by the Astros on August 18 after compiling a 39-82 record to start the '12 campaign. The 45-year-old Bogar also interviewed for the Blue Jays managerial position following the '10 season before Toronto hired former Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
The Astros have already interviewed Tampa Bay bench coach...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking before his team's series-opening game against the Red Sox, Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed his surprise that Carl Crawford's stay in Boston didn't work out.
"I am," said Maddon when asked if the troubles that came with Crawford's 161-game stint with the Red Sox surprised him. "I know it's was to say CC was unable to handle that, but I thought he would because Carl just loves to play and he plays hard and he works hard. He keeps the blinders on and just stays focused. I didn't think the off the field stuff would bother him that much, because I thought he would be playing well. I thought the fans would embrace his hard-playing style.
"I never had a problem with Carl not going after it hard, and I thought the Boston fans would appreciate how hard he went after things, because that's what he did here."
Crawford, who played for Maddon from 2006-10, was dealt to the Dodgers...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox were able to play the role of spoiler Monday night, knocking the Rays further back in the wild card chase thanks to a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
The Rays came into the game four games out of the final wild card spot.
Helping key the Red Sox' win was Jacoby Ellsbury, who broke up Alex Cobb's no-hitter with two outs in the sixth inning by blasting a two-run homer over the right fence. The homer, which scored Jose Iglesias, gave the Sox a lead their wouldn't relinquish.
Earning the win for the Red Sox was starter Aaron Cook, who allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, throwing 75 pitches (47 strikes). Cook induced 10 ground outs, and just one fly out.
Coming in to finish things up for the Red Sox were Rich Hlll, Junichi Tazawa, and Mark Melancon. Melancon would be the only reliever to allow a run, surrendering a single score in the ninth.
After scoring the two runs in...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing amongst other things the team's loss to the Cardinals and receiver Wes Welker.
Belichick maintained that there is nothing out of the ordinary going on with Welker. The veteran receiver did not start for the Patriots against the Cardinals and didn't have a reception until late in the first half. Welker finished the game with five receptions for 95 yards on 11 targets.
"I think if you look at Wes' play time over the last five years since he's been here, it's been pretty consistent," Belichick said. "I don't think it's any different now than it has been. It's been pretty consistent."
Asked if he felt Welker's role within the offense has changed, Belichick replied, "no." He also noted that people shouldn't read too much into whether or not a player starts the game.
"I always think it's a lot more...
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Mut ranks all 23 Dino Casting Couch members and Gary Tanguay posts another velfie on the Celtics and Kirk.
Mut defends himself in voting for Trump despite Alex Reimer's claim that he only voted for him because he goes along with whatever Gerry said. Damien Woody joins the guys for his second Friday interview.
Damien Woody praises Tom Brady's work ethic and thinks he can play three or four more seasons. Woody thinks Brady pushed the limits on Deflategate but it didn't play a role in the Patriots beating the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Mike Mutnansky returned to his K&C family after a short hiatus, full of spirit and some hate, and impressed on a Patriots Friday showing. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis (with Intern Kyle) have the audio rundown
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
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