The Patriots announced their 2012 preseason schedule on Wednesday. The Patriots will have home games the first two weeks, hosting the Saints Week 1 and the Eagles Week 2. The Eagles game will be played on Aug. 20 at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots travel to Florida for Week 3 to take on the Buccaneers and the final preseason game in Week 4 is a Super Bowl rematch with the Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It is the eighth straight season the Patriots and Giants will play each other in the preseason finale.
Dates for the games between the Saints, Bucs and Giants will be announced at a future date.
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DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that, after Josh Beckett sought medical examinations in both San Antonio and Cleveland for the discomfort in his right thumb, the right-hander is set to pitch without any restrictions.
"The nature of the injury is that it’s really not much of an injury, I would think, because he’s been cleared to pitch and compete and I haven’t been told about any limitations he might have," said Valentine.
Beckett had a 0.95 ERA and .117 batting average against during spring training while pitching with occasional discomfort in his thumb. He is coming off a season in which he went 13-7 with a career-best 2.89 ERA. Beckett will start the second game of the Sox' season on Saturday; he is then scheduled to pitch in the Sox' home opener on Friday, April 13.
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DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that, with Andrew Bailey sidelined for the first half of the season due to surgery on his right thumb, Alfredo Aceves will serve as the Sox' closer at the start of the season. Mark Melancon will be the alternate closer on days when Aceves is not available.
"He loves competition. I think he's one of the better competitors that I've seen," Valentine said of Aceves. "I could be wrong. I haven't seen him up close and personal in battle, but I believe that he's a very good competitor, to say nothing of a very good pitcher."
Valentine said that the decision was made based on what he saw this spring in the pitchers, as well as based on the familiarity of the American League. The Sox skipper added that he would "of course" be open to using Aceves for saves of more than three outs "if necessary."
With Bailey out, the Sox will open the year with 13 pitchers on the...
WILMINGTON - Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all stayed out on the ice for extra work after Wednesday's practice, and all three players will join Johnny Boychuk in staying behind when the team travels to Ottawa for Thursday's game against the Senators. Of the four players, all but Boychuk will simply be given the game off for rest.
Boychuk left Tuesday night's loss to the Penguins in the third period with a leg injury, but Claude Julien offered no update on the status of the defenseman aside from the fact that he won't be making the trip.
Thursday's game will be the first this season in which Bergeron has not played, and it will leave Chris Kelly as the only Bruin to play in each contest. It will be Thomas' second straight scratch as the team aims to keep the reigning Conn Smythe winner fresh for the playoffs.
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ESPN baseball reporter Buter Olney made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday and talked about the Red Sox' closing situation and Bobby Valentine's first spring training with Boston.
With Andrew Bailey out 3-4 months, Olney predicts Daniel Bard will head back to the bullpen at some point.
"I think eventually that's the way they're going to go," Olney said. "Because let's face it, given their assets that they have on hand, the easiest solution in the back end of the bullpen if Mark Melancon doesn't grab this by the throat would be to put Bard in that role. I can't see them having [Alfredo] Aceves as their closer the whole year. I just don't see it, for a couple of reasons. One, he hasn't done that in the past. And two, I just think that he's so valuable as a guy you can move around to do different jobs. He obviously did that very well for them last year.
"So, the easiest solution is to call up a guy...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.
The final hour of RSR features your calls as well as some thoughts on Clay Buchholz and Fenway Park.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Former rock jock Gary Tanguay channels his radio past to attempt to "hit the post" of several classic soft rock favorites as Minihane eggs him on.
Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price
The 8am hour stays off the rails with Kirk and Gary discussing Ken the producer's sex life and how attractive women find them
Acronyms abound, as Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss the MLB Hall of Fame, and PED's. Also, is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?
Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss Clay Buchholz' current state of limbo.
With less than a week before camp opens up, we discuss some Patriots on a day that just feels like NFL training camp weather.
We talk Sox on a hot summer Friday, and how John Farrell is in a no-win situation with some fans despite the team's performance.
In honor of the passing of coach Dennis Green, we present four of the best NFL Coaching rants (during press conferences) of all time.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
Uncle Buck breaks down the WWE Draft and the new rosters for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.
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Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back right on time for the start of the NFL and Fantasy Football pre-draft season. Topics of the day include some news around the league centering on the suspension of Le’Veon Bell, bad news swirling around Ezekiel Elliot and the passing of Coach Dennis Green. Then it’s into the fun stuff featuring conversation about the Patriots Offense with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan and a first look at the Top 12 Wide Receivers heading into Training Camp. It’s time to gear up for Fantasy Football people, giddy up!
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