The Red Sox optioned catcher Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 24-year-old had a very strong spring, hitting .429 with a .488 OBP, .486 slugging mark and .974 OPS in 20 games (35 at-bats), but with both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach on the big league roster, the Sox were in position to send Lavarnway back to Pawtucket to complete his minor league seasoning.
Last season, Lavarnway blasted 32 homers between Double-A and Triple-A, and he hit .231 with a .738 OPS and two homers in 17 games in the big leagues at the end of the season.
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After a month of spring training games to make their decision, the Red Sox informed Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard that they will be the team's fourth and fifth starters to open the season. Doubront will get the ball in the team's fourth game on April 9, with Bard claiming the fifth starter spot.
The Sox whittled a field of seven candidates at the start of spring -- Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Aaron Cook, Doubront, Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla and Carlos Silva -- to four final candidates in Aceves, Bard, Cook and Doubront. However, none of those four candidates fell from contention, leading the Sox to use almost the entire Grapefruit League schedule to determine how to proceed.
"Usually they'll kind of separate themselves by now, which really hasn't happened," McClure told WEEI.com recently. "They'...
Kansas University will chase its second title in five years, as the Jayhawks erased a 13-point deficit Saturday night to claim a late 64-62 victory over Ohio State in the Final Four in New Orleans. The Jayhawks' comeback was the product of an impressively balanced offense, with forward Thomas Robinson leading the way with 19 points, guard Travis Relaford pouring in 15, guard Tyshawn Taylor producing 10 points and nine assists and guard Elijah Johnson scoring 13 and hauling in 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, 7-footer Jeff Withey set a Final Four record by blocking seven shots.
Ohio State dominated the first half, carrying as much as a 13-point lead before closing the first period with a 34-25 advantage. Kansas roared back in the second half, tying the score with just over 14 minutes remaining. From there, it was a back-and-forth game, with Ohio State claiming as much as a six-point lead but ultimately getting outscored by Kansas, 15-7, over the final 5:22. During...
For the first time since 1998, Kentucky is going to the national championship game. The Wildcats got the better of their in-state rivals, Louisville, 69-61, in the first game of Saturday's Final Four in New Orleans and will play the winner of Kansas-Ohio State on Monday night.
Kentucky controlled the game early and jumped out to a 22-12 lead, but the Cardinals stayed close despite shooting 34 percent thanks to 17 offensive rebounds. Down by seven points at the half, Louisville tied the game, 49-49 on a Peyton Siva 3-pointer with 9:12 left in the game, but the Wildcats held the Cardinals without a field goal for more than six minutes.
Louisville made one last run to close within five points with just over a minute to go, but Kentucky's Anthony Davis put an exclamation point on the victory with a one-handed alley-oop slam. Davis, who will almost certainly be the top pick in this summer's NBA draft, scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds and five...
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington told reporters that his team's Opening Day roster is close to being finalized, with an expectation that it likely will be set by the time the Red Sox leave their spring training home of Fort Myers on Monday for an exhibition game against the Nationals in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. That said, he could not say with certainty that the 25-man roster will be set by then, in part because the Sox continue to explore the trade market as players become available as teams make their final roster decisions.
"As far as the roster goes, we’ll have two or three sort of decisions right here at the end of camp and we’re getting closer to those decisions. Would expect that by the time we leave for D.C., we’d have most, if not all those decisions," Cherington told reporters. "[A trade is] possible. But nothing in the works. ... We’re still talking about the guys we have here at the end of spring, typically...
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.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
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.
Dino, Gerry and Mike Mutnansky discuss the Red Sox getting swept at home by Detroit and the state of the team heading out on an 11-game road trip.
Mut dishes on a few strained -- or perceived strained -- relationships he has at WEEI these days.
A compilation of the morning's Patriots talk with John, Gerry and Mut as the first Patriots practice is set to open in Foxboro.
The guys talk about the Red Sox sweep at Fenway by the Tigers and their recent struggles at home. They then preview the tough road trip ahead for the Sox
The OMFers discuss what it will be like with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The guys get into Mut's complaint from earlier in the morning that Fauria ignored him in the gym
New Patriot's receiver Chris Hogan joins OMF to talk about being the new guy, and his experience with Rex Ryan in Buffalo
We discuss the vagueness of Max Kellerman's comment and how it's just one big desire to be the first one to say something.
We discuss the state of the Sox with manager John Farrell live from Anaheim.
As Pats camp opens, we look at four of the most pressing questions for the team
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.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
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