Tom Verducci from Sports Illustrated and the Major League Baseball Network joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about his cover story on Dustin Pedroia in this week's SI. Pedroia -- who had two hits and two runs in Monday's win over the Twins -- is perhaps having the best season of his career, batting .311 with an on-base percentage of .411 and OPS of .880.
"I thought he was the best player in the league, player of the month in July," said Verducci. "He's such an important part of the team with the best record in the American League. Not just a great player, but his influence, I'm not sure there's anyone quite like him in baseball. I get the sense that Terry Francona relies on Dustin so much, I don't know that another manager out there has another player as important in the overall scheme of things. … I think he's as indispensable as any player in baseball. This is everything you want in a baseball player, even if you...
Monday's big story in the sports world was Real Madrid's signing of Argentinian 7-year-old soccer prodigy Leonel Angel Coira, aka Leo. The boy will not be paid but will start training with the Spanish club's youth team in Madrid next month (the family moved to Spain three years ago). "[My] dream is to meet [Lionel] Messi, play in the first division with Madrid and for Argentina in the World Cup," Coira told the Spanish newspaper ABC.
While the signing of such a young child made headlines around the world, a Real Madrid spokesman insisted the team has signed younger players in the past. "They only have to be a standout," Juan Tapiador said. "We look for something different, that quality or talent that makes them stand out from the rest."
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It has been almost nine years since the Twins let David Ortiz go, and the Red Sox designated hitter has given his former club reason to regret its decision ever since. On Monday, that regret was direct, as Ortiz smashed a two-run homer in the sixth and then, with the game tied 6-6 in the top of the ninth, he rifled a go-ahead single to center in an eventual 8-6 victory for the Sox in Minnesota.
While the Sox claimed a win and moved 1.5 games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East, Tim Wakefield was denied his 200th career victory for the third straight start. After the knuckleballer permitted five runs (three earned) in seven innings, he appeared ready to achieve the milestone when the Sox took a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth.
However, reliever Alfredo Aceves allowed a two-out, run-scoring single to Jason Kubel in the eighth to leave Wakefield with a no-decision. Wakefield is 0-1 with two no decisions in his three shots at his 200th victory...
The Patriots have announced training camp information for Tuesday and Wednesday:
Tuesday: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Practice (open to public on fields behind Gillette Stadium).
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. -- Practice (open to public, in Gillette Stadium).
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Terry Francona told the media on Monday that Bobby Jenks -- who was scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday and then go to Fort Myers to pitch in simulated games -- was hospitalized over the weekend with intestinal turmoil and will undergo a colonoscopy Monday.
Jenks has been on the disabled list three times this season and has not pitched since July 7 as he continues to battle a back injury. He has a 2-2 record with a 6.32 ERA in 19 appearances this season.
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A frustrated Bill Belichick sat down with Michael, Dale and Jerry after the Patriots first loss of the season. We break down why it happened with the coach.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with defensive leader Chandler Jones about the Patriots first loss of the season.
We check in with the best NFL analyst on Boston radio, Tedy Bruschi, after the Patriots fell to 10-1 last night in Denver.
An experimental game recap of the Celtics 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has the latest on the Red Sox and their hot stove offseason as he joins Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola on the Planet Mikey Show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty joined the show to talk about the loss to Denver, how well Logan Ryan played, and his own inability to field punts.
Patriots special teams ace, Matthew Slater, joined the show after Sunday's loss to the Broncos to talk about coach Belichick's demeanor after the game, looking forward to the playoffs, Chris Harper's muffed punt, and compares Rob Gronkowski to Shaquille O'Neal.
After losing their season to the Broncos on Sunday night, AND Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury, Bill Belichick was surly and combative towards the assembled media.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
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