Red Sox manager Terry Francona will make his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday at noon. Francona's interview comes the day after he made some bold managerial moves against the Texas Rangers. He replaced Victor Martinez with a pinch runner in the seventh, which led to Jason Varitek leading off the eighth with a double. That was followed by Darnell McDonald pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick and hitting a game-tying homer off lefty reliever Darren Oliver.
Francona also had Mike Lowell pinch hit in the seventh for David Ortiz, marking the first time Francona has ever pinch hit for the designated hitter in a situation that mattered. According to Rob Bradford, Ortiz apparently hadn't been pinch hit for in a meaningful spot in exactly seven years, having last experienced the move when Grady Little pinch hit Manny...
Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was admitted to a hospital in Barcelona on Sunday after experiencing heart trouble, died early Wednesday. He was 89. Samaranch headed the IOC for 21 years until he stepped down in 2001. He has had health problems every since Jacques Rogge was chosen to succeed him.
Last fall, Samaranch spoke during Madrid's presentation in Copenhagen, virtually asking IOC members to send the Olympics to the Spanish capital as a favor to him. "Dear colleagues, I know that I am very near the end of my time," Samaranch said. "I am, as you know, 89 years old. May I ask you to consider granting my country the honor and also the duty to organize the games and Paralympics in 2016?"
The Jets' latest offseason splash is the signing of Dolphins defensive stalwart Jason Taylor. But Taylor brings some baggage as well, and he joins a team that has loaded up with players who have to prove they can behave to stay on the field. We've got links to stories from papers in New York and Miami that have differing views of the situation. Get the details on that, plus more links, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
ESPN NFL analyst Todd McShay joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the NFL draft, which begins Thursday night. McShay said he expects one of three pass-catchers to be available when the Patriots pick at No. 22, and it would be difficult to pass on Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, who McShay says is likely to be the only tight end to go in the top 50 picks.
"I don't think the Patriots are going into this draft with the mindset of, 'We have to take a tight end, we want to get younger at that position.' I just think that we have to look at how it falls," McShay said. "I think they need a pass rusher, but how do you pass on Dez Bryant and/or Jermaine Greshman and/or Demaryius Thomas, who by the way is not that far off Dez Bryant from a talent standpoint."
McShay said there is a possibility the Patriots make a move to get a lineman. "The other thing I keep hearing over and over again is the...
Mike Lowell, who pinch-hit for David Ortiz against left-hander Darren Oliver in the seventh inning of the Red Sox' 7-6 walkoff win on Tuesday, will be in the lineup in place of Ortiz on Wednesday night. With the Rangers sending left-hander Matt Harrison to the hill, the right-handed Lowell will be in the lineup rather than the Sox' longtime designated hitter.
"I was told to expect to DH [Wednesday]," said Lowell. "Harrison’s a lefty. I don’t think we go much further than that."
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The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
We talked to NESN's Jack Edwards right after the NHL trade deadline expired.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
The guys opened the show by discussing Nick Cafardo's column on Stephen Drew. Everyone disagreed with the premise that it is time to panic and sign Drew.
Our friend and Jimmy Fund Patient Sam Thomas discussing his desire to meet Ellen. #EllenMeetSam
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins the program to discuss Rajon Rondo's rocky relationship with Danny Ainge, the future of the struggling Celtics, and the possibility of Vince Wilfork being cut by the Patriots
As the NHL trade deadline approaches, Mut and Lou discuss possible moves the Bruins may or may not make.
Holley wants him here no matter what, Salk isn't so sure. They debate it and involve you as well.
We talk Bruins and the NHL with the great Jack Edwards of NESN right after the NHL trade deadline passed.
We talk about athletes that gave up, who we'd like to give up, and more in the 4@4 Lent edition.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny are joined by the legendary Leigh Montville, who talks all kinds of sports with the guys, from Red Sox to Muhammad Ali.
Salk and Holley debate it... Holley wants Revis, Salk doesn't want the Pats to change what's made them successful, and believes trading for Revis would do that. We debate it and involve you.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed a 10 year old who was suspended 3 days for making the sign of a gun with his fingers.More from this show