Jacoby Ellsbury took 25 swings and threw the ball today in what Terry Francona called "by far his best day." Francona noted that swinging the bat was still the most painful part of Ellsbury's recovery and the left fielder admitted that he is still getting a sharp pain with deep breaths.
"I'm pretty happy with how today went," Ellsbury said, adding that he'd "like to hope [the middle of the week] would be a reasonable time" to return.
Ellsbury hasn't played since colliding with Adrian Beltre last Sunday in Kansas City. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count blog.
Terry Francona said prior to the completion of Friday night's 1-1 game with the Rays that the team's preference is for Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched the ninth inning, to remain in the game. The situation is complicated by the fact that he and his wife are expecting their second child today. If Papelbon is unavailable, Daniel Bard will get the call. For more Red Sox news, check the Full Count blog.
Boston came back from a first period two-goal deficit to register its first win of the playoffs and tie its quarterfinal series against the Sabres at one game apiece with a 5-3 win at HSBC Arena in a matinee match in Buffalo. Tuukka Rask registered his first career playoff win with 26 saves while Ryan Miller took the loss by allowing four goals on 30 Bruins shots.
Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara each netted two goals for Boston, while Jason Pominville, Tyler Myers and Matt Ellis tallied for the Sabres. Mark Recchi scored an empty net goal for the final margin.
For more on how the game played out, visit the Big Bad Blog.
According to a team source, relief pitcher Alan Embree has agreed to push the opt-out date on the minor league contract he signed with the Red Sox during spring training back from April 15 to April 30. If Embree is not on the Red Sox' 25-man roster by that date, he would then have the right to become a free agent.
Embree has pitched in four games for the PawSox, allowing three runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out three. Pawtucket Red Sox radio broadcaster Dan Hoard was the first to report the news.
Veteran tight end J.P. Foschi visited and worked out for the Patriots on Friday, according to his agent Ralph Cindrich. Foschi is a 27-year-old out of Georgia Tech who has bounced around the NFL since he debuted in the league as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders in 2005. A 6-foot-3, 265-pounder, Foschi enjoyed his best season with the Bengals in 2009 when he caught 27 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
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.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
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.
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 talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
The three man booth breaks down all the rumors, possibilities, trade scenarios, signings and more, and takes your calls about it all.
We tackle four topics that surround the great BIG MAN athletes of sports. BIG as in chubby.
Tom E Curran and Michael Holley talked Celtics, Rondo and the return of Paul Pierce to the Garden, and we were joined by a fan who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and wasn't afraid to show them for the Celtics.
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
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.