With backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia landing on the disabled list on Thursday due to a leg infection, the status of catcher Kevin Cash — on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a hamstring strain — assumed growing significance. With Dusty Brown getting called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Cash will begin a rehab assignment on Friday with the PawSox.
Cash will spend just one day with the PawSox before rejoining the Red Sox on Saturday, after which he may join another affiliate, perhaps Lowell. The earliest that Cash can return from the DL is Aug. 27, when the Sox will be on the road in Tampa Bay.
Cash, whom the Sox acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros at the end of June, is hitting .148/.233/.167/.400 in 20 games with the Sox.
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The Patriots improved to 2-0 on the preseason on Thursday night by defeating the Falcons, 28-10. Tom Brady completed 5-of-8 passes for 67 yards on the night. The show seemed to be stolen by the veteran running backs, the rookie tight ends, and the return on Wes Welker.
Welker had two catches for 20 yards, and the Patriots got some strong runs out of their veteran backs. First, Fred Taylor, who started the game, took a 21-yard run to the house for the Patriots' first touchdown. In the third quarter, Sammy Morris went 20 yards on a draw on third-and-12. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski also scored.
Head to the It Is What It Is blog for quick hits on the win.
Hideki Matsui clubbed a three-run homer off Josh Beckett in a four-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Angels salvaged their only win against the Red Sox this season, 7-2, Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Beckett was staked to a 1-0 lead in the fourth when David Ortiz launched his 27th homer, a long shot to right off Angels starter Ervin Santana (13-8). But that would be the only big mistake the Angels hurler would make as the Los Angeles won for the first time in 10 tries against Boston in 2010. Beckett (3-3) allowed seven hits and six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings.
The loss dropped the Red Sox 6 1/2 games behind the front-running Yankees in the American League East, and seven back in the loss column.
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Jets coach Rex Ryan said he had a "heated" phone conversation with former Colts coach and current NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about Ryan's foul language during the HBO training camp documentary "Hard Knocks." Dungy, a devout Christian, criticized Ryan's frequent use of obscenities and suggested the commissioner step in and talk to the fiery coach.
Ryan called Dungy and left a message on Wednesday. On Thursday, the two men shared their feelings directly with each other.
"It was definitely heated," Ryan said with a smile. "We just talked man-to-man. It was good."
Added Ryan: "I wanted him to know how I felt. We talked man-to-man. He told me his position and I definitely told him my position. So, it was good."
The Patriots left 13 players behind when they departed for Atlanta this week. With the Pats set to face the Falcons in their second pre-season game, the following players are inactive: Linebackers Gary Guyton, Tully Banta-Cain, Jermaine Cunningham, Thomas Williams and Dane Fletcher, receivers Darnell Jenkins, and Matthew Slater, defensive backs Terrence Johnson, Bret Lockett, Josh Barrett and Leigh Bodden, offensive linemen Nick Kaczur, Logan Mankins, and George Bussey, and defensive lineman Damione Lewis.
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MFB talks to Sal Cappaccio of WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco of ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
From 95.7 The Game, Greg Papa breaks down the struggling Raiders and discusses Charles Woodson's comments that the team sucks
Christopher Price, WEEI.com spoke with the guys about the new NFL drug policy and what it means for certain players in the league. He also spoke about the importance of getting Danny Amendola involved in the offense. The Patriots are still trying to find the BEST way to utilize Chandler Jones. And rookie Raiders QB Derek Carr is a bit of a wild-card heading into Sunday's match up.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Vikings press conference.
Party with one, Marry one, and Kill the other. How would you decide?
Christian asks 5 questions about the Pats Offense, NFL Power Rankings, Jameis Winston, The Olympics in Boston, and David Pastrinak
Dale, Michael (and DJ Bean) discuss the Bruins off-season and whether or not they've done enough to get back into position to win the Stanley Cup.
We discuss Ron Washington's press conference today, announcing the reason for his abrupt departure from the Texas Rangers this season, and we learn a little something about ol' Dale Arnold too.
We tackle four question marks the Bruins face for 2014-2015 as they open up training camp today.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.More from this show