Former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, who is currently trying to sign with a club for the 2012 season, said in an interview with ESPN that he is determined to show that he has changed for the better. Ramirez exited baseball in infamous fashion last season, proclaiming that he was retiring from the Rays after he was suspended for 100 games for violating Major League Baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He sat out the rest of the 2011 season, but found his way back into the news at the end of the season when he was arrested for domestic battery.
Ramirez, whose penalty was adjusted to 50 games that must be served after the start of the coming season, said in the ESPN interview that he wants to return to the game "to show people that Manny can change, that he can do the right thing. And to show people that I still...
Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is out for the season with post-concussion syndrome (and whose career is likely over because of the condition), has purchased a suite at TD Garden for patients at Children's Hospital dealing with the effects of head trauma, the team announced Wednesday.
Savard has bought the suite for the remainder of the season and through the 2013-14 season. According to a press release from the team, "the suite will be complete with healthy food and goodie bags for each guest, as well as a visit from the Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls."
Savard will be at TD Garden Thursday, making his first public appearance of the season. For complete Bruins coverage, visit weei.com/bruins.
The Colorado Rockies announced (via twitter) that they have traded minor league infielder Brad Emaus to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Emaus, who turns 26 in March, played in 14 big league games with the Mets last year after being taken by New York from the Blue Jays in the 2010 Rule 5 draft. He hit .162 with a .262 OBP and .424 OPS, with pronounced difficulties (4-for-29) against right-handers.
While one evaluator suggested that Emaus is "a major league-caliber bench player," he did not stick on the roster and was returned to Toronto, who subsequently traded Emaus to the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitcher Chris Malone.
Emaus went on to post big numbers while playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in the very favorable hitting environment of Colorado Springs. He posted a .313/.389/.564/.954...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that he came away impressed by Bobby Valentine from a dinner this week that also included outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Clay Buchholz and outfielder Darnell McDonald. The dinner, which took place during the Fiesta Bowl, served as an opportunity for introductions and for Valentine to try to learn about the routines of some of his players, including the degree to which they use scouting reports and video to prepare for opponents.
"He was great. He’s very intelligent, he was open-minded, he was thinking a lot about certain situations just sitting at the table," said Pedroia. "It was pretty cool. I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully I can pick his brain as much as possible and try to get better. ... Once we get there, we’ll find out more on how camp’s going to be run, what he wants from each of us. It’s going to be fun...
FOXBORO -- The only member of the Patriots roster who was not present at Wednesday's practice session was defensive lineman Kyle Love, but the team announced Wednesday afternoon that his absence was not injury related. In addition, New England listed quarterback Tom Brady on the report with a left shoulder, but indicated he participated fully in practice. Check out the rest of the injury report here:
Did Not Practice
DL Kyle Love (not injury related)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
T Matt Light (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
T Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (...
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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