David Ortiz said prior to the Red Sox' game with the Rangers Tuesday that the injection he received Monday had helped the inflammation in his injured right Achilles tendon and there was some hope that the designated hitter might be able to play Sunday in Cleveland.
"Today was the first time I ran a little faster than what I've been doing," said Ortiz, who has been on the disabled list since July 17. "I still have that little sensation there but it's improving, getting better. Hopefully tomorrow, after the workout today, hopefully it doesn't feel worse than it does today so that will mean I'm improving, and that's a good sign."
Ortiz did some running in the outfield before taking a round of batting practice Tuesday, coming away with some newfound optimism heading toward a possible return over the weekend. He also ruled out going on a rehab assignment.
"It's not like I have that much time for it," said Ortiz...
FOXBORO -- After the first of two joint practices in advance of their preseason game Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, interim Saints coach Joe Vitt and Patriots coach Bill Belichick exchanged compliments of each other's organizations. Vitt went as far as to call the Patriots "the Microsoft of the NFL" as a model franchise. Belichick was humbled by the praise.
"We just try to go out and work hard and get better every day," Belichick said. "We know there are a lot of other great organizations and teams and players and coaches out there. So, it's a good challenge every week. Certainly, the Saints are one of the top teams in professional football. They're well-coached, have great talent, good players, good schemes. They win a lot of games.
"We played against them two years ago, practiced against them two years ago in their championship season so there isn't any team really that we have more respect for than the...
Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison, on the disabled list since mid-July due to a strained forearm and then elbow, received what he deemed as "good news" when he saw Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday. Andrews told Atchison that the tear of his ulnar collateral ligament appeared to be a pre-existing condition that he may have been pitching with for years, and that his acute elbow discomfort during a recent rehab game in Triple-A Pawtucket represented a normal (and potentially manageable) situation rather than a sudden change in the tear that would require surgery.
As such, Andrews told the reliever, season-ending Tommy John surgery may be avoidable. For now, the 36-year-old will rest for a period of weeks before potentially commencing a throwing program that could have him back pitching for the Red Sox sometime this year. Atchison said that he was "very optimistic" about the possibility that he will pitch again this season....
Will Middlebrooks will sit Tuesday as the Red Sox host the Rangers in the second game of a three-game set at Fenway Park. Taking the mound for Boston is Jon Lester, who is coming off one of his most promising starts of the season in the form of an eight-inning performance in which he allowed three earned runs and fanned seven against the Twins last week.
Countering for the Rangers is Ryan Dempster, who is making his second start for Texas since being acquired from the Cubs prior to the trade deadline. Dempster lasted just 4 2/3 innings but picked up an improbable win in an outing that saw him yield eight earned runs to the Angels.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury,CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Cody Ross, DH
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Mike Aviles, SS
8. Ryan Kalish, RF
9. Nick Punto, 3B
SP -- Jon Lester
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A cheerful Josh Beckett joined WAAF's Hill Man Morning Show Tuesday to discuss his situation with the Red Sox and the upcoming sixth annual Beckett Bowl.
On whether he feels he's misunderstood by fans and media:
"I think for me, I'm just me. I don't pay too much mind to when people have their opinions about it. I'm not going to change and I think sometimes that's kind of what the media outlets want you to do here. They want you to be who they want you to be instead of just who you are. I'm just me, and I have a really good support group around me. As long as I don't do anything to piss my wife off, I'll be OK...
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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