The Celtics signed center Semih Erden of Turkey, the team announced on Monday. Erden was drafted by the Celtics with the 60th pick in 2008. The seven-foot, 240-pound big man averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Fenerbahce Ulker this past season. Erden is on the Celtics Summer League roster and will play for Turkey in the 2010 FIBA World Championships. The Celtics are in need of a big man following the injury of Kendrick Perkins.
Even Braves utility player Omar Infante himself was surprised at his selection to the National League All-Star team. He said he thought he was being traded when his general manager called him Sunday to tell him the good news. However, one columnist is baffled by the choice and calls Infante the "worst All-Star ever." Read more about that, plus check out additional stories, videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Of the six Red Sox named to the All-Star team, five (Adrian Beltre, Jon Lester, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia) have contracts that call for them to receive $50,000 bonuses for their selections as reserves. Clay Buchholz, however, does not have an All-Star bonus clause in his 2010 contract. If Kevin Youkilis is added to the All-Star squad via fan voting, he would also receive a $50,000 bonus.
On a day the Red Sox had six players voted to the American League All-Star squad, the Orioles avoided a sweep thanks to three hits from Cesar Izturis and seven solid innings from starter Brian Matusz in a 6-1 Baltimore win on the Fourth at Fenway Park. The win helped Orioles avoid a three-game sweep.
The Red Sox were held to just a single by Bill Hall in the third and an Adrian Beltre double an inning later as the Baltimore lefty stifled the Boston bats on a hot day in the Fens. Matusz [3-9] snapped his personal nine-game losing streak in winning for the first time since April 18.
John Lackey took the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings to fall to 9-4 on the season. Kevin Youkilis, who could join the Red Sox All-Stars if voted by fans this week, hit a solo homer leading off the ninth, giving him 17 to tie David Ortiz for the team lead.
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Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was placed on the disabled list on May 28 for a fractured rib, has yet to resume baseball activities while at Athletes' Performance in Arizona. The 26-year-old is making progress, according to Sox manager Terry Francona, but not to the point where he is ready to rejoin the team.
"When he's able to do baseball activities, he'll come with us," said Francona. "He's going to stay at API until he's ready to do baseball activities, and he's not ready to do that yet. ... He does feel like he's getting better. He'd like to ramp up his activities this week. Hopefully, we'll get a report that he's able to."
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
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.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
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
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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