A league source confirms that the Patriots and center Dan Koppen have agreed to a new two-year contract. The 32-year-old Koppen, a 2003 fifth round pick out of Boston College, has started 120 of 121 games over the nine years in New England. Koppen missed all but one game in 2011 with a fractured ankle. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
With left-hander David Price on the mound for the Rays, the Red Sox will feature a lineup with six right-handed hitters. Most notably, Darnell McDonald will get the start in left field, with Cody Ross shifting to right and Ryan Sweeney sitting. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Josh Beckett, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting.
McDonald has enjoyed tremendous career success against Price, with a .350 average, .458 OBP, .800 slugging mark and two homers against him in 24 career plate appearances. Indeed, among hitters with at least 20 career plate appearances against Price, McDonald's 1.258 OPS is the highest.
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning from Fenway Park, hours before the first pitch of the home opener against the Rays. The Sox return home after a rough start to the season, with one win in six games, but Cherington is preaching patience.
"I think there's that old adage that says you take the first two months to figure out what your team needs, then the next two months to try to fix it, then the last two months to watch," he said. "I think in a place like Boston that's probably a little bit too simple. But we need some more time. I don't know if it's two months, but we need some more time. Bobby and I were talking yesterday, and he reminded me that if this were a football season we'd be at halftime of the first game.
"We've just got to keep playing. We had a tough road trip. And we knew it was going to be tough going into the season, going into Detroit, a team with a ton of...
Yankees television broadcaster Michael Kay joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to talk about the controversy surrounding his weekly discussion with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Kay's New York radio show. Valentine's decision to appear on the show did not go over well with many in Boston, and New Yorkers have criticized Kay's station for having the Red Sox bench boss as a regular guest.
"I think it's ridiculous," Kay said of the criticism. "If I was just a fan, I would want Bill Belichick on our air. I'm sure you guys would want Rex Ryan on your air."
Valentine did not respond well to some questions from D&C during an appearance Wednesday, one week after a similarly contentious interview on The Big Show.
"That's just vintage Bobby," Kay said. "I'm no one to give advice on how to deal with Bobby, but I'll tell you this: We didn't get along for a lot of years. Bobby, if he doesn't know you,...
Rays designated hitter Luke Scott continued to do his part to anger Red Sox fans, calling Fenway Park "a dump" as the iconic stadium approaches its 100th anniversary.
"As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump," Scott told MLB.com.
Added Scott: "I mean, it's old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I'd rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in. A place where I can go hit in the cage. Where I have space and it's a little more comfortable to come to work.
"You're packed in like sardines there. It's hard to get your work in. ... You have to go to their weight room if you want to lift. From a fan's perspective, it's probably pretty cool to go se a game at a historic...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.
Kirk, Gerry and Mut get into some David Ortiz legacy talk in the 8am hour of the Thursday show.
After Kirk & Gerry get their digs in on Mut and some movie news, they move on to some Patriots QB talk with an eye on Friday night's game in Carolina.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.More from this show
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice rulingMore from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show