Jed Lowrie gets his second start of the season at shortstop and Jacoby Ellsbury was put in the No. 9 hole of the batting order for the Red Sox in Saturday's matinee against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
"I wanted [Scutaro] to play [Sunday] and some of the way [Ivan] Nova throws," Francona said of batting Lowrie against the Yankees starter Saturday. "I just think it's a good day to [play Lowrie] and I want [Scutaro] to play [Sunday] against [C.C.] Sabathia."
Carl Crawford was slotted as the leadoff batter for the second straight game, followed by Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, Lowrie, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury.
"I think he's going to be confident in any spot," Francona said of Crawford. "And that's the whole idea. We don't want guys to change. We just want them to go play their game. I think when you ask guys to mold their game to a specific spot...
Terry Francona heard the news of Manny Ramirez's sudden retirement after Friday's game but declined detailed comment or reaction to the slugger's exit from the Tampa Bay Rays and Major League Baseball.
"I thought about it [Friday] night a little bit and I really don't have a comment," the Red Sox manager said before Saturday's game with the Yankees. "He's not our player. I don't know anything about it. I saw a blurb and I guess I really don't have a comment.
"It's probably something that's a little larger than baseball," Francona said, adding that he believes today's MLB PED testing is much improved. "Way better. Again, when things sort of looked like they getting out of hand in the mid-90s, I thinked the general public would be shocked in a good way how hard these guys work. I do get to see that. The younger players coming up, the testing is pretty stringent, and I think that's good."
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One night after being shutdown offensively by the Bulls, the Celtics recovered their offensive game in a 104-88 win over the Wizards. The Celtics shot 51 percent and all five starters were in double figures led by Paul Pierce with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The kept building leads only to let the Wizards right back in the game. Part of the issue was a depleted bench that was already thin with the decision to sit Jermaine O'Neal for one game. That problem became worse after Delonte West was ejected by referee Josh Tiven in the first half. Rondo played 42 minutes, while Pierce checked in with 41.
The win allowed the Celtics to remain in a tie with the Heat for second place in the Eastern Conference heading into their showdown Sunday afternoon in Miami. The Heat kept pace with a win over the Bobcats. With three games...
Following the Red Sox' 9-6 win over the Yankees Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, many Sox players were talking about a speech given by general manager Theo Epstein prior to the game.
"On a scale of one to awesome, it was awesome," explained Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard. The pitcher later elaborated, "It was good. I didn't really know what to expect when he wanted to talk. But it turned out to be some good words and probably just what we needed. He's showing he still has faith in us. He has more than just the team money invested, he's emotionally invested. He wants to see us do well just as much as anybody.
"It was like Rudy, except there was no prayer at the end."
The players were originally gathered together to hear Terry Francona, but then the Red Sox manager said that Epstein wanted to say a few words.
"That was one of the best ones I've heard," said Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron....
Celtics coach Doc Rivers decided to sit Jermaine O'Neal for Friday night's game with the Wizards. Nenad Krstic will start at center in his place. This is just a one-game rest for O'Neal who wanted to play but Rivers decided to hold him out. "We want to keep him healthy," Rivers said. "He’s played a bunch of games. We have [games] Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and he would like to play the entire week. So I thought this would be a good game for him to sit."
Rivers said he has been happy with the way O'Neal has played since his return from knee surgery, especially defensively. He also said that he would tweak his minutes slightly, by bringing him back sooner after he goes to the bench for the first time rather than have him sit for long stretches.
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain why Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out on the offensive Wednesday and hit back at the NFL for upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.
Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.
Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
the top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Bob Kraft's press conference yesterday.
Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Chris Mortensen's false PSI report.
Lou, Christian and Joey say goodbye to Tim on his last show on MFB and at WEEI.
Tom E. Curran of CSSNE joins the show live at Gillette Stadium to talk about the start of Patriots training camp and Robert Kraft's statements from yesterday.
Christian, Lou and Joey give their goodbye songs to Tim as he leaves WEEI to go back home to Pittsburgh.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk about all things Patriots, including the challenges on the field and the drama off the field as 2015 training camp opens today in Foxborough.
We wrap up the day with some of the best in sound you may have missed.
We tackle four of the most pressing questions coming in to training camp for your 2015 New England Patriots.
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
If you play Fantasy Football then you know there are several “Elephants in the Room!” And nobody is talking about them. Are they afraid? We’re not! The Dallas Running game, Leveon Bell, Demarco Murray & Ryan Matthews in the Philly backfield, the Saints offense and so much more. Right here, WEEI’s own Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson cover all of the main “Elephants in the Room” to help you get the edge for your upcoming drafts. Enjoy!
Russ & Alex discuss Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut, Didier Drogba signing with Montreal and debate which team has had the best transfer window so far.
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The “B” in MFB has decided to accept a job back in Pittsburgh where he can be closer with his family. Tim Benz announces that he made the very difficult decision to leave his post at WEEI so he can return home full-time with his wife Kate.More from this show