A pair of Red Sox prospects were named to the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars, which will take place on Saturday. Outfielder Bryce Brentz and corner infielder Michael Almanzar, playing for the Surprise Saguaros, will both take part in the showcase as members of the West team.
Brentz, a 2010 supplemental first-round selection who spent most of 2012 in Double-A Portland before a late-season promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, is hitting .286 with a .362 OBP, .429 slugging mark, .790 OPS and one homer in 11 games in the AFL. He's collected hits in 10 of 11 games thus far.
Almanzar, after enjoying something of a breakthrough season as a 21-year-old in High-A Salem this year, where he hit .300/.353/.458/.812 with 12 homers, is hitting just .234/.333/.277/.610 with two doubles in 13 games (eight at third base, five at first) in the AFL.
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According to major league sources, the Red Sox will interview Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire about their vacant pitching coach position on Thursday, and the team also has received permission to interview Royals bullpen coach Steve Foster for the position. Those two will join Orioles minor league pitching coordinator Rick Peterson and White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves as candidates for the position.
St. Claire, who pitched for parts of nine seasons in the big leagues from 1984-94, was the Expos/Nationals pitching coach from 2003-09 and then served in the same capacity with the Marlins from 2010-12. However, with the Marlins having fired manager Ozzie Guillen, members of the 2012 Miami coaching staff have permission to seek other jobs.
Foster spent the 2010-12 seasons as the bullpen coach with the Royals after spending three years in the same job with the Marlins. He was promoted from that position to the role of Special...
Before his Mavericks upset the Lakers on Tuesday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was pointed when asked to assess the reloaded Los Angeles squad.
"I don't know, I don't care, I just hope they suck," Cuban said with a laugh.
Through two games, Cuban is getting his wish.
A night after losing their opener to the Mavericks in Los Angeles, the Lakers dropped a 116-106 decision to the Trail Blazers in Portland. Adding injury to insult, point guard Steve Nash left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.
"We've got to learn how to play together," said Dwight Howard, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds. "You've got to be good before you can be great."
Added Howard: "We didn't expect to just come together and be awesome. It's always a process. We've got to stick with it so that at the end of the year we can have a trophy."
Coach Mike Brown is being...
The Patriots worked out several players on Wednesday according to multiple media reports, including kicker Billy Cundiff, who missed what would have been a game-tying field goal in the waning moments of last year's AFC title game when he was kicking for the Ravens. In addition to Cundiff, kickers Neil Rackers and Graham Gano worked out for New England, as well as punters Ryan Donahue and Chas Henry and long-snapper Bryce Davis. In addition, the Patriots also reportedly took a look at guard Ryan Durand, running back Lorenzo Booker and wide receiver Jarred Fayson.
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The Patriots waived cornerback Sterling Moore and tight end Alex Silvestro and signed defensive back Derrick Martin and linebacker Mike Rivera on Wednesday.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Moore, who was signed by the Patriots last October, became a regular part of New England's secondary rotation in 2011, eventually playing a key role in the Patriots' win in the AFC title game when he knocked a pass away from Ravens receiver Lee Evans. The 22-year-old has 13 tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in eight games this season.
Silvestro, 23, originally joined the Patriots a rookie free agent defensive lineman from Rutgers in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, spent the majority of his rookie season on the New England practice squad. He was signed to the 53-man roster prior to the Patriots game vs. Miami on Dec. 24 last season and played in a reserve role, finishing with two total tackles. Silvestro returned to the...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Gerry went for a walk and discovered a nude beach.
Hour 3. Gerry went for a jog and dipped his clothes in the pool. Trenni didn't want to report on Swihart's throwing problems.
Hour 2. Shaughnessy writes that the 2004 Red Sox is a better story than the Patriots. Headlines with Kirk.
A. Sherrod Blakely joins Pete Sheppard and Andy Hart to talk about the Jimmy Butler to Boston rumors and the deal to send DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.
Pete and Andy fill in for Glenn, Lou and Christian. The guys talk Patriots and try to figure out where Jimmy G will play next year, and what the Patriots will get for him.
Pete Sheppard and Andy Hart fill in for OMF and talk about last night's joke of an All Star Game, the rumors about Jimmy Butler to the Celtics and DeMarcus Cousins getting traded to New Orleans.
An epic battle royale between Holley and Keefe, who are completely on the opposite side of the fence concerning Demarcus Cousins. These guys have never agreed on this player, and today after the trade they finally had it out.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, and why with such a low price were the Celtics not in on him? They take your reactions, plus, where do the Celtics go to get better from here?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the new details of how the NY Jets tampered with Darrelle Revis while he was still under contract with the Patriots, and why the NFL didn't punish them further.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
On this weeks episode of the WEEI SoccerCast Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the demolition of Barcelona and Arsenal, if the Gunners should fire Wenger, and if the Revs made a good trade?
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the week with a review of Thursday and Friday's K&C shows.
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