The Red Sox have acquired Twins third baseman Danny Valencia for minor league infielder Jeremias Pineda. Valencia has been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 27-year-old Valencia has only played third base in his three-year major league career, is hitting .198 with two homers and a .522 OPS and two home runs. The right-handed batter was Minnesota's everyday third baseman in '11, finishing the season year hitting .246 with a .677 OPS and 15 home runs in 154 games.
"He struggled early. Last year he led our team in RBIs with 72, so the guy can play," said Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. "He's been productive for us. But it's a situation where he's got off to a slow start, we sent him down to [Triple-A] Rochester. He's worked very hard to his credit. ... It's a situation where I think it's a fresh start for Danny to come over [to the Red Sox]."
The 21-year-old Pineda, a switch-hitting second baseman, was hitting...
FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent his condolences to Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 29-year-old son Garrett was found dead this morning by an Eagles team official at their camp at Lehigh University.
"Very sad," Belichick said at his Sunday news conference. "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."
Belichick and Andy Reid are very close friends and the two longest tenured head coaches in the NFL. Authorities investigating the death have ruled out foul play and suicide.
After not starting Saturday due to a minor groin injury, Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup as the Red Sox finish off their four-game series with the Twins. Ellsbury will hit leadoff, with Ryan Kalish playing right field and hitting eighth.
The following is the Red Sox lineup against Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Ryan Kalish RF
Mike Aviles SS
Franklin Morales will get the start for the Red Sox. To look at all the matchups, click here.
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Red Sox infielder Nick Punto minced no words to describe his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday, a contest in which the Sox held a 2-1 lead after seven innings and a 4-2 advantage after eight.
"They're all devastating now. You get this late in the season and you look in the standings and we're not really sitting in a great position in the wild card. There are a lot of teams. We really can't afford to lose games like that," said Punto. "There's too much talent in this room for us not to be playing a little better."
Punto was a member of a 2011 Cardinals team that went on a huge season-ending surge to not only reach the playoffs but to role through them en route to a World Series title. After 108 games, St. Louis was 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot -- a very similar position to the one in which the Red Sox (5 games out of the second wild card spot, and 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for the top spot) currently find...
David Ortiz continues to work his way back from a right Achilles injury that has forced him to miss the last two weeks. On Saturday night, he said he's making progress but won't rush back and risk a serious injury that could end his career.
"I'm planning to keep on playing baseball and I don't want to do anything stupid and put my career in jeopardy," said Ortiz, who was eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. "I have to do what they tell me to do. It's hard. It's real hard but it's better to be smart than being stupid. I want to be out there, regardless, but it doesn't depend on me. It depends on how fast my injury heals up and I can go back on the field without running any risk. It's a serious injury and you have to go day-by-day with it."
Ortiz would not commit to returning before the 10-game homestand ends on Wednesday against the Rangers.
"Everything is going pretty much the way they...
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
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.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
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.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
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.
Gerry was shocked that Ken Laird took his wife to see Hateful Eight. Bradford checked in from the WInter Meetings.
Chris Russo talked about the Winter Meetings with Gerry and Kirk and the guys discussed John Henry's brand new yacht.
Gerry and Kirk disagreed on whether or not LeBron James owes people an explanation for his boycott of Trump's hotel.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
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.
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
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