Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, said he's confident the team can turn its fortunes around and make the playoffs without mortgaging the future.
Cherington said the baseball operations staff has been active and will continue to be so leading up to Tuesday's trade deadline. The Sox play the first-place Yankees in New York this weekend.
"We spend more time in the room talking with each other about deals, and maybe have 30 or 40 phone calls with other teams throughout the course of the day," he said. "I assume that will continue, and the subject matter of those phone calls will depend some on what other teams do and some on what we do this weekend."
Cherington stressed that the Sox are well within contention for the playoffs.
"When we look at where we are in the standings, I guess particularly the teams that are right ahead of us in the...
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who allegedly is trying to be a better teammate this season after last year's issues, was put in his place by coach Rex Ryan as the team opened training camp. Holmes, talking about the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow situation, said last week that a two-quarterback system can't work in the NFL.
Said Ryan: "We brought Santonio here to be a receiver, not the offensive coordinator. Again, we'll make those decisions, we'll do what's in the best interest of our football team, and that's the way it'll always be."
Sanchez did his best to downplay the controversy.
"I think Tone's been nothing but supportive of Tim being here, of me as a quarterback,” Sanchez said. “I think it might have gotten skewed differently than he would have liked. I don’t want to speak for Tone. You might want to ask him on that one. He’s excited to be back and just wants the rock.”
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FOXBORO -- Wes Welker reported to camp on Thursday with the rest of the Patriots veterans and insisted there are no hard feelings after he and the team could not work out a long-term contract before the July 16 deadline. Instead, Welker will play the 2012 season with New England for $9 million after signing his franchise tender in the spring.
"I approach it like any other year, go out there and try and help my team win games," Welker said. "That's the bottom line for me. That's where my focus is, just whatever my role is, just try to help the team win.
"You've got to prove it every year, so there's no year where you don't need to prove it, so it's like any other year. The contract and everything else is out of my mind and it's really just going out there...
FOXBORO -- The man who drafted Tim Tebow late in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft said he's more focused on getting the Patriots offense firing on all cylinders than worrying about facing Tebow a season with the Jets.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round -- 25th overall -- as McDaniels was entering his second season as coach of the Broncos.
"Tim's a good kid and had a good year last year, but we don't play them for a long time right now," McDaniels said at Patriots camp Thursday afternoon. "I wish Tim the best, personally, and he'll be a friend of mine. But our focus is on trying to get better right now, day-by-day, and I'm sure we'll have to worry about him down the road."
McDaniels, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Rams, was released by St. Louis and allowed to join the Patriots offensive coaching staff for the playoffs last season. McDaniels...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick downplayed the lack of a long-term deal for Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. The team and the star receiver could not reach agreement by the July 16 deadline and as a result, Welker must play the season under the franchise tender he signed in March for $9 million this season.
"Well, we go through that situation with every player," Belichick said. "Some players we reach agreements with, some players we don't."
Meanwhile, Belichick was asked about the team's sudden and surprising decision to cut 29-year-old former Colts offensive weapon Joseph Addai, after the running back reportedly failed an entry physical this week.
"It didn't work out," said Belichick, who was asked about the depth of running backs on his roster.
"We have seven backs on the roster," he said. "If we add one, we'll add one. If we don't, then we'll go with what we've got."...
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
Pete and Price talk about the Rams not having WR Tavon Austin or DE Robert Quinn today - big news for the Patriots.
Pete and Price give you the inactives for today right when they come out. Then they transition to the what the playoffs would look like if the season ended today - you may be surprised!
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.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
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.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
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.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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