According to a team press release, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed a pair of players with ties to the Red Sox to minor league deals that include invitations to major league spring training.
Catcher Dusty Brown, who was taken by the Sox as a draft-and-follow in the 35th round of the 2000 draft and reached the major leagues with the Sox in 2009 and 2010, is in a new organization for the first time in his professional career. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster in October, and elected free agency before signing with Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old appeared in 13 big league games for the Sox, hitting .267 with a homer and three runs batted in. He also pitched in a game in 2009, recording a strikeout while allowing one run on two hits in an inning of work....
Former Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena -- who was acquired by the Sox in a trade for pitcher Bronson Arroyo in spring training of 2006 -- signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a baseball source. Pena will receive an invite to big league spring training. If he makes the big league roster, he would receive $675,000.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show for the "Laser Show" segment on Wednesday, discussing all things Red Sox. Pedroia also gave an update on his left foot, which he broke a bone in on June 25 on a play in which he fouled a ball off himself. The 2008 AL MVP missed all but two of the remaining games in the season, but on Wednesday said that after encouraging words from foot specialist Dr. George Theodore, he is on track to be at full strength in spring training.
"I saw Dr. Theodore today. The CT scan looked great, and he said I'm pretty much 99.9 precent healed," Pedroia said. "That's as close to 100 as we're going to get.
"I'm getting cleared to start jogging and build up to sprinting, and once January comes, hit it hard and get ready for the season."
In 75 games last season, Pedroia hit .288/.367/.493 with 12 homers, 41 RBI, and 53...
Doc Rivers was selected by the NBA as the league's Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich received the top honors in the Western Conference.
Rivers led the Celtics to a 13-4 mark through November, tied with Orlando for the best record in the conference. The Celtics also recorded two wins over the Miami Heat in much-hyped showdowns and beat Oklahoma City on the road. The Celtics are 7-1 at TD Garden and 7-0 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.
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According to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown (via twitter), the Red Sox are "serious" about signing free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. Citing a source within the Red Sox organization, Brown writes that the team has been in Houston meeting with Crawford and his representatives.
Crawford, 29, has spent each of his nine seasons playing for Tampa Bay. Last season, he hit .307/.356./.495 with 19 homers, 90 RBI, and 47 stolen bases. He has 409 career stolen bases.
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We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk kick off thier second to last day in Fort Myers by looking at the competition in center field.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis
Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation
In today's Three For All, Tim talks about Sharknado 3, Christian talks about Lakers Guard Nick Young's beef with SportsCenter Anchor Robert Flores, and Lou talks about a high school basketball team that was disqualified from the playoffs for wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys.
We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.
Dale and Michael talk about the trade deadline deals and how the Bruins did improve themselves, but how it might not be enough to make the ultimate difference.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
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