According to agent Blake Baratz via twitter, the Patriots have claimed former Giants tight end Jake Ballard. The Ohio State product, who is recovering from a torn ACL and microfracture knee surgery, was waived by New York after failing a physical on Monday.
Ballard went undrafted in 2010 and was signed by Giants before eventually becoming a starter in 2011. He had 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns in the 2011 regular season. He suffered his knee injury during New York's victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
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The Red Sox released outfielder Marlon Byrd Tuesday. He had been designated for assignment Saturday in order to activate pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Acquired from the Cubs on April 21 in exchange for pitcher Michael Bowden, the 34-year-old hit .270 for the Sox in 34 games with a .286 on-base percentage and .320 slugging percentage.
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Will Middlebrooks is back in the lineup and batting cleanup Tuesday as the Red Sox play their second of three games against the Marlins in Miami. The Sox have lost four consecutive games and seven of their last eight contests.
The Red Sox will send 6-2 Clay Buchholz to the mound against Mark Buehrle. Buchholz is coming off consecutive wins in which he pitched deep into the game, as he tossed eight innings against the Blue Jays on June 1 and threw a complete game shutout last Thursday against the Orioles, the team's last win. Boston's lineup is as follows:
1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
5. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
6. Kelly Shoppach, C
7. Mike Aviles, SS
8. Darnell McDonald, LF
9. Clay Buchholz, SP
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FOXBORO -- The clock is ticking toward a deadline to agree to terms on a contract extension with Patriots receiver Wes Welker. The star receiver signed his franchise tag tender in May, guaranteeing him $9.5 million for the 2012 season. Under the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Welker, his agent David Dunn and the Patriots have until July 16 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract or be forced to wait until next offseason.
"I don't really expect anything. I expect for me to go out there and do my job to the best of my ability," Welker said after Tuesday's first of three minicamp workouts and practices at Gillette Stadium. "I'm not worried about that all. Right now, I'm here and I'm happy. I'm just here to help our team win here in 2012.
FOXBORO -- Veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters was not at Patriots minicamp on Tuesday as the mandatory three-day session began outside Gillette Stadium. The 35-year-old played all 16 games for the Patriots in 2011 and is a 12-year NFL veteran. Waters is under contract for 2012 and is due to make $1.4 million.
"Players are working hard. I think we're heading in the right direction," Belichick said in his opening statement Tuesday morning. "All of the players are here except for Brian Waters. He's excused for personal reasons. We have some players out there who are not participating that are at various stages of rehab. We'll evaluate those guys on a day-to-day basis, like we always do. Another day at the office."
Belichick did not expand when asked whether he or the team has been given any indication on whether Waters is considering retirement.
"I don't have anything to add," Belichick said. "...
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
Gerry and Kirk call out Chris Mortensen for claiming his family got death threats over his deflategate reporting.
Gerry and Kirk argue over Tom Brady's need to play this preseason.
Trenni, Gerry and Kirk talked about Joe Maddon's odd comments defending Aroldis Chapman and Headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season.
Ken & Curtis break down a Kirk & Callahan Thursday show with Trenni in for the second straight day. A memorable Kirk vs. Callahan bitch fest is featured.
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