According to a report in the Boston Herald, the Celtics are looking at trades that could bring them either Phoenix' Leandro Barbosa or Rudy Fernandez of Portland. The report states that the Celts would most likely use Rasheed Wallace's contract to secure Barbosa, a 27-year-old swingman who will make $7.1 million in 2010-11 after averaging 9.5 points in 17.9 minutes per game for the Suns last season. Fernandez is a 6-foot-6 shooter who averaged 8.1 minutes and 1.0 assists in 23.2 minutes for the Trail Blazers in '09-10. He is due to make $1,246,680 in the coming season, and has a team option of $2,180,443 for '11-12. For more see the Celtics team page by going to weei.com/celtics.
When asked after the Red Sox' 9-3 win over the Orioles Saturday night if he felt like he had a first half worthy of a selection to the American League All-Star team, Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said, "I do. I feel like that if you're on a winning team and you're up at the top of saves -- and that's what I have to do is go out and get saves -- I've given myself a shot."
Papelbon has made the All-Star team in each of his first full seasons in the major leagues, and is in position to earn another berth when the teams are announced noon on Sunday. The reliever is second in the AL in saves with 19, trailing Texas' Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria of Kansas City, both of whom have 21. Tampa Bay's Rafael Soriano also has 19 saves, but with just one blown save compared to Papelbon's three.
A potential roadblock for Papelbon is his ERA, which stands at 3.71 in large part to back-to-back blown saves in Colorado where he...
After belting two homers on Friday, J.D. Drew had three more hits and Kevin Youkilis drilled a long two-run homer and drove in three runs as the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 9-3, at Fenway Park. David Ortiz also had three hits and an RBI in the victory, Boston's 12th in their last 16 games.
The run support was more than enough for Jon Lester [10-3], who joined Clay Buchholz as a 10-game winner on the Red Sox staff. Lester, who allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings, improved to a perfect 12-0 in 15 career starts against the hapless Orioles.
The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500 at 49-32 as they reached the halfway mark of the season. Since starting the season 4-9, the Red Sox are 45-23, the best mark in the majors. They remain a half-game behind the Yankees in the American League East.
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Speaking on the Fenway Park field prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Saturday night, Bill Polian, the president of the Indianapolis Colts, spoke on what might await teams such as the Colts and Patriots when it comes to the challenges that will come with attempting to re-sign their superstar quarterbacks.
Polian noted having to commit a significant amount of financial resources to a top tier quarterback -- such as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, both of whom are heading into the final years of their respective contracts -- will inevitably have some bearing on teams' the ability to construct a team. But Polian also points out that the level of impact won't be entirely known until a new collective bargaining agreement is put in place.
"It's bound to have some affect," Polian told WEEI.com. "What we don't know is what the system is going forward. It makes it really difficult working out a deal that...
The Red Sox received good news Saturday on the right forearm of Manny Delcarmen when an MRI showed no structural damage.
"Structurally, it came out really good," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Even the amount of swelling is not as much as they expected so it's strictly musculature. We'll keep him down for a few days and then we'll start maybe [have him] throw a couple of bullpens maybe Friday and Sunday before the break and hopefully, that'll do the trick."
Delcarmen was placed on the disabled list on Friday and will not be active until after the All-Star break. He said he expects to throw from 60 and 90 feet Tuesday, eyeing a side session Saturday or Sunday. The reliever then hopes to execute one more bullpen after the All-Star break before returning to action. It is a timetable Delcarmen accepts with open arms, especially after having to experience the agony of rehabbing from...
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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