Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez made a promotional appearance in New York Thursday and said the Phillies and several other teams recently tried to lure him out of retirement, but he's going to continue to spend time with his family instead — at least for now. And in comments that should sound familiar to Boston fans, Pedro criticized the Mets for not re-signing him after the 2008 season. "They didn't pull me back," Martinez said. "They left me hanging after I let go of so many teams. It's business. I know that baseball has a bad side. And that's the bad side of baseball — business."
Also in the news, a Louisiana youth baseball coach who tested positive for extreme levels of animal steroids was sentenced to jail time for his assault on the coach of a rival team of 8-year-olds during postgame handshakes. It just so happened the game involved teams named Yankees and Red Sox.
Terry Francona told reporters on Thursday that reliever Hideki Okajima was bothered by a potential hamstring injury during his outing in the series finale with the Indians. Okajima struggled in the ninth inning, entering the game with a 6-1 lead only to walk leadoff batter Matt LaPorta and allow a pair of singles, including an RBI from Luis Valbuena. Okajima's ERA for the season stands at 5.85 and whatever significant role he once had in the bullpen has vanished.
"He actually said after he came out that his hamstring was bothering him a little bit," said Francona of Okajima. "We'll see. Didn't say anything before. Actually right before I was coming up here, they kind of ran in. We'll sit down with him and just make sure he's OK. It didn't look like anything was different. If he locates, his velocity is always the same. If he locates, he's real good. If he doesn't locate, he gives up runs."
Adrian Beltre connected for his eighth career grand slam in the fourth inning with two outs as the Red Sox beat the Indians, 6-2, on Thursday at Fenway Park, splitting their four-game series with the Indians.
Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just five hits and one run over eight innings to improve to 8-3 on the season. His only mistake was a long 440-foot-homer to center by Cleveland right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Indians starter Josh Tomlin retired the first 10 batters of the night before Marco Scutaro began the four-run rally with a single to left field. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 26th save when he escaped a bases-loaded situation. Papelbon fanned Trevor Crowe with the bases loaded to end the game.
The Red Sox picked up a game on Tampa Bay in the wild card race and trail the Rays by five games after Tampa Bay lost on Thursday afternoon to Minnesota. The Red Sox open a four-game series with the AL East-leading...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia got his first hit and drove in his first run as a member of the Red Sox organization Wednesday when he smashed an RBI double to right-center for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Saltalamacchia, who started at catcher for the PawSox in their against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, was 0-for-6 since the Red Sox acquired him in a deadline deal for three prospects last season. For Texas' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, the 25-year-old hit .244 to go along with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 63 games.
While there is always a chance that Carlos Delgado could sign with the Red Sox — they are searching for a left-handed hitting first baseman and that’s exactly what the 38-year-old is — a source familiar with the situation said Delgado filling the Sox’ void “seems a reach, but you never know.”
The source suggests the Red Sox will first monitor which players pass through trade waivers in the coming days. And while Delgado has drawn interest from the Sox in the past — and is, according to the Boston Herald, ready to participate in a workout for the Red Sox in the coming days — there are concerns regarding the fact he hasn’t played in the big leagues since May 10, 2009, having spent the 15 months recovering from hip surgery. Still, the Sox are keeping in open mind as Delgado’s return seemingly draws near.
Another factor in weighing the potential acquisition of...
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show