With the Red Sox in need of a roster spot for returning starter Josh Beckett, the team elected to option pitcher Michael Bowden back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Bowden had made three relief appearances in his new bullpen role since being called up, allowing three hits and walking two while not being charged with a run in three appearances.
"I'm disappointed, but I have a feeling I'll be back sooner rather than later," Bowden told reporters in Seattle.
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Two days after making his season debut at shortstop, infielder Jed Lowrie will start at second base in addition to hitting second in the batting order. With Lowrie at second, Bill Hall will be in left field, leaving Darnell McDonald on the bench. Josh Beckett makes his return from a back injury that has kept him out since May 18 while the Red Sox offense looks to step it up against Jason Vargas, whose 6-4 record says much less than his 2.97 ERA.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Jed Lowrie, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Cameron, CF
8. Bill Hall, LF
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- Josh Beckett
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Agent Matt Keator, who represents Bruins winger Blake Wheeler as well as defensemen Mark Stuart and Zdeno Chara, told WEEI.com Friday that the only update with Wheeler is that the "tickets for Toronto [the site of his Tuesday arbitration hearing] are booked." The two sides have not made progress in trying to avoid arbitration. Wheeler is currently on his honeymoon, and one of those in attendance at his wedding would shed little light on the situation.
Center David Krejci took some time to speak with reporters after signing autographs for youngsters at the first Bruins summer camp on Friday. A friend of Wheeler's, Krejci was a bit hesitant to divulge anything when asked if he had kept in contact with the winger....
Peter Gammons told The Big Show on Friday afternoon that a rumored David DeJesus-to-the-Red Sox deal is "out the window." According to Gammons, the Kansas City outfielder, who injured his thumb crashing into the wall on a play against the Yankees in New York on Thursday night, will be out 4-6 weeks with the injury and will have surgery on Monday. It was believed that DeJesus had been one of the biggest outfield targets on the trade market, garnering interest from several contending teams, including the Red Sox. DeJesus was hitting .318 when he was injured.
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will be a full participant when training camp begins next week, according to a Friday morning report on Boston's CBS Radio.
If the report is accurate, that would mean Welker, who suffered a devastating left knee injury in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston, would not be placed on the physically unable to perform list as some had expected and instead be an active member of camp when it begins on July 29.
Throughout the spring practices, Welker was an active participant, working with the team in drills and stretching. Several reports indicated that Welker was ahead of schedule in his rehab. For his part, the wide receiver was asked a few times this spring about a possible return date, but has remained noncommittal throughout the process.
“I know the coaches and teammates have confidence in me just like I do them, and we’re just going to move along as quickly...
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
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 talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
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
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
Buck, Fred and Jerry Thornton opened the show by discussing the start of Jimmy Garappolo's career in New England.
Cole joins Dennis and Callahan to explain Tom Brady's reaction to the Logan Mankins trade.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
The guys dicuss Johnny Football, Terrible Summer Movies, and John Rocker being on Survivor
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
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.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.More from this show
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