Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched prior to his first at-bat of the game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night due to back spasms. Though in the lineup, Ortiz was replaced by pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the first inning against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow. Lowrie fanned on three pitches.
Ortiz is hitting .313 with a team-leading 29 homers and 92 RBI this year, along with a .400 OBP, .579 slugging mark and .979 OPS.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, sharing his thoughts on the team's 38-24 victory over the Dolphins in Week 1 with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi.
Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez each played large roles in the win, as both second-year players had touchdown receptions. Though they play the same position, the Patriots are utilize both players in different ways, as Hernandez is undersized, yet athletic, while Gronkowski presents a bigger target and is a superior blocker. Belichick said positional versatility is something he's always liked to have on the team, as it allows for the team to use players' strengths as often as possible.
"Basically, that's what our philosophy is with this football team, is to have a system that's broad enough so that you can take advantage of players with different types of skill sets," the coach said. "The 3-4, 4-3, the...
Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who proved unable to come back this season from a strained lower back suffered in July, was diagnosed with a small pulmonary embolism. While such a blockage of the lungs can have dire consequences, Jenks is being treated for the condition and is expected to recover fully from it.
"Through the course of all this testing they were doing on his back, they found a pulmonary embolism, which is certainly nothing to mess around with," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "Bobby was put on proper medication, and that's probably going to slow down the efforts to look at his back a little bit. But, in a hurry, the back becomes secondary. Bobby's doing fine, he's on proper medication, he's doing great, but that's what happened."
Jenks was in the Sox clubhouse on Tuesday. It is possible that he will require surgery on his back at some point -- something that would be impossible while being treated for a pulmonary...
The Bruins' rookies fell to the Islanders' rookie squad Tuesday night by a 7-2 score at Nassau Coliseaum. The two squads split the two-game rookie series, as Boston was victorious in Monday night's contest.
Former Northeastern forward Tyler McNeely led the way for the Islanders, registering a goal and three assists for New York. Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 38 saves on the night, holding a shutout until the third period, when he allowed goals to Craig Cunningham and Anthony Camara.
The Bruins' rookies went 0-for-8 on the power play, though one lasted for just the final 7.1 seconds of the game. They failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:31, as they got seven shots on goal but failed to beat Nilsson.
Michael Hutchinson started the game for the B's, allowing six goals through the first period before giving way to Jared DeMichiel in the third period.
The game featured four fights, three of which occurred in the first five...
Josh Beckett will start for the Red Sox either Thursday or Friday vs. the Rays, Terry Francona said on Tuesday.
Beckett sprained his right ankle during a September 5 start in Toronto and was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning. He was sent back to Boston for tests and then re-joined the Sox in Tampa, where he threw a pair of long-toss sessions. On Monday, Beckett had a side session at Fenway Park.
Whether Beckett starts on Thursday or Friday will be based on how he feels and which day he prefers after meeting with Dr. George Theodore, an orthopedist who specializes in foot, ankle and knee injuries.
“He had a side yesterday and did really well. He’s going to pitch Thursday or Friday. He’s going to meet with Dr. [George] Theodore a little bit later, just to go over that. He feels really good," said Francona. "He said he could have pitched [Monday], which is good news. We’ve got to...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
We're talking Celtics after a solid win over the Clippers. Al Horford and Dwight Howard rumors are out there, and that makes for good sports radio discussions.
A Bruins discussion becomes a discussion of their current talent, and whether or not there is even the possibility of being a better team based on the way they are currently constituted.
We discuss a story about how close the NFL might have come to replacing Roger the Dodger amidst one of it's many scandals.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Uncle Buck "Adam Cormac" and Jerry Thornton are joined by the great Bob Lobel to talk about the amazing TV show featuring Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, and Ted Williams.