The Chicago Bulls the the leaders in the LeBron James sweepstakes. According to a Sunday report in The New York Times, James will open free agency on Thursday when five teams — the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets and Clippers — will travel to Ohio in an attempt to lure him away from the Cavs. However, one NBA executive says James and another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Raptors, will sign with Chicago. “I think it’s a done deal,” the executive said. For more basketball information, check out Green Street.
The Celtics are preparing to go after center Brad Miller during the upcoming free agent period, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. The story says Miller and guard Ray Allen will be the top priorities for the Celtics, who have a midlevel exception available if they wanted to go after the 34-year-old Miller, who has played for Charlotte, Chicago, Indiana and Sacramento over the course of his career. For more Celtics news, check out Green Street.
The Red Sox (45-31) look to take the rubber game of a three-game set with the Giants (40-33) Sunday at AT&T Park. Win or lose, this game will signal the end of a successful run through interleague play in 2010, as the Sox enter Sunday with a 12-5 record vs. NL foes.
It is the very definition of a marquee pitching matchup as Red Sox ace Jon Lester (8-3, 3.03 ERA) opposes two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum (8-2, 2.86 ERA). David Ortiz gets his first start of the series, playing first base and hitting third. Adrian Beltre has the day off as Kevin Youkilis moves to third base.
Lester -- SP
Though Clay Buchholz was knocked out of Saturday's contest after pitching just one inning due to a hyperextended left knee, the Red Sox bullpen proved up to the task of taking a four-run advantage and navigating it to a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. Seven Sox relievers combined to allow just two runs over eight innings, with particularly noteworthy performances by Scott Atchison (2 1/3 innings, one run), Dustin Richardson (who inherited a first-and-third jam with no outs in the sixth, and permitted just one run to score) and closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon, pitching for the first time since blowing saves on back-to-back nights in Colorado, sprinted through a perfect ninth inning, getting a pair of groundouts and a weak pop-out. He earned his 17th save, while Atchison claimed the victory.
The Sox got all of their offense in the first two innings against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who was making...
The Red Sox struck a deal with Oakland for second baseman/outfielder Eric Patterson, acquiring the 27-year-old in exchange for minor league pitcher Fabian Williamson.
Patterson is hitting .204 with a .255 OBP, .408 slugging mark and .662 OPS in 45 games with four homers and six steals for the A's this year. He has a career line of .224/.301/.340/.641. In parts of four big league seasons, he has played 32 of his 134 games at second base, the position where the Sox are seeking reinforcements after Dustin Pedroia landed on the disabled list.
Williamson was acquired by the Sox prior to the start of the 2010 season from the Mariners in exchange for reliever David Aardsma. He turned in a tremendous performance last year for Single-A Greenville, going 10-5 with a 2.42 ERA. With Hi-A Salem this year, the 21-year-old left-hander was 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA.
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.
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.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
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 John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
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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