According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox did not pursue free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera before the 28-year-old reached a two-year, $16 million agreement with the Blue Jays on Friday (a deal first reported by ESPNDeportes.com).
Cabrera put up huge numbers in 2012 before his season came to an end due to a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. He hit .346 with a .390 OBP, .516 slugging percentage and .906 OPS in 113 games for the Giants before his suspension. Prior to his tremendous 2012 season, he had a career line of .275/.331/.398/.729 in parts of seven years with the Yankees, Braves and Royals. Cabrera turned 28 in August.
With his deal with the Blue Jays, Cabrera became the second prominent free-agent outfielder in recent days to sign with a club, joining Torii Hunter, whose two-year, $...
According to a team source, the Red Sox -- who are known to have talked to former Diamondbacks hitting coach Rick Schu, Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez and Braves assistant hitting coach (and former Red Sox infielder Scott Fletcher) -- plan to interview "a couple more" hitting coach candidates next week. The names of the additional candidates are not yet known. The Sox are considering a two-coach approach to address their hitting instruction next season.
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Freshman forward T.J. Warren scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting as sixth-ranked NC State routed UMass, 94-76, in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Senior forward Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Wolfpack (3-0), who shot 56.5 percent from the field. Junior guard Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and 10 assists.
Junior guard Jesse Morgan led UMass (2-1) with 15 points. Senior forward Terrell Vinson had 13 points and seven rebounds, and junior point guard Chaz Williams recorded 13 points and five assists. The Minutemen shot 40.3 percent and turned over the ball 17 times.
NC State, which never trailed, jumped out to a 12-2 lead. The Wolfpack led by 16 at the half, 48-32, as Scott Wood (15 points on 5-of-9 treys) hit three 3-pointers in the final 3:22 of the period, including one at the buzzer. NC State never let UMass get back in the game in the second half, with the lead peaking at 27.
The Minutemen play...
Freshman Dyshawn Pierre scored 23 points to lead Dayton to a 87-71 victory over Boston College in a consolation-bracket game Friday afternoon at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Pierre had a perfect shooting night: 8-for-8 from the field, including 5-of-5 treys, and 2-of-2 from the line. Junior forward Devin Oliver (17 points), freshman forward Jalen Robinson (15) and senior guard Kevin Dillard (14) also shot well, as Dayton (2-1) hit 65 percent as a team.
Freshman guard Joe Rahon led BC (1-2) with 16 points. Ryan Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Patrick Heckmann scored 13 points.
BC was coming off 84-74 loss to No. 16 Baylor a day earlier, a game in which BC hung around until the final couple of minutes. But any confidence the Eagles might have gained from that performance was not evident Friday. (And in Friday's opening game, Baylor was upended by Colorado in a semifinal matchup.)
BC led 23-20 with less than seven...
FOXBORO -- It was a hit that separated Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from his helmet and earned him a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty. Now, the NFL has fined Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes $25,000 for his tackle in the fourth quarter.
On second-and-4 at the Buffalo 47 early in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick dropped back and threw incomplete to Scott Chandler. Spikes hit Fitzpatrick in the chest and the force from the top of his helmet came up and connected with the bottom of Fitzpatrick's facemask, forcing the helmet off. Spikes was nailed with a 15-yard penalty.
Fitzpatrick got up and had words for Spikes. Later in the quarter, Spikes drilled Fred Jackson with a hit after a short pass completion. Jackson fumbled and was knocked to the ground and remained there for several minutes after fumbling the ball, recovered by the Bills. Jackson did not return to the game. Spikes was not fined for that hit, nor was there a penalty called...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Fortune Magazine named Theo Epstein the world's greatest leader. Fauria struggles to read a blurb about Shakira. ("Philanthropic" was especially tough.) Lou has a lot of fake Twitter followers. Tim Benz is interviewing porn stars.
HOUR 3 - We play some great audio of LaVar Ball going back-and-forth with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, and react. Glenn, Lou and Christian also get into the idea of whether or not GM's will be scared to draft Lonza Ball due to LaVar's presence.
HOUR 2 - Ian Kinsler rips Puerto Rican and Dominican baseball players for showboating in the WBC. The guys get to talking about pimpin' home runs and we re-visit some comments Goose Gossage made last summer on the topic. At the end of the hour, the guys get into the red-hot Celtics who are only a game out of 1st place.
Not a good look for our State University. Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss it.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the possibility of bringing in Revis.
Dale, Holley and Keefe have differing opinions on whether the Celts can overtake the Cavs. We discuss it.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey rank the Quentin Tarantino movies and discuss how they all connect in the Tarantino-verse. Plus "This Week in #DORK," "Davey's Video Game Minute," "Pick of the Podcast," and "Black Panther Reads iTunes Reviews."
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.More from this show
Hour 4. Albert from RI battles Alex, who is actually Tomase, over racism in Boston. Kirk says he has great gaydar, proving it by identifying who is gay at the station. A high school coach in Washington put his hot dog in a bun.More from this show
Hour 1. John Tomase joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys discuss Keefe’s accusation that Kirk and Gerry have fake Twitter followers. In the next segment, Tomase says he doesn’t like going after colleagues for something that he doesn’t find egregious.More from this show
Hour 3. Tomase reiterates that white people cannot speak on racism in Boston. Tomase thinks Bomani Jones may have a better perspective than Kirk and Gerry.More from this show