Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday he “absolutely” envisions running back Laurence Maroney helping the team this season. Maroney’s role has been called into question because the running back — who led the team in rushing two of the last three years — has dressed but hasn’t played the last two preseason games.
On a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Belichick reiterated the point he made after Thursday’s preseason loss to the Rams — that the New England offense did not have the ball enough to get as many players into the game as he would have liked. (St. Louis held a staggering 44:16 edge in time of possession, and the Patriots had just 38 plays from scrimmage.)
“We anticipated playing all the players in the game, [but] we had so few plays on offense, we just weren’t able to do it,” Belichick said. “I think [Maroney] does need to play. I think...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According a major league source, the Red Sox showed interest in outfielder Brad Hawpe, but the former member of the Colorado Rockies chose to sign with Tampa Bay because there was a perceived better fit in terms of guaranteed playing time. Prior to the series opener between the Rays and Red Sox, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said that he sees Hawpe fitting in as the team’s primary left-handed-hitting designated hitter.
The 31-year-old Hawpe, who signed a minor league deal with the Rays (a contract that would have been in line with what he might have received from the Sox and other suitors), was hitting .255 with seven homers and a .776 OPS with Colorado before being released by the Rockies Thursday.
Hawpe had hit at least 22 homers in each of his previous four seasons prior to 2010, never finishing with a batting average lower than .283 during that stretch.
A day after reportedly placing starters Josh Beckett and John Lackey on waivers, the Red Sox have done the same with young hurlers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, according to a tweet from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Placing players on waivers is far from indicative that they will be dealt.
Buchholz, 26, leads the American League with a 2.26 earned run average and his 15-5 record has helped him make a serious push for his first Cy Young. Lester, also 26, is 13-8 with a 3.28 earned run average and 166 strikeouts in 163 innings. Cafardo also reports that relievers Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima were also placed on waivers. Bard has a 1.28 ERA with 28 holds as the primary set-up man to closer Jonathan Papelbon.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Rays, Dustin Pedroia talked about the plan he will take in regard to rehabbing the broken navicular bone in his left foot. The second baseman said that he will be getting another CT scan when the team returns to Boston Friday, at which time a decision will be made regarding surgery.
The problem, Pedroia explained, is that there hasn't been significant healing throughout the eight weeks since he originally broke the bone on a foul ball in San Francisco because it is difficult for blood to get to the area of the injury.
"If it shows like it's healing then I won't have the surgery," he said, "but it hasn't shown like it's healing the whole time."
The former American League MVP said that recovery from surgery typically takes two to three months. Michael Jordan, who had a similar injury, didn't...
Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Patriots Friday to hit on a number of topics, including his disappointment in the team's 36-35 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Patriots' player representative was also asked about the proposed 18-game season, which he called "premature."
"At the end of the day we need to make sure that we have a season to play next year," Light said, referring to negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. He added that he does not view the uncertainty of regarding the 2011 as a "distraction."
A popular topic among Patriots players this week, Light also discussed HBO's "Hard Knocks" by saying he "absolutely [does] not" watch the show that documents the Jets.
"I'll wait to see them on the field," Light said of the Patriots' division rivals, though he imagined it's "got...
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?
The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, spoke about how dangerous a healthy Rob Gronkowki is, and how stupid defensive coordinators are, when they continue to try and cover his with ONE guy. Rodney agrees with former teammate Tedy Bruschi, in that he does NOT think Vincent Jackson is a necessary addition.More from this show