In the latest vote tally, Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has moved within reach of Josh Hamilton for the third and final starting spot on the American League All-Star team. With voting still open on MLB.com until the end of the day on June 30, Ellsbury now has approximately 3.05 million votes, roughly 120,000 votes behind Hamilton. The other two outfield spots appear to have been secured by Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista and Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson.
Granderson is one of five Yankees who is leading his position in votes. Derek Jeter remains the leading vote-getter at shortstop, Robinson Cano has the most votes of any AL second baseman, Alex Rodriguez enjoys a lead over Adrian Beltre of the Rangers at third and Russell Martin is the leading vote-getter among catchers.
Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez is the leading vote-getter among AL first baseman, ahead of former teammate Mark Teixeira, while Sox DH David...
PHILADELPHIA -- With Adrian Gonzalez at first base on Tuesday in the three-game series opener with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Terry Francona was asked in his pregame press conference about David Ortiz. The designated hitter was limited to pinch-hit duty in the first three interleague games at Pittsburgh and the Sox manager still isn't sure if Ortiz will get a start at first base in any of the five remaining interleague road contests.
"I'm kind of banging my head over it.," Francona said. "The ramifications [of a possible Gonzalez injury], we'll see … I'm not any more happy about this than he [Ortiz] is. I think it's awful. I just don't know what to do. And I don't blame him for being unhappy, he's having a great year. And he's not playing and that's awful."
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Celtics team president Danny Ainge said that the team intends to extend a qualifying offer to Jeff Green this week as expected. The one-year qualifying offer worth $5.9 million keeps Green a restricted free agent.
Green could sign the offer sheet and become an unrestricted free agent after next year or he could negotiate a longer deal with the Celtics. If another team makes Green a higher offer, the Celtics would retain the right to match and sign him for that amount.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Clay Buchholz -- eligible to come off the DL on July 2 -- will not pitch in the Houston series this weekend as he continues to be slowed by a strained muscle in his lower back.
"I don't know," Terry Francona said Tuesday when asked when Buchholz will return. "We are going to be really careful with him, obviously. He's improving, which is good. He's not all the way. He's not going to pitch until we're comfortable that he can handle it. We'll just continue to monitor it. He's not going to pitch in Houston. We'll see how it goes when we come back from the trip, see where he is at. We don't want him to make a start or two and then go back to where he was. So we're going to sit on him pretty tight. And I think he understands that."
Buchholz threw a side session on Monday. The right-hander is 6-3 with a 3.48 in 14 starts this season.
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The Red Sox will activate right-hander Bobby Jenks and left-hander Franklin Morales from the disabled list prior to Tuesday night's game in Philadelphia.
Jenks is back after a 17-game absence due to tightness in his back. The 30-year-old has a 6.57 ERA in 15 appearances for the Red Sox this year; this most recent absence was his second trip to the DL in his first season of a two-year, $12 million deal with the Sox.
Meanwhile, Morales will also be added back to the Sox' active roster after spending the better part of a month on the DL due to a left forearm strain. The hard-throwing southpaw gave up two runs in three innings after the Sox acquired him in a trade with the Rockies in May before landing on the DL. He had a 1.42 ERA with six strikeouts in six games (6 1/3 innings) during his rehab assignment.
To make room for the two pitchers on the active roster, the Sox optioned left-hander Tommy Hottovy back to Triple-A and will do the same...
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.More from this show
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.More from this show
Gene Steratore's crew had a rough time in Foxboro on Monday night, and the lowest moment came when an inadvertent whistle cost the Patriots a possible touchdown.More from this show
Danny Amendola went down last night with a knee injury last night. He'll get an MRI today, but in the meantime, the guys discuss who will have to step up as yet another skill position player gets injured.More from this show