The Red Sox have signed veteran first baseman Ryan Shealy to a minor league contract. Shealy, 30, had been granted his release from the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, exercising a June 15 opt-out. Shealy, a right-handed hitter, last played in the major leagues in 2008 while with the Kansas City Royals. The former University of Florida product spent three seasons with the Royals after coming over to KC in a trade from Colorado in '06, never playing more than 52 games. In 164 major league games he has hit 19 homers with a .271 batting average and .957 OPS. The Red Sox have tried trading for Shealy in the past when he was with Colorado. FoxSports.com was first to report the transaction.
With Tampa Bay's Triple A team in Durham Shealy hit .238 with 10 homers and a .866 OPS. He was 8 for 40 against left-handers, although half of those...
PGA Tour golfer and NBC golf analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about this weekend's U.S.Open at Pebble Beach. Faxon is optimistic about Tiger Woods' chances in the tournament. "I think he's got a real shot to contend because this course has the smallest greens in any tournament we play all year long," Faxon said. "They're so firm that a lot of guys who can't stop the ball on these greens are really going to have a hard time. He's one of the few guys that really, really can spin any shot and stop it on any green here."
Faxon was asked if he thought Woods might go back to his old swing, which he used to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000. "I'm sure he's very comfortable here," Faxon said. "He's played well here, he's won this tournament, at the U.S. Open. … He grew up in California, that fact that he's not going to have to hit 10 drivers...
ESPN NBA analyst Jamal Mashburn joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to discuss Game 7 of the NBA finals. Mashburn was asked about what the Celtics can expect from Rasheed Wallace. "Rasheed has experience and he comes to play, it seems like when he wants to play, when the moment shines the brightest," Mashburn said. "Obviously, what they need from him is rebounding and defense and for him to knock down a couple of those long 3-point shots to stake the defense. ... Rasheed has to stay out of foul trouble, and he's done a pretty good job of keeping his cool even though does continue to do his antics — it looks like he never gets whistled for a foul in his life."
Asked if the Celtics might bring Nate Robinson off the bench early in the game, Mashburn said it's possible, but expect to see Rajon Rondo on the court when the game is on the line. "In Game 7 situations Doc [Rivers] is going to go...
The referees for Game 7 of the NBA finals were announced by the league Thursday morning. Joey Crawford, Dan Crawford and Scott Foster have been tabbed to call the fouls as the Celtics and Lakers battle for NBA supremacy.
For Joey Crawford, it's his third appearance in this year's finals. He reffed Game 1 in Los Angeles and Game 5 in Boston. Dan Crawford was on the floor for the Celtics' Game 3 loss at TD Garden. Foster officiated Boston's Game 4 win.
Due to the Celtics' Thursday night, Game 7 showdown with the Lakers in the NBA finals, the Red Sox have announced they are moving the start of their game with the Diamondbacks from 7:10 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. The deciding game between the Celtics and Lakers is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. The Fenway Park gates will open at 4:10 p.m Thursday afternoon. The radio broadcast of the Sox series finale against Arizona will be carried on WRKO 680 AM, with the pregame show starting at 5 p.m.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
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
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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