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08/18/2010 - 3:38pm
Gammons on Big Show: Beckett a 'mystery'
By: DJ Bean

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB network joined The Big Show on Wednesday and called struggling Red Sox starter Josh Beckett a "major mystery." The right-hander is currently in the midst of the worst season of his career, posting a 6.51 ERA and lasting eight innings just once. 

 

"If Josh Beckett were what we though he was in spring training, the Red Sox would be right there with Tampa and New York right now," Gammons said. "They wouldn't be six out in the loss column. Maybe at worst, one or two, because statistically, [Clay] Buchholz and [Jon] Lester are among the few best pitchers in the league." 

 

Beckett, according to Gammons, was critical of himself in a recent discussion between the two. 

 

"He understands it," Gammons said, "but when he gets in the heat of the battle, he doesn't do it."

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08/18/2010 - 3:18pm
Lineup: Drew out, McDonald in

Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew will not be the Sox' lineup Tuesday, with Darnell McDonald playing right, Bill Hall starting in left, and Ryan Kalish back in as the centerfielder. Here is lineup the Red Sox will send out against Angels starter Scott Kazmir:

 

Scutaro SS

 

Pedroia 2B

 

Martinez C

 

Ortiz DH

 

Beltre 3B

 

Lowell 1B

 

Hall LF

 

McDonald RF

 

Kalish CF

 

Lackey P

 

For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/18/2010 - 3:06pm
Favre returns for 20th season
By: DJ Bean

Quarterback Brett Favre announced Wednesday that he will return to the Vikings next season, his 20th in the NFL. Favre was believed to be retiring but chose to return after ankle surgery. 

 

I can't promise you if I can make it through the season," Favre said in a press conference. He pointed out that the surgery won't have as big an impact as his shoulder injury prior to last season that made his "arm felt like I was 21."  

 

In 19 professional seasons between Green Bay, the New York Jets, and Minnesota, Favre has thrown for 69,329 yards, 497 touchdowns, and 317 interceptions. He has a career QB rating of 86.6.


08/18/2010 - 1:32pm
Dimitroff: two preseason games enough
By: DJ Bean

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday with a progressive attitude toward the future of the NFL and satisfaction with the team's joint practices with the Patriots.

 

Dimitroff, who spent five seasons as the director of college scouting for the Patriots before joining the Falcons in 2007, applauded the Patriots for heading to Atlanta for "a very productive day and a half of practice." Speaking about his former employers, Dimitroff noted that he continues to "strive for" creating a "brand" and reputation for the Falcons, much like the one the Patriots established in his time in New England.

 

The Falcons' GM was mum regarding Tom Brady's impending free agency and the uncertainty of labor negotiations, but he was more than willing to share his views on a potential 18-game regular season.

 

Dimitroff said he believes "100 percent...

08/18/2010 - 1:09pm
Francona: 'Disrespectful' to call Ellsbury 'soft'

During his Wednesday appearance on the Dale & Holley show, Red Sox manager Terry Francona got very defensive of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury when asked if the center fielder is "soft."

 

"No," Francona said. "And I think for anyone to ever say that, especially for a radio host, is very disrespectful. Talking tough on the radio is a lot different than running into a wall or getting hit with a pitch. It's easy to be a tough guy when you get away from the field. But if you ever walk down to the field for a minute and feel how hard that baseball is — I mean, this guy's getting beat up."

 

Added Francona: "To get to this point in their career, they've had to — I know a lot of people think they're pampered athletes — but they've had to work pretty hard, and they've had to go through a lot. I guess I probably get a little bit protective of these guys because I...

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