Before Monday's four-game series opener against his former team, Kevin Youkilis spent nearly 17 minutes answering questions about his return to Boston after being traded to the White Sox on June 24. He took the high road when asked about his strained relationship with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, refusing to acknowledge publicly any tension between the two.
"I don't understand why [there's speculation of] a big rift," said Youkilis. "I'm just here to play baseball, and things will happen and that's all it is, just going out and playing the ballgame. There's no Bobby V. vs. Kevin Youkilis or vice versa, it's about Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox and just playing baseball."
But Youkilis also acknowledged that he is more relaxed playing in Chicago, where the White Sox are leading the AL Central with a 49-39 mark.
"We have like four beat writers that follow us and one time they didn't ask me a...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia appears to be in line to come off the disabled list on Thursday, the first day when he is eligible to do so. Of perhaps greater note than the fact that Pedroia is ready to return, however, is the fact that he might be a different performer than the one who went on the DL on July 6 (retroactive to July 4).
Pedroia was off to an outstanding start this year, hitting .321/.385/.529/.913 with five homers and 18 extra-base hits through the first 33 games of the year. However, from that point forward, he struggled with the torn adductor muscle in his thumb, and even though it healed completely, he hit just .218/.276/.291/.567 before landing on the disabled list with a second and unrelated thumb injury.
Now, however, it appears that the second baseman may be ready to return to the form that has characterized much of his career as one of the top second basemen in the game, at...
According to ESPN's Buster Olney (via twitter), the Red Sox are pursuing Cubs right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster. Olney notes that the Sox are "aggressive" in their pursuit.
In 14 starts this season, Dempster is 5-3 with a 1.86 earned run average over 92 innings with 25 walks and 75 strikeouts. Dempster has thrown 200 or more innings in each of the last four seasons since being converted to a starter, though he has spent time on the disabled list this season with a shoulder injury.
One thing that could make negotiations difficult, Olney notes, is that Cubs president Theo Epstein is very familiar with Boston's farm system from his days as Red Sox general manager.
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Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, on the cusp of his return to the Red Sox after missing the first half of the season while recovering first from offseason wrist surgery and then from an elbow strain, expressed excitement to finally be ready for big league action. He suggested that he has been surprised at how good he's felt at the plate in his rehab assignment, though he wasn't sure how that would translate to the field given the amount of time he's been out.
"It isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think I’m a little further along than I might personally have thought," said Crawford. "It’s going to take a little time, or might. At the same time, I might jump right back in and do OK."
Crawford suggested that, unlike a year ago, he was at peace with his situation in Boston, in the second season of a seven-year, $142 million deal.
"It’s the Red Sox. They’re one of the best...
Per multiple reports, the Patriots and Wes Welker have not been able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the Monday deadline, and the receiver will now play out the 2012 season under his franchise tag of roughly $9.5 million.
Welker was hit with the franchise tag this spring, and under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the two sides had until Monday at 4 p.m. to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. However, the player and team were unable to come to an accord, which means they are prohibited from talking about a deal beyond 2012 until after the season.
In his five seasons with the Patriots, the 31-year-old Welker has 554 catches for 6,105 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.
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Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter close out the final hour of the show discussing how Chris Sale will fit in Boston and Larry Bird's 60th birthday.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter started the 8 am hour discussing the latest velfie by Gary Tanguay.
Ken broke some news in the 7 am hour by telling New England that he would not trade Andrew Benintendi for Clayton Kershaw.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to preview the Patriots game against the Ravens and to laugh at how bad the Jets have been,
Glenn, Lou and Christian look ahead at the Patriots Monday Night Football game next week and talk about the big test they will face with the Ravens defense.
Dave Dombrowski has now shipped off a bunch of the Red Sox top prospects. The guys address the big trade and look back at why the bigger risk would've been to ride with the prospects.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Chris Sale trade from all sides, and it's becoming abundantly clear that Michael is now afraid of losing Yoan Moncada.
We check in with Bradfo, who's work is never done!
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
Ken Laird and WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable take a look at the Red Sox' acquisitions of Chris Sale and Tyler Thornburg from the minor league side of the equation, and what's left of Dave Dombrowski's farm system.
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