Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series opener against the Rangers Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Sox' general manager Theo Epstein met with the media to discuss his team's 4-9 start. Epstein reiterated that the organization had to take 'ownership' of their struggles, and that he, assistant general manager Ben Cherington, the coaching staff and manager Terry Francona had met Tuesday to go through the entire roster in an attempt to find some solutions in regards to fixing the team's problems.
“It’s certainly not the time for excuses or sugarcoating it we’ve played bad baseball," Epstein said. "It’s a bad stretch of play and when you do that at the start of the season, it looks even worse. I don’t think this is about perception or optics. It’s just what it is. It’s been bad baseball. We haven’t played well. There are no excuses for how we’ve played. We haven’t played smart...
Outfielder Darnell McDonald joined the Red Sox for their series opener against the Rangers, taking Jacoby Ellsbury's spot on the roster. Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rib contusion. Ellsbury was slated to test his ribs in batting practice Tuesday afternoon. McDonald was hitting .341 at Triple A Pawtucket with two homers and a slugging percentage of .683. The 31-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .429 (6-for-14) against lefty pitching. McDonald was the 27th overall pick in the 1997 draft.
The 2010 NFL schedule will be announced at 7 p.m., but information on a few Patriots' games is starting to leak out. WDVE in Pittsburgh (the official radio station of the Steelers) posted a copy of the 2010 schedule on their site — which was quickly taken down — that revealed the Patriots will travel to face the Steelers at Heinz Field in a Sunday night matchup on Nov. 14. In addition, the Detroit News is confirming a report from earlier this spring that the Lions will host the Patriots on Thanksgiving. For more Patriots news, check out our blog, It Is What It Is.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested that he felt compelled to shake up the lineup after his team struggled deeply in recent days. With his club having scored just nine runs in its last five games (all losses), Francona moved Dustin Pedroia into the third spot in the batting order, with J.D. Drew moving to the second slot, and Victor Martinez (fifth), David Ortiz (sixth) and Adrian Beltre (seventh) all moving down.
“I think I said on Opening Day, if we were making changes, something isn’t going right. I do believe in being very patient. I think that is what helps players. At the same time, what we were doing wasn’t working,” said Francona. “Our hitting with runners in scoring position right now is zero. You can hit them anywhere you want. We just need to do better.”
Francona said that he believes that the Sox have a chance to define themselves by virtue of how they respond to...
According to multiple outlets, the Jets have signed outside linebacker/defensive end Jason Taylor to a two-year deal. The 35-year-old Taylor, who has spent 13 seasons in the league, has 127.5 career sacks, most of which came with the Dolphins. (Taylor has spent 12 of his 13 seasons in the NFL with Miami.) The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Taylor is a six-time Pro Bowl selection who was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. For more football news, check out It Is What It Is.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.
We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.
Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.
Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.
We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.
We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.More from this show
Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.More from this show