The Patriots claimed cornerback Antwaun Molden off waivers from Houston on Wednesday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. Molden was a third-round pick of the Texans in 2008 out of Eastern Kentucky. Over his three years with the Texans, he collected 28 total tackles and never recorded an interception, with his best season coming in 2008 when he played in 14 games and came away with 20 tackles. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Theo Epstein is aware that his name has been linked in rumors regarding the Chicago Cubs and their opening for a general manager, but that was as far as he would go in addressing the topic on Wednesday in his first remarks on the subject.
"I'm really happy to be with the Red Sox," Epstein said. "I'm really happy to have the ability to come to work every day in a place likes this. Anybody associated with the Red Sox would have to be happy if you're working here and I am."
Epstein knocked down a follow-up attempt, saying he wanted to keep the focus on the 2011 season. "To reiterate, I'm very happy here," he said. "My exclusive focus is with the Red Sox and doing everything we can to win a World Series. Beyond that, work really hard to make this the organization we want it to be."
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he isn't about to tell Wednesday's starting pitcher Josh Beckett to do something that will make him feel uncomfortable. Beckett was criticized by former Mets manager Bobby Valentine on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball during his start on Aug. 7 for taking as much as 45 seconds between pitches to deliver the baseball.
"That's not going to make me lose sleep," Francona said of Valentine's critique.
Francona acknowledged that major league baseball will occasionally inform teams when they believe pitchers are being too deliberate and slowing the pace of the game.
"They could," Francona said. "From our standpoint, we always want our pitchers to work quick, just because your defense is going to be better and the game flows better. But if I have my choice of him pitching slow and winning and getting a letter from the [MLB], that's what I'd go with rather than him hurry and get...
Josh Beckett (11-5, 2.43) will attempt to beat the Yankees for the fourth time this season on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Beckett has allowed just three earned runs in 27 innings pitched vs. the Yankees in 2011, striking out 30 batters against seven walks.
Beckett will be opposed by Philip Hughes (4-4, 6.46), who has struggled against the Sox this season, allowing nine hits and seven runs in 2.1 innings pitched. In his career Hughes has an ERA of 6.25 in 15 appearances vs. the Sox.
Dustin Pedroia will bat second in the Sox lineup for the first time since August 17. Pedroia had been in the cleanup position since August 18, but David Ortiz will take over that spot in the order on Wednesday. Ortiz has seven hits in 15 at-bats in his career against Hughes.
The Sox (82-52) stand a half-game ahead of the Yankees (81-52) in the AL East standings.
The Red Sox purchased the contract of outfielder Joey Gathright of the Yuma Scorpions and assigned him to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to a Sox team source. This will be Gathright's second stint with the Red Sox, following time with Boston at the end of the 2009 season.
The speedy Gathright played in 17 games for the Sox at the end of 2009, going 5-for-16 with one stolen base and appearing in one ALDS game. He has not played in the majors since that stretch. After spending 2010 playing for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate and with the independent league Long Island Ducks, Gathright, now 30, hit .347 for Yuma after signing with them on June 10, walking 40 times and stealing 20 bases in 61 games.
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Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Danny and Price chat about Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense this season leading into the Super Bowl. Both think he was deserving of the MVP award, but they differ a little on Cam's 2015-16 season compared to the history of other QB's in the league.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
With Rob Bradford back from a pre-Spring Training trip to Ft. Myers, the guys discuss Rob's chat with Clay Buchholz and his calling 2016 a "make or break year"
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Arpon Basu calls the boys to talk some Canadiens hockey and why they have been on the downward spiral for quite some time now. He talks about the malaise around the team in the locker room and the fan-base, his thoughts on the NHL Playoffs and the state of the Bruins vs where Montreal finds themselves. Arpon goes as far as to say that today may be a "make it or break it" game for them against Carolina.
Bernie fans continue to invade the D&C show.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Cam Newton doubled down on his defense.
LeSean McCoy is being investigated for fighting off duty police officers at a nightclub, and radio host and former Giant, Amani Toomer, defends McCoy.
Jonny Gomes, one of the more outspoken athletes to play in Boston, is talking about his decision to play in Japan. Of course, he's playing himself up as a hero. The guys also make fun of Red Sox Truck Day.
The guys talk about the Super Bowl champs' defense, which continuously bailed out Peyton Manning's offense. Was this one of the best in recent memory? Should the Patriots build theirs defense the same way?
Hockey talk dominates the day as we break down the drubbing the Bruins took from the Kings, and get your reactions.
We take a quick look at the Celtics options and possibilities to make a deadline move.
We discuss a new list on ESPN ranking the NBA's greatest all-time players.
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Mikey, Mut and Arcand are talking about the Red Sox as it was Red Sox truck day and we are inside of a week for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training.
The New Age Insiders discussed the recent retirement of WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan, and what the plans could look like for Wrestlemania 32 without Bryan, Cena, Rollins and Orton in the picture. Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders, @BillNevilleNAI, and @LiamNAI
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