MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday, as the Red Sox prepared to play the Rays in an afternoon game.
Carl Crawford has been a disappointment in his first year with the Red Sox after signing a reported seven-year, $142 million deal. Now, with Jacoby Ellsbury having an MVP-caliber season, the Sox may have put themselves in a position where they will have to fork over more cash when his contract expires. Ellsbury is arbitration-eligible after this year and due to become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Asked if the Sox have priced themselves out with Ellsbury, Gammons said: "I think it will be hard. Scott Boras is very good at comparables. I think if they went to him this offseason -- while I think Jacoby likes it here and all the rest -- I think it would be very hard to convince Boras to go under $140 million. I just don't think it's possible. I don't know if they can...
After Adrian Gonzalez missed the July 29 game against the White Sox due to what was called a stiff neck, manager Terry Francona said that it could still be an issue that the first baseman is still dealing with.
"I think he still feels it, but I think every player in the league right now probably isn't perfect, that is just the way it is," Francona said. "Especially guys that play every inning of every game."
Gonzalez has not missed a game since, but Francona said that it could be affecting his power. Gonzalez has hit only one home run since the game he missed, and that was his only homer since the All-Star break.
"It may have cut into his power a little bit," Francona said. "You play and you continue to play, if there is ever a chance and we could get him a day off we'd probably do it, but it is not the time to do it right now."
Gonzalez will be the designated hitter in Wednesday's game with the...
An excerpt of Jackie MacMullan's forthcoming biography of Shaquille O'Neal, entitled "Shaq Uncut," provides some insight into why Rajon Rondo may have struggled after the trade of his close friend and Celtics teammate Kendrick Perkins -- and the reason will come as a surprise.
According to the excerpt, published by SLAM Online, a joke by President Barack Obama during a fundraiser on March 8 at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts may have sent Rondo into a tailspin. Here's the passage in its entirety:
In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Eveyrone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray [Allen], points at Rondo, and says, "Hey, Ray, why don't you teach this kid how to shoot?" Everyone starts laughing...
The Red Sox will take on the Rays Wednesday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series over a span of two days. The teams split a day-night doubleheader Tuesday with the Sox taking the afternoon game 3-1, and the Rays winning the nightcap 6-2. The Sox only had six hits all day, three in each game.
With David Ortiz being out for at least a few days with right heel bursitis, the Red Sox have altered their lineup. Kevin Youkilis will play first base and Adrian Gonzalez will be the designated hitter. Jed Lowrie will take Youkilis' spot at third base, as he will get his second start in a row at the hot corner. Josh Reddick is out of the lineup with left-hander David Price going for the Rays. Darnell McDonald will get the start in right field. John Lackey gets the start on the mound for the Red Sox, seeking his seventh win in his last eight starts.
Here is the Red Sox lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Red Sox minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland is scheduled to step in a batter's box for live batting practice on Wednesday in Fort Myers. It will be the first time since undergoing surgery on March 16, 2010, to remove a cavernous malformation on his brain stem that Westmoreland stands in against a pitcher throwing at full speed off a mound.
The development was viewed as a significant milestone by the 21-year-old, who had progressed to hitting off a pitching machine after months of taking soft batting practice.
"March 16, 2010. God doesn't deal cards to people who can't handle them. BIG day," Westmoreland wrote on his twitter account.
The focus of today's batting practice session iis for Westmoreland to reacclimate to tracking pitches coming out of a pitcher's hand; for now, that will be the priority, rather than swinging at game-speed pitches.
Even so, stepping into a batter's box...
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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.
Ryan Spooner sat down with DJ to discuss his over-achieving and the direction of the Bruins as the trade deadline approaches.
The story of Peyton Manning getting HGH shipped to his house took another turn when the Washington Post revealed on Thursday that Peyton Manning and his people hired private investigators to go to the home of Charlie Sly's parents.
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Roger Goodell made sure to defend the shield and his intense pursuit of Tom Brady and the Patriots regarding deflate gate, and here we are over a year later and he is still speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the matter.
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