PHILADELPHIA -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, now a member of the Phillies, said that he was not surprised when the Red Sox did not make him an offer to retain his services as a free agent. However, the four-time All-Star also said that he believes the Sox failed to appreciate the value of his durability in a position at which numerous pitchers -- including his anticipated replacement in Boston, Andrew Bailey -- have gone down with injuries this year. Papelbon added that he had remained healthy since the time of a right shoulder subluxation in September 2006 in spite of numerous disagreements with the Red Sox training staff.
"No, I don't [think so]," Papelbon said of whether the Sox properly valued his durability. "I feel like I have [been one of the most durable closers in the game]. ... I feel like I've been durable just as much as anybody else out there. I know myself better than anybody. I know myself better than any...
Josh Beckett took his turn in a suddenly dominant stretch turned in by Red Sox starters. The right-hander punched out a season-high nine batters in seven shutout innings, limiting the Mariners to just four hits as the Red Sox beat Seattle, 5-0, to conclude a two-game series sweep.
Beckett's gem was the crowning performance of a full turn of the Red Sox rotation that featured dominance from the team's starters. He gave the team its fifth straight quality start, a five-game span in which the starters were 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA, 22 strikeouts and 11 walks. Pitching on his 32nd birthday, Beckett featured a full complement of swing-and-miss pitches, as the Mariners struggled with his 91-94 mph fastball, changeup, curveball and cutter. The result was nine strikeouts (most by a Red Sox pitcher this year) over seven shutout innings in which Beckett allowed just four hits (all singles) while walking two.
The Red Sox provided the only support Beckett would...
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. The 33-year-old will take three at-bats as designated hitter for the PawSox on Wednesday in North Carolina against the Durham Bulls.
"We're going to try to get him at least three at-bats as a DH. He looked really good taking his ground balls today –– moving around, bounce in his step," manager Bobby Valentine said. "So, he'll start tomorrow and get him enough –- whatever it's going to take to have him to say that he feels good. He'll good from DH to playing the field."
Youkilis has been out since April 28 with a back strain. He is hitting .219 with a .292 OBP, .344 slugging mark and .635 OPS in 18 games.
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Red Sox left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront was hit in the head by a fly ball prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners. The ball, hit by a fungo bat, struck the 24-year-old in the right side of the head, causing him to fall to the ground.
"I'm fine," Doubront said after the incident. Following his fall, he got up under his own power and walked off the field.
Doubront's next scheduled start is Thursday in Tampa. He has won his last two starts and is 3-1 on the season with a 4.46 ERA.
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One day after telling WEEI that he had "9 1/2 million" reasons not to miss any regular-season games because of his contract situation, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker signed his franchise tender.
Welker tweeted the news at 1:31 p.m.: I signed my tender today. I love the game and I love my teammates! Hopefully doing the right thing gets the right results. #leapoffaith.
Welker, who was assigned the franchise tag in February, will now be operating on a one-year deal worth roughly $9.5 million. The 31-year-old, who joined New England prior to the start of the 2007 season, caught 122 passes for 1,569 yards last year.
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Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
Mark Dondero of WPRI came in studio for the final hour and addressed his odd question to Bill Belichick.
Gerry, Kirk and Alex Reimer react to the Peter King interview on Dale and Holley.
Bryan Curtis of The Ringer joined Gerry and Kirk to discuss his story on Chris Mortensen.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
Kirk Minihane has taken Dave O'Brien to task during the entire baseball season. Kirk has critiqued O'Brien for a number of things over the season, his chemistry with Jerry Remy, his soliloguy at the start of the season, and of course accusing him of dying his hair. O'Brien defends some of his tactics of how he calls games and is adamant that he does not dye his hair.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Ken & Curtis react to the Friday edition of Kirk & Callahan with Alex Reimer and Mark Dondero in studio on Dino's Casting Couch
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season.
Ken & Curtis break down a Kirk & Callahan Thursday show with Trenni in for the second straight day. A memorable Kirk vs. Callahan bitch fest is featured.
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