PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Speaking before the Pawtucket Red Sox' game against the Charlotte Knights Thursday night at McCoy stadium, reliever Daniel Bard admitted that he had initially been distracted by the rush to return to the major leagues in his initial Triple-A outings.
"That's been my main focus, to take my focus off of trying to get back to Boston because that's pretty counterproductive," he said. "If I go out there every time I pitch and all I'm thinking is, 'OK, pitch good so I can be back with the big league team,' that's not going to work. I think that's actually what happened in some of my not-so-good outings. I've realized my focus has to be to get better every day and be the best pitcher for this team, right now, in Pawtucket, that I can be. If I can take care of that, the rest will take care of itself."
Bard is coming off of perhaps his best outing since joining the PawSox, pitching a flawless inning against the Knights...
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie (via twitter), the Bruins and goaltender Tuukka Rask have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. Rask was set to become a restricted free agent on Sunday, the opening of free agency.
Last season, Rask was limited to 22 starts due to an abdomen/groin injury suffered in March. He posted an 11-8-3 record with a 2.05 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. He is expected to be the team's No. 1 goalie next season, with Anton Khudobin serving as the backup.
In order to be an unrestricted free agent, a player must be either 27 years of age or have played seven years in the league. Rask, 25, will not have met either of those benchmarks, so he will be a restricted free agent again following the coming season.
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Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft said he believes it’s time for the NFL to have a team overseas.
“I personally think we should have a franchise in London, and that is something I am going to push for,” said Kraft, speaking as part of a promotional tour in advance of the Patriots-Rams game in England on Oct. 28. “I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL, and this fan base has proven they deserve it.”
In the same interview, conducted with SkySports.com, Kraft said he would welcome the idea of the Patriots -- who will be playing their second game overseas in four years this fall -- playing a game in England on an annual basis.
“We lobbied hard to come back after having such a good experience in 2009,” Kraft said. “We would love to be the permanent visiting...
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are "aggressively working" to move into the late lottery, if not higher, in Thursday's NBA draft.
Wojnarowski does not report what the Celtics might deal to move up -- or which teams might be interested -- but the Celtics do own the No. 21 and No. 22 picks in the draft.
“It is worth trading up, but it all depends on the price,” Danny Ainge said on Wednesday when asked about the possibility of a trade. “We’re continuing to have discussions and will until the draft goes on.
“We might make a trade. Generally I would expect to keep them, and we’re preparing to keep them. But we’re also preparing to move up and back. There’s all sorts of things that will be on the table on draft night.”
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The NFL announced Thursday they are moving the 4:15 p.m. Sunday kickoffs to 4:25 p.m. to reduce overlap with the 1 p.m. games. (The 4:05 p.m. game times will not change.)
The league released the following statement: “In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games. Approximately 40 games over the full 2012 season will be impacted by the 10-minute kickoff time shift -- with half of those moves coming in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones with 1:25 PM or 2:25 PM local starts.”
Locally, this will impact the start time of two Patriots’ games this season -- the Week 5 (Oct. 7) home game against the Broncos and Week 7 (Oct. 21...
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.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
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.
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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.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
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 Alex opened the show discussing the extension of John Farrell. Alex loved the move.
In a wild 9:00 hour the guys broke news on the Tyler Thornburg trade and Alex Reimer praised LeBron James.
IN the 8 am hour listeners voiced their displeasure with Alex and Reimer made his case as to why Gronk should retire at the age of 27.
Everyone talked about Tom Brady's 201 wins, but Adam Vinatieri broke the record for most wins by any NFL player last night. The guys talk about Vinatieri and his place in NFL history.
Before the Chris Sale trade broke, Glenn, Lou and Christian talked about Dave Dombrowksi trading Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg, who could be the new 8th inning set up man. Also, Pablo Sandoval is looking...slimmed down?
Mike Tirico of NBC joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about all things NFL, including Cam Newton's benching and NFL ratings.
Dale and Michael welcome in the newest member of the show Rich Keefe, and spend the day discussing the big news... Chris Sale has been traded to your Boston Red Sox.
Rich Keefe is the newest member of our show, and one of the reasons he's here is because of Keefer Madness. The debut edition of it is here.
Dale and Holley with Keefe go live to the Sox presser announcing the trade.
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.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis do what they can with Tuesday's show recap, not the finest effort from the show, the producers, nor from golden-boy Alex Reimer
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