A league source has confirmed that Patriots second-round pick Brandon Spikes has agreed to a four-year deal worth just over $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $960,000. Spikes is the 11th member of New England's 12-man draft class to agree to a deal, leaving only first-round pick Devin McCourty without a contract.
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Dan Haren will make his debut with the Angels just a day after being acquired from the Diamondbacks. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.30 ERA in seven career starts against the Red Sox, who will have Victor Martinez back behind the plate catching Clay Buchholz. Jed Lowrie is at second base and Jeremy Hermida, hitless against Haren in 10 career plate appearances, is batting ninth.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Victor Martinez, C
7. Jed Lowrie, 2B
8. Mike Cameron, CF
9. Jeremy Hermida, LF
SP -- Clay Buchholz
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Following his successful work catching in the bullpen while the Red Sox were in Seattle, Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez will be activated for Monday's game against the Angels. To clear a roster spot for Martinez (out since June 27 after suffering a broken tip of the left thumb), the Sox will option Dusty Brown back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Martinez is hitting .289 with a .344 OBP, .480 slugging mark and .824 OPS, nine home runs and 38 RBI in 66 games. In six games with the Sox, Brown was 2-for-11 (.182). The Sox have gone 9-13 since Martinez' injury.
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The Red Sox made a pair of roster moves Monday, one of which will allow for the return of catcher Victor Martinez. The Sox made room for the backstop by optioning catcher Dusty Brown to Triple A Pawtucket. Additionally, the team outrighted first baseman Aaron Bates to Pawtucket, thus removing him from the 40-man roster.
The 28-year-old Brown has hit just .182 in six games with the Red Sox this season. He was needed for stability at the position when both Martinez and Jason Varitek were on the disabled list.
Martinez went on the disabled list on June 28 with a broken bone in his left thumb. He has hit .289 with nine homers and 38 RBI. He has a .344 on-base percentage and made his fourth All-Star team this season.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Minor leaguer Aaron Bates was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket from the 40-man roster. Bates has spent the entire season in Triple-A Pawtucket, where he is hitting .222 with a .322 OBP, .349 slugging mark and .671 OPS. He has spent most of his time this season in left field, while also playing first and serving as DH for the PawSox. With the roster move, the Sox now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.
We check in for our weekly chat with Peter King, who says things are not looking bright for the 2014 Patriots given the current constitution of the roster.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price talk about what the Patriots need to do to turn things around before Sunday night's game against the Bengals.
Christopher Price, WEEI.com, was at the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady press conferences today. He spoke w/ MFB to talk about the upcoming game at home against the undefeated Bengals.
The debut edition of the We Hate Dwyane Wade show. Ben and Sam preview the Celtics and talk about other summer news around the NBA.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
Bill joined the show on Belichick's presser and the teams slow start.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's latest press conference.
A bill in California has been signed into law, banning stores from using plastic bags. A Canadian football player talks trash into a hot microphone shortly before an in-game interview. The FCC is looking to ban the word "Redskins" from television and radio.
The fallout from Monday night continues as former Tedy Bruschi criticized Tom Brady's play over the first 4 games. The show re-visits Rodney Harrison's comments from yesterday, specifically, that Brady is "scared to death" in the pocket.
Abandon ship! The dynasty is over! Is the Patriots blowout loss an indication that this is the beginning of the end of this era? We discuss it with you.
We tackle four Patriots stinkers in which they bounced back and rebounded from getting smoked the week before.
Mikey, Villani and a double dose of Lenny. Lenny Megs and Lenny Clarke are in and talking about where the Patriots went wrong on Monday Night Football, and taking predictions on this Sunday's Pats-Bengals game and talking about why they think certain scores may hold up better than others.
Mut and Chris Villani are talking about the issues the Patriots defense faced against the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly in the running game.
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mut and Price talk about how the Patriots were exposed in all aspects of the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Angel, John McDonald to discuss were his team stands heading into the postseason, his thoughts on its opponent, the Royals, and what the Yoenis Cespedes trade might have meant the A's. McDonald also bemoans the loss of the television show, 'The Baseball Bunch,' which was alive and kicking during Kansas City's last playoff run.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.More from this show