The Red Sox open a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Monday at Progressive Field. The Sox enter the series with a 33-25 record, tied with the Blue Jays for third in the AL East, trailing first-place Tampa Bay by 4.5 games. The Indians are 21-34 and in last place in the AL Central. Mike Cameron, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing a week with soreness in the left side of his abdomen, is out of the lineup on Monday. Terry Francona cautioned on Sunday that Cameron would not play every day as he continues to recover from the injury. Josh Reddick gets the start in center field. Here is the lineup for the Red Sox: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Martinez C, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hall LF, Reddick CF, Matsuzaka P. For all the matchups go to the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker made another appearance at organized team activities on Monday, and said he feels “good” as he continues to work his way back after a left knee injury he suffered in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston.
“[I’m] just trying to work hard and day to day, just get a little better,” he said. “That’s been my plan from the get-go, and just sticking to that plan. ... I’m just taking it day-to-day and working hard and coming back as quickly as I can and just trying to get better on a daily basis.”
As he did at last week’s OTA session, Welker took part in the first few sessions, which included stretching and a series of pass-catching drills. After roughly 30 minutes, he retreated to the Dana-Farber Field House for the rest of the practice.
Welker, who said he was not restricted in any way but was again...
According to a report on ESPN.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers have made an offer to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to replace the recently fired Mike Brown. Izzo, who won a national championship in 2000 and has made six trips to the Final Four with the Spartans, is under contract with Michigan State through 2016 at an estimated $3 million a year.
Mark Hollis, the athletic director at Michigan State, told the Associated Press that no offer has been made to Izzo.
"There is not a contract offer on the table," Hollis said. "Last week, there was talk that Chicago and New Jersey were interested. If I was anywhere but at Michigan State, I would be interested in Tom, too, because he's the best coach in college basketball."
On the heels of last week's blown call in Detroit that took away a perfect game from Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, as well as the ejection of Kendrick Perkins from the Eastern Conference finals Game 5, we've compiled a list of 10 controversial calls in Boston sports history. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.
Tiger Woods' preparation for the U.S. Open in two weeks continues, but Sunday's final round of the Memorial Cup in Dublin, Ohio, wasn't a good sign of progress. His first two tee shots hit spectators — one in the leg and the other in the shoulder — and he later plunked another fan with a drive from the rough. Read more about that, plus get links to other interesting stories, along with videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
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
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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