Darnell McDonald has been designated for assignment by the Red Sox in order to make room on the 25-man roster for Saturday night's starting pitcher, Josh Beckett.
Saturday afternoon McDonald (@MacDime54) tweeted: "Dream come true to play in Boston want to wish my boys good luck the rest of the year! Much love to RSN! #ShowGoesOn"
McDonald is hitting .214 with a .678 and two home runs in 38 games with the Red Sox this season. The 33-year-old has been in the Sox' organization since the beginning of 2010. The outfielder came close to being designated for assignment in '10, actually being told by the organization that he was going to be DFA'd. But the Red Sox never filed the paperwork, allowing McDonald to remain with the Red Sox when Jacoby Ellsbury hurt his ribs during batting practice.
Beckett had been on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
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Kevin Garnett has informed the Celtics that he will be returning for next year and possibly more, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Yahoo's Marc Spears reported that Garnett will sign on for three more years for $34 million.
Garnett's return had been widely anticipated after a season in which he played in 60 of their 66 games and averaged 16 points and 8.2 rebounds. Garnett was even better in the playoffs, averaging better than 19 points and 10 rebounds while playing 36 minutes a night for a team that made it all the way to Game 7 of the conference finals. The Celtics moved Garnett to center halfway through the season and that, along with the insertion of Avery Bradley into the starting lineup, propelled them to an unexpected run through the playoffs.
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Aaron Cook required just 81 pitches to sail through a two-hit, complete-game shutout in leading the Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Mariners. It was the first complete game for Cook since 2010 and his first shutout since 2009, in a dazzlingly efficient outing that hearkened to his All-Star prime.
Indeed, Cook had already thrown a shutout of just 79 pitches in his career in 2009. He was similarly machine-like in Seattle on Friday, pounding the strike zone en route to 16 outs via groundball (including two double plays) and two strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. Indeed, he permitted just three baserunners. After Cook retired the first nine batters he faced, Ichiro Suzuki led off the fourth with an infield single but was erased on a groundball double play; a Mike Aviles error put Dustin Ackley on base in the sixth, but he never advanced past first; and in the eighth, John Jaso singled and was erased on a double play grounder.
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Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard had perhaps his worst outing since being sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, retiring just one of the six batters he faced after coming into the game for the top of the seventh inning against Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. Bard permitted a leadoff single and steal, and after getting a fly out, walked one batter, hit another, then walked two more to force in a pair of runs. He threw just nine of 26 pitches for strikes.
After nine minor league appearances, Bard has a 7.15 ERA with 14 strikeouts and eight walks in 11 1/3 innings.
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The Red Sox will look to build on Friday night’s 5-0 win when they take on Mariners rookie right-hander Erasmo Ramirez on Saturday night. The 22-year-old is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA and will be making his fourth career start.
Sox manager Bobby Valentine will use the same lineup for a third straight game, having come off a victory in which his offense belted four home runs. The Red Sox will be looking for that same success behind Josh Beckett, who will make his return to the mound after being placed on the DL for shoulder inflammation.
Here is the Red Sox' lineup:
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Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
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.
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.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
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 was shocked that Ken Laird took his wife to see Hateful Eight. Bradford checked in from the WInter Meetings.
Chris Russo talked about the Winter Meetings with Gerry and Kirk and the guys discussed John Henry's brand new yacht.
Gerry and Kirk disagreed on whether or not LeBron James owes people an explanation for his boycott of Trump's hotel.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
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.
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
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Ken broke some news in the 7 am hour by telling New England that he would not trade Andrew Benintendi for Clayton Kershaw.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter close out the final hour of the show discussing how Chris Sale will fit in Boston and Larry Bird's 60th birthday.More from this show