Reliever Bobby Jenks, who last pitched in a game on July 7 while dealing with his third trip to the disabled list this year (this time for a sore lower back), has improved to the point where the Red Sox have slated him to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. Barring a setback, the right-hander would then travel to Fort Myers to work out at the team's minor league training facility -- throwing bullpen sessions and perhaps simulated games -- while the Sox are on the road in Minnesota and then Seattle before potentially beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.
"It’s obviously in pencil. I think the last couple of times, we’ve reached a little quick and it’s gone backwards," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "The biggest thing is, obviously the most important thing is he feels good Sunday when he throws."
Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal to join the Sox prior to the season, has pitched just 15 2/3...
Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie, on the disabled list since June 17 due to a left shoulder strain, will play twice more on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket this weekend before being activated prior to Monday's game against the Twins. Lowrie, said manager Terry Francona, is slated to serve as a DH on Friday, play short on Saturday and then take Sunday off before his activation.
Lowrie suffered his injury when his shoulder clipped left fielder Carl Crawford while both chased a fly ball in the final weekend of May in Detroit. Lowrie tried to play through the injury, but in 10 games he hit just .128 with a .396 OPS, dropping his numbers for the year to a .270 average, .319 OBP, .403 slugging mark and .723 OPS.
In three games with Pawtucket this week, Lowrie is 3-for-9 with a double and a walk. He also made a diving play in the field on Thursday. Though there had been some thought to the possibility of activating him for this weekend series against...
The Red Sox and Yankees -- tied for both first place in the AL East and the best record in the American League at 68-42 -- start a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night.
The Sox have won seven straight games and eight-of-nine overall this season vs. the Yankees, who enter the series on a seven-game win streak.
Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17) starts for the Sox on Friday. He has a career record of 8-1 with an ERA of 3.56 in his 14 starts vs. the Yankees. Lester will be opposed by Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30), who is 8-11 with a 4.09 ERA in his career vs. the Red Sox.
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Defensive end Mark Anderson, who played four-plus seasons with the Bears before playing 11 games for the Texans last season, was signed as a free agent by the Patriots, the team announced Friday.
Anderson, 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, has 154 tackles, 25.5 sacks, seven passes defended, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 77 career games (20 starts). Last season, in four games with the Bears and 11 with the Texans, he totaled 29 tackles (24 solo), four sacks and two passes defended.
The University of Alabama product was a fifth-round selection of the Bears in 2006 and recorded 12 sacks in his rookie season.
The Patriots also released defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, who was signed as a free agent in January and assigned to the practice squad. Favorite has bounced around the NFL since his rookie season of 2009 but has not seen action in a game.
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According to a tweet from ESPN's John Clayton, former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was given a physical by the Patriots Thursday. Crowder was released by the Dolphins last week.
Wrote Clayton: It is too early to tell if they will make him an offer.
Clayton, 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, was the Dolphins' third-round pick in 2005. He has started 74 of the 82 games he's played in the NFL, all with Miami, and has 343 tackles (217 solo). He has one career interception, which clinched a Dolphins victory over the Patriots in 2009. He started all 11 games he played last season, recording 33 tackles (27 solo).
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Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
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Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
With Rob Bradford back from a pre-Spring Training trip to Ft. Myers, the guys discuss Rob's chat with Clay Buchholz and his calling 2016 a "make or break year"
Ken Laird & Ryan Hannable debate who should be on WEEI's Top Ten Red Sox prospects' list, with only Yoan Moncada grabbing consensus as the number one talent in the pipeline
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Arpon Basu calls the boys to talk some Canadiens hockey and why they have been on the downward spiral for quite some time now. He talks about the malaise around the team in the locker room and the fan-base, his thoughts on the NHL Playoffs and the state of the Bruins vs where Montreal finds themselves. Arpon goes as far as to say that today may be a "make it or break it" game for them against Carolina.
Ryan Spooner sat down with DJ to discuss his over-achieving and the direction of the Bruins as the trade deadline approaches.
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Tom Brady's father, Tom Sr, spoke with CSNNE's Tom E. Curran regarding some of the comments made by Roger Goodell over the past few weeks.
Christian is resisting the return the of the Whiner Line and is suggesting some new segments. The inaugural "Christian's Comedy Minute" did not perform as well as he hoped, but we got some good phone calls out of it.
We check in one last time this season with the great 88, hall of famer Michael Irvin from the NFL Network.
We talk with the man causing all the trouble in San Fran, Tom E Curran from Comcast, the man who tried to put Goodell's feet to the fire during his state of the NFL press conference.
We discuss the Roger Goodell state of the NFL presser, and play the bits of pertinent and non-pertinent audio and break it down.
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Mikey, Mut, Lenny and our textress Cassie are on the air as Ian Rappoport reports the Patriots parted ways with their offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson weigh in on the Super Bowl, breaking down the game in a spirited debate on how it will fall. Newton, Manning, Stewart, Olsen, Norman, Kuechly Kubiak and the Denver Defense fuel the conversation. A quick look back to the Patriots vs. Broncos AFC Title game sews the seeds for what we will see on Sunday and in the off-season ahead. The League, Concussions, The Super Bowl and the Fantasy Football Off-season positional groups and scouting are covered in a comprehensive edition of “The Fantasy Guys Podcast.”
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