Cubs minor leaguer Trey McNutt, a right-handed pitcher who is rumored to be a Red Sox target in a potential deal involving GM Theo Epstein, was roughed up for four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while pitching for the Mesa Solar Sox against the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.
The hard-throwing 22-year-old threw 53 pitches, 30 for strikes. The Scorpions team he faced included a couple of Red Sox prospects, including outfieders Alex Hassan (who went 1-for-2 against McNutt with an RBI single) and Ryan Dent (1-for-1 with a single).
After the outing, McNutt took stock of the rumors that he could be traded to Boston as part of a package for a head of baseball operations.
"I just thought it was a joke and then [teammates] showed me and I was like, ‘It’s for real,’" McNutt said. "I just didn’t think they would trade me because we need the starting...
According to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce will each play in a world basketball tour scheduled to take place from October 30-November 9.
Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Derrick Rose are among others who will play in the tour, which will include stops in Australia, Puerto Rico and London. Broussard also reported that there is a possibility that Kevin Garnett will also play. Each player could be paid up to $1 million for the tour, which will take place only if the players and owners fail to agree on a deal to end the lockout.
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Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after the B's fell to 2-4-0 with a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
The Bruins tried to get physical with Carolina, but it backfired in the final period with some key penalties.
"A big part of our game is emotion," Marchand said. "Last year, anytime we had a physical game like that where there was a lot of fights and guys were getting involved, we were playing pretty good hockey. And it started to work there for us after our team got in a couple of fights there. We scored a goal, we were playing really good hockey. And then we got a couple of penalties that were questionable or maybe we shouldn't have taken.
"It did kind of bite us in the butt, but we do have to play that style of game. We need our emotion. We need to get involved. If we continue to do that and play that way, we're going to win a lot more games than we lose."...
Johnny Damon weighed in on the Red Sox' collapse and ensuing controversy during an interview with Tampa radio station WDAE The Sports Animal.
Damon's Rays were the beneficiaries of the Sox' September collapse, as Tampa Bay rallied from a huge deficit to capture the wild card on the final day of the regular season.
"We were happy because of their demise," he said. "It got us into the playoffs and gave us a chance to possibly do something great. Unfortunately, that's how that market is. Like David Ortiz said, too, it's drama, every single day."
Asked about the controversy that led to the departure of manager Terry Francona, Damon suggested the players should have taken a bigger role in policing the locker room, specifically referring to the reports of pitchers drinking in the clubhouse during games. Jon Lester acknowledged some drinking took place -- referring to pitchers have a "rally beer" -- but downplayed the...
MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show on Wednesday to discuss the state of affairs with the Red Sox, including the drama surrounding the allegations about beer-drinking in the dugout as well as the role played by ownership in both the post-season chaos and the negotiations between the Sox and Cubs about general manager Theo Epstein.
Gammons suggested that regardless of the reality of the situation, the perception that team owners have been responsible for leaks about player and manager behavior could hurt the Sox in their efforts to pursue free agents.
"I think it will affect free agents to some degree. The leap of faith that all these stories were put out by ownership has hurt them," said Gammons. "And again, I think it’s more and more proven that it wasn’t ownership — at least John Henry or Larry Lucchino — but I think there’s a perception that this...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Celts beat writer Steve Bulpett is on his way to the Garden and gives Arcand a call to give his thoughts on what he expects tonight from the Green team in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
Roger Goodell is now talking to anyone who will listen about the NFL's victory in court over Tom Brady, and it stands in stark contrast to how Brady handled his initial victory in the original arbitration case.
We look at the NFL draft and how the Patriots should handle their first round snub, as well as look at the Celtics-Hawks tonight and more on Deflategate and Roger's victory tour.
We end the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
The Revolution continue to sputter but all of a sudden Ben & Russ have switched their opinions on how they look. They also address the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
Jerry is joined by MIT's John Mayo, project manager on the revolutionary project that will change transportation - and the world - forever: The Hyperloop.
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