Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed once and for all that shortstop Jed Lowrie will return to the Boston roster on Monday when the team travels to Minnesota for a three-game set.
"He’s fine," Francona said. "He swung the bat real well last night. He’s coming back tonight, kind of a work day. He’ll go with us to Minnesota and obviously we’ll have a corresponding move maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow."
Lowrie has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a shoulder injury that involved a bruised nerve. During a recent five-game rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, Lowrie went 7-for-17 with four doubles and five RBI as both a shortstop and designated hitter. He was batting .270 with a .723 OPS in the majors before the DL stint. Francona said he won't rush the shortstop back into playing time and that...
With Josh Beckett pitching the Sunday night series finale against the Yankees, catcher Jason Varitek will serve as his batterymate. Meanwhile, after sitting against left-hander CC Sabathia on Saturday, Josh Reddick is back in the lineup against right-hander Freddy Garcia on Sunday night.
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The Red Sox have granted starting pitcher Kevin Millwood his release.
The 36-year-old had appeared in 13 games with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, going 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA. In 73 2/3 innings, Millwood struck out 66 and walked 25, with the PawSox going 11-2 in his starts. He last pitched Friday night, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings against Buffalo.
After not using the June 20 opt-out agreement in his deal with the Sox, Millwood had been operating under an understanding that the player and team would continue to revisit the righty's opportunities throughout the season.
Millwood, who opted out of his contract with the Yankees organization earlier in the season, signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on May 19, joining the PawSox June 1.
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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis. Schefter reports that the deal is pending Ellis passing his physical.
Ellis, 34, has played his entire NFL career with the Jets since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He was the longest-tenured player on the Jets prior to leaving as a free agent. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, having represented the AFC in the 2003 and 2009 seasons.
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It has been a startling stretch by Jacoby Ellsbury, who added to his back-to-back walkoff hits this week by collecting a career-high six RBI, three of them on a homer against CC Sabathia (the first by a left-hander against the Yankees ace since May 13). Manager Terry Francona heaped praise on his outfielder, who is now hitting .321 with an .899 OPS, 19 homers and 72 RBI along with his 31 steals.
"It seems like we're kind of talking about him a lot. The reason is because he's doing so many good things," said Francona. "He started out a little slow and he's been a really good player from the first of May. Then all of a sudden, he got good, went to maybe great, and he's kind of held that level."
Ellsbury became the first Sox leadoff hitter since Ellis Burks in 1987 to drive in six or more runs in a game (Burks plated seven on June 10, 1987, against the Orioles). He was the first Sox center fielder since Carl Everett in 2000 to...
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
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Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
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Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Kirk responded to complaints from OMF regarding our promotion of the podcast.
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Kirk Minihane took some shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian this morning. Here is their response.
We're talking Celtics after a solid win over the Clippers. Al Horford and Dwight Howard rumors are out there, and that makes for good sports radio discussions.
A Bruins discussion becomes a discussion of their current talent, and whether or not there is even the possibility of being a better team based on the way they are currently constituted.
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Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
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