Ryan Westmoreland started taking batting practice in Fort Myers last week as part of his participation in Red Sox Fall Instructional League. The 20-year-old Red Sox prospect, who underwent brain surgery in March, is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Sox farm director Mike Hazen, and he is showing evidence of significant advances in his rehab even since the start of September.
In addition to taking batting practice, Westmoreland is also doing daily work on a tee as well as taking flips and doing some throwing. Hazen suggested that Westmoreland's progress is even more apparent with some of the cardiovascular and agility work that he is doing. The Red Sox and Westmoreland have set a goal of having the 20-year-old return to games (though they have not assigned a timetable to that goal).
It is uncertain whether that might ever happen, but the progress that Westmoreland has shown to date has...
The Reds, considered one of the best fielding teams in the majors, endured a defensive implosion that keyed five unearned runs in the Phillies' 7-4 victory. The defensive meltdown -- which saw Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips commit two errors, seven-time Gold Glove third baseman Scott Rolen commit another and right fielder Jay Bruce commit yet another -- spoiled an outstanding start from former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
Cincinnati, after getting no hit in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday, quickly ensured that history would not repeat on Friday. Brandon Phillips led off the game with a solo homer, helping the Reds to jump out to a 4-0 lead. But Philadelphia started chipping away by plating a pair of runs in the fifth, the result of a pair of two-out grounders being kicked by Phillips and then Rolen, preceding Chase Utley's two-out, two-run single.
Philadelphia scored again in the sixth, as the Reds...
The NFL is investigating allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent voicemails, texts and graphic photos to a former sideline reporter. Deadspin.com posted graphic photos that Favre allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger, a TV personality on Versus, earlier this week.
"We are reviewing the matter," NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello told the Associated Press.
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The Red Sox have removed catchers Dusty Brown and Kevin Cash as well as right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel from their 40-man roster. All three will become free agents five days after the World Series.
Cash was acquired from the Astros in the middle of the season, when the Sox had four catchers on their 40-man roster (Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek, Mark Wagner and Brown) on the disabled list. Cash, in his second stint with the Sox, played in 29 games, hitting .133 with a .374 OPS while driving in one. He received raves from the Sox for his clubhouse impact.
Brown appeared in seven games, going 3-for-12 with a pair of runs batted in. The 28-year-old was in his 10th year in the Sox organization.
Manuel, claimed off waivers from the Mariners last offseason, had a 4.26 ERA in 10 appearances for the Red Sox, holding opponents to a .213 average. The 27-year-old's most notable outing of the season, however...
According to a report on ESPN.com, a rare meeting between major league players, umpires and officials is scheduled to take place in December to discuss the state of relations between players and umpires. The meeting is a response to what the report described as increased tensions between the two groups and concerns about a lack of transparency in terms of how umpires are supervised.
There have been several high-profile disputes between umpires and teams involved in the postseason this year, bubbling over to the point where both Rays manager Joe Maddon and Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire were thrown out of games on Thursday. That comes on the heels of a season in which several players expressed concern that the strike zone was either more inconsistent or bigger than it had been in previous seasons, playing into a record-setting year for strikeouts per nine innings...
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show