Jacoby Ellsbury spoke for approximately 6 1/2 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, three hours before his scheduled return to action against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park as the leadoff batter and center fielder. Ellsbury said that he is aware of the criticism some have leveled against him for sitting out and that he doesn't know what to expect in terms of fan reaction.
"The fans have been great to me this entire time, my whole career," Ellsbury said. "I'm not sure what to expect. I'm just know they've been great in the past. I'm excited. I'm a kid on Christmas. I've been counting down the days. I'm excited for it and the day can't come quicker."
Ellsbury has been out with fractured ribs in his right side since May 28 after trying to play with the injury in Philadelphia. He initially suffered the injury on April 11 in Kansas City in a collision with Adrian Beltre when the two collided in the...
The Red Sox plan to option outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the start of Wednesday's game agains the Indians in order to clear a roster spot for returning leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury. Though the move won't become official until close to game time, Nava -- who was recalled on Monday, aafter Mike Cameron landed on he disabled list, and went 1-for-2 -- has already been informed of the move, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.
In other news:
--Francona suggested that Ellsbury might not always lead off, as the team monitors his workload.
--Catcher Jason Varitek did some light jogging for the first time since suffering his broken foot.
The Celtics announced on their team website that they have come to terms with Shaquille O’Neal. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” Danny Ainge said in the release. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.” According to the report O’Neal will wear No. 36.
The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have named Doug Jarvis as an assistant coach. The move rounds out a bench that also consists of head coach Claude Julien and assistants Doug Houda and Geoff Ward. Craig Ramsay left the Bruins earlier in the offseason to become head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Jarvis most recently coached with the Canadiens from 2005 until 2009 and worked under Julien during the 2005-06 season. As a player, Jarvis holds the current record for the longest games played streak with 964.
For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/bruins.
Jacoby Ellsbury will be hitting leadoff when he makes his long-awaited return to the lineup Wednesday night against former Sox pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians. Shortstop Marco Scutaro, who filled in nicely atop the order in Ellsbury's absence, will hit second. Mike Lowell, who homered on Tuesday, is out of the lineup as Victor Martinez mans first base with Kevin Cash behind the plate.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Marco Scutaro, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Victor Martinez, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
7. Ryan Kalish, LF
8. Jed Lowrie, 2B
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- Jon Lester
For more on the game, including batter vs. pitcher matchups, go to weei.com/redsox.
Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider, joins the guys to talk Pats-Broncos, Brady-Manning and the rest of the NFL.
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
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Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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