After not batting sixth in the lineup since September 2006, Adrian Gonzalez will hit sixth for the second consecutive game on Thursday as the Red Sox (28-28) look to avoid a sweep against the Orioles (32-24) at Fenway Park.
Gonzalez had a single in three at-bats in the sixth spot Wednesday and is hitting .263 with just four home runs in 224 at-bats this season. He will start in right field as Kevin Youkilis plays first base and Will Middlebrooks starts at third base.
Clay Buchholz (5-2, 6.58) starts for the Sox against Brian Matusz (5-5, 5.41). After allowing at least five earned runs in each of his first six starts of the season, Buchholz has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his last five starts. He struggled in his only appearance vs. the Orioles this season, allowing five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings on May 6.
38 Studios -- the video game company created by Curt Schilling -- filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Thursday.
The company, which laid off over 300 employees last month, owes between $100 and $500 million, according to court filings. Federal authorities have started an investigation into the troubled Providence-based company. The state of Rhode Island landed 38 Studios (previously based in Maynard, MA) with a $75 million loan guarantee in 2010.
"This action comes after several weeks when the company has reviewed, considered and received the recommendations and advice with respect to potential avenues for relief that are currently available. After ongoing negotiations with the State of Rhode Island and potential investors and other interested parties, the Company has been unable to find a solution to the current stalemate,” 38 Studios said in a statement on Thursday.
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FOXBORO -- According to a source, Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was at the Gillette Stadium facility Thursday morning but left before the start of the OTA session. It marked the first spring session the media has had access to where the receiver was not present. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ochocinco removed the fact that he plays for the Patriots from his Twitter bio sometime between Wednesday night at Thursday morning. (UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Ochocinco has added the Patriots information back to his Twitter bio.)
The 34-year-old Ochocinco has struggled since he was acquired by the Patriots last July, finishing the 2011 season with 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. He restructured his contract in March, lowering his base salary for 2012 to $1 million.
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ESPN's Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni Thursday and spent some time talking about the issues surrounding the last-place Red Sox.
Rehabbing outfielder Carl Crawford continues to work toward rejoining the major league club, and Olney expects that he'll be back in Boston soon.
"I think Crawford is making a lot of progress," Olney said. "In fact, based on what I heard today, I think there's a good chance that he's going to be back by the end of the month. He's right on the cusp of really ramping up his throwing program, he's hitting, he's doing all the other stuff. And let's face it, at some point, if the Red Sox figure that he's throwing well enough just to even throw to a cutoff man, you go with it. Because he's playing in Fenway, there's not a lot required, you don't necessarily have to have him throwing at full speed. We've seen a lot of teams through the years will hide a guy with an arm issue out in left field....
WALTHAM -- The Celtics spent Thursday morning in typical game-day mode, preparing for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden against LeBron James and the Heat. All 14 active players were present and accounted for as the team went through halfcourt sets and shooting drills in anticipation of the game that -- if they win -- would propel them to the NBA finals for the third time in five seasons. The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo were among the Celtics in attendance. Both had minor injury issues in the Game 5 win in Miami. Allen had to leave the game for the locker room midway through the third quarter to get treatment for his sore ankles while Rondo suffered a cut on his left arm. Both returned to the game and are expected to be fully ready for the potential series-clincher at the Garden. Rondo shot just 3-of-15 in Game 5 while suffering the injury to the same arm on which he dislocated his left...
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford sits down with Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to talk about the Red Sox off season. They discuss how the blockbuster Chris Sale trade went down.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Mut ranks all 23 Dino Casting Couch members and Gary Tanguay posts another velfie on the Celtics and Kirk.
Mut defends himself in voting for Trump despite Alex Reimer's claim that he only voted for him because he goes along with whatever Gerry said. Damien Woody joins the guys for his second Friday interview.
Damien Woody praises Tom Brady's work ethic and thinks he can play three or four more seasons. Woody thinks Brady pushed the limits on Deflategate but it didn't play a role in the Patriots beating the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are starting to think that the Ravens are the Pats biggest Rival. They cite the frequency with which they play, the importance of their games, the fact that the Ravens have won in Foxborough, and that they always play close games.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to John Tomase's comments on "The Hot Stove Show" last night, where he bagged on Dave Dombrowski fro decimating the Red Sox Farm System. Lou feels very strongly that Prospects exist to get big time Players. He also feels that the Red Sox are already the Chicago Cubs. Glenn rails against Tomase and other "Prospect Hoarders." Christian talks about "Beanie Babies."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Pablo Sandoval's conversation with ESPN Deportes, where he talks about a renewed interest in Baseball, getting healthy, and wanting his son to be able to see him play at a high level.
While driving around town, Curt Schilling decided to give Dale, Michael and Keefe a ring and discuss the Sox pitching staff with the addition of Chris Sale.
A lot of panic out there about Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "dismantling" the farm system. Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss it, and also how this rotation may play out. Is Clay Bucholz the odd man out?
Michael and Rich Keefe talk C's after they knock off Orlando in impressive fashion.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
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