After missing the entire season with a bout of mononucleosis, Jed Lowrie returns to the Red Sox lineup, playing shortstop and hitting second. With Marco Scutaro getting the day off against left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Darnell McDonald takes over in the Sox' leadoff spot. Here is the Red Sox' lineup for their series finale against Oakland: McDonald LF, Lowrie SS, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Drew RF, Cameron CF, Hall B, Brown C, Buchholz P. For all the matchups see the Full Count Blog by clicking here. For more Red Sox coverage go to the Red Sox' team page at weei.com/redsox.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show and announced that infielder Jed Lowrie will be inserted into the starting lineup for Wednesday's afternoon game vs. the A's in Oakland. "He's going to play shortstop today," Francona stated. He added that he expects to otherwise keep the lineup the same, with the exception of Dusty Brown catching.
Lowrie has yet to play this season due to mononucleosis. He just completed a 10-game stint in the minors preparing to return to Boston. He was activated along with pitcher Clay Buchholz. To make room, the Sox designated first baseman Ryan Shealy for assignment and sent Dustin Richardson to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Talking about the fact that more injured players are expected to make their way back into the lineup this week, Francona said he's happy to have them back, but he needs more than the "names" returning to the active...
ESPN baseball insider Jayson Stark talked to the Dale & Holley show Wednesday on what he's heard from around the baseball world as July 31 looms. It seems like every team in contention, including the Red Sox, could look for some bullpen help via a trade, but according to Stark, they're not finding much.
"Right now, I think [the Red Sox] are mostly focused on relief pitchers, and this is one of the most abysmal bullpen markets ever," Stark said. "I think it's almost unanimous that the most attractive relief pitcher on the market is, are you ready, Scott Downs of the Blue Jays. He's being priced insanely high, and for a team in the division, the Red Sox, the Yankees, the price is probably twice as high. You wouldn't get him for 60 cents on the dollar, you'd get him for like $2.60 on the dollar."
If the Red Sox are running into trouble looking for a reliever, they may be in luck as they...
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, and with the trade deadline fast approaching, one of the biggest topics of conversation was the Red Sox off-the-field plans as they gear up for the final stretch. Lucchino was quick to dismiss any notion that the team will not pursue top trade targets despite recent reports that it has gone above the luxury-tax threshold.
"We are at the bottom end of the tax threshold. We're not at the highest tax rate. We're at the lowest tax rate," Lucchino said. "But [the idea that we'd spend less] is just not true. I'm telling you. I know what our financial plans are, and that is not true. We have money set aside to acquire talent if we can find it, but having said that this is not a promise or a prediction that a trade will happen. We're not going to do something just to keep our record alive by making deals on July 31."
Dodgers coach Don Mattingly, filling in for ejected manager Joe Torre, made a rulebook mistake Tuesday night that cost his team in a 7-5 loss to the Giants. In the top of the ninth inning of a game Los Angeles was leading 5-4, with one out and the bases loaded, Mattingly went to the mound to talk to closer Jonathan Broxton and arrange his defense. Mattingly started to leave, but then turned around to respond to a question and stepped back on the dirt below the pitcher's mound. That constitutes a second visit, requiring the pitcher to be removed. Read more about the gaffe at Wednesday's Morning Mashup, where you also can get the details on former Red Sox utility player Alex Cora admonishing a Mets teammate for joking with reporters after a loss to the Diamondbacks.
Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
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.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
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The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.
We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.
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.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
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