Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson, a first round selection by the team in this year's draft, was hit in the face by a line drive up the middle while pitching for the Short-Season Single-A Lowell Spinners on Saturday as part of the Futures at Fenway doubleheader showcase of Red Sox minor league teams. Eyewitnesses said that he had movement, but struggled to get on the stretcher without assistance. Still, he waved to the Fenway crowd before being taken to the hospital.
According to a Red Sox spokesperson, the 21-year-old out of the University of Florida suffered multiple orbital fractures to the left side of his face. However, he was alert at the hospital -- where he was resting comfortably -- and showed no signs of a concussion.
Johnson entered the game having made three scoreless appearances to start his professional career, with 5 1/3 scoreless innings on his resume. He'd struck out four, walked one and permitted two hits in Lowell.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots confirmed the signing of Olympic sprinter and former Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps on Friday evening. Demps is expected to join the team next week in Tampa as the team practices twice before it's game against the Buccaneers next Friday.
Demps, who was not drafted in April, stands 5-foot-7, 175 pounds and captured a silver medal for being part of the United States' 4x100-meter relay team at the London Olympics. He did not participate in the final race but contribued during preliminary heats.
In four years at Florida, Demps rushed for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns, and he averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return.
"Good with the ball, good speed, caught the ball OK, a little bit undersized," Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio said on Friday. "They've had some good offensive players, he and [Chris] Rainey split some time so they kind of used him some different ways. Florida has had a track record...
NEW YORK -- Injured DH David Ortiz told a small group of reporters that included MLB.com that the controversies swirling around the Red Sox in recent days have made it difficult for players to focus on the field. The slugger said that he was particuarly distressed to see that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in the aftermath of a report that he was at the forefront of a player-led attempt to get rid of manager Bobby Valentine, was unable to focus on the field.
"The other day, Pedroia was playing baseball out there [ticked] off and not focused on what he wants to do, because that report came out saying he was against the manager," Ortiz told the group. "How do you think he's going to feel out there? This game is 75 percent mental and the rest physical -- or 50-50 probably -- but your mind has a...
NEW YORK -- Red Sox starter Franklin Morales was once again undone by a barrage of home runs against the Yankees. For the second time this year, the left-hander yielded four homers (all of the solo variety) against New York, part of a five-run yield that the Red Sox could not overcome in dropping a 6-4 decision in the Bronx.
Morales gave up solo homers to Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson (the first of the year given up by Morales to a left-hander), Russell Martin and Derek Jeter, matching a career-high for the most homers he's given up in a game. Still, was pitching in a tie game in the sixth when back-to-back, one-out singles put runners on the corners. That, in turn, prompted manager Bobby Valentine to summon Clayton Mortensen from the bullpen.
Mortensen punched out Martin for the second out of the inning, but Jayson Nix reached out for an 0-2 slider that was down and off the plate and punched it into right field for the go-ahead single....
NEW YORK -- Left-hander Felix Doubront, who has not pitched since August 9 in hopes of allowing him to catch his breath during his first full season in a big league rotation, threw three simulated innings and approximately 45 pitches in a bullpen side session on Friday in New York. At this point, however, the Sox do not have him slated to return to the rotation. Instead, the team plans to have him throw at least one more simulated outing of more than three innings before returning him to the rotation going forward.
As such, while Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the 24-year-old "will be ready this next week to pitch," he also acknowledged that the Sox could place him on the 15-day disabled list in order to permit the club to call up a reinforcement from Triple-A. That would still allow Doubront to have his next bullpen session and then return to the rotation sometime near the end of next week.
Doubront is 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Rob Bradford sits down with new Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina to discuss the behind-the-scenes scenario that led him back to the Red Sox, the ins and outs of his job, and his take on the comparison between his former player, Mike Trout, and Mookie Betts.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox catcher, and newly-named ESPN analyst, David Ross to break down the good and the bad when it comes to the two Super Bowl teams' fans. Ross, who grew up near Atlanta and played for the Braves, offers examples of what separates the fan bases. He also adds some interesting insight into how close he came to not retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Darrelle Revis has gotten himself into a lot of trouble in Pennsylvania. Red Sox ownership holds a press conference from Spring Training.
Hour 3. Mut's history as a radio host is revisited. Kirk's latest podcast features some in depth talk about radio in Boston with Glenn Ordway.
Hour 2. The guys discuss whether the Patriots should consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo. President Trump held an interesting press conference.
Lou says that Rob Bradford is wrong when talking about Mookie Betts beating the shift and maybe joining him on his podcast to talk about it. Lou also ask Christian what happened to him yesterday during the segment with Rob and how Christian seemed to disappear.
John Karalis of RedsArmy.com joins Lou and Christian to talk Celtics and the twitter beef between him and Lou. They also talk about how money doesn't get you what it used to when talking Horford's max deal and the Sandoval's contract
Jovn calls in from Malden to talk about the foul call on Marcus Smart from last night game and saying it was the right call. But being a ref himself he is used to taking the abuse from fans and Lou suggest we should go out and hug a ref.
Holley and Keefe discuss the Celtics loss in Chicago and the tough foul call on Marcus Smart that basically handed the Bulls the victory.
With All-Star weekend and the dunk contest upon us, Keefe and Holley discuss the NBA's current best dunkers, plus our top 5 all-time greatest dunk artists.
Keefer Madness is back, and a strange pet saves the friggin' day. Plus LAROY Streat is back on the mic.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
On this weeks episode of the WEEI SoccerCast Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the demolition of Barcelona and Arsenal, if the Gunners should fire Wenger, and if the Revs made a good trade?
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the week with a review of Thursday and Friday's K&C shows.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey breakdown the Avengers: Infinity War Featurette. Plus an extended "This Week in #DORK" covering DC directors, Legion, The Walking Dead and more.