Before Monday's four-game series opener against his former team, Kevin Youkilis spent nearly 17 minutes answering questions about his return to Boston after being traded to the White Sox on June 24. He took the high road when asked about his strained relationship with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, refusing to acknowledge publicly any tension between the two.
"I don't understand why [there's speculation of] a big rift," said Youkilis. "I'm just here to play baseball, and things will happen and that's all it is, just going out and playing the ballgame. There's no Bobby V. vs. Kevin Youkilis or vice versa, it's about Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox and just playing baseball."
But Youkilis also acknowledged that he is more relaxed playing in Chicago, where the White Sox are leading the AL Central with a 49-39 mark.
"We have like four beat writers that follow us and one time they didn't ask me a...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia appears to be in line to come off the disabled list on Thursday, the first day when he is eligible to do so. Of perhaps greater note than the fact that Pedroia is ready to return, however, is the fact that he might be a different performer than the one who went on the DL on July 6 (retroactive to July 4).
Pedroia was off to an outstanding start this year, hitting .321/.385/.529/.913 with five homers and 18 extra-base hits through the first 33 games of the year. However, from that point forward, he struggled with the torn adductor muscle in his thumb, and even though it healed completely, he hit just .218/.276/.291/.567 before landing on the disabled list with a second and unrelated thumb injury.
Now, however, it appears that the second baseman may be ready to return to the form that has characterized much of his career as one of the top second basemen in the game, at...
According to ESPN's Buster Olney (via twitter), the Red Sox are pursuing Cubs right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster. Olney notes that the Sox are "aggressive" in their pursuit.
In 14 starts this season, Dempster is 5-3 with a 1.86 earned run average over 92 innings with 25 walks and 75 strikeouts. Dempster has thrown 200 or more innings in each of the last four seasons since being converted to a starter, though he has spent time on the disabled list this season with a shoulder injury.
One thing that could make negotiations difficult, Olney notes, is that Cubs president Theo Epstein is very familiar with Boston's farm system from his days as Red Sox general manager.
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Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, on the cusp of his return to the Red Sox after missing the first half of the season while recovering first from offseason wrist surgery and then from an elbow strain, expressed excitement to finally be ready for big league action. He suggested that he has been surprised at how good he's felt at the plate in his rehab assignment, though he wasn't sure how that would translate to the field given the amount of time he's been out.
"It isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think I’m a little further along than I might personally have thought," said Crawford. "It’s going to take a little time, or might. At the same time, I might jump right back in and do OK."
Crawford suggested that, unlike a year ago, he was at peace with his situation in Boston, in the second season of a seven-year, $142 million deal.
"It’s the Red Sox. They’re one of the best...
Per multiple reports, the Patriots and Wes Welker have not been able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the Monday deadline, and the receiver will now play out the 2012 season under his franchise tag of roughly $9.5 million.
Welker was hit with the franchise tag this spring, and under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the two sides had until Monday at 4 p.m. to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. However, the player and team were unable to come to an accord, which means they are prohibited from talking about a deal beyond 2012 until after the season.
In his five seasons with the Patriots, the 31-year-old Welker has 554 catches for 6,105 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.
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Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
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.
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.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
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.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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