BALTIMORE -- Rookie Ryan Lavarnway, one day after hitting the first two home runs of his career, is back in the lineup for the Red Sox as the catcher for Jon Lester, who will be pitching on three days' rest as the Sox look for a win that would either advance them to a one-game playoff with the Rays in Tampa Bay on Thursday or a postseason berth in the Division Series on Friday. Lavarnway will bat fifth in the lineup, as the Sox have once again rearranged their lineup, with Dustin Pedroia hitting second, David Ortiz hitting third and Adrian Gonzalez cleaning up.
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FOXBORO -- Although he was not at the start of practice on Wednesday, there was an encouraging sign that tight end Aaron Hernandez might be closer to a return than originally expected.
The Patriots tight end was injured in the Week 2 win over the Chargers with a strained knee, did not return and missed last week's 34-31 loss to the Bills in Buffalo. He was asked Wednesday in if he's heard from any fans who are hoping he's back this week to help their respective fantasy football teams.
"I haven't heard much about the fantasy football," Hernandez said. "I'm not that worried about the fantasy football, I'm just trying to get back healthy and ready for this week. I feel pretty good."
He would make no promises about trying to be ready in time for this weekend after original estimates had him missing up to a month with the sore knee.
"I just take it day-by-day and work with the trainers and try to...
FOXBORO -- Starting left guard Logan Mankins was among four Patriots players not in attendance for practice on Wednesday in full pads on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium.
Also missing from the start of practice were tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), Sebastian Vollmer (back) and Mike Wright (concussion). Albert Haynesworth returned to practice after missing last week and the game against the Bills with a sore back.
The team travels to Oakland on Friday for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
FOXBORO -- In a conference call with Patriots media Wednesday in Foxboro, Raiders coach Hue Jackson reminded everyone of his close ties to Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco. Well before joining the Raiders coaching staff in 2010, Jackson was the receivers coach with the Bengals from 2004-06, when the then-Chad Johnson became a rising star with Cincinnati.
"Chad Johnson is [like] my son," Jackson said of his relationship with the Patriots receiver. "I know you guys probably have a hard time with him. He's kind of colorful. But he is a tremendous young man. I really adore him, but I won't on Sunday.
"I helped raise that young man in Cincinnati. He played for me, did wonders for me. He is a tremendous competitor and a doggone good football player. On Sunday, I'll look across [the field] and look at him but he knows that this is about winning and he understands that."
It was with Jackson as his coach and Carson...
The Red Sox reportedly have been having internal discussions about trading for a pitcher to start a potential play-in game Thursday, as the team is short on rested arms. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, one of the potential targets is Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.
As WEEI.com's Rob Bradford wrote Tuesday, the Sox would need to complete the trade by the end of the day Wednesday in order for MLB to approve it. Any acquired player would not be eligible for the postseason roster, but Thursday's game is considered a regular-season game.
Chen, 34, has played for 10 teams, including the Red Sox (a five-game stint in 2003). He has a 60-58 record in 13 seasons with a 4.55 ERA. He's 12-8 with a 3.98 ERA this...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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