Although Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't disclose the ailment that kept Adrian Gonzalez out of the Sox' series opening, 3-1 win over the Rays Friday night, WEEI.com has learned the first baseman's absence was due to a stiff back.
The back problem wasn't believed to be serious, with Gonzalez possibly being ready for a return to the Sox' lineup for Saturday night's game. It also wasn't an issue at any time prior to the All-Star break. He had missed the final game of the Yankees series, last Sunday, due to an illness he was still fighting off as of the team's workout Thursday.
Gonzalez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup just before first pitch Friday night at Tropicana Field, being replaced in the cleanup spot by David Ortiz. He did make an appearance in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning with one out and runners on first and third, with Valentine attempting to prevent the Rays from walking Ortiz to get to Gomez. But the decoy didn'...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox moved back over .500 Friday night, beating the Rays, 3-1, in the teams' first game back from the All-Star break.
Setting the tone at Tropicana Field for the Sox was starter Franklin Morales, who allowed no runs and just two hits over five innings. The lefty has now allowed three or fewer runs in four of his five starts with the Red Sox this season, lowering his ERA to 3.16.
Helping pick up the slack for Morales after the lefty exited having thrown 95 pitches were relievers Scott Atchison, Andrew Miller, Matt Albers, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves. The group surrendered one run over the final four innings, with Aceves picking up his 20th save.
The Red Sox' offense was sparked by a first-inning, solo home run by David Ortiz, his 23rd of the season. The other two Red Sox runs came in the second when Pedroi Ciriaco's ground ball up the middle snuck between Tampa Bay shortstop Elliot Johnson and second...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- According to a statement from the Red Sox, minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland has been forced to undergo brain surgery recently. The team issued the following release:
Boston Red Sox minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland today underwent surgery for a complication of a cavernous malformation in his brain. According to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, the surgery was a success and Ryan is doing well in recovery. Dr. Robert Spetzler performed the procedure. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
The Red Sox organization asks that media please refrain from contacting the Westmoreland family regarding Ryan’s condition.
Westmoreland has been working his way back from brain surgery performed in March, 2010, rehabbing at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla....
With another report surfacing that there has been a lack of communication between Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and his coaches and players, contributing to the perceived dysfunction of the team's clubhouse (the latest from ESPNBoston.com), Dustin Pedroia painted a different picture when speaking to WEEI.com prior to the Sox' Friday night's against Tampa Bay.
"I think since we lost basically last year, obviously we deserve criticism and now this year we're a .500 team as of now. But to say some of the things like that, as players we're here to win, and so is our manager. I don't think Bobby is showing up to the field hoping that we lose. I think the coaching staff, Bobby and us, we're on the same page," Pedroia said.
"Has it been easy this year? No. Without question it hasn't been. We've...
Chris Wilcox will be back with the Celtics, per a league source. The veteran forward averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 28 games last season before undergoing heart surgery in March. Wilcox was recently cleared to begin workouts and he's expected to make a full recovery.
Before his heart ailment was detected, Wilcox had emerged as the team's top reserve big man. He was waived late in the season to make room for Ryan Hollins. Wilcox fills a major need along the frontline and is capable of backing up both the four and five positions.
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
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.
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.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
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.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
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 discuss the Patriots on the road to the Super Bowl, and how this is the season the Patriots should be setting their revenge sights on, not last year.
Can the Bruins be rebuilt without wholesale changes? Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss it with you.
We discuss the reported docking of a 2nd round pick for the Seahawks, and how Goodell and the league offices are still sort of making up these penalties as they go along.
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.
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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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Mike Tomlin's comments about the Patriots, what it takes to win in the playoffs, and to give Lou and Glenn crap about missing the last interview.More from this show
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