Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has had great success in the World Baseball Classic, although his MVP performance in 2009 had negative effects on his performance during Major League Baseball's regular season. Asked about the next WBC, scheduled for 2013, Matsuzaka made it clear that he would not hesitate to represent his country again, saying through his translator: "If they want me and I’m called upon."
Read more about Matsuzaka's feelings about the WBC at the Full Count blog.
The Red Sox open a three-game set with the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday. The Sox, 24-8 in their last 32 games, stand just a half game behind the Yankees for the top spot in the AL East. Jon Lester, who is 8-0 in his last 11 starts, takes the mound for the Sox. Lester is opposed by Jhoulys Chacin, winless since May 25.
Josh Reddick has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox, playing right field and batting in the eighth spot. To make room for Reddick the Red Sox returned relief pitcher Robert Manuel to Triple A Pawtucket.
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John Wall and Evan Turner are holding steady at 1-2 in the latest edition of WEEI.com's NBA mock draft, but there have been some changes in the middle of the round, which is as unpredictable as any in recent memory. With Nevada forward Luke Babbitt's stock rising, look for the Celtics instead to turn to Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson with the 19th pick. Read the complete mock draft at the Green Street blog.
Multiple reports have indicated the Bruins have been trying to trade goaltender Tim Thomas. Such talks were expected, as the former Vezina Trophy winner lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask last season and carries an annual cap hit of $5 million. ESPN is reporting that the Bruins have received calls from interested teams following Montreal's trade of Jaroslav Halak to the Blues, while Comcast Sportsnet, who mentioned talk of such chatter first on Monday, has indicated the Sharks, Flyers, and Lightning could be in on Thomas. The 36-year-old went 17-8-8 last season for the Bruins with a goals against average of 2.56. For more on the Bruins, check the Big Bad Blog.
Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons joined The Big Show on Monday to discuss a variety of topics, including Manny Ramirez' return to Fenway, the end of the steroid era, and the Red Sox' recent surge. Ramirez, who was suspended for 50 games last season, should make the Hall of Fame in spite of being more officially linked to performance-enhancers than the likes of Barry Bonds, according to Gammons.
"Manny Ramirez is unquestionably a Hall of Fame player," Gammons said. "There's no doubt about it in terms of ability. The question is how much of this is going to be a moral issue. I think in time it will go away, I really do, and I think Manny will make it in."
Former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, spoke about the Patriots offensive line struggles. He talked about being hated in league and hating Jerry Rice and Randy Moss at points in his career. He thinks Josh McDaniels needs to get Brandon LaFell involved, and what to expect from Darrelle Revis going forward.
We check in with Big Vince Wilfork on a Patriots Monday and get his take on the defense's progression, his interception, his teammate Darrelle Revis and playing Monday Night Football in KC.
We check in with the head coach for his reaction to the Patriots win against Oakland, the offense's struggles, Julien Edelman, and playing in KC on Monday Night.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Gerry and Kirk go at it on whether or not Brady is starting to decline.
The guys opened the show discussing the latest on the Ravens and Steve Bisciotti.
It appears that Mookie Betts is the front-runner to be the lead off hitter for the Red Sox in 2015. But where will he play? And who gets traded? The guys talk about getting younger and re-visit the Sox making a play for Giancarlo Stanton.
A reporter quits LIVE on the air in hilarious fashion. The details of Rob Bironas' death are starting to emerge. High School football player Apollos Hester gives an uplifting post-game speech for the ages.
We check in with Tedy Bruschi on a Patriots Monday for his reaction to the Patriots struggles, Julien Edelman and his strong comments about his desire to see Roger Goodell lose his job.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Jerry Thornton joins Dino and Kirk for the second edition of Breaking Balls. They dive into a variety of topics including their feelings about polarizing Boston sports media members.
Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
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