Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Cleveland and addressed some off-field issues that have been oft-discussed in the media.
Regarding the Jacoby Ellsbury situation, Francona said he wasn't bothered by the fact that Ellsbury sought out a second and third opinion on his injured ribs. Said Francona: "I've had numerous conversations with [agent] Scott Boras and they've all been good. No, this is a good thing. You can't let your ego get in the way. Whether it's medical people or players or managers, we just want what's best for our players. However you've got to go about it, we're willing to do it."
Added Francona: "This kid wants to play. He came back, he was swinging a bat. … He wanted to be back in there playing, and he didn't feel like he could successfully."
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Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, whom the Red Sox drafted in the supplemental first round (No. 39 overall), told WEEI.com that he will pitch pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League before he sits down with the club to negotiate a contract to begin his professional career. The 20-year-old entered 2010 regarded as perhaps the best college player in the draft, but injuries, performance struggles and signability concerns moved him down to the Sox' third pick.
Ranaudo, who will be advised by agent Scott Boras in negotiations with the Red Sox, performed well at the end of the college season, and said that he is healthy and looks forward to cementing his credentials as a top prospect this summer.
"The strides I made at the end of the season were significant. I feel like I’m pitching the best I pitched for a long time," Ranaudo said. "Hopefully I can go to the Cape, prove myself more and show the baseball world...
According to a tweet from The Recruit Scoop, Brady Heslip's former AAU coach, Ro Russell, said the 6-foot-2 guard has committed to Baylor. Heslip, who joined the BC program as a freshman in the middle of last season, decided to transfer after the Eagles fired coach Al Skinner and hired Steve Donahue. The Canadian sharpshooter visited Georgetown last week and also reportedly had a standing offer from Utah State.
Heslip is one of three players to transfer from BC this offseason, along with Evan Ravenel (Ohio State) and Rakim Sanders (Fairfield).
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Former NBA coach and current ABC/ESPN analyst Avery Johnson joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the NBA finals. Johnson said the Celtics need their offensive leader to return to form. "Paul needs to play like Paul Pierce," Johnson said. "With him guarding Ron Artest quite often and not Kobe [Bryant] as much as he did with LeBron James, you expect more offense out of Paul Pierce. This team has always been successful when he's been the leading scorer, when he's the guy. ... I think the key is, I haven't seen Paul Pierce with the type of aggressiveness and knockout-type of look in his eyes, where he's trying to knock a guy out. He's been jabbing, to take a boxing term, in this series, and he hasn't been trying to knock guys out with his scoring. For the Celtics' sake, we'll see if that changes."
Johnson was asked about Rajon Rondo appearing tired at times. Said Johnson: "It may be a...
Owners of game-used Pete Rose bats had them X-rayed, and the results appear to indicate that Rose corked his bats in his pursuit of baseball's all-time hits record in 1985. One columnist wants an asterisk next to Rose's name in the record book. Read more about that, plus check out stories on Stephen Strasburg's MLB debut, disharmony at New York Jets camp, and "The dark side of the UCLA basketball dynasty." It's all at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.
Christian breaks down what the Patriots need to do to beat the Raiders this Sunday
MFB talks to Sal Cappaccio of WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco of ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
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
Rodney Harrison addressed his non comments earlier in the week with MFB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show responding to MFB's MFK.
Jerod Mayo gives Christian karaoke advice and previews the Patriots home opener.
Christian chooses his song for Karaoke tonight.
We check in with the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin joins Dale and Holley.
Michael, Dale and Tom E. Curran break down, react and take your calls about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's first public press conference this regular season.
For our final segment we take a look back at the infamous Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule play, this time via Raiders radio and more.
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.
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