Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and said that David Ortiz, coming off his woeful performance Tuesday night, would be back in the lineup again Wednesday. Said Francona: "David needs to play tonight. We've got to give David chances where we think he can succeed, to put some good swings on the ball. ... It's a long year, and we've got to try to put guys in a position where they can succeed."
Francona said he isn't discounting the hot start Mike Lowell is having, but the manager doesn't want to get away from his philosophical approach. "I know Mikey wants to play every day," Francona said. "I just think I have to use judgment on physically does he wear down after a couple of games, who's pitching for them, the balance of our team -- there's a ton that goes into it. I agree, Mikey's swinging great. And I'm thrilled. And I hope it continues, because he's...
Daniel Carcillo has become enemy No. 1 to Bruins fans, and Mike Emrick, of NBC and Versus, said the Flyers tough guy will have extra attention from the officials as the series continues Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
"Carcillo with the various fake moves and all of that is starting to draw attention of the entire staff," Emrick said to Dale & Holley on Wednesday. "I don't think it's going to play to well as the series goes on and you can probably see that he is not going to get a fair shake on some of these things if he had been probably the model player. I have a feeling that there is going to be some rank among the staff and they'll keep a eye closer on him than they will someone else."
Emrick said Game 3 will probably be the most "aggressive" of the series, and that the physical players such as Carcillo or a Milan Lucic have always been fan favorites, especially in Boston and...
NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning. With David Ortiz having another miserable game Tuesday night, Remy said Ortiz may have reached a new low. "People are pulling him, but it's just not happening," Remy said. "I personally felt bad for him last night after he grounded out. Because you could tell that was his spot, that's what he wanted. He wanted to thrive in that spot, but it just didn't happen for him."
Ortiz appears frustrated with the constant questions about his struggles, but Remy said the media is not being unreasonable. "Do I think it's unfair? No, it's not unfair. It's what people talk about all the time."
Remy said Wednesday night will tell us a lot about Ortiz' future -- especially if the slugger is not in the lineup. "I have a sense [Terry Francona] will go back to Ortiz, although I can't be 100...
When he played, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was known as a guy who would do anything to win. Apparently, he hasn't lost that edge. During Monday night's game in Cleveland, Ainge, sitting just to the side of the basket, threw a towel in the air in an attempt to distract J.J. Hickson, who was shooting a free throw. An NBA spokesman said "The situation is under review." Check the Green Street blog for more.
According to Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro, part of his early defensive problems could be traced to the inconsistencies of the Fenway Park infield grass. Scutaro, who hasn't made an error since April 17, said, however, that since the team has returned home the Fenway turf has been cut shorter, resulting in truer hops. “It’s just trying to get used to [the field] and make adjustments," he said. "I think the grass was what was messing up the ground balls up. The dirt, it’s not that bad. But the grass was thick and ground balls would go all over the place. It feels better.”
Wednesday's Red Sox content on WEEI.com:
Full Count: 'New field adds to Scutaro's confidence'
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
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.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
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
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.
We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.
We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
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.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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