Appearing on The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine responded to ESPN analyst Buster Olney's contention on Mut & Merloni that there was discontent in the clubhouse by saying it was "absolutely ridiculous."
"He's also discontent that I wouldn't go on the show with him when he does Sunday Night Baseball and he's crying a little here because I wouldn't let him interview me in the fourth inning," Valentine said. "So, we have to understand the source here. I understand Buster. He's really a hard-working guy. He's so hard-working he's always on these talk shows that he has to make sure he's gathering information for you guys. Who gives a darn what he says about that situation?
"Why don't we hear about Kirk Gibson and how many of the players don't like him or about Jim Leyland and who's upset with...
Ryan Kalish will make his return to the Red Sox lineup as they play the third game of their series with the Tigers at Fenway. Kalish hit .217/.238/250 in 60 at-bats with the Sox before returning to the minors on July 7. He was recalled after Ryan Sweeney injured his hand punching a dugout wall during Monday's game.
With Kalish in right, Cody Ross will assume designated hitter duties and Jarrod Salatlamacchia will take over behind the plate for pitcher Aaron Cook. Here's the rest of the lineup that will face Tiger starter Rick Porcello:
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Appearing as a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he didn't think Josh Beckett would require a trip to the disabled list after his back tightened up in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
"I doubt that. It doesn't seem like a DL," Valentine said. "But again, when Josh left last night he was tight. The trainer's report so far today and Ben [Cherrington] had talked to Josh, was it just a little tight and we'll take it, as we do, day by day."
Beckett had retired the first eight hitters but ran into trouble in the third inning. Valentine said that Beckett may have hit a different landing spot on the mound, which was already beginning to get wet from rain.
As for the boos that Beckett heard when he left the game, Valentine said, "I have a lot of other things to worry about. Josh is a big boy and we're all big boys and I've been booed, other guys have been...
Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon and said Josh Beckett's name likely will still be associated with trade rumors in August.
The July 31 trade deadline has passed, but teams can still place players on waivers and trade them if they go unclaimed.
"I put Josh Beckett on a list today, when I wrote a column about 10 guys' names who will come up on trade conversation," Olney said. "That doesn't mean they're necessarily going to be traded, but just because of his stature, because we've already heard him once before and it's clear that there is some interest from other teams that at some level, probably with the Red Sox taking out a lot of money, I have no doubt that Josh's name is going to come up again in the month of August that day when his name hits the waiver wire."
Olney noted that Beckett's injuries could cause teams to stay away from...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in London to handle analysis of the Olympic basketball competition for NBC, said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he deserves some blame for Ray Allen's decision to leave for the Heat as a free agent.
Rivers said his decisions to use Allen off the bench late in the season and allow Rajon Rondo more freedom with the ball were the key factors in Allen leaving.
"People can use all the Rondo stuff – and it was there, no doubt about that – but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I'm the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn't mean guys liked that – and Ray did not love that – because Rondo now had the ball all the time.
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
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.
Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
Hour 3. The guys take more calls on transgender bathrooms. Evan Drellich joins the show...again.
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.
The Dallas Mavericks traded for Nerlens Noel, and dumped Andrew Bogut in the process, leading the guys to wonder why the Celts weren't pursuing 6'11" power forward/center.
Chris Mannix, Yahoo! Sports joined the show to give the latest on the NBA trade deadline.
The guys acknowledge that the Green-teamers will defend Danny whether he makes a move or not.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.More from this show
Hour 1. Evan Drellich attacked Kirk and Gerry for their interview with John Farrell. Kirk had an accident.More from this show
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.More from this show
Hour 2. John Steigerwald says Brady doesn't pass the eye test. Headlines with Kirk.More from this show