In his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Hall of Fame journalist and current NESN analyst Peter Gammons said that the Red Sox had investigated the availability of Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (currently in the minors) earlier in the year, but that with the resurgence of designated hitter David Ortiz, it makes less sense to pursue him in the short term, since the Sox wouldn't be looking to move Victor Martinez from catching to the DH role.
"They tried to get him two years ago. They’ve been looking at him, but now that Ortiz is hitting, I think it lessens the need for him. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went out and got him at the end of the year. But I just don’t know if they can go out right now and expend what Colorado would want to get," said Gammons. "Chris is a much better player than what he’s done this year. The Red Sox do really love him. Maybe...
The Falcons announced Friday afternoon that the Patriots will visit for a couple of days of practices in Georgia before the preseason game between the two teams Aug. 19 at the Georgia Dome. In what they are calling "combined practices," the Patriots and Falcons will work out together in Flowery Branch, Ga. starting on Aug. 17, two days before the teams battle in a preseason meeting in Atlanta. Both New England coach Bill Belichick and Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff hinted at the idea during a radio appearance Friday in Atlanta. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Meeting with reporters in Philadelphia prior to Friday's game against the Phillies, Red Sox manager Terry Francona disputed a report that David Ortiz left the Rogers Centre in Toronto during a game on April 27 due to his disappointment after being pulled in favor of pinch-hitter Mike Lowell. The report, which was part of an extensive feature on Ortiz on ESPN.com, said that the DH left the park after he "temporarily ignored Francona's order and kept walking to the plate" after being called back to the dugout for Lowell."
While Francona did not comment on the incident for the ESPN.com story, he told reporters on Friday that the portrayal was inaccurate.
"Somebody's reporting something that's not true," Francona told reporters. "I shouldn't have to deal with that. ... Whether...
WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and head coach Doc Rivers all said on Friday they are expecting a feisty Orlando Magic team for Game 3 Saturday night at TD Garden. The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-0 and can take an overwhelming 3-0 lead with a win, a deficit no team has ever overcome in NBA playoff history.
"It could get feisty in there. You have to expect it," said Pierce, who was still bearing a pair of scratch marks on his forehead above his left eye after being decked by Dwight Howard in the second quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday night.
"Doc always say the bigger man walks away," added big man Kendrick Perkins, who will once again be assigned to Howard. "You just have to go out there and play, play Celtics basketball."
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According to Yahoo! Sports, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau will get a second-round interview for the vacancy to coach the New Orleans Hornets. The report said that one other candidate, Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams, is also currently scheduled to have a second-round interview. While Thibodeau and Williams are viewed as the leading candidates for the Hornets job, the report suggested that others could also be brought back for another interview with New Orleans.
On this Patriots Monday (on a Tuesday) Chandler Jones talks about getting ready for the Miami Dolphins and his upcoming battle with Brandon Albert. The guys also asked about J.J. Watt's 100 million dollar contract.
Julian Edelman joined the show to talk about the departure of Logan Mankins, whether he would be ready to go at QB if necessary (he's not), the Miami Dolphins, and ... fanny packs.
Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.
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 talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
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
Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.
Tim joined the show to discuss the start of the NFL season and the future of Tom Brady.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Rodney Harrison joins the show, as he will do every week during the NFL season. This week he talked about what to expect from the Patriots this year. He thinks Brady can play can for another 10 or 15 years due to the rules changes. He also said that due to his size, NFL defensive players will continue to target Rob Gronkowski's knees.
The iCloud was hacked over Labor Day weekend and over 300 scandalous photos were hacked from the phones and iPads of celebrities. And the guy who replaced Michael Sam, Ethan Westbrooks, got a tattoo on his face to motivate himself from ever having a "normal" job.
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
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.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
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