Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Patriots Friday to hit on a number of topics, including his disappointment in the team's 36-35 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Patriots' player representative was also asked about the proposed 18-game season, which he called "premature."
"At the end of the day we need to make sure that we have a season to play next year," Light said, referring to negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. He added that he does not view the uncertainty of regarding the 2011 as a "distraction."
A popular topic among Patriots players this week, Light also discussed HBO's "Hard Knocks" by saying he "absolutely [does] not" watch the show that documents the Jets.
"I'll wait to see them on the field," Light said of the Patriots' division rivals, though he imagined it's "got...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to his team's series-opener with the Rays at Tropicana Field, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the plan is to have Daisuke Matsuzaka make his next start Thursday in Baltimore against the Orioles. The pitcher had been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday after experiencing lower back pain.
Francona also gave an update on Mike Cameron's surgery, saying that the procedure was a bilateral sports hernia repair and bilateral groin release.
"They stitched the mesh and the adductor groin to kind of take the pressure off a little bit," Francona said. "And what they said was that it was very obvious he needed surgery. He's probably still in recovery ... But everything went well. But he needed it."
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Hall of Fame NESN/MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Friday, saying that the Red Sox may be better off seeing how their series goes with the Rays before considering any big waiver-wire moves (he said they claimed "a few" relievers, including Scott Downs). He also discussed the state of the Red Sox and their injuries, most notably touching on second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
"I don't know if he ever really healed," Gammons said of Pedroia, adding that the 2008 MVP "knew right away that he'd come back too soon."
Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot on June 25 and rushed back to rejoin the lineup last Tuesday and Wednesday, but after two games was placed back on the DL. He is set to spend a week in a boot before determining whether surgery is the right course of action.
Gammons also said that Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz has a...
ST. PETERSBURG -- With Tampa Bay left-hander David Price on the mound, the Red Sox will employ a lineup that features as many players hitting from the right side of the plate as possible. As such, the left-handed hitting Ryan Kalish is out of the lineup, with Darnell McDonald batting second and playing center field in his place.
The Sox will still feature a pair of lefties in their lineup against Price. David Ortiz (1-for-7 with a double) is in the lineup, as is J.D. Drew, who has never faced Price in the regular season, but who did have a pair of postseason appearances against the southpaw in the 2008 ALCS, most notably his bases-loaded, two-out, check-swing strikeout in the eighth inning of Game 7.
Price has held lefties to a .213 average and .591 OPS this year, compared to marks of .234 and .674 by righties.
For complete matchup information on the pairing of Price against Sox starter Jon Lester...
According to a tweet from Jayson Stark, the White Sox were awarded a waiver claim on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez. Stark notes that the Rangers and Rays likely claimed the slugger as well, but that the White Sox won out due to their inferior record.
Now that he is claimed, the White Sox can work out a deal with the Dodgers until midnight Tuesday, or Los Angeles could simply release Ramirez to Chicago. Ramirez has a no-trade clause that would him allow to negate a move, similarly to what Johnny Damon did earlier in the week with the Red Sox, but reports have stated Ramirez would accept a move to Chicago.
The former Red Sox left fielder is hitting .313/.407/.513 this season with eight homers and 40 runs batted in over 64 games. He has had three different stints on the disabled list this season with a calf strain.
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
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