Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, on the cusp of his return to the Red Sox after missing the first half of the season while recovering first from offseason wrist surgery and then from an elbow strain, expressed excitement to finally be ready for big league action. He suggested that he has been surprised at how good he's felt at the plate in his rehab assignment, though he wasn't sure how that would translate to the field given the amount of time he's been out.
"It isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think I’m a little further along than I might personally have thought," said Crawford. "It’s going to take a little time, or might. At the same time, I might jump right back in and do OK."
Crawford suggested that, unlike a year ago, he was at peace with his situation in Boston, in the second season of a seven-year, $142 million deal.
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Per multiple reports, the Patriots and Wes Welker have not been able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the Monday deadline, and the receiver will now play out the 2012 season under his franchise tag of roughly $9.5 million.
Welker was hit with the franchise tag this spring, and under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the two sides had until Monday at 4 p.m. to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. However, the player and team were unable to come to an accord, which means they are prohibited from talking about a deal beyond 2012 until after the season.
In his five seasons with the Patriots, the 31-year-old Welker has 554 catches for 6,105 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.
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According to a team source, the Red Sox will designate utility man Brent Lillibridge for assignment in order to activate Carl Crawford from the 60-day disabled list.
The timing of the move has some irony to it, as Lillibridge was one of two players (the other being Zach Stewart) sent to the Red Sox from the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis trade. Monday marks Youkilis' first trip to Boston since the trade.
In 10 games played for Boston, the 28-year-old Lillibridge went 2-for-16 with no runs batted in and five strikeouts.
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Carl Crawford, in his first game with the Red Sox in 2012, will bat second and play left field. With his return against the White Sox and right-hander Dylan Axelrod, Boston will feature what it expected to be its 2012 outfield for the first time, with Crawford in left, Jacoby Ellsbury in center and Cody Ross in right.
For the White Sox, Kevin Youkilis will bat second and play third base in his first contest at Fenway Park since a teary-eyed farewell to Boston following his trade to Chicago on June 24. He will face former high school rival Aaron Cook. Cook will get something of a break, as the struggling Orlando Hudson -- who has a .415 average and .510 OBP against the sinkerballer in 49 career plate appearances -- is not in the lineup.
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According to a Fox Sports report, Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton can block trades to four teams, and the Red Sox are one of the teams on his list, along with the Yankees, Indians and Cubs.
This doesn't mean Upton couldn't change his mind and accept a deal to Boston, especially if the Sox sweetened the deal with a new contract. Upton's current deal runs through 2015.
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has gone on the record to say that he will listen to offers for the 24-year-old Upton, who has been booed by D-Backs fans this season.
Upton, in his sixth big league season, has a career .275 average .356 OBP and .475 slugging percentage. He finished fourth in the National League MVP balloting last season after hitting .289 with 31 home runs and 88 RBIs. Upton is hitting .264 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 82 games this season.
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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.
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.
Rob Bradford sits down with new Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina to discuss the behind-the-scenes scenario that led him back to the Red Sox, the ins and outs of his job, and his take on the comparison between his former player, Mike Trout, and Mookie Betts.
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. Darrelle Revis has gotten himself into a lot of trouble in Pennsylvania. Red Sox ownership holds a press conference from Spring Training.
Hour 3. Mut's history as a radio host is revisited. Kirk's latest podcast features some in depth talk about radio in Boston with Glenn Ordway.
Hour 2. The guys discuss whether the Patriots should consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo. President Trump held an interesting press conference.
Lou says that Rob Bradford is wrong when talking about Mookie Betts beating the shift and maybe joining him on his podcast to talk about it. Lou also ask Christian what happened to him yesterday during the segment with Rob and how Christian seemed to disappear.
John Karalis of RedsArmy.com joins Lou and Christian to talk Celtics and the twitter beef between him and Lou. They also talk about how money doesn't get you what it used to when talking Horford's max deal and the Sandoval's contract
Jovn calls in from Malden to talk about the foul call on Marcus Smart from last night game and saying it was the right call. But being a ref himself he is used to taking the abuse from fans and Lou suggest we should go out and hug a ref.
Holley and Keefe discuss the Celtics loss in Chicago and the tough foul call on Marcus Smart that basically handed the Bulls the victory.
With All-Star weekend and the dunk contest upon us, Keefe and Holley discuss the NBA's current best dunkers, plus our top 5 all-time greatest dunk artists.
Keefer Madness is back, and a strange pet saves the friggin' day. Plus LAROY Streat is back on the mic.
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.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
On this weeks episode of the WEEI SoccerCast Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the demolition of Barcelona and Arsenal, if the Gunners should fire Wenger, and if the Revs made a good trade?
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the week with a review of Thursday and Friday's K&C shows.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey breakdown the Avengers: Infinity War Featurette. Plus an extended "This Week in #DORK" covering DC directors, Legion, The Walking Dead and more.
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