Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles will get Saturday night off as he battles turf toe. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he suffered the injury Friday night when he was running the bases.
"Mike hit the base and has a little bit of a turf toe," Valentine said. "Those things can get worse. So, he's off his feet today for most of the day. If I need him, probably, pinch-hit possibly."
Starting for Aviles at short will be Pedro Ciriaco. Aviles is batting .261 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs in 92 games for the Red Sox this season. Entering Saturday, he had started all but six games for the Red Sox at short this season, playing in 88 of the 92 games overall.
Jacoby Ellsbury also got the night off from the starting lineup as Daniel Nava started his first game in right field for the Red Sox, while Ryan Sweeney starts in center.
"It's kind of a planned day," Valentine said of the Ellsbury respite....
Greg Stiemsma has signed an offer sheet with the Timberwolves, his agent Mike Naditch said. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent but the Celtics can only match up to the amount of the bi-annual exception.
In 55 games with the Celtics last year, Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 14 minutes a game.
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For the first time in his Red Sox career, Daniel Nava will be manning right field. Nava will hit leadoff against Blue Jays righty Carlos Villaneuva, with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the day off. Cody Ross gets the start at designated hitter, while Pedro Ciriaco will man shortstop.
With Aaron Cook on the mound for the Red Sox, here is the host's lineup:
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Josh Beckett admitted after his latest struggle, a six-inning outing during a 6-1 setback to the Blue Jays, that he's at a loss to explain why he can't consistently make pitches and get batters out in key situations.
Beckett was the victim of a controversial call in a two-run first when Colby Rasmus was called safe on a tag play at the plate when TV replays showed his left hand may not have grazed the corner of the plate. Rasmus was ruled safe. Two hits later, the Jays were ahead 2-0.
"Obviously, the results aren't where you want them to be but you have to keep going out there," Beckett said. "There's nothing you can really do."
Beckett faced another key moment in the second when he had the chance to get out of the inning with no runs scoring. But with two outs and Yunel Escobar on third, he walked the light-hitting Anthony Gose. Beckett then allowed a two-run double to Rasmus to extend the Jays' lead to 4-0....
After arguably the most emotional win of the season, the Red Sox fell flat Friday night as Colby Rasmus doubled and tripled in support of Aaron Laffey as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 6-1, at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett was rocked for five runs and seven hits over six innings as the Red Sox fell to 3-2 on their seven-game homestand.
In a familar theme, Beckett (5-8) was again roughed up in the first inning, getting knocked around by the Blue Jays for two runs and three hits. The key play came when Will Middlebrooks fielded a ground ball off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion and fired home, attempting to throw out Rasmus, who had tripled with one out. Rasmus slid and attempted to swipe the plate with his left hand.
Replays on TV appeared to indicated Kelly Shoppach had the plate blocked. But home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled him safe. Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia followed with singles that produced another run that put Beckett and the Red Sox...
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. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry's dream of doing play-by-play is over.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
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 Keefe discuss the rumored increase in interest in Jimmy Garropolo and try and figure out what they'll get if they complete a trade for him.
Based on this string of tweets and his desire to fully test the free agent waters, it certainly seems logical that Marty Bennett will not remain with the Patriots for next year.
Dale, Keefe and Holley discuss the Celtics needs as the deadline looms. Even a minor move might make the team better.
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.
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