The Red Sox are moving right-hander Alex Wilson to the bullpen for Triple-A Pawtucket in hopes of preparing him for a transition meant to reinforce the major league club's beleaguered relief staff. Wilson, 25, was 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA in three starts for the PawSox this year with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 1/3 innings. In 2011, he won the organization's Pitcher of the Year honors after going 10-4 with a 3.11 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A.
However, his power arsenal has long profiled as that of a potential late-innings reliever, as Wilson showed a 93-96 mph fastball and a wipeout slider as a starter, along with a changeup that had shown some improvement but that remained a work in progress. The Sox are hopeful that the 2009 second-round selection, who was both a starter and reliever in college, can help to shore up a relief staff with the worst ERA in the majors.
“The way I look at it is an opportunity right now,”...
Despite being in a race for the fourth and final home court spot in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs, the Celtics will rest five key players when they take on the Heat. Rajon Rondo (rest), Ray Allen (rest), Kevin Garnett (rest, hip flexor), Mickael Pietrus (rest) and Greg Steimsma (foot) will all be out for the Celtics, who are a game behind the Hawks for home court advantage in the East.
Coach Doc Rivers said prior to the game that Steimsma is the only player that "needs" the night off due to injury. Rivers added that he expects Garnett to play in the season finale Thursday at home against the Bucks. Rivers said he preferred that Garnett play tonight and rest Thursday but Garnett told him that he needed the extra two days of rest.
The Celtics started Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic in the backcourt, Ryan Hollins at center and Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass at forward. The game, which was spotlighted on national...
Kelly Shoppach is in the lineup for the Red Sox Tuesday night against the Twins, catching Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. For his career, Shoppach is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with three home runs and five RBI against Minnesota right-handed pitcher Nick Blackburn. Blackburn is currently 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts this season.
Here is the Red Sox lineup:
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Cody Ross LF
Marlon Byrd CF
Kelly Shoppach C
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The Patriots have placed offensive lineman Matt Light on the reserve/retired list, Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and 101 ESPN in St. Louis reported on Tuesday afternoon. A second-round pick out of Purdue in 2001, the veteran protected Tom Brady's blind side for the better part of 11 seasons, starting 153 of 155 games and earning three trips to the Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl rings in the process. The 33-year-old is a member of the Patriots' 50th Anniversary and All-2000s teams. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Red Sox pitcher Aaron Cook, currently in Triple-A Pawtucket after signing a minor league deal this winter, said that he is focused on pitching as well as he can rather than spending too much time thinking about whether or not he will exercise an opt-out clause in his contract if he is not called up by May 1. That said Cook -- who is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts -- said in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show that he feels that he is ready to contribute to a big league club.
"I just feel like I'm healthy. I feel like I've done what I've needed to do. Hopefully I will get a phone call [informing him of a promotion to the big leagues] by May 1st," he said. "[The opt-out date is] always in the back of your mind, but you can't control it till it comes. As of now, I'm still down here. I'm going to do what I can to try to win my next start, and when May 1 comes, me and my agent will have a conversation about what's going on if I haven'...
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
Pete and Price talk about the Rams not having WR Tavon Austin or DE Robert Quinn today - big news for the Patriots.
Pete and Price give you the inactives for today right when they come out. Then they transition to the what the playoffs would look like if the season ended today - you may be surprised!
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
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The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.More from this show
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.More from this show