With safety Patrick Chung out for Sunday's game following surgery on his right thumb this week, safety Ross Ventrone has been signed off the practice squad and onto the Patriots 53-man roster in advance of the team's game in Buffalo.
Ventrone, 5-feet-8, 190 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010 where he finished the season. Ventrone went to camp with the Patriots in 2011 before being released on Aug. 10 and then re-signed on Aug. 29. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 5, 2011. Ventrone hopes to follow in the footsteps of his brother Ray, who starred on special teams on the 18-1 Patriots team in 2007. He has since moved onto the Cleveland Browns, where he is in the second year of a three-year contract.
Edds, 6-feet-4, 246 pounds, was claimed off waivers and awarded to the...
NEW YORK -- Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford suggested that he was excited to be moved up to the second spot in the lineup, back in a top-of-the-order station where he has spent most of his career. He suggested that the position in the lineup would allow him to "cause a little more havoc," and to try to rekindle a running game that has surprisingly dormant this year.
Crawford has just 18 steals this year, a number that would rank as the fewest of any full season in his career. He suggested that his inability to run -- something that also reflects his career-low OBP of .295 -- has been "very frustrating. That's a big part of my game. ... To have that taken away from you is kind of tough to deal with."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the decision to move Crawford up in the lineup -- he is hitting above the sixth spot for just the fifth time since April 17 -- after discussing the idea with players. That resulted in a...
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox shook up the lineup that they were scheduled to employ on Friday against the Yankees and right-hander Freddy Garcia. The team will feature Carl Crawford batting second, marking just the fifth time since April 17 that he's hit higher than sixth in the batting order. Dustin Pedroia will hit in the third spot, with David Ortiz cleaning up and Adrian Gonzalez batting fifth.
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NEW YORK -- Red Sox reliever Dan Wheeler has not pitched in a game since Sept. 7. While the right-hander has been making progress in his effort to return from stiffness in his forearm, he has yet to throw a bullpen session, and as a result, he is uncertain when or if he will be able to pitch again before the end of the regular season.
“I’m making a lot of progress. I just want to make sure everything is right in there. It’s been one of those things where I feel good, but am trying to keep it going,” said Wheeler. “I’m hoping [to pitch in a regular season game]. It’s tough to say. We’re pushing as fast as we can because of the time of year with the season coming to an end. I want to be ready to go. We’ll see. Keeping my fingers crossed. I wish I was out there. It sucks not being out there. This is the time I want to do it.”
Wheeler is 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA, 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 47...
The Rays suffered a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, dropping Tampa Bay 2.5 games behind the Red Sox in the American League wild card race. The Rays' loss reduced the Red Sox' magic number to clinch a postseason berth to four with Boston still having six games to play and the Rays' season now down to five contests.
Rays starter David Price committed a pair of errors that led him to yield five runs (two earned) in his six innings of work. Meanwhile, Toronto starter Brandon Morrow held Tampa Bay to just two hits in seven shutout innings.
"We did not play well. We didn't hit well, we didn't do anything well. Trash it, then come back tomorrow and get back on the right track," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "We're running out of time, but there is time. We've got to come back play our normal game."
Meanwhile, the Angels saw their own wild card hopes take a hit when they lost, 3-1, to the A's, on a night when A's...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
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Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
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Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.