Ryan Kalish is once again a baseball player, rather than someone who requires the special label of a rehabber.
The Red Sox activated Kalish from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket, a move that reflects the fact that the 24-year-old is once again healthy in his return from neck and then shoulder surgeries in late-2011. He had been in Pawtucket, but as a member of the big league roster (on the 60-day disabled list) on a rehab assignment.
In nine games across three levels (three each in High-A, Double-A and Triple-A), Kalish is hitting .375 with a .512 OBP, .750 slugging mark and 1.262 OPS. He has reached base in 11 of 16 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket and earlier this week slugged homers in back-to-back games.
Additionally, the Red Sox transferred outfielder Jason Repko to the 60-day disabled list.
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According to a pair of tweets from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins are close to locking up centers Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell.
McKenzie tweeted the following on Saturday:
They are not done yet, but Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are closing in on new multi-year deals with BOS. Both are UFA on July 1.
Point is, unless there is some unexpected last-minute hitch in final stages of negotiations, both will be back in BOS next season.
Kelly, 31, scored a career-high 20 goals and added 19 assists for a career-best 39 points. His plus-33 rating was also a personal best and was tied for Zdeno Chara for third in the NHL. He was named an alternate captain (sharing the A with Andrew Ference) prior to last season, his first full campaign with the Bruins. Last season was the final year of a four year, $8.5 million contract that carried an annual cap hit of $2.125 million.
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MIAMI -- After producing one of the most spectacular performances in NBA playoff history, LeBron James cautioned everyone Saturday morning at the team's shootaround that his epic night in Game 6 in Boston won't mean anything once Game 7 starts Saturday night.
"It's over," James said Saturday at American Airlines Arena, hours before Game 7. "My Game 6 performance can't win us Game 7."
James scored 45 points in 45 minutes, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out five assists in Miami's 98-79 win at the Garden that tied the Eastern Conference finals at 3-3.
James is 0-2 in previous Game 7s, including an 45-point performance in a loss of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. That was the game that Paul Pierce scored 41 points to lead the Celtics to the Eastern finals against the Pistons. The Celtics eventually went on to win the NBA title.
"I'm preparing for Game 7 as its own,...
With left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, the Red Sox will lean right in their lineup behind starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, back on a major league mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery 365 days ago. As such, Kevin Youkilis will play first with Will Middlebrooks at third base, while Adrian Gonzalez takes on duties in right field, thus relegating Ryan Sweeney to the bench. With Marlon Byrd being designated for assignment, Darnell McDonald will get the start in center field. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Matsuzaka.
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MIAMI -- Doc Rivers is getting his team ready for the seventh Game 7 in the "Big Three" era but just the second on the road as the Celtics take on the Heat at American Airlines Arena, with the winner capturing the Eastern Conference title and advancing to play the Thunder in Oklahoma City next Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA finals.
"We'll find that out later," Rivers said when asked what he expects of his team in Game 7, after missing a chance to clinch Thursday night at home. "I've been to a lot of shootarounds where I've left as a coach [and said] we're in trouble or we look great and the game comes, and it's different. So, I don't think you really get a sense for your team. I know they'll be ready. How they perform and all that stuff, we'll have a lot to do with that and the other team will have a lot to do with that as well."
The Celtics are 4-2 in Game 7s since 2008, losing their only previous Game...
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
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.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Julian Edelman's innocuous comments which the Media spun out of control yesterday. We hear him respond to the Pittsburgh Media on a Conference Call, where he cites the Media making stuff up.
According to an article in the New York Times, Robert Kraft "Still Sore at N.F.L., Has Payback in Sight." Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to figure out if there is real animosity between Kraft and Roger Goodell.
Glenn is irate at NY Daily News' Manish Mehta for his dumb take in today's column: Belichick won't move Brady in the Offseason to make room for Jimmy G. Also, the OMF'ers revisit Colin Cowherd's assessment that Brady has had 2 "Playoff Clunkers" in a row.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots on the road to the Super Bowl, and how this is the season the Patriots should be setting their revenge sights on, not last year.
Can the Bruins be rebuilt without wholesale changes? Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss it with you.
We discuss the reported docking of a 2nd round pick for the Seahawks, and how Goodell and the league offices are still sort of making up these penalties as they go along.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have all the K&C Show gossip from a wild Reimer Wednesday.
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Fauria couldn't help himself and called into Pittsburgh sports radio to show off his (terrible) Boston accent and to troll Steelers fans. Later on, Josh Miller (co-host and former Patriots punter) calls us to trash talk to Christian.More from this show
Hour 4. Gerry enjoyed Charlotte Wilder's latest article about Tom Brady's new sleepwear. Gerry talks about the range of topics he posts on Twitter. Alex #2 calls in to talk about the breakup.More from this show
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Mike Tomlin's comments about the Patriots, what it takes to win in the playoffs, and to give Lou and Glenn crap about missing the last interview.More from this show
Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.More from this show