Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, appearing on The Big Show on Friday, said that the team expects to retain coach Doc Rivers following the season. When asked about the difficult situation of having to deal with rumors regarding assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and the potential departure of Rivers, Ainge said that he believes Rivers will return, but that Thibodeau will be a candidate to replace Rivers should he decide to leave. Since coming on board in 2004, Rivers has led the Celtics to two NBA finals appearances, including a 2008 title. For more on the Celtics, check out the Green Street blog. To listen to the interview click here.
Mike Cameron, who missed the entire series with the Athletics, again will be out of the starting lineup as the Red Sox begin a three-game set in Baltimore with the Orioles. Bill Hall and Jeremy Hermida will man center field and left field, respectively.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Adrian Beltre, 3B
8. Jeremy Hermida, LF
9. Bill Hall, CF
SP -- Clay Buchholz
For batter vs. pitcher matchups regarding how Orioles hitters fare against Buchholz and how Baltimore starter Chris Tillman has done against Sox hitters, check the Full Count blog.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles GM Andy MacPhail said that his team had taken a "giant step back" in getting off to a 15-39 season that has led to the dismissal of manager Dave Trembley. The Orioles GM was thorough in examining the causes of his team's poor start in a press conference to discuss Trembley's firing and the decision to replace him with interim manager Juan Samuel.
The Orioles will take on the Red Sox in a three-game series in Baltimore starting on Friday night. For more on Trembley's firing, click here.
Speaking with the media Friday afternoon in a conference call, newly re-upped Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and general manager Peter Chiarelli hit on what led to the tough winger's two-year extension.
"I wanted to be a Bruin as long as possible," Thornton said. I love the city, I love being here and I'm still here so I'm really happy to be back and I'm glad we could make it happen."
With the team just three weeks away from adding a wunderkind prospect in the NHL Draft, Chiarelli spoke of what it means to retain a key veteran when seeing an influx of youth.
"It’s important to have any good veteran to help out with the younger guys," Chiarelli said. "Shawn’s career path has not been the easiest and he commands a level of respect for that reason. … He’s put in his time and he’s put in his work and he’s been rewarded for it."...
Bruins winger Shawn Thornton has agreed to a two-year deal to remain in Boston, the team confirmed Friday morning. Thornton reportedly will earn $825,000 next season and $800,000 in 2011-12. Thornton had one goal and nine assists this season with a team-high 141 penality minutes, including 21 fighting majors. The 32-year-old has played three seasons with the Bruins and seven seasons in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, which followed stints with the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.
Greg, Steve and Chris zero in on the O-line specifically and look at what it will take to right the ship. Is the running game a solution or more blocking from TE's, LaFell etc. ?
The boys discuss what is going on with the Pats offense and why Brady has looked a little off so far. Is it O-line or WR issues? They specifically discuss Amendola, Thompkins and Dobson - who's the odd man out?
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
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The guys opened the show discussing the Pats brutal Monday night loss.
John Dennis left the show mid segment.
Christian's nephew twisted his ankle and missed Sunday's game because he (supposedly) slipped while rushing down the stairs to stop his puppy from peeing on the floor. Lou addresses the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty from last night's game, in which a Chiefs player was flagged for dropping to his knees during a TD celebration. And Christian is dubious of some photos of LaRon Landry.
A familiar sentiment has arisen regarding the Patriots offense. Tom Brady is locking in on 2 guys (Edelman and Gronk) and no one else seems to be getting a look. A 37 year old, future Hall of Fame QB, has little to no weapons in 2014.
Lou, Christian and Tim break down last night's embarrassing loss on national television. They wonder just how much progress has been made towards building a championship team.
We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.
We bring you the stuff you might have missed that we didn't have a chance to touch on today.
We tackle four topics all inspired by Derek Jeter's long goodbye.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.
Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
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