ESPN.com's Joe MacDonald and PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard are both reporting (via twitter) that former Red Sox reliever Joe Nelson has signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Nelson, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox in January, pitched eight games for Boston after a mid-May callup. He had a 9.72 ERA before getting designated for assignment earlier this month.
At the time, Nelson said he was unsure whether he would seek another job or retire. After taking some time to ponder the decision, he appears to have continued to pursue his pitching career.
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After yet another outstanding offensive performance, most recently vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava has been moved up to the second spot in the lineup as the Sox face Jason Hammel and look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. Jason Varitek is catching a night after Victor Martinez took a Clint Barmes hip the face on a play at the plate. Kevin Youkilis is once again out with David Ortiz at first and Adrian Beltre at third.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Daniel Nava, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Mike Cameron, CF
8. Josh Reddick, RF
9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP
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ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi, formerly the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, discussed the struggles of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in his weekly visit to The Big Show. After his blown save and loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Papelbon has allowed a career-high six homers, and his ERA (3.76) represents a career high, while his strikeouts per nine innings (7.6) are at a career low.
Ricciardi said that Papelbon, who has converted 16 of 18 save opportunities this year, remains one of the game's best. At the same time, he suggested that the right-hander's fastball is not as overpowering as it had been in the past.
"Let’s face it. He’s still one of the premier closers in the game. I just think his fastball might be a little shorter than it was in the past. Guys might be getting some better swings off him," said Ricciardi. "I don’t see the fastball being what...
The New England Patriots released running back Pat Paschall Thursday afternoon. Paschall, 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of North Dakota State on April 29. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
In re-signing Johnny Boychuk, the Bruins kept some stability on their defense just two days after shipping Dennis Wideman off to the Panthers. Speaking with the media, Boychuk, who stepped up to play alongside Zdeno Chara in the playoffs, is excited for a bigger role with the defense next season.
"When they moved Dennis, obviously it maybe makes an opening for me to maybe jump into the top four and play little more minutes than being a five or six guy," Boychuk said. "When they moved him, it kind of just maybe sent a message to me saying 'You'd better be ready to be a top four guy.' And even if I'm not, I want to play like I am."
Boychuk, who said he was "still kind of shell-shocked" by the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, said returning to the core of players and coaches in Boston was his top priority as he was set to hit unrestricted free agency...
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?
The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.
Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.
We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, spoke about how dangerous a healthy Rob Gronkowki is, and how stupid defensive coordinators are, when they continue to try and cover his with ONE guy. Rodney agrees with former teammate Tedy Bruschi, in that he does NOT think Vincent Jackson is a necessary addition.More from this show