NEW YORK -- The Red Sox have tabbed John Lackey to start the Sunday finale of their series with the Yankees. Lackey will be working on five days rest, but he is coming off an outing in which he gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The starter's identity had been undecided heading into the series, but manager Terry Francona went with Lackey instead of inserting reliever Alfredo Aceves into the rotation.
"I think starting Lackey is the right thing to do," Fracona said. He added that he preferred Aceves to remain in the bullpen where he can be used as in several different roles.
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The Patriots announced Friday that they have released tight end Dan Gronkowski. The brother of New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, was signed by the Patriots on September 7, 2011 and played in the first two games for the Patriots. He is a veteran of two NFL seasons with Detroit (2009) and Denver (2010). Gronkowski originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (255th overall) of Detroit in 2009 out of Maryland. He was traded by Detroit to Denver on Sept. 4, 2010. He was released by Denver on Sept. 3. He has played in 16 NFL games, including two with the Patriots, with four starts and has nine receptions for 65 yards. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
NEW YORK -- Clay Buchholz threw a two-inning simulated game indoors consisting of 15 pitches per inning and said that he experienced nothing more than normal soreness. That was a relief for Buchholz who said that it was "a weight off my shoulders," and he now expects to have a normal offseason workout program.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that his pitcher's next step in attempting to return from a stress fracture in his back would be pitching in a game, although no earlier than Monday when the Sox begin a three-game series with Baltimore to finish the season. Buchholz acknowledged that it might be hard to put him on the postseason roster without that experience.
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots officially listed tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) as out for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo. Here's the rest of the Friday afternoon injury report:
S Patrick Chung (hand -- limited participation)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip -- limited participation)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring -- limited participation)
DT Albert Haynesworth (back -- did not practice)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh -- limited participation)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee -- limited participation)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring -- limited participation)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf -- limited participation)
CB Kyle Arrington (concussion -- full participation)
S Josh Barrett (thumb -- full participation)
CB Leigh Bodden (hand -- full participation)
NEW YORK -- Dustin Pedroia and Mike Aviles traded places in the Red Sox lineup following Thursday's off-day, with Pedroia returning to his customary second spot and Aviles moving down in the order to hit fifth against the Yankees and starter Freddy Garcia. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate to catch Jon Lester, who will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses in his last two starts. He will be doing so in a park where he's enjoyed tremendous success, having gone 5-1 with a 3.46 ERA in seven starts at the new Yankee Stadium.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
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.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
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.
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.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
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.
Deflategate rage explodes on the guys. They argue whether Brady is dragging it out or he should defend his innocence and the callers get in on the action.More from this show