Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that, given the early-season injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford -- along with outfielder Jason Repko, who suffered a slight separation of his left shoulder while crashing into the wall at Fenway Park on Friday -- he and GM Ben Cherington have talked "often" about acquiring an outfielder from outside the organization. Asked if anything was imminent, Valentine said, "Something ... the talks have been good talks from what I gather."
The Sox (as first reported by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe) may be close to acquiring Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, with multiple industry sources suggesting that a deal to bring the outfielder to Boston is probable, though those sources cautioned that as of Saturday early afternoon, nothing was finalized. Byrd is off to a dreadful offensive start this year, hitting .070/.149/.070/.219 with just three singles in 47 plate appearances. Byrd is in the...
According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are closing in on a deal for Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, although no deal has been finalized. An industry source told WEEI.com that the Cubs have been actively attempting to trade Byrd, who has started out the 2011 season 3-for-43 (.070) with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. The source also classified the deal with the Red Sox as 'probable' to happen.
The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal that he signed with the Cubs after hitting .283 with 20 home runs and an .808 OPS for the Rangers. Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2012.
Byrd has played almost exclusively in center field for Chicago over the past three seasons. He finished the '11 season hitting .276 with a .719 OPS to go along with nine home runs in 119 games.
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Darnell McDonald is back in the lineup for the Red Sox, playing left field against the Yankees and their starter, Freddy Garcia. McDonald is just 2-for-24 this season (.083), and has played just once since Monday.
Also of note is Ryan Sweeney returning to the No. 2 spot for the second straight game. The Red Sox have trailed seven times after three innings this season, and have held the lead after six just twice.
Here is Saturday's complete lineup for the Red Sox:
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross CF
Darnell McDonald LF
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The Celtics were missing three players due to injury (Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Mickael Pietrus), and two more were held out of action by Doc Rivers strictly to obtain some rest (Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) against the Hawks on Friday night. Despite missing five core players, the Celtics were able to linger around for the majority of the game before ultimately falling short, 97-92.
Avery Bradley led an inspired effort with a career-high 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Joe Johnson scored 30 points (11-of-18 shooting) for the Hawks.
Boston trailed the majority of the contest but cut the deficit to just one point, 87-86, with just over two minutes left in the game. If the playoffs started Saturday, the Celtics and Hawks would square off in the first round. Even though the fourth-seeded Celtics are seeded higher than the fifth-seeded Hawks, Atlanta would have homecourt advantage by virtue of having a better record.
Following Friday night's...
David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis were two Red Sox players that were very happy to see their former manager Terry Francona participate in Friday's celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Francona announced mid-week that he had changed his mind and would take part in the ceremony after initially refusing to participate.
He came out of the center field garage after Kevin Millar and received the loudest ovation of the day.
“I was like, ‘Man, I got a nice ovation. How you doin’?’ Then I heard this, ‘Whooooooo.’ It was like a Lear Jet going in my ears,” Millar said. “It was pretty cool and pretty special. I was glad he was here.”
"Great, great, well-deserved," Ortiz said. "He earned that. Tito was here for eight years, won two World Series, got us to the playoffs lots of times. What else can you ask from a manager? Well-deserved."
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane launch the 'new' official podcast of the Kirk & Callahan Show, where they'll bring the edge and the inside info they can't get to on their morning radio show. In the debut episode, the guys give a state of the current K&C 'Casting Couch' and the latest on former fill-in host Gary Tanguay.More from this show
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.More from this show
The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.More from this show