Cubs minor leaguer Trey McNutt, a right-handed pitcher who is rumored to be a Red Sox target in a potential deal involving GM Theo Epstein, was roughed up for four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while pitching for the Mesa Solar Sox against the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.
The hard-throwing 22-year-old threw 53 pitches, 30 for strikes. The Scorpions team he faced included a couple of Red Sox prospects, including outfieders Alex Hassan (who went 1-for-2 against McNutt with an RBI single) and Ryan Dent (1-for-1 with a single).
After the outing, McNutt took stock of the rumors that he could be traded to Boston as part of a package for a head of baseball operations.
"I just thought it was a joke and then [teammates] showed me and I was like, ‘It’s for real,’" McNutt said. "I just didn’t think they would trade me because we need the starting...
According to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce will each play in a world basketball tour scheduled to take place from October 30-November 9.
Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Derrick Rose are among others who will play in the tour, which will include stops in Australia, Puerto Rico and London. Broussard also reported that there is a possibility that Kevin Garnett will also play. Each player could be paid up to $1 million for the tour, which will take place only if the players and owners fail to agree on a deal to end the lockout.
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Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after the B's fell to 2-4-0 with a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
The Bruins tried to get physical with Carolina, but it backfired in the final period with some key penalties.
"A big part of our game is emotion," Marchand said. "Last year, anytime we had a physical game like that where there was a lot of fights and guys were getting involved, we were playing pretty good hockey. And it started to work there for us after our team got in a couple of fights there. We scored a goal, we were playing really good hockey. And then we got a couple of penalties that were questionable or maybe we shouldn't have taken.
"It did kind of bite us in the butt, but we do have to play that style of game. We need our emotion. We need to get involved. If we continue to do that and play that way, we're going to win a lot more games than we lose."...
Johnny Damon weighed in on the Red Sox' collapse and ensuing controversy during an interview with Tampa radio station WDAE The Sports Animal.
Damon's Rays were the beneficiaries of the Sox' September collapse, as Tampa Bay rallied from a huge deficit to capture the wild card on the final day of the regular season.
"We were happy because of their demise," he said. "It got us into the playoffs and gave us a chance to possibly do something great. Unfortunately, that's how that market is. Like David Ortiz said, too, it's drama, every single day."
Asked about the controversy that led to the departure of manager Terry Francona, Damon suggested the players should have taken a bigger role in policing the locker room, specifically referring to the reports of pitchers drinking in the clubhouse during games. Jon Lester acknowledged some drinking took place -- referring to pitchers have a "rally beer" -- but downplayed the...
MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show on Wednesday to discuss the state of affairs with the Red Sox, including the drama surrounding the allegations about beer-drinking in the dugout as well as the role played by ownership in both the post-season chaos and the negotiations between the Sox and Cubs about general manager Theo Epstein.
Gammons suggested that regardless of the reality of the situation, the perception that team owners have been responsible for leaks about player and manager behavior could hurt the Sox in their efforts to pursue free agents.
"I think it will affect free agents to some degree. The leap of faith that all these stories were put out by ownership has hurt them," said Gammons. "And again, I think it’s more and more proven that it wasn’t ownership — at least John Henry or Larry Lucchino — but I think there’s a perception that this...
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.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk open the show Monday discussing the Red Sox slide, as well as WEEI.com beat writer Rob Bradford electing to go to a Texas waterpark by himself.
A conversation about OJ Simpson still being in the Hall of Fame and Peter King's desire to keep character concerns out of HOF voting spurns a discussion about Darren Sharper and others who Minihane wants banned for life from the Hall.
It's quite the Sporty R. McKenzie 8am hour as the guys muscle through Red Sox trade possibilities.
OMF looks at the possibilities for Free Agency, specifically reports out of Canada about the possibility of Steven Stamkos and the Bruins.
We should be closing in on a Deflategate ruling soon, James Harrison will talk PED's on his terms, and $10,000 bongs?
Glenn has an Exclusive BBQ, and Lou whines about Friday's whines
We discuss the reports that Boston is on the short list of cities for both Kevin Durant in the NBA and Steven Stamkos in the NHL to potentially end up in. The chances aren't great but we discuss them and dream about it.
What was meant to be just a small portion of our show exploded in to a huge topic as we comment on and take your reaction to Ray Bourque's DUI arrest this past weekend, and the news that his BAC was 3 times the legal limit.
Boston has had enough of Clay Buchholz, but who else ran out of excuses here through the years?
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.
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