Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday after an exam in Boston on Thursday revealed that the discomfort in his right knee stemmed from a bruinsed kneecap rather than a more significant structural injury. Pedroia told reporters in Toronto that there was some loose cartilage in the knee, but that it was not something that would require surgery.
"I kind of lucked out. It's just a bruise," Pedroia told reporters. "It's been bugging me for a while. So as long as I can continue to play and just deal with it, that's good, I guess."
Manager Terry Francona expressed hope that, with the results of the exam, Pedroia "can relax a little bit more" while reassured that he won't be risking an injury based on how he approaches the game. Entering Friday's contest, Pedroia was hitting .247 with a .361 OBP, .338 slugging mark and .699 OPS in 59 games.
Bruins legend Bobby Orr joined The Big Show show Friday afternoon to talk about the Stanley Cup finals.
Orr has enjoyed staying close with the city of Boston since retiring and being a small part of this championship run.
"There are a lot of guys that are responsible for making hockey what it is in Boston," Orr said. "I’m happy to be part of that. To be there the other night, the atmosphere was incredible. To see how this team has come along, how they’ve put it together. All season long they’ve had their bumps, but they’ve always answered the bell.
"The fourth game, in my mind, they just dominated every part of the game. They didn’t make a mistake. They were so solid. I thought they were even better in the fourth game than the third game. I think guys like [Milan] Lucic and [Zdeno] Chara played their very best games in the fourth game. I was so happy to be part of it, to watch this team. It...
After being diagnosed in Boston on Thursday with a bone bruise on his right knee, second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday for the start of a weekend series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Pedroia will be hitting in his customary second spot in the lineup.
J.D. Drew will sit with Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes on the hill. Mike Cameron -- who is 3-for-8 with two homers against Reyes -- gets the start.
Clay Buchholz will be making his first start in a week after getting a couple extra days of rest due to his sore back. For the breakdown of the matchup between Buchholz and Reyes, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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Hockey Night in Canada and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to preview Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Weekes, a former NHL goalie, spent much of the interview talking about Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas. Regarding the question of whether Luongo should be starting Game 5, Weekes said he supported the decision to go back to Luongo.
"Roberto's your No. 1 goalie. I believe you have to give him the chance," he said. "There's no question. I believe you've got to give Roberto the chance to play. But I will say this: I think it's going to be a very short leash."
The Canucks have criticized Thomas for coming out of his crease so far and so frequently. Weekes suggested that Luongo should learn from what Thomas is doing.
"There's times when you need to be out of the blue paint, you need to face shooters down and be aggressive and take away that angle from them,"...
MLB Network analyst and former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning.
Millar said that the fact taht CC Sabathia drilled David Ortiz in the fourth inning of Thursday’s 8-3 Red Sox victory in New York was not surprising.
“You knew it was going to come,” Millar said. “This isn’t about, let’s go out and drill Ortiz. … Do they need to hit Ortiz? No. The Yankees need to find a way to win, find a way to win the game at home. You can hit Ortiz all you want. Great. It’s not going to hurt Ortiz. The point being is that you’ve got execute your pitches.”
Millar added that Sabathia is not a headhunter or dirty player.
“That’s baseball,” Millar said. “It’s OK to throw inside, it’s OK to move guys’ feet. … When you’re on the mound as a pitcher, brush him off. Fine,...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss the Bruins' Saturday win over Minnesota, sans Patrice Bergeron, with yet another goal from Brad Marchand
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.