In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots announced late Saturday afternoon that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery had filed his retirement papers with the NFL. The team also announced that fullback Tony Fiammetta had been placed on the exempt/left squad list. Taking their roster spots are defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins. Martin and Huggins are expected to be at practice on Sunday when the Patriots return to training camp workouts after a day off on Saturday.
Gallery was signed by New England as a free agent on March 21. The 31-year-old veteran had been seeing only sporadic playing time with the first unit offensive line in the first week of camp, even as the team looks for replacements for Matt Light and Logan Mankins to start the season. Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters has also been a no-show to start training camp and could be waiting until later in the preseason to report to the team.
He is a veteran of eight...
Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett threw on flat ground on Saturday, his first throwing session since suffering back spasms on Tuesday that resulted in his removal from that game after 2 2/3 innings and the postponement of the right-hander's next scheduled start on Sunday. Beckett, according to pitching coach Bob McClure, "did not feel anything" in terms of back discomfort, and the current plan for the right-hander is to have him throw a bullpen session on Sunday and then to start on Wednesday, barring any setback.
"He really felt good today and we’re going to try to insert him in on Wednesday," said manager Bobby Valentine.
"I don't think it's in cement," added McClure. "We'll still see how he feels, because when he throws [off a mound on Sunday] it will probably feel a little more intense."
Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA in 111 innings spanning 18 starts this year. In his absence on Sunday...
UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup due to what manager Bobby Valentine characterized as a "very little situation [that] he wanted to play through." According to a team source, Ellsbury has a minor groin injury. Valentine said that, with the Sox playing a day game on Sunday, he wanted to have Ellsbury rest on Saturday night with the anticipation that he will return to the lineup in a day. With Ellsbury out, Ryan Kalish will play center and bat leadoff.
"I’m just being safe with Jacoby. He has a very little situation that he wanted to play through. With the day game tomorrow, I vetoed it. Ryan is healthy, ready to go," said Valentine. "[Ellsbury's leg is] not an issue. But it could become an issue. Now that he’s not playing, it’s an issue.”
For the first time since his return from a hamstring injury on July 13, Will Middlebrooks is out of the Red...
According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was not available Friday night -- and not even at Fenway Park -- due to a "big ear infection." Valentine said that Saltalamacchia hadn't been admitted to the hospital, but that he was running a fever. It was unclear if he would be available for Saturday night's game against the Twins and their right-handed starter Cole De Vries.
Saltalamacchia hasn't played since Wednesday when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The backstop is hitting .233 with a .789 OPS and 20 home runs.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was recalled Wednesday, getting the start behind the plate Thursday and at designated hitter Friday. Kelly Shoppach caught Friday night's Red Sox starter Felix Doubront in the team's most recent game, going 2-for-5.
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Appearing on New York radio's The Michael Kay Show Friday, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona downplayed his well-publicized clubhouse meeting Red Sox players prior to the team's game at Yankee Stadium last Saturday.
Francona, who was in town as part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team, initially had struck up a conversation in the clubhouse with Cody Ross, but soon found himself surrounded by numerous Red Sox players. The manager engaged the group in conversation for nearly 30 minutes while current Sox manager Bobby Valentine was in his office.
The next day Francona texted Valentine apologizing for the scene.
"Some of the writers made a story of it, and being in his shoes for so long, I just wrote him and said, 'Hey, if I caused you having to answer a question or two, I apologize.' He was great about it," Francona said. "I didn't think it was a...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. After Kraft’s comments at the owners meeting, the guys discuss how long Brady will play for. Gerry hates Lavar Ball. Reimer had a crazy time in Germany.
Hour 3. Kirk announces the K&C trip to Washington, D.C. Alex continues his battle against Kirk and Gerry on the Iowa State terrorist assignment. Kirk is sick of sporty promos.
Hour 2. Kirk responds to Keefe’s shot at him. Alex says America is to blame for 9/11 in Headlines. Alex says the U.S. should let as many people in as possible.
HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, we put a bow on the LeBron James "injury" from Monday night, take a call from a listener who is sick of "show-on-show" drama, play Kirk ripping Keefe in it's entirety, and expose Chad Finn for being a 98.5 fanboy who wouldn't address Pete Abe in his Friday chat.
HOUR 3 - In hour 3, the guys discuss a column by Dan Graziano and another by Bomani Jones about WHY Colin Kaepernick is "blackballed" by the NFL. Graziano reports that Kaepernick is seeking "$9-10M per year" which is roughly what a bottom-end starting QB would get paid. They also get into the Raiders moving to Vegas, and some potential problems that could arise.
HOUR 2 - In hour 2, we play Robert Kraft's nauseating interview with "First Take" and point out that Max Kellerman pusses out after being highly critical of Tom Brady over the past few years. The guys also get into some of Robert Kraft's comments from Monday, where Kraft said that Brady told him he'd like to play for 6-7 more years.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss the Hernandez trial and then address Malcolm Butler and the Patriot off season decisions.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss the Celtics hold on first place in the East and if they can actually win come playoff time.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Hour 1. Evan Drellich makes his casting couch return. Over the weekend, Michael Che affirmed that he believes Boston is “the most racist city” he has ever been to.More from this show
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.More from this show
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
Hour 2. Kirk responds to Keefe’s shot at him. Alex says America is to blame for 9/11 in Headlines. Alex says the U.S. should let as many people in as possible.More from this show
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.More from this show