Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, following the Red Sox' 14-5 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night that returned the Sox 7 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild card race.
The Sox were set to pitch Clay Buchholz on three days' rest in Wednesday night's finale vs. the Rays, but Tuesday night's loss took away the sense of urgency. "We had kind of reserved the right to make a change," he said, adding: "It would have put us in the best position to beat them. Once we got beat last night ... we went to Plan B."
Asked what which players we should expect to see in the final weeks of the season, Francona said: "Some of it's going to depend on ... health, probably production, who we're playing, how we're playing, how guys feel. It's still the major leagues. We care. It's hard to show up and not care about winning, I don't care what our record...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady said Wednesday that a history of four surgeries has impacted his thought process as he attempts to hash out a contract extension with the Patriots.
“That’s a big part of it," Brady said. "It’s a physical game. I’ve had four surgeries in eight years,” Brady said. “Pretty much every other year having a surgery. All surgeries are major as far as I’m concerned.”
Brady said he's had work done on his shoulder and groin, before admitting that he doesn't take a single day in the game for granted anymore.
“You count your blessings when you come off the field,” Brady said. “I think you have a new appreciation when you do come off the field, win or lose. You're trying to win every time out, obviously, but I think you also pinch yourself every time you walk off the field healthy.”
The Red Sox and Rays wrap up a three-game series Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The Sox (77-62) stand nine games behind first-place New York in the AL East and 7.5 games behind Tampa in the wild-card race.
This will be the final regular-season game between the Sox and Rays in 2010. Tampa has won 11 of the first 17 contests, including a 14-5 win Tuesday night.
Tim Wakefield (3-10, 5.89 ERA) gets the start for the Sox. He's looking for his 179th career win with the Red Sox. He will be opposed by Matt Garza (14-7, 3.46 ERA), who is 7-3 in his career vs. the Red Sox.
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Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning to talk about what went wrong with the 2010 Red Sox and what their plan might be for the future. "It's been surprising," Remy said of the Sox pitchers. "I expected they would be one of the top three teams in the league pitching-wise and they're around seventh or eighth. A lot of that is out of the bullpen. The bullpen has been very disappointing. Guys like [Ramon] Ramirez and [Hideki] Okajima. They just didn't do their job this year. When you look back at this whole thing in another month, you're going to have to take injuries into consideration. They were never able to put a healthy team on the field all season long. With that said, would this team have been good enough to compete with [New York and Tampa], even healthy? I think they would have been."
Even accounting for the injuries, Remy feels that the set-up relievers have been the biggest problem. "...
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, in the wake of reports that he is about to sign a new contract with the team. Brady refused repeated requests to discuss the status of his negotiations but made it clear how he feels about the team.
"There's always communication happening with the team, for, going on my 11th year. I've been communicating with them a lot about a lot of things," Brady said. "It's pretty uncomfortable actually talking about a contract because I know how coach [Bill] Belichick feels talking about it and how Mr. [Robert] Kraft does and Jonathan [Kraft] does. I don’t want to get into it. For me, it’s the same as it’s been. I’m trying to find a way to score some touchdowns against the Bengals. I didn’t spend five minutes yesterday thinking about my contract or my future. I thought about how we’re going to...
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
A look back at Dennis and Callahan's 2015 trip to spring training. They visited with Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, Curt Schilling and Dustin Pedroia.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.
Pedroia joins the guys in Fort Myers to look at the upcoming season and his health entering the spring.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis
Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation
In today's Three For All, Tim talks about Sharknado 3, Christian talks about Lakers Guard Nick Young's beef with SportsCenter Anchor Robert Flores, and Lou talks about a high school basketball team that was disqualified from the playoffs for wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys.
We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.
Dale and Michael talk about the trade deadline deals and how the Bruins did improve themselves, but how it might not be enough to make the ultimate difference.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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