Daniel Bard, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket against the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, submitted perhaps his worst outing since being sent to the minors after struggling in the Red Sox rotation. Summoned with runners on second and third and none out, Bard retired none of the four batters he faced, hitting one batter, allowing a two-run double to center, hitting a second batter, uncorking two wild pitches and then finally giving up an RBI single. He threw just eight of 20 pitches for strikes. One of his pitches was so high that it tipped off the catcher's mitt and ended up hitting the home plate umpire.
In 13 1/3 innings in the minors, Bard has issued 10 walks, hit six batters and thrown six wild pitches. His Triple-A ERA is 8.78. Opponents have a .435 OBP against him.
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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jacoby Ellsbury did not make the trip with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs for their Thursday night game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Ellsbury, who is rehabbing from a dislocated right shoulder, has a scheduled day off and tweeted that he’s "looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."
Carl Crawford and Ryan Sweeney did make the trip, however, and will both start in their respective rehab stints. Crawford will start in left field and bat first in the order while Sweeney will bat third as the designated hitter. Sweeney will be making his first rehab start since injuring the big toe on his left foot that forced him to the 15-day disabled list on June 27.
They’ll both go up against Fisher Cats right-hander Fernando Hernandez. Crawford is 5-for-20 in seven combined games between Portland and the Gulf Coast League since beginning rehab from left wrist surgery.
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As it turns out, Brandon Bass was the first of the Celtics' three remaining high-priority free agents to come to terms, signing a three-year deal, a league source confirmed. Ray Allen is visiting Miami with the Celtics still in the running, and the C's also are working on a new deal for Jeff Green. Contracts can't be officially signed until July 11. The Boston Herald reported news of the agreement first.
Bass opted out of the final year of his contract that was worth $4.25 million, but after the Celtics were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami, Bass noted how much he enjoyed playing in Boston and that he was hoping to stay. Bass averaged a career-high 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds last season with the Celtics and started 39 games during the regular season and all 20 playoff games.
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The Clippers have agreed to terms with veteran guard Jamal Crawford with the mid-level exception and canceled their scheduled meeting with Celtics guard Ray Allen, according to The Los Angeles Times. Allen had been scheduled to meet with the Clippers on Friday after his meeting with the Heat on Thursday. Allen also has been pursued by the Grizzlies and Timberwolves.
With the Clippers off the board, Allen's free agent choice would appear to come down to the Heat and Celtics. Miami can offer only the mini-mid-level -- a contract starting at $3.1 million for up to three years in length -- while the Celtics reportedly have offered Allen a two-year deal at $6 million per season.
Even with free agent Jason Terry on board, the Celtics have remained adamant that they want Allen to return. Contracts can't be signed until July 11.
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ESPN's Buster Olney joined Lou Merloni and Tom Caron Thursday to discuss the Red Sox and David Ortiz' recent comments that he will not favor the Red Sox on the open market after they "humiliated" last offseason.
Ortiz, 36, was seeking a two-year deal from the Red Sox, who were unwilling to give him multiple years. Just before his arbitration hearing, the sides agreed on a one-year, $14.575 contract. Olney said that while he understands Ortiz' frustration, he won't find another team to pay him like the Red Sox.
"I think he's got a place he could go in Toronto, but I think the Blue Jays would have to be convinced that he was going to leave there and he would have to go there at their price," Olney said. "That's the one thing -- and I understand his frustration because he feels like he's done everything and more than the Red Sox could have expected from him in his tenure with the team -- but the bottom line is that...
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.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Mack Beggs should have been wrestling men. Gerry wants to put an end to women's wrestling.
Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.
Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.
The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.
Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.
Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.
Dale and MIchael discuss Mo Sanu playing the blame game for the Super Bowl loss, plus other Super Bowl related topics... for instance, will the Falcons EVER get over that loss?
Dale and Michael discuss the interest out there for Jimmy G, and whether the Patriots will move on from him.
Dale and Michael spend a good portion of the program discussing the Bruins. What are there chances going forward and what do they need to add?
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?
Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show
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