Meeting with reporters in Philadelphia prior to Friday's game against the Phillies, Red Sox manager Terry Francona disputed a report that David Ortiz left the Rogers Centre in Toronto during a game on April 27 due to his disappointment after being pulled in favor of pinch-hitter Mike Lowell. The report, which was part of an extensive feature on Ortiz on ESPN.com, said that the DH left the park after he "temporarily ignored Francona's order and kept walking to the plate" after being called back to the dugout for Lowell."
While Francona did not comment on the incident for the ESPN.com story, he told reporters on Friday that the portrayal was inaccurate.
"Somebody's reporting something that's not true," Francona told reporters. "I shouldn't have to deal with that. ... Whether...
WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and head coach Doc Rivers all said on Friday they are expecting a feisty Orlando Magic team for Game 3 Saturday night at TD Garden. The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-0 and can take an overwhelming 3-0 lead with a win, a deficit no team has ever overcome in NBA playoff history.
"It could get feisty in there. You have to expect it," said Pierce, who was still bearing a pair of scratch marks on his forehead above his left eye after being decked by Dwight Howard in the second quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday night.
"Doc always say the bigger man walks away," added big man Kendrick Perkins, who will once again be assigned to Howard. "You just have to go out there and play, play Celtics basketball."
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According to Yahoo! Sports, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau will get a second-round interview for the vacancy to coach the New Orleans Hornets. The report said that one other candidate, Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams, is also currently scheduled to have a second-round interview. While Thibodeau and Williams are viewed as the leading candidates for the Hornets job, the report suggested that others could also be brought back for another interview with New Orleans.
In his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Hall of Fame writer and NESN analyst Peter Gammons examined the state of affairs with the Red Sox. Gammons suggested that the team does appear to have turned a corner, particularly following the pair of impressive comebacks at the beginning of the week in New York and the two dominating starts by Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester against the Twins. Those elements, coupled with a lineup that appears to be getting deeper given the recent performances of David Ortiz and Victor Martinez as well as the impending return of Jacoby Ellsbury, bode well for the Sox.
That said, Gammons also identified some issues facing the club. Among them, he expressed disappointment in pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's implication that some of his struggles in the first inning against the Yankees may have been attributable to the signal calling of catcher Victor Martinez.
"I can’t figure out...
It appears that quarterback Mike Teel has been claimed off waivers by the Patriots. Teel, who was recently cut loose by Seattle (and tweeted the news of his release by the Seahawks here and here), said "Hello New England" on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Teel, a sixth-round pick of Seattle in 2009, served as the team's No. 3 quarterback last year for the Seahawks, but did not appear in a game. A product of Rutgers, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Teel completed 20 of 41 passes for 238 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in four preseason games in 2009 with Seattle.
In addition, the Patriots announced the release of tight end Robbie Agnone and quarterback Jeff Rowe on Friday afternoon. Two players who spent...
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Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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D&C react to Sausage and Curtis's podcast.
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A heated debate on how hard it will be for a gay person in the NFL.
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We sit down for an extended look at his new book with the great Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe.
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Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
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