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08/18/2010 - 3:42pm
Ricciardi: Pressure's on Yankees
By: DJ Bean

ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Wednesday, and in addition to commending the Red Sox for their development of "two No. 1 starters" in Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, indicated that though it's a "long shot," the Red Sox could still position themselves to make the playoffs. 

 

"I would be very concerned if I were the Yankees," Ricciardi said. "That club is really starting to look old to me, and I think that the next five or six weeks we've got left is really going to be crucial on the Yankees more than anything. The Red Sox know which spot they're in. They know they just have to go out and play well. The Yankees are actually looking at, 'Hey we're in the playoffs right now. We can't let this slip away.' "

 

The Red Sox are currently six games behind New York with 42 games left to play. For more on the Red Sox, visit the WEEI.com Red Sox team page at...

08/18/2010 - 3:41pm
Ellsbury 'not sure yet' if his season is over

Jacoby Ellsbury gave a 17-second statement on his latest rib injury that landed him on the disabled list for the third time this season, stopping short of declaring his 2010 season over. 

 

"It's a broken rib in the back, broken in the exact same place as I broke it before. Basically, when I come back, I'll be stronger than ever when I do come back. 

 

Asked if he was done playing for the year, Ellsbury said, "We're not sure yet." 

 

Ellsbury saw orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday in Southern California and Yocum spoke with Red Sox manager Terry Francona this morning advising Francona and the team that there is no way of telling when exactly he suffered the injury that was diagnosed over the weekend and re-examined on Tuesday. 

 

For more from Francona and the audio clip of Ellsbury, visit the...

08/18/2010 - 2:38pm
Gammons on Big Show: Beckett a 'mystery'
By: DJ Bean

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB network joined The Big Show on Wednesday and called struggling Red Sox starter Josh Beckett a "major mystery." The right-hander is currently in the midst of the worst season of his career, posting a 6.51 ERA and lasting eight innings just once. 

 

"If Josh Beckett were what we though he was in spring training, the Red Sox would be right there with Tampa and New York right now," Gammons said. "They wouldn't be six out in the loss column. Maybe at worst, one or two, because statistically, [Clay] Buchholz and [Jon] Lester are among the few best pitchers in the league." 

 

Beckett, according to Gammons, was critical of himself in a recent discussion between the two. 

 

"He understands it," Gammons said, "but when he gets in the heat of the battle, he doesn't do it."

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08/18/2010 - 2:18pm
Lineup: Drew out, McDonald in

Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew will not be the Sox' lineup Tuesday, with Darnell McDonald playing right, Bill Hall starting in left, and Ryan Kalish back in as the centerfielder. Here is lineup the Red Sox will send out against Angels starter Scott Kazmir:

 

Scutaro SS

 

Pedroia 2B

 

Martinez C

 

Ortiz DH

 

Beltre 3B

 

Lowell 1B

 

Hall LF

 

McDonald RF

 

Kalish CF

 

Lackey P

 

For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/18/2010 - 2:06pm
Favre returns for 20th season
By: DJ Bean

Quarterback Brett Favre announced Wednesday that he will return to the Vikings next season, his 20th in the NFL. Favre was believed to be retiring but chose to return after ankle surgery. 

 

I can't promise you if I can make it through the season," Favre said in a press conference. He pointed out that the surgery won't have as big an impact as his shoulder injury prior to last season that made his "arm felt like I was 21."  

 

In 19 professional seasons between Green Bay, the New York Jets, and Minnesota, Favre has thrown for 69,329 yards, 497 touchdowns, and 317 interceptions. He has a career QB rating of 86.6.


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