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...
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.
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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."
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:
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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.
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
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
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.
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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.
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The guys kick off a free form Friday by looking at the competition in the outfield and a possible peace with Pete Abe.
On this weeks Aloha Friday, Tim apologizes to our producer Tom for not knowing who Leonard Nimoy was, Christian bashes Kanye West, and Joey makes amends for mistaking camel noises for llama noises
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
On this week's Fauria Five, Christian asks what the over/under on how many times Ortiz will be fined for stepping out of the batter's box this season, will the Bruins make the playoffs, will the Patriots use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty, where does Adrian Peterson play next year, and what color was the dress that went viral yesterday
We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
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.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
Chris and Nate from Barstool Sports review the events of Fast Lane and Raw while discussing the potential card at Wrestlemania.
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