Nothing like a doubleheader after a day off in which you travel from coast to coast. That's what the Red Sox are doing Tuesday as they take on the Rays twice in one day.
The first game - a 1:05 start that is a makeup for an April 13 rainout - will feature a fairly normal Red Sox lineup with the only alteration being Mike Aviles playing shortstop and hitting ninth instead of Jed Lowrie or Marco Scutaro. Aviles is riding a small hot streak, going 5-for-9 in his last three starts, but the 30-year-old hasn't played since Saturday. Tuesday's start will be Aviles' second at shortstop since the Red Sox acquired him in late July.
On the mound, the front end of the doubleheader will feature a potential pitchers duel between All-Stars Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32 ERA) and James Shields (11-9, 2.80).
UPDATE: David Ortiz was scratched at the last moment with an undetermined illness. Lowrie replaces him as the DH and will hit eighth.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Patriots and news from around the NFL.
There are questions concerning the Patriots' two recent high-profile acquisitions, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, but Florio said he doesn't expect the team will cut either player.
"I don't see it happening under any circumstances with Ochocinco," said Florio, noting that the receiver would leave with $4.75 million and the option to sign with another team. "With Haynesworth, who knows? Everyone's saying all the right things. But his salary's only [$]1.5 million. They could cut him three games into the season, if they're willing to pay the balance of that salary, then so be it. But it seems like they're committed to making it work with Haynesworth. There's just that mystery now as to what's up with him because he hasn't been practicing or playing due to whatever injury. He's had knee...
New England golf standout Keegan Bradley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about his victory at the PGA Championship over the weekend, when he rallied from five strokes down with three holes left and then edged Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.
The 25-year-old Bradley, a Vermont native who moved to Massachusetts as a teenager and graduated from Hopkinton High School, won the first major tournament in which he appeared. He called it "a dream come true."
"I've been wanting to do this since I was 2 years old," said Bradley, the son of a golf professional and the nephew of LPGA legend Pat Bradley.
Added Bradley: "To be able to sit in my house and I'm staring at that Wanamaker Trophy, it's unbelievable."
Bradley put himself in position to win with a drive on the third and final hole in the playoff that cleared the water on the 18th, setting up the clinching par.
Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced Monday that the team will install a bronze statue outside Rangers Ballpark honoring Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old firefighter who fell to his death after catching a ball at a game last month. The statue will depict Stone and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, at the park.
"I got to thinking about what we as an organization could do, and I felt like this was only appropriate," Ryan said. "I want fans, when they come in, to see it and remember Shannon and Cooper, and also the fact that they represent what I think we're about. That's making memories for our fans."
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos — including LeBron James getting dominated by a Taiwanese player — trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
In the final hours -- and in most instances, minutes -- leading up to the midnight deadline for draft picks to sign at the end of the day on Aug. 15, the Red Sox signed a host of players whom they'd taken in this June's amateur draft, including all four of the team's top picks.
The signings included:
1st round (No. 19): Right-hander Matt Barnes, University of Connecticut, $1.5 million (for more on Barnes, click here)
1st round (No. 26): Catcher Blake Swihart, V. Sue Cleveland HS (Rio Rancho, N.M.), $2.5 million (for more on Swihart, click here)
1st round supplemental (No. 36): Left-hander Henry Owens, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.), $1.55 million (for more on Owens,...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
Joe and Tim are joined by Red Sox legend and baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski about his time with the Red Sox and his thoughts on the 2016 team.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.
Inspired by Wade Boggs, we look at him and four other guys who's value wasn't realized until they were long gone.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show