On Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick will attend the funeral of Garrett Reid, the late son of Eagles coach Andy Reid who passed away earlier this month, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Belichick and Reid have been close for several years, and on Sunday, Belichick offered his condolences to the Reid family, saying, "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz, whose absnece due to a right Achilles strain has now reached 20 games, received a pain-killing injection (comparable to Novacaine, according to Sox manager Bobby Valentine) on Monday that immediately left the slugger feeling better. Ortiz said that he would now rest for a couple of days "to see what the reaction is going to be like and then go from there."
Asked if he might be able to return for the weekend series against the Indians in Cleveland, Ortiz said, "Hopefully," even as he acknowledged the difficulty of giving a specific timetable for his return while waiting to see how his injury responds to the latest treatment. The slugger said that he is eager to return.
"My game makes a difference out there," said Ortiz. "I haven’t been playing, that might be the difference. It might be."
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The Red Sox continued to look their best against the top teams of the American League, beating the Rangers by a 9-2 count and thus improving to 11-6 against teams with records of .500 or better in the second half. The victory was the second straight for Boston, as the team returned to .500.
Starter Aaron Cook stifled the Rangers lineup for seven innings in which he permitted just one run on six hits while getting 15 groundball outs. He struck out two (matching a season high) and walked three (a new season high) while improving to 3-5. He needed just 98 pitches to conclude his full night's work. Cook has now given the Sox five quality starts in his nine games this year.
Cook received more than enough offensive backing on a night when the top four of the Red Sox batting order delivered huge performances. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-5 with two doubles, Carl Crawford was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 with a walk and three...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he was unaware of and unconcerned about media suggestions that he should be fired.
"I didn’t read the paper or listen to the radio," said Valentine. "Thanks for telling me about all that good news. I’m not going to comment on things that are written or said on the radio."
Asked if he felt like he was managing for his job, Valentine expanded on the idea.
"I manage for my job every day, I think. I try to give my best every day I come out. We’re on a winning streak now. I kind of like that," he said. "Pressure is that thing that you put on yourself when you’re unprepared. I think I’ve been prepared every day. I’m prepared today for whatever happens. I don’t know about pressure. I have great expectations when I wake up every day of my life."
Valentine was asked whether he was surprised that there were questions...
Red Sox principal owner John Henry responded to an email from WEEI.com Monday, defending the job done by manager Bobby Valentine and further explaining how he views the current state of the team.
"I've gotten questions about Bobby and about ownership from you so I'll say the following on the record.
"To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong. A lot has been written about injuries to key players this year. The impact of that on the Sox this year should not be discounted.
"In baseball, managers often get too much credit and too much blame for what happens on the field. That seems to be a constant. There is often the thought in organizations, 'This isn't working so the manager needs to go.' But an organization is much more than the field manager. We all share responsibility for the success and failure of the Boston Red Sox. We are not making a change in...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe catch-up with former Sox GM Theo Epstein who is in town with the World Champion Cubs to take on the Sox this weekend.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Gerry and Kirk read some inspiring quotes from Tony Robbins and Curtis is all set to see the man himself in June.
Tony Robbins fans were sent to the hospital after getting injured walking over coals and Pat is a massive fan of Tony Robbins.
Gerry, Kirk and Arcand react to Brady getting into a business relationship with Tony Robbins.
Night 1 of the draft has passed and Jimmy Garoppolo is still here. The general consensus on the Bears was that they screwed up their draft. And Larry Bird is out in Indiana. Is there hope for Ordway's Paul George dream?
The offensive issues for this Red Sox team are becoming more and more obvious. We also react to our interview with Pedro Martinez.
Chris Sale basically took on Tanaka and the Yankees by himself last night. And the Sox hot corner of days past seem to be gone as far as third base goes.
Final two hours of Dale and Holley with Keefe for a Friday.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a variety of topics for the first two hours of Freestyle Friday.
We close out the week with another edition of the madness and LAROY!!!!!!!!!!! takes you into the weekend.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ken and Chris have the Good Weekend recap of a Friday Christian Arcand edition of K&C.
It’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft tonight so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson offer a little pre-draft fodder for you featuring the Top Tight Ends and Top Wide Receivers. It’s Day 1 of the draft so there’s a lot of focus on the Top Tier talent who you could see drafted tonight including analysis on OJ Howard, Evan Engram & David Njoku; all Tight Ends that could be drafted in tonight’s 1st Round – a rarity. The analysis deepens with more focus on the Top 10 Tight Ends including Jake Butt, Bucky Hodges and Jordan Leggett. Then the boys turn to the Top Wide Receivers, including John Ross, Corey Davis, Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Shuster. We’ll see where these guys land tonight, but you can learn more and have a few laughs right now.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
Hour 1. Kirk, Gerry and Meter go over the long list of ESPN employees that were let go yesterday, and realize a certain pair of names not on the list. The callers weigh in on the public's influence on ESPN.More from this show
Hour 4. Kirk questions the show about whether or not anyone would have relations with another man while in prison. Jemele Hill threatened Kirk on Twitter, but did she delete her tweet?More from this show
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.More from this show
Hour 3. Kyle Kennedy's lawyer joins K&C to talk about yesterday's press conference . K&C insider Rabbit calls in to talk about the news surrounding Kyle Kennedy.More from this show
Hour 2. Curtis went to a press conference for Kyle Kennedy yesterday, who has been connected to Aaron Hernandez in prison. The guys breakdown the Celtics' playoff series so far.More from this show