Kendrick Perkins believes the Cavaliers are a better team without Shaquille O'Neal, who has been sidelined since spraining his thumb against the Celtics on February 25. “In my opinion, I think they’re better,” Perkins said after practice on Saturday. “They can run more, you’ve got Anderson Varejao who’s more of an active body, he gets LeBron open a lot, opens up the paint for him, so I think they’re a better team. I mean obviously Shaq could help them, but I think they’re a better, more fast-paced team.” The Celtics will play the Cavs on Sunday in Cleveland. Visit the Green Street Blog for more.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' spring training game against the Pirates at City of Palms Park, third base/infield coach Tim Bogar said that after working with Mike Lowell for the past few weeks, he has no concerns when Lowell plays first base in the infielder's initial spring training game of the season, Monday against Baltimore. “He’s fine. That transition’s not a problem for him,” Bogar said. “His big thing was working on picking balls in the dirt and footwork stuff. We did that a couple of days. He’s a natural at it. Great hands. Two days we’ve hit him buckets of balls at first base with low throws and stuff. He’s just professional. We had to talk about a couple of technique things, ways he likes to do things and way he doesn’t but other than that he took right to it.”
For more on Lowell's progression at first base -- a position he has only played...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz turned in three solid innings against the Pirates, Saturday at City of Palms Park, allowing just one hit while throwing 17 of his 28 pitches for strikes. Buchholz, who was making his second outing of spring training, struck out two and walked one. In his first outing of the spring Buchholz had allowed three runs on five hits to Baltimore.
"That's the least of my worries right now," Buchholz said regarding worrying about how Matsuzaka's set-back would affect the organization of the pitching staff. "I want to be on this team for the duration of the season. Two and a half months isn't going to mean that much if something happens that I don't do my job and end up in the same spot as last year. I'm going to keep working regardless how many starters there are in line right now and just do the stuff I have to do. Like I said a million times things will take care of themselves...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka was forced to scratch his scheduled batting practice, in which he was supposed to throw to batters for the first time in spring training, due to a stiff neck. Matsuzaka experienced the stiffness while warming up in bullpen, having thrown just five pitches before stopping. Matsuzaka had been behind schedule due to a back ailment at the outset of camp, but was tentatively scheduled to pitch in his first spring training game Wednesday, at City of Palms Park against the Mets.
For what Francona had to say regarding the Matsuzaka setback see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett indicated a strong desire following Friday's game to continue playing and not occasionally sit out games as suggested to them by head coach Doc Rivers earlier in the day. “I’m not really feeling that idea but hey this is the 'Doc Rivers Show' and we are just guests on it," Garnett said. "So whatever he feels is best, you know Paul and I, I think I speak for both of us we don’t really feel that." Before Friday's game, Rivers said one idea for getting Pierce and Garnett into rhythm for the playoffs is giving them more practice time and less time in games or sitting them out altogether. For more, including video, visit the Green Street blog.
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.
Our own Tim Benz does play-by-play for the Pittsburg Power, of the Arena League. A play in that game was featured on Sportscenter's NOT top 10, so we wanted to hear the call. Also, NFL players are getting micro-chipped on Thursday night games this year. Also, a Florida man gets creative when trying to avoid an arrest.
8 players were traded away from the Red Sox (starting with Jake Peavy) and the team has a completely different look. MFB look at the acquisitions and fight over whether Cherington and the Sox front office improved the team.
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.More from this show
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis CespedesMore from this show
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.More from this show
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.More from this show