FOXBORO -- On what is expected to be a busy day in Foxboro - the first full day of practice in pads - the Patriots announced Saturday morning that Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins signed his franchise tag tender, a positive sign that the two sides are working toward a long-term contract.
Mankins, because it's a new contract, will not practice until Aug. 4, in addition to running back Kevin Faulk and cornerback Kyle Arrington, who also signed new deals on Saturday.
Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard, in his first start since June 27, retired just four of the 11 batters he faced, permitting three hits and four walks while striking out two before leaving with his team trailing the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0, a deficit that quickly mushroomed to 8-0 after Bedard exited the game.
The 32-year-old, who had been on the disabled list with a sprained left knee, was charged with five earned runs, just the second time in 16 starts this year (and the first since April 10) that he had been charged with so many runs. It was, in fact, the shortest start of his career. He threw 57 pitches, fewer than half of which (28) were strikes.
While the line score was disastrous, however, Bedard's fastball averaged 91 mph and topped out at 93 mph, consistent with his velocity throughout the season.
One major league source said that the Mariners appeared to be waiting until after this outing before advancing talks with teams. While Bedard...
CHICAGO -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez missed his second game of the season, having been scratched about an hour before the first pitch of Friday's game against the White Sox (a 3-1 Red Sox loss) due to a stiff neck.
Gonzalez, who had a large ice pack on the left side of his neck after the game, said that he woke up feeling discomfort on Thursday. He thought that his neck would loosen over the course of a day game, but it did not, and he could not employ his normal swing during the loss to the Royals. When the position persisted on Friday, Gonzalez felt that it would be counterproductive to play.
"My swing wasn’t normal. I wasn’t able to focus right because I couldn’t turn my neck. I had to hit open and adjust my stance. It wasn’t going to be good for me to try to play through it," said Gonzalez. "I can’t look at the pitcher from my normal stance. I’ve got to open up. When you...
CHICAGO -- Through five innings, Tim Wakefield's knuckleball was a dominant offering against which the White Sox were powerless. As well as the 44-year-old was pitching, a Jarrod Saltalamacchia solo homer in the third inning looked like it could prove the margin of victory for the Red Sox, and help to punch Wakefield's pass into the select club of pitchers who have claimed 200 victories.
The plot turned quickly, however, as Juan Pierre bunted for a leadoff single in the sixth and ended up scoring on a sac fly to tie the game, setting the stage for catcher A.J. Pierzynski to push the White Sox ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh. On a night when the Red Sox had just five baserunners (their second lowest total of the year), Pierzynski's launch proved enough to give Chicago a 3-1 victory.
Wakefield must now wait until Wednesday against the Indians at Fenway Park for his shot at his 200th victory. Meanwhile, another remarkable Red Sox feat...
CHICAGO -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched roughly an hour before the scheduled start of a Friday night game against the White Sox due to a stiff neck. The revised Red Sox lineup features Kevin Youkilis at first base and Drew Sutton at third.
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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 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
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.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
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