The Patriots announced the signing of two draft picks and 12 rookie free agents on Wednesday night. In addition, the Patriots announced that wide receiver Tyree Barnes and running back Eric Kettani have been reinstated from the reserve military list, while the signings of fifth-round pick Lee Smith and linebacker Markell Carter were also confirmed by the club.
The following rookies were signed as free agents: OL Mike Berry (Auburn), LB/LS Ryan Coulson (Nevada), OL Kyle Hix (Texas), K Chris Koepplin (Massachusetts), DE Aaron Lavarias (Idaho), LB Anthony Leonard (West Virginia), DE Clay Nurse (Illinois), WR Jeremy Ross (California), DE Alex Silvestro (Rutgers), LB Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa), OL Corey Woods (Akron) and TE Will Yeatman (Maryland).
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Dustin Pedroia entered the Red Sox record books in style Wednesday night when he followed Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff homer with one of his own over the Green Monster, extending his career-high hitting streak to 24 games. In his previous plate appearance on Tuesday night, Pedroia just missed a home run - which would have completed the cycle - when he flew out the base of the Monster against Mitch Maier, an outfielder who was pitching the eighth for the Royals.
The 24 games is a new Red Sox record for second basemen. It also marked the first time the Red Sox had their first two batters of a game homer since Troy O'Leary and John Valentin on July 21, 1995 against the Twins.
The Patriots reportedly reached an agreement on a contract Wednesday with tight end Lee Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Marshall. The 6-foot-6, 266-pounder with the 159th overall pick in the draft, and is the second pick to agree to a deal on Wednesday. (Sixth-round selection Markell Carter reached an agreement earlier in the day on a four-year deal.) According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com — who quotes a league source — Smith received a $171,480 signing bonus. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.
After being placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder on June 17, shortstop Jed Lowrie took batting practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury.
"It feels good, it feels strong," Lowrie said, speaking in the clubhouse prior to Wednesday's game with the Royals. "It starts to fatigue [when I swing the bat], but I think that is normal. That's been a constant feeling throughout because I continue to push it everyday. If I don't get that feeling then I feel like I didn't put enough work in that day. I want to push it to the point where it starts to fatigue, and find the line but not cross it."
"It's day by day," he added. "That is the approach we took from the beginning, and it has worked, so until I am back out there that is what we're going to do."
Lowrie went from hitting off of a tee, to taking soft toss, to now taking live batting practice.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game with the Kansas City Royals that pitcher Clay Buchholz -- who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his back -- is slated to see a back specialist in the coming days before moving forward with his throwing program. It would be the third specialist Buchholz has conferred with, with Dr. Craig Brigham performing the most recent exam. It is unclear whether Brigham will be the doctor Buchholz will see next.
"We want Buck to see one more specialist Friday, Monday-ish before we completely turn him loose just because he's starting to get aggressive. We just want to make sure this kid is OK," Francona said. "We just want to make sure we're not doing something wrong. He had a good day yesterday. He had a really good day."
Buchholz threw off a mound Monday for the first time since late June, with all parties involved classifying the exercise as...
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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.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
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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.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.
Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
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Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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