It long has been rumored that wide receiver Chad Ochocinco could find a way to join the Patriots leading into the 2011 season, and the biggest sign of such a move came Thursday afternoon. Mike Florio of the Pro Football Talk blog at NBCSports.com reported that Ochocino had sent a direct message to a Twitter follower in which he states “Media knows nothing but I’m going to enjoy clam chowder.”
It's important to note that Ochocinco has not been officially released by the Bengals, although it has been widely speculated that he would be before training camp begins for the team on Saturday. The six-time Pro Bowl wideout had 67 receptions for 831 yards to go with four touchdowns in 2010. He is said to have a great relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, although the two haven't worked together professionaly except for in the 2007 Pro Bowl.
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The Red Sox suffered a 4-3 loss to the Royals in the teams' series finale Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Taking the loss was Sox starter Josh Beckett, who allowed all four of the Kansas City runs in the fourth inning. Three of the runs came on a three-run blast by Billy Butler. For Beckett, who finished his seven-inning stint allowing six hits while striking out eight and walking three, it was his first loss since June 28 and raised his ERA from 2.07 to 2.23.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning thanks to two-run single from Jacoby Ellsbury, scoring Jason Varitek and Yamaico Navarro. Varitek led off the third against Luke Hochevar with a single and was followed by a Navarro double.
The Sox closed the gap to a single run in the eighth when Dustin Pedroia extended his American League-best hitting streak to 25 games with a leadoff home run over the left-field wall.
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Dustin Pedroia extended his personal-best hit streak to 25 games by lifting a 96 mph fastball from Kansas City reliever Greg Holland over the left field wall for a solo homer. The hit, which led off the eighth inning and came on a full count, was Pedroia's 15th home run of the season and raised his batting average to .308. It was his ninth homer during the streak, which began on June 29.
Pedroia has failed to notch a hit in just two of his last 45 games, having walked in one of those contests. During that run of games, starting on June 4, the second baseman has hit .390 with an OPS of 1.153.
The home run cut the Red Sox deficit to 4-3. The streak is the longest by any Red Sox second baseman, and an American League-best this season.
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J.D. Drew had not been playing well (.219, 4 HR, 19 RBI) through the first half-plus of the 2011 season and eventually lost his starting spot in right field to Josh Reddick. But Drew was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left shoulder impingement, and two days later, he explained why that particular injury may have been the reason for his poor start.
"Shoulder’s been nagging for quite a while," he said. "Just trying to get some strength to go back up in there. Impingement, irritation, tightness — whatever you want to call it. Over a period of time, it’s just gotten weaker and weaker. I feel like it’s created some bad habits. Just trying to battle back through it and get some strength back in there and see where we go from there."
Some of those poor habits Drew said that have been caused by the shoulder are the slowing of his arms while batting and a reliance on his legs to do the majority...
Terry Francona said prior to the Red Sox' Thursday game with the Royals that Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the disabled list June 19, has been dealing with not the "simplest muscle strain." Buchholz threw 30 pitches off a mound Monday, after which he estimated his health status as 70-80 percent. Since suffering the injury, the 26-year-old right-hander has seen multiple specialists and will go see another on Friday or Monday.
"He threw great [on Monday]. I mean he really did," said Francona, who dismissed the notion that Buchholz would be shut down for the season. "If you would have watched him pitch, he looked like he was in midseason form. But, it's not been the simplest muscle strain I've ever seen. We are serious. We want to have everything answered before we turn him loose. Because if we turn him loose, we don't want to turn back. And at the same time we want to take care of him. So that's kind of how I felt...
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.
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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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
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.
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