Brad Penny confirmed via text message to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that he had requested and was granted his release following Wednesday's game against the White Sox. The news of the pitcher's release was first reported by the Boston Herald. Penny, signed to a one-year, $5 million deal this offseason, told the Herald that he was hoping to be released so that he would have time to sign with a contending club before Aug. 31, thereby making him eligible to pitch in the postseason.
As WEEI.com reported Tuesday, Penny was not eligible to be traded after he was claimed on trade waivers earlier this month and subsequently pulled back by the Red Sox.
According to the Boston Herald, Brad Penny asked for and was granted his release by the Red Sox, clearing a roster spot for newly-acquired reliever Billy Wagner. “I enjoyed playing with all of the guys,” he told the Herald after the Red Sox' 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday night. “I played for a great manager on a great team. I had a great time. I enjoyed it. I wish things had worked out better, but that happens.” He finishes his stint with the Red Sox with a 7-8 mark and a 5.61 ERA.
David Ortiz's second homer of the night, a long drive down the right field line, lifted the Red Sox over the White Sox, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. It marked Ortiz's 10th career walkoff homer and ninth with the Red Sox as Boston won its third straight. Tim Wakefield made his first start since July 8 and looked very impressive. The knuckleballer threw 94 pitches, 73 for strikes, allowing just four hits and one run over seven innings. Ramon Ramirez allowed a run in the eighth, denying Wakefield the chance at the win.
Toward the end of his daily briefing with reporters, Red Sox manager Terry Francona remembered the late Senator Edward Kennedy, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch this past April 7 at Fenway Park. "That day was very special for me," Francona recalled. "I can't sit here and say we were best friends but it was an honor to meet him. I got to escort him to the mound. I had a picture taken and he sent me a wonderful note. And from what I understand that was one of his special things, he did a lot of things in person and he did it himself. I was lucky enough to have one and I still have it sitting on my desk."
Red Sox Manager Terry Francona briefly met with the media prior to Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. Here are some of the pre-game notes from his media session at Fenway Park:
On Tim Wakefield: The Sox are hoping he pitches with health. The Sox can play the corners a little bit tighter (to prevent bunts) since Wakefield's mobility is limited. Francona said "He may have to cover his position. We have to be aware of that."
On Wakefield's absence: His reliability is important and his reliable innings are valued. He made the All-Star team this year.
On the Red Sox Bullpen: Francona said "nobody's running on fumes."
On Senator Ted Kennedy: "That day was very special for me."(Kennedy's First pitch at Fenway on Opening Day). "He sent me a wonderful note."
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed the first ever dog custody battle in New York City.
The guys opened the show discussing the major court decisions for Alfonzo Dennard and Jameis Winston coming today. They also touched on the Lunenburg scandal.
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show