Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Friday's game after the bottom of the fourth inning due to an injury incurred while trying to break up a double play.
Ellsbury, on first after an RBI single that put the Sox up, 4-1, with one out, was running on a full-count pitch to Dustin Pedroia. Shortstop Reid Brignac, moving to cover second with the pitch, was in perfect position to field a smash up the middle by Pedroia. Ellsbury arrived at second just after Brignac, and slid hard into the bag and the shortstop, a maneuver that did not prevent Brignac from completing the double play. After the encounter at second, Ellsbury appeared to be reaching for his right shoulder. After being examined by a Red Sox trainer, he left the field holding his arm pinned to his chest.
Ellsbury, the runner-up in AL MVP voting in 2011, was amidst his second multi-hit game of the year, having gone 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI. He was replaced in the Sox lineup...
Speaking prior to his team's game against the Red Sox Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, Rays manager Joe Maddon laughed when asked if he could imagine having a weekly radio show in another city other than the one his team plays in. "I don't even have one in our own city," he said. "I don't have one in Tampa Bay."
The question was asked due to the controversy surrounding Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's weekly appearance on a New York sports radio station.
Maddon said if he was to start a radio show, it would most likely be in his hometown of Hazleton, Penn. "I could have one on WAZL, the mighty 1490," he said. "That's the place I would do it."
Maddon also addressed the notion that former Rays' catcher Kelly Shoppach might give the Red Sox advantage, carrying knowledge of his old team. It was one of the reasons Valentine said Shoppach got the nod in the starting lineup Friday....
Bruins center David Krejci did not practice Friday, a day after he was hit in the back with a pane of glass following Chris Kelly's game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Krejci said he was not tested for a concussion, and that he will play in Game 2 Saturday despite some neck pain.
"I've got a little sore neck, but other than that I'm good and I'll play tomorrow," he said.
Krejci, who led all players with 12 goals and 23 points last postseason, was celebrating with his teammates in the Washington zone when the glass fell on him.
"I guess fans got kind of carried away from the Kels goal, and it just happened," he said. "Glass fell."
Added Krejci: "I looked, like 'What happened?' because I didn't expect that, so I looked at what happened. Then I got up, skated away, and that's about it."
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the practice that...
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni Friday before the Red Sox' home opener and said it's important to put the team's 1-5 start in perspective.
"Perspective, by the way, should be the key word for what we talk about today," he said. "Six games, my gracious. We've been around the game long enough, all of us here, to know better. It's hard to control your emotions and to control your emotional reactions to tough losses, and some of them have been tough losses. But we should be smart enough, we should be experienced enough to know what a small sample we have and how foolish it would be to extrapolate too far, too much from that.
Added Lucchino: "It's unfortunate that it happens right out of the gate. Everyone wants a better start than that. But let's cool our jets a little until we get a little more data and a little more meaningful results."
Lucchino acknowledged that...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, asked about the challenges presented by a 13-man pitching staff, suggested that the team might reconsider its roster balance after Friday's game if starting pitcher Josh Beckett's right thumb is healthy. That said, Valentine made it sound as if he is not taking such an outcome for granted.
"After today’s game, [the 13-man pitching staff] could be more of a resolvable situation, but I’m still holding my breath making sure Josh is fine," said Valentine. "I was happy one time through the rotation, I was happy with the health and the ability of the starting staff. The extra pitcher was really protection against that situation."
That said, asked whether that meant that the thumb is an active cause of concern, Valentine tried to downplay the notion that the pitcher's health is in concern.
"It’s a moot point, but it’s a situation that was out there, right? He has...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
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Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
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Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry react to their interview with Sale.
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale joins the show.
Lou interviews JBJ, who talks about playing in a young outfield, and why he changed his number.
David Aldridge appeared on NBA TV to say that the Bulls don't want to trade Jimmy Butler to the Celtics for just picks. They want Jae Crowder, too.
Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report, thinks that the GM's around the league are positioning to make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the rumored increase in interest in Jimmy Garropolo and try and figure out what they'll get if they complete a trade for him.
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Dale, Keefe and Holley discuss the Celtics needs as the deadline looms. Even a minor move might make the team better.
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Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
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