ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney made his weekly appearance with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about Red Sox news involving Kevin Youkilis, Aaron Cook and Oil Can Boyd.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been tearing it up in the minors, but until the Sox decide what to do with the injury-plagued Youkilis, Middlebrooks might have trouble finding enough at-bats in Boston. Olney was asked what the market would look like if the Red Sox considered trading Youkilis.
"They have been exploring it, I think in the past. I'm not saying that they're aggressively there looking to dump his contract, but I think they're aware of potential interest," Olney said. "And I can tell you this for a fact: There are teams -- and I've spoken with evaluators of other teams -- as soon as Youkilis leaves the Red Sox, whether it's as a free agent at the end of this year or if they're willing to eat a lot of the money in this year's deal,...
Josh Beckett will miss his next start on Saturday against the Orioles and righthander Aaron Cook will be promoted and take his place in the Red Sox rotation, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced before Wednesday's game.
"Aaron Cook was retained by us. There was a question if we keep him, what do we do with him. And so what we're going to do is keep him, start him on Saturday, that will be in Josh's spot. Josh is just going to miss that one start, just to play it safe on the fact that he threw more pitches than he normally throws. And he had some right lat stiffness, tightness."
Beckett matched a career high by throwing 126 pitches on Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox.
"There's a reason for everything and Aaron Cook gets a start and Josh gets more than just one day extra," Valentine said. "It's the next-day stiffness that was a little more than normal."
Valentine insisted he believes...
Andy Pettitte, testifying Wednesday in the trial of Roger Clemens in Washington, backtracked on his insistence that Clemens admitted to him that he used HGH. Asked by a defense lawyer it was fair to say it was 50-50 that Pettitte misunderstood what Clemens told him during their conversation in 1999 or 2000, Pettitte answered, "I'd say that's fair."
One day earlier, Pettitte testified that "Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH," repeating a claim he made in a congressional deposition in 2008.
Pettitte, Clemens' former teammate with the Yankees and Astros, is important to the government's case as prosecutors try to prove that Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Pettitte, 39, is trying to make a comeback with the Yankees this year.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be suspended for the 2012 season and three other players also were punished for for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program that endangered player safety over the past three seasons.
Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, now a member of the Packers, was suspended eight games. Defensive end Will Smith was suspended four games. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who signed with the Browns, will have to miss three games.
The players are allowed to participate in offseason activity, including preseason games, before the suspensions begin.
The players have three days to appeal the ruling, in which case they would get a hearing in front of commissioner Roger Goodell.
"In assessing player discipline, I focused on players who were in leadership positions at the Saints; contributed a particularly large...
According to a major league source, the Red Sox are planning on promoting Aaron Cook to their major league 25-man roster. While the team did not summon him from the minors on May 1, thus giving him the right to request his release from his contract if not promoted to the majors within 48 hours of said request, the team does not plan on losing the 33-year-old via free agency.
Instead, the team expects to call up Cook in the coming days. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Cook had 24 hours to request his release if not promoted within the 48-hour window. But before the expiration of such a window, the team plans on adding Cook to its major league roster.
Manager Bobby Valentine said on Monday that Cook's role will be as a reliever, a role he hasn't performed regularly in since 2003. With Triple-A Pawtucket, Cook went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts, pitching in 33 1/3 innings and holding opponents to a .217 batting average while allowing...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
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.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Rob Bradford catches up with Clay Buchholz to discuss the former Red Sox pitcher's new lot in life with the Phillies, while reflecting on his up and down tenure in Boston. Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak also joins the podcast to discuss his team's pursuit of Buchholz.
Hour 4. Albert from RI battles Alex, who is actually Tomase, over racism in Boston. Kirk says he has great gaydar, proving it by identifying who is gay at the station. A high school coach in Washington put his hot dog in a bun.
Hour 3. Tomase reiterates that white people cannot speak on racism in Boston. Tomase thinks Bomani Jones may have a better perspective than Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.
HOUR 4 - The guys get into more talk about the negative ramifications of LaVar Ball's antics, and whether NBA teams will be hesitant to draft Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo. Also, the argue whether or not trading Isaiah Thomas is an option.
The No Fun League will be posting a "Do's and Don'ts" video to help NFL players prevent themselves from getting flagged for excessive penalties. Another Cleveland journalists says the Browns will make a run at Jimmy G next week at the NFL owners meetings. LeBron James fires back at LaVar Ball.
HOUR 2 - The ESPN talking heads think that Colin Kaepernick is getting blackballed. The guys talk about the type of team that he COULD thrive on. Jason Whitlock compares Kaep to a former Patriot QB.
With so much legal stuff swirling around New England sports right now, Dale, Michael and Rich spoke to Michael McCann, law professor at UNH to get his insight to it all.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Bruins on the heels of a bad loss at home to the Senators.
So the Patriots knew all along that Aaron Hernandez was murdering people and still gave him a contract extension? That's what some folks would like you to believe. Dale, Michael and RIch Keefe delve in to the Hernandez talk to dissect what's real from what's BS
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey rank the Quentin Tarantino movies and discuss how they all connect in the Tarantino-verse. Plus "This Week in #DORK," "Davey's Video Game Minute," "Pick of the Podcast," and "Black Panther Reads iTunes Reviews."
Ken Laird & Chris Curtis recap a Wednesday K&C with John Tomase back in for the first time in several months to discuss Boston’s reputation of race among other items.
Uncle Buck, George, and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens talk about Boston Sports Movies, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Hour 1. Alex Reimer joins Gerry and Kirk the morning after Kirk’s epic Early Edition. Kirk gave quite a performance on Comcast and says he’s officially done with TV. Gerry is in a bad mood because of the A-hole tournament. Jared Carrabis took down Pete Abraham in a blog on Barstool.More from this show
Hour 4. Kirk said goodbye to Comcast on Monday night. It was great television.More from this show
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.More from this show
Hour 3. Pete Abraham tried to defend himself on Brand X. Pete’s explanation for calling “Brad T” the grand wizard was embarrassing. Gerry, Kirk, and Alex argue about Kaepernick and whether or not the national anthem is important.More from this show
Hour 2. Brady’s jersey was found in Mexico. In Headlines, Gerry is angry at Chelsea Handler for a tweet. Ken Laird says he’s worried the Bruins won’t make the playoffs.More from this show