Prior to Tuesday night's game against the Orioles, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked about former Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's suggestion on WEEI that he expected the Red Sox to miss the playoffs. Francona said that he had not heard the comments, but that he had little reaction to them.
"I don’t give a [expletive]. I didn’t even know what the hell you were talking about," Francona shrugged after being told of the retired pitcher's comments.
Francona similarly had little to say about David Ortiz' suggestion that the Sox should move Alfredo Aceves to the rotation.
"Believe it or not, I haven’t read a paper," said Francona. "There’s so many [media members] here that if you ask questions and someone gives an answer, I’ll be answering them all day. For Schill...
With Red Sox starter Erik Bedard set to pitch on Tuesday against the Orioles for the first time since Sept. 3, Sox manager Terry Francona said that the team would see how he emerged from the start before making a determination about whether to have the left-hander or John Lackey start the series finale in New York this weekend against the Yankees.
Right now, Bedard is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday with Josh Beckett pitching the series finale against the Orioles in Fenway Park on Wednesday. After an off-day on Thursday, Jon Lester will open the series in Yankee Stadium on Friday, with Tim Wakefield pitching on Saturday.
Then, Francona said, depending on how Bedard feels, the Sox will either have him pitch (on four days' rest) on Sunday or turn to Lackey (on five days' rest). If Bedard pitches, then the Sox would push Lackey back to pitch on six days' rest on Monday.
"They can be flip-flopped," Francona said of Bedard (5-9, 3.50...
Clay Buchholz faced hitters for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 16, throwing 25 warm-up pitches in the bullpen and then 32 pitches in a simulated inning against Red Sox hitters Jose Iglesias, Lars Anderson, Ryan Lavarnway and Joey Gathright. Buchholz said that he felt no discomfort in his back, something that he suggested offered promise as he tries to prepare himself to pitch in the postseason should the Red Sox make the playoffs.
The right-hander suggested that he was throwing at 85 to 90 percent intensity, holding back only because he didn't want to injure any teammates if he hit them with his fastball. He threw his complete repertoire of a fastball, curveball, changeup and cutter, and suggested that his arm reacted well to the full assortment of pitches.
"Location wasn’t what it should be, which is expected, but ball's coming out of my hand and no problem with the back. It feels good," said...
After missing the first two games of the Red Sox' series with the Orioles due to a stiff neck, Carl Crawford is back in the starting lineup, playing left field and hitting sixth against Baltimore starter Rick Vandenhurk. Also getting the start for the Sox is Mike Aviles, who will play third base and bat ninth.
Here is the rest of the rest of the Red Sox' lineup for Tuesday night's game:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick RF
Carl Crawford LF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mike Aviles 3B
Erik Bedard P
Buster Olney of ESPN was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Tuesday. With the Red Sox struggling, Olney was asked for his thoughts on the recent performance of the team. Olney pointed to injuries and lackluster starting pitching before mentioning another possible factor for the September swoon.
"I'm talking to scouts and they are saying that there are some players on the Red Sox who they are surprised are not in better physical condition," Olney said. "In fairness to those [players] that are mentioned in those conversations, I haven't talked to them directly, I'm not going to mention the names. But you guys can look at the bodies and probably figure it out for yourselves. And they feel like there are guys during the course of the Red Sox season who have gotten out of shape. And that's a problem. And if you're the Red Sox, and you have a lot of money invested in this team and you are coming down the stretch, you don't want to be...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
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Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.More from this show