With the Red Sox facing Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano, David Ortiz will get the day off in Thursday's series finale, replaced in the lineup by Mike Lowell. Liriano has held lefties to a .228 average and .602 OPS in his career, against marks of .250/.743 against righties. For that same reason, Bill Hall will be in the lineup in left field against Liriano (rather than the injured Jacoby Ellsbury or primary outfield backup Jeremy Hermida).
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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who wrapped up the NBA scoring title Wednesday night, responded to comments from the coach of the Thunder's first-round playoff opponent by calling them "disrespectful." In comments that should sound familiar to Celtics fans, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Durant gets preferential treatment from officials. Responded Durant: "Ever since [Kevin Garnett] said something, everybody's been questioning how I get to the line. If you watch our games, you wouldn't question it. the NBA should put us on national TV more, I guess."
Durant said Jackson's comments fired him up more. "Because it’s taking away from what I do,” Durant said. "That’s a part of my game, getting to the free throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, that’s just taking away from how I play. That’s disrespectful...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming playoffs and the discussion about his future. Rivers addressed a report that he is considering not returning to the team next season. He said the story was completely overblown, although the facts were ultimately correct. "Yeah, but it would have been fact-based three years ago, too, and last year, and the year before," he said. "Every year I go through the same thing, and at this point I'm at the same place I was last year and two years ago. I sit back after the season, and you guys probably understand this: You can't make a decision of any kind -- a good one -- when you're in the middle of something. I don't think about it. I try not to give it a lot of thought because of that."
Added Rivers: "I love it here. I can't get a better situation. I work with a GM in Danny [Ainge] and owners who allow me...
Video of an apparently inebriated Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been appearing all over the web. In the video, filmed with a cell phone camera at a bar, Jones complains about former coach Bill Parcells and draft prospect Tim Tebow while some youngsters egg him on. Some media outlets have refused to show the clip, and some veteran media members have expressed their displeasure with mainstream media promoting the video. Said Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen: "Our business now, too many times, is a fat kid in a T-shirt in his mother's basement, eating Cheetos and writing his blogs — and we make it news. Jerry Jones in a bar, being Jerry Jones, is not news to me. And the fact that some creep slides up to Jones, records the conversation without Jones knowing, then tries to sell that recording — and that becomes news — is an embarrassment to us all." Read more about this story plus much more at...
Because of Miami's 94-86 double-overtime victory over New Jersey on Wednesday night, the Heat moved into the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings and will face the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Each Boston Celtics playoff game will be broadcast on the WEEI Sports Radio Network. Conflicting Red Sox games will be broadcast on WRKO 680AM. Here is the complete schedule:
Boston vs. Miami
Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down all aspects of the Patriots win over the Lions, and take your calls as well.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Lions, the team's seventh win in a row. The defense stepped up again and now gets a crack at Aaron Rodgers next Sunday.
The guys give their final thoughts and predictions leading up to the 1pm matchup with Detroit.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.More from this show
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.More from this show
Danny opens the show on Saturday afternoon looking at Sunday's matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Pats added former RB LeGarrette Blount to the line up. Calvin Johnson brings up an interesting match up for the DB's. Jonas Gray showed up late on Friday. And could Reggie Bush be tough for the LB's to cover?More from this show
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.More from this show