According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are closing in on a deal for Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, although no deal has been finalized. An industry source told WEEI.com that the Cubs have been actively attempting to trade Byrd, who has started out the 2011 season 3-for-43 (.070) with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. The source also classified the deal with the Red Sox as 'probable' to happen.
The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal that he signed with the Cubs after hitting .283 with 20 home runs and an .808 OPS for the Rangers. Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2012.
Byrd has played almost exclusively in center field for Chicago over the past three seasons. He finished the '11 season hitting .276 with a .719 OPS to go along with nine home runs in 119 games.
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Darnell McDonald is back in the lineup for the Red Sox, playing left field against the Yankees and their starter, Freddy Garcia. McDonald is just 2-for-24 this season (.083), and has played just once since Monday.
Also of note is Ryan Sweeney returning to the No. 2 spot for the second straight game. The Red Sox have trailed seven times after three innings this season, and have held the lead after six just twice.
Here is Saturday's complete lineup for the Red Sox:
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross CF
Darnell McDonald LF
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The Celtics were missing three players due to injury (Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Mickael Pietrus), and two more were held out of action by Doc Rivers strictly to obtain some rest (Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) against the Hawks on Friday night. Despite missing five core players, the Celtics were able to linger around for the majority of the game before ultimately falling short, 97-92.
Avery Bradley led an inspired effort with a career-high 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Joe Johnson scored 30 points (11-of-18 shooting) for the Hawks.
Boston trailed the majority of the contest but cut the deficit to just one point, 87-86, with just over two minutes left in the game. If the playoffs started Saturday, the Celtics and Hawks would square off in the first round. Even though the fourth-seeded Celtics are seeded higher than the fifth-seeded Hawks, Atlanta would have homecourt advantage by virtue of having a better record.
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David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis were two Red Sox players that were very happy to see their former manager Terry Francona participate in Friday's celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Francona announced mid-week that he had changed his mind and would take part in the ceremony after initially refusing to participate.
He came out of the center field garage after Kevin Millar and received the loudest ovation of the day.
“I was like, ‘Man, I got a nice ovation. How you doin’?’ Then I heard this, ‘Whooooooo.’ It was like a Lear Jet going in my ears,” Millar said. “It was pretty cool and pretty special. I was glad he was here.”
"Great, great, well-deserved," Ortiz said. "He earned that. Tito was here for eight years, won two World Series, got us to the playoffs lots of times. What else can you ask from a manager? Well-deserved."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine refused to sound any serious alarms after Friday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees that gave them their first four-game home losing streak since Sept. 2010.
"We're working on getting it together," Valentine said after his team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "It's still a very talented team, good group of guys."
After starting the season, 1-5, the Red Sox appeared to find their footing by clobbering the Rays in three straight games, scoring a record 31 runs in their first three home games of the season. But since, Boston bats have gone silent, scoring eight runs in four straight losses.
Among those struggling are Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a .103 average and Kevin Youkilis, who is batting just .195. The Red Sox are 4-9 and all alone in the basement of the American League East. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei....
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 Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
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.
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).
HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, we put a bow on the LeBron James "injury" from Monday night, take a call from a listener who is sick of "show-on-show" drama, play Kirk ripping Keefe in it's entirety, and expose Chad Finn for being a 98.5 fanboy who wouldn't address Pete Abe in his Friday chat.
HOUR 3 - In hour 3, the guys discuss a column by Dan Graziano and another by Bomani Jones about WHY Colin Kaepernick is "blackballed" by the NFL. Graziano reports that Kaepernick is seeking "$9-10M per year" which is roughly what a bottom-end starting QB would get paid. They also get into the Raiders moving to Vegas, and some potential problems that could arise.
HOUR 2 - In hour 2, we play Robert Kraft's nauseating interview with "First Take" and point out that Max Kellerman pusses out after being highly critical of Tom Brady over the past few years. The guys also get into some of Robert Kraft's comments from Monday, where Kraft said that Brady told him he'd like to play for 6-7 more years.
We finish the show with the best sound of the day.
Holley and Keefe discuss Tom Brady's future and if it's possible to see Brady playing for 6-7 more years.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss the Hernandez trial and then address Malcolm Butler and the Patriot off season decisions.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
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.
Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
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