ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett, facing hitters for the first time since he suffered a back injury pitching against the Yankees in mid-May, threw 64 pitches in a simulated game against Gulf Coast League hitters at the Tropicana Dome. He faced a handful of players from the Red Sox' Rookie Level affiliate: Henry Ramos, Moko Moanaroa, Maykol Sanchez, Trygg Danforth and Luke Yoder.
Afterwards, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Beckett would make a start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. Beckett will likely make three rehab outings (with the one in St. Petersburg counting as the first one) and then see how he feels. That could have him on pace to return to the Sox about a week after the All-Star break.
"I thought they were both pretty good today," said Beckett of his velocity and command. "I thought my command was a lot better today than it was five days ago. I thought...
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has moved ahead of Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher to lead the Final Vote balloting for the 81st annual MLB All-Star game. Red Sox fans are still encouraged to vote as often as possible leading up the polls closing Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. Youkilis is hitting .299 with 17 homers, 55 RBI, and a .416 on-base percentage.
Joey Votto of the Reds, who is tied with Jose Bautista with 21 homers on the season, leads the National League. For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at WEEI.com/redsox.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After hitting two home runs Monday night, Eric Patterson is back in the Red Sox' lineup for Tuesday's game against Jeff Niemann and the Rays at Tropicana Field. Here is the Sox' lineup: Scutaro SS, Patterson CF, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Drew RF, Nava LF, Hall 2B, Cash C, Doubront P. For all the matchups go the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Tampa and talked about his chances of making the All-Star team. Youkilis is one of five American League players whose fate will be decided by fan balloting for the final roster spot this week.
Youkilis passed on a chance to campaign, saying: "You guys know me, I'm not really interested in self-promotion." However, he did stress how nice it would be to return to the All-Star Game. "It's a great honor," he said. "You never work to be an All-Star, but when you get named to be an All-Star it's a great thing."
The Red Sox partnered with the Reds to promote Youkilis and Reds first baseman Joey Votto, and the Sox star said he appreciated his hometown team's cooperation in pushing for him. "Cincinnati means a lot to me, it always has," he said. "I love the town."
As for the...
Recent reports indicated that Rasheed Wallace might be reconsidering his decision to retire. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, however, said Monday from the Summer League in Orlando that Wallace is helping the team by delaying an official decision.
"He's trying to help us out by waiting, which is good,'' Rivers said in a story at AOL FanHouse. "He's still our property so we can use that in a trade or something. He's doing a great thing for us."
Rivers said the chances that Wallace will return are "very little or none."
Wallace is scheduled to make $6.32 next season and $6.79 million in 2011-12.
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Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.
John Farrell has named Clay Buchholz the starter for Tuesday's opener. Koji and Christian Vasquez are already ruled out. Vasquez on the 60 day DL.
Wrestlemania was a trial run for Super Bowl 50. More Christian dog stuff. Superintendent in Chief William Gross of the BPD deals with some idiotic protesters after the fatal shooting in Roxbury on Friday night.
Shawn Thornton is now a member of the Panthers, who come to town tomorrow night. Thornton spoke about Claude Julien's control of the Bruins locker room, and his own team playing his former team on Tuesday night.
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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