ESPN.com's Joe MacDonald and PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard are both reporting (via twitter) that former Red Sox reliever Joe Nelson has signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Nelson, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox in January, pitched eight games for Boston after a mid-May callup. He had a 9.72 ERA before getting designated for assignment earlier this month.
At the time, Nelson said he was unsure whether he would seek another job or retire. After taking some time to ponder the decision, he appears to have continued to pursue his pitching career.
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After yet another outstanding offensive performance, most recently vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava has been moved up to the second spot in the lineup as the Sox face Jason Hammel and look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. Jason Varitek is catching a night after Victor Martinez took a Clint Barmes hip the face on a play at the plate. Kevin Youkilis is once again out with David Ortiz at first and Adrian Beltre at third.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Daniel Nava, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Mike Cameron, CF
8. Josh Reddick, RF
9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP
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ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi, formerly the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, discussed the struggles of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in his weekly visit to The Big Show. After his blown save and loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Papelbon has allowed a career-high six homers, and his ERA (3.76) represents a career high, while his strikeouts per nine innings (7.6) are at a career low.
Ricciardi said that Papelbon, who has converted 16 of 18 save opportunities this year, remains one of the game's best. At the same time, he suggested that the right-hander's fastball is not as overpowering as it had been in the past.
"Let’s face it. He’s still one of the premier closers in the game. I just think his fastball might be a little shorter than it was in the past. Guys might be getting some better swings off him," said Ricciardi. "I don’t see the fastball being what...
The New England Patriots released running back Pat Paschall Thursday afternoon. Paschall, 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of North Dakota State on April 29. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
In re-signing Johnny Boychuk, the Bruins kept some stability on their defense just two days after shipping Dennis Wideman off to the Panthers. Speaking with the media, Boychuk, who stepped up to play alongside Zdeno Chara in the playoffs, is excited for a bigger role with the defense next season.
"When they moved Dennis, obviously it maybe makes an opening for me to maybe jump into the top four and play little more minutes than being a five or six guy," Boychuk said. "When they moved him, it kind of just maybe sent a message to me saying 'You'd better be ready to be a top four guy.' And even if I'm not, I want to play like I am."
Boychuk, who said he was "still kind of shell-shocked" by the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, said returning to the core of players and coaches in Boston was his top priority as he was set to hit unrestricted free agency...
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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