Red Sox pitching prospect Nick Hagadone, the team's top overall selection in the 2007 draft who entered this year rated the No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox system, will make his 2009 debut with the Single-A Greenville on Saturday, Sox farm director Mike Hazen confirmed. The news was first reported on SoxProspects.com. Hagadone, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, has been in Fort Myers thus far this year. His velocity, which peaked in 2008 at 98 mph, has reached as high as 96 mph in his extended spring training assignment, and both his slider and changeup have been sharp in his return.
Hazen said that Hagadone will likely throw two innings and roughly 30-35 pitches for the Drive on Saturday. His innings will be limited going forward this summer, as the Sox want to focus on keeping Hagadone healthy after a year-long rehab process that has gone as well as the Sox could have hoped.
"We just want to keep him healthy, keep him strong. He's...
Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett was suspended six games Thursday for throwing over the head of Nelson Cruz Tuesday against the Rangers. Burnett is appealing the suspension but was not slated to face the Red Sox next week at Fenway. Read the complete story here.
David Ortiz gets a day off against left-hander Dontrelle Willis in the Red Sox' series finale against the Tigers, the final contest of a three-city, nine-game road-trip:
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
J.D. Drew, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Rocco Baldelli, RF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Julio Lugo, SS
George Kottaras, C
SP - Tim Wakefield
Clete Thomas, RF
Ramon Santiago, 2B
Magglio Ordonez, DH
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Curtis Granderson, CF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Ryan Rayburn, LF
Adam Everett, SS
Dane Sardinha, C
SP -- Dontrelle Willis
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Phillies called the Red Sox to inquire about the availability of pitcher Brad Penny. The Phillies, according to Olney, were told that they would have to part with minor-league shortstop Jason Donald in exchange for the Red Sox starter. Penny is currently 5-1 with a 5.63 ERA for the Sox, while the 24-year-old Donald is hitting .234 with a .636 OPS in Triple-A after hitting .307 with an .889 OPS in Double-A in 2008.
Donald, who was ranked the No. 4 overall Phillies prospect in Baseball America's 2009 Prospect Handbook, was described thusly in that tome:
"Considered an underachiever in college, Donald has overachieved as a pro. Was one of Team USA's top players in the Olympics. Donald is an offensive player with a feel for hitting. He's patient but aggressive, pouncing in hitter's counts and pounding mistakes. He has excellent hands and strong forearms that produce average...
Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork indicated Wednesday he is considering sitting out next week’s mandatory minicamp because he’s unhappy with his contract. “This is the business part,” he told reporters. “I hate it. I hate not being with my family on the field, but at the same time it's a business decision. I have to look out for Vince Wilfork. That’s the bottom line. That's what it comes down to.” Wilfork was not present for the organized team activities the last few weeks. For more Patriots' updates, check our football blog, “It Is What It Is.”
The guys finish up their breakdowns on what to expect today at Gillette and give their pick for a winner.
Curran calls the boys live from Gillette to break down today's game against the Browns. He thinks Cleveland will be a much tougher opponent than most. He also gets into the Ridley situation and if the Pats will look to sign Edelman.
Dale brings up Stephen Gostkowski and how he's becoming automatic, almost as automatic as Vinatieri was during his time in Foxborough. They discuss Gostkowski's ranking among other kickers this season.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
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Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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