Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work for the Salem Red Sox of the High-A Carolina League. Matsuzaka allowed a pair of solo homers to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, an affiliate of the Royals. He threw 58 pitches, 41 for strikes. He didn't walk any batters while striking out three (all swinging).
The start commenced a 30-day rehab assignment for Matsuzaka during which he will remain on the disabled list. At the conclusion of that, if Matsuzaka is healthy, then he would not be able to pitch again in minor league games.
The 31-year-old is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA in five seasons with the Red Sox, and went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games for the Sox last year before suffering a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
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Newly acquired Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd will make his debut with his new club, batting ninth and playing center field in Minnesota against the Twins. Kevin Youkilis will be in the lineup at third base and batting sixth, a couple days removed from leaving a game early with a contusion of his quadriceps. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for starter Jon Lester, looking to rebound from one of the worst outings of his career (two innings, seven runs).
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WALTHAM -- The Celtics conducted practice on Monday, but did so with Ray Allen (ankle), Mickael Pietrus (knee), Rajon Rondo (back) and Greg Stiemsma (foot) all watching from the sidelines. The Celtics still have a chance at grabbing homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs and coach Doc Rivers said he would play Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and any other player who was ready.
However, while Rondo and Pietrus could return to action on Tuesday when the Celtics play Miami, Allen is definitely out. Allen ran on Monday on an AlterG machine that lessens the impact, but he's been dealing with swelling in his ankle since he tried to return last Tuesday against the Knicks. Allen went through shootaround that day but his ankle swelled up after the workout.
"New York, I was frustrated," he said. "Other than that, just give it time and see what it does. Confidence-wise, I can’t do any more than what my body allows. I just...
According to the Fort Myers News-Press, pitcher Derek Lowe's World Series ring and a replica trophy from the Red Sox' 2004 World Series triumph were stolen from his home in Fort Myers. The article said that the value for the two items was $90,000.
Lowe, now with the Indians, was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of each of the three rounds of the playoffs, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to accomplish that feat. The 38-year-old left the Sox after the 2004 season as a free agent, spending the next four years with the Dodgers before going to the Braves in 2009. He was traded to Cleveland this offseason. Lowe lives in Fort Myers during the offseason, something that permitted him to drop by Red Sox camp during spring training for...
Bill Madden of the New York Daily News joined the Mut & Merloni Show to discuss his report that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine faced a "near player revolt" in spring training after a "very ugly scene" in which he "got all over" shortstop Mike Aviles.
"That was just the way it was described to me," Madden said of the description of an "ugly" incident. "I wasn't there, so I can't tell you how ugly it was, but that was the descriptive word given to me. They said it was very ugly."
Madden -- who covered the current Red Sox manager when he was in charge of the Mets from 1996-2002 -- reported that Valentine had to apologize to Aviles for that exchange, just as he ended up apologizing to third baseman Kevin Youkilis last week. Both incidents, Madden said, highlighted the fact that Valentine is in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory in his early days in Boston.
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
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.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
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.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
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.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the entire week of K&C shows in one mega Friday edition
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