FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tim Wakefield told the media Saturday that he expects to be a starter in the rotation when the season begins. "My role in the rotation, I plan on being one of the five starters. As long as I'm healthy during spring training and there's no setbacks, then when we start the season I think I'll be one of the five," Wakefield said. The 43-year-old pitcher told the media he spoke with general manager Theo Epstein, manager Terry Francona and pitching coach John Farrell and said, "I think Theo, Tito and John all feel we're a better team with me in the rotation." Visit the Full Count blog for all the latest updates on the Red Sox from spring training.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking at length for the first time since being moved from center to left field, Jacoby Ellsbury said Saturday he is welcoming the move and is looking forward to working with his replacement, Mike Cameron. "I try to look for the best in it and I think it's going to work out," Ellsbury said. "I don't think it should be a problem at all." His position won't be the only thing new for him this spring. He is switching from No. 46 to No. 2 after Brad Mills departed to take the Houston Astros managerial job in the offseason. Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia reported on Saturday, the same day as the first full workout for pitchers and catchers at the minor league complex. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie arrived at the team's minor league training facility on Saturday morning. After an offseason spent under the supervision of medical trainers -- a hockey trainer in Toronto, where he lived with his fiancee, and a tennis trainer in the Tampa Bay area, where he worked out starting in mid-January -- Lowrie suggested that he feels that he has a better sense of what he needs to do to stay healthy in order to get his career once again moving forward.
"I think we went down the wrong path last year. We never really figured out what was going on," said Lowrie, who underwent surgery to remove the ulna styloid bone in his left wrist last April, then endured discomfort after he returned. "We never really got on a path that worked last year. I feel like I had a chance this offseason to kind of reset and find that way.
"I played all of 2008 with a broken wrist. I don...
Danny Ainge appeared a guest on The Big Show and touched on a number of topics including trades and the recent play of the team.
On Nate Robinson: "I'm fan of him as a person and I'm a fan of him as a player. I liked Eddie. We really liked Eddie House. But Nate as a player is just a more dynamic player."
On Kevin Martin: "Yes we did have interest and discussions in Kevin Martin."
On Amar'e Stoudemire: "We did talk about getting Stoudemire. I got a sense they weren't getting the things they wanted. I think they would have moved him, but I also think they like Amar'e. He's a terrific player and they just didn't get what they wanted."
On Rasheed Wallace: "Rasheed is about what we expected. You're counting and hoping that he's a 35 percent 3-point shooter. ... My biggest concern with Rasheed, looking at him last summer, was he didn't come to play...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Friday that Daisuke Matsuzaka was examined by team doctor Thomas Gill and the initial report on his upper back soreness is encouraging. "He was examined by Tom and the preliminary examination was very good, very encouraging," Francona said. "We don't have any updates on when he's going to throw. Maybe we'll have a program in place [Saturday]. But the good news was Tom saw him and felt pretty good about it." Matsuzaka took part in conditioning on Friday. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, coming off October surgery on his back, did not participate. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday. Vince sounds like he's fighting a cold but swears he'll be good to go come Sunday. Vince tells Dale and Holley that their defense will have to be better if they expect to keep winning, especially against the ground game.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Dr Nick Leung for the Newton Wellesley Orthopedics Association joins Ben to talk about Rajon Rondo's broken hand.
The debut edition of the We Hate Dwyane Wade show. Ben and Sam preview the Celtics and talk about other summer news around the NBA.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
The world's biggest Canadiens fan Tony Marinaro joins MFB after the Bruins and Tuukka Rask suffered another loss in Montreal.
We check in with NESN's Jack Edwards for a Bruins-Canadiens preview, live from French-Quebec.
Pierre McGuire joins MFB to analyze last night's Bruins-Red Wings game and preview tonight's game against the Canadiens. Pierre also offers his take on fighting in the NHL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing the sentencing of Pistorious.
Tom Brady discussed Peyton's record breaking night.
Rodney talked about the Patriots difficult schedule ahead, Brandon Marshall being a leader for the Chicago Bears, Brandon Browner needing to get more playing time, and throws in his two cents about Peyton Manning being considered a "choke artist" if he doesn't win another ring.
The heart of the schedule is afoot, and Christian thinks the Pats could go 2-4 over this stretch or possibly even 1-5.
Christian talks about his Top 5 coaches in the NFL.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
On this edition of Breaking Balls, Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss their producers' performance and take the Proust Questionnaire.
This week Pete gives the listeners a brief, but enthusiastic history lesson the ineptitude of the New York Jets. They also help you set your final rosters for your Week 7 fantasy teams.
Tom Brady discussed Peyton's record breaking night.More from this show
The guys opened the show discussing Peyton Manning's record setting night in Denver.More from this show