DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Shortstop Mike Aviles played all nine innings in the Red Sox' 3-3 tie with the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, notching a double to leadoff the game while making a key relay throw to gun down the potential go-ahead run at third in the seventh inning.
Aviles, who is in competition to earn the Red Sox' starting shortstop job, said he hadn't played nine innings at the position in March since his participation in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a member of Team Puerto Rico.
"Out of all the positions, the one that feels the easiest for things to come back naturally has been short for me," he said. "It's one position I feel like I can take the least amount of reps and get the most comfortable quicker. Third, second or even the outfield, I feel like I have to take more reps to feel comfortable, whereas at short I can take a couple days of ground balls and feel right at home. I'm starting to feel more comfortable playing...
Goaltender Marty Turco cleared waivers Wednesday and joined the Bruins for their practice at Ristuccia Arena. Signed on Monday by the team, Turco had to clear waivers before he could officially join the B's.
Turco, 36, played the first nine seasons of his career with the Stars before playing for the Blackhawks last season. He went 11-11-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. In his 10-year NHL career, Turco has a 2.35 GAA and .910 save percentage.
The B's signed Turco following Monday's news that goaltender Tuukka Rask will miss the next 4-6 weeks with an abdomen strain/groin strain.
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Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay held an emotiional press conference Wednesday to announce the decision that Manning will become a free agent after 14 years in Indianapolis.
"It's a difficult day here of shared pain, between Peyton, myself, the fans, everyone," a tearful Irsay said, adding: "The 18 jersey will never be worn again by a Colt on the field."
Manning, reading from a prepared statement, also showed a great deal of emotion while explaining his thought process.
"I guess in life and in sports we all know that nothing lasts forever," he said, his voice frequently cracking. "Times change, circumstances change, and that's the reality of playing in the NFL."
Asked if he's comfortable with his decision, Manning said, "It's weighed real heavy on my heart. But yeah, I am at peace with it."
Manning missed the 2011 season following surgery on his neck. Video of Manning...
Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, now an NFL Network analyst, joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning to offer his thoughts on Peyton Manning's future.
Most of the talk about Manning has centered on his ability to come back from his neck issues. But Theismann, who retired at age 36, said the soon-to-be 36-year-old Manning faces a big challenge because of his age alone.
"The difference between 30 and 32 is not as significant as the difference between 34 and 36 going to 37," Theismann said. "Your eyes tell you where you want to go with the football, but the zip isn't quite there. And we all know that football is just really a game of inches -- just half-inches, quarter-inches, being able to get a pass in. You can see the route, you know where it's supposed to go, but the body isn't cooperating. And then it really becomes frustrating."
Asked to speculate on Manning's mindset as he prepares to return following a year...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester extended his pitch count to 44 pitches while getting up and down three times in a 'B' game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. The left-hander elicited consistently poor contact from Minnesota's lineup, which featured a number of big league regulars, including Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla and Trevor Plouffe.
Lester faced 11 hitters over three frames (though the second inning was truncated after just two outs), allowing one hit (a single in the third inning), walking two, striking out one and incurring one ground ball after another. Of the eight balls in play against him, six were infield grounders, with one line drive single and one soft liner to short that turned into a double play.
Of Lester's 44 pitches, 26 were strikes. Because he did not reach his pitch limit, he went to the Red Sox bullpen to throw at the conclusion of his three frames.
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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.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
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.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Glenn, Lou and Christian go over a great story in USA Today's "For The Win" blog, which talks about how LaVar Ball was a nuisance towards the head coach Chino Hills high school team, where Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo play.
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HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
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.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have a Friday edition of the K&C recap show as 'Hardo Mut' was in with Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 1. Gerry tells Kirk that the trip to the White House may not happen for them. Mut takes his shirt off to prove how well the gym has worked. The guys read an old email from Dino.More from this show
Hour 2. Headlines with Kirk. Kirk and Gerry give Mut a hard time for his workout notebook.More from this show