FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to practice on Friday for the first time this week. Brady was listed on the injury report on Thursday with finger and rib injuries. It was also Brady's first practice since his wife Gisele gave birth to the couple's first baby on Tuesday. Also in attendance were Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas. Defensive lineman Myron Pryor was missing for the third straight day. The 7-5 Patriots are preparing for the 5-7 Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
The Red Sox have invited 11 players to their Rookie Development Program this January. The program offers Sox minor leaguers a chance to meet with major-league personnel (Sox coaches, front-office members and players), acclimate to Boston, familiarize themselves with Fenway Park and work out in a structured environment. Many players have credited the program with having eased their transitions to the major leagues once they are called up. Typically, the Sox try to invite players whom they consider candidates for the major leagues in a 12- to 18-month window.
This year's invitees are:
RHP Randor Bierd
LHP Felix Doubront
C Luis Exposito
SS Jose Iglesias
OF Ryan Kalish
RHP Casey Kelly
OF Che Hsuan Lin
RHP Ryne Miller
SS Yamaico Navarro
RHP Junichi Tazawa
RHP Kyle Weiland
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Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and refuted reports that the team's payroll has been on the decline. "Our payroll has not gone down the last two years," he said. "The newspapers may report that our payroll has gone down the last two years, but that is just not accurate. And our payroll will be higher this year. We don't discuss publicly what are payroll is because we think there's a competitive disadvantage in telling the other teams in our division and our league what we're going to spend and not spend because they may be able to do some guesses and calculations about how active we'll be in the market."
Lucchino said fans should not get upset when they hear the team use the word "bridge" in reference to this season. "I think there's been a gross overreaction to one word, and that word is 'bridge,' " Lucchino said. "Just look at our...
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' discipline issue from this week, when coach Bill Belichick sent four players home for arriving late to a team meeting Wednesday. Schefter said that the players showed bad timing in showing up late three days after Belichick challenged the team to show a new level of commitment.
Said Schefter: "Apparently, coach Belichick delivered a rather stern and forceful message to them in the postgame locker room [Sunday]. He told them, 'Look, we've lost four games on the very last possession' — four games — and they're still in first place by a game, and there's a quarter of the season left. 'This is the time to basically buckle down, zero in, focus in on everything that we've got to do get done here down the stretch.' And then what happens is on Wednesday there's the snowstorm and the...
Patriots tight end Ben Watson made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Calllahan show Friday morning and talked about the mood in the locker room as the team prepares to face the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. As for people complaining that Watson should be more involved in the offense, the veteran toed the party line. "If the team winning means you being used in a different way, that's what you signed up for," he said.
Watson was asked if Tiger Woods was a topic of discussion among players, and he admitted it was occasionally. "Every now and then we talk about the latest thing that came out in the paper," Watson said. "Yesterday, we had kind of the same conversation and said what I said now: Let this be a reminder to all of us — we're all two steps away from being stupid."
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Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Hackers obtained hundreds private photo's of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, Market Basket is back in business, and Pete Frates and his wife Julie have a baby girl, Lucy.
The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
7th round draft pick Michael Sam was trying to be the first openly-gay player in the NFL. With only 7 days to go before the season opener, the Rams released him on one of the last round of cuts.
The Patriots finally completed a deal that was speculated for weeks, when they traded back up QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans for a conditional 7th round pick. Mallett will be reunited with former New England quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Butch is out today so Chris Villani fills in. This bums out Buckley a little bit since he wanted to have a somber goodbye with Butchy, since this is the last show until after the football season. They kick the show off talking about the Logan Mankins trade.More from this show