Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly, after completing a first professional season that was described by GM Theo Epstein as "unique" as he split his time between pitching and playing shortstop, informed the Sox on Monday that he intended to commit to a career as a pitcher going forward. He forged a 2.08 ERA while splitting the year between Low A Greenville and High A Salem before he commenced a partial season as a shortstop in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League and Single A Greenville (combined .222/.302/.340/.642) and the Arizona Fall League.
Kelly will take part in the Red Sox' Rookie Development Program in January, and will receive an invitation to big-league camp in spring training. That invitation reflects how close he could be to the majors, with Epstein estimating that he could be knocking on the door to the majors in the next year or two.
"He's as excited about his future on the mound as we are,"...
Boston College junior forward Corey Raji was named ACC Player of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games. Raji shot 63 percent (17-of-27) from the field in the Eagles' wins over Michigan Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and over Miami Sunday in the ACC opener for both teams. Raji helped the Eagles improve to 6-2 heading into Wednesday night's game against Harvard at Conte Forum. For the full press release, check out the BC Blog.
Daisuke Matsuzaka will begin an offseason conditioning program at Athletes' Performance on Tuesday. The right-hander, who butted heads with the Red Sox when he landed on the disabled list this year due to shoulder fatigue, was described by manager Terry Francona as being in excellent shape, and appears to have embraced a more rigorous workout and conditioning program than he had been inclined to follow in previous offseasons since coming to Major League Baseball for the 2007 season.
"His weight is actually lower than it was when the season was over," Francona said. "We've been through so much. He knows how we feel. We know how he feels. We just really want him to be good.
"Maybe what happened -- at the time, it wasn't a lot of fun. Sometimes, when things happen, how you move forward is really important. We kind of put the gloves down and told him how we felt. He told us. I think it was really...
Agent Alan Nero, whose agency represents Victor Martinez, suggested that the ball is in the Red Sox' court regarding a potential extension for the catcher. Nero made clear that while the 30-year-old thoroughly enjoyed his first stint in Boston, he also learned that he can adapt to a new city and culture and so he is not reluctant about the prospect of free agency if he and the Sox cannot reach an agreement that would keep him in Boston beyond 2010.
“It’s going to be entirely on the Red Sox," Nero said. “As much as he would love to remain with the Red Sox, the concept of having to go through this again is now more palatable [after experiencing a successful change of teams]. We’ll have to see.”
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FOXBORO -- Before his weekly appearance on The Big Show today at 5 p.m., Bill Belichick addressed the media on Monday at Gillette Stadium and said the fact that his team has dropped 3-of-4 doesn't affect the way he and his coaching staff will prepare for this Sunday's home game against Carolina. "Right now, we're 7-5 and have a couple of teams behind us at 6-6," Belichick said of the Dolphins and Jets in the AFC East. "I don't think it really matters how anybody got there. Whether we won seven and lost five, won five and lost five, and then won [two] or come up somewhere in between. I don't think it really matters. That's where we are. It's a four-game season, and it's a one-game season with Carolina. We'll turn our attention to them and put everything we have into this one and then worry about next week, next week." The 7-5 Pats host the 5-7 Panthers Sunday at Gillette. For complete coverage from today in Foxboro,...
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday as the Pats prepare to travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in week one.
We check in with Full Tilt TB for a new weekly segment with Tedy, featuring a look at all things Patriots and NFL football.
We check with with the HC of the NEP on a Patriots Monday on a Tuesday as the Pats prep for the Dolphins this coming Sunday. Bill touches on Gronk's desire to play, the departure of Logan Mankins and more.
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
Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.
Tim joined the show to discuss the start of the NFL season and the future of Tom Brady.
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Rodney Harrison joins the show, as he will do every week during the NFL season. This week he talked about what to expect from the Patriots this year. He thinks Brady can play can for another 10 or 15 years due to the rules changes. He also said that due to his size, NFL defensive players will continue to target Rob Gronkowski's knees.
The iCloud was hacked over Labor Day weekend and over 300 scandalous photos were hacked from the phones and iPads of celebrities. And the guy who replaced Michael Sam, Ethan Westbrooks, got a tattoo on his face to motivate himself from ever having a "normal" job.
On this Patriots Monday (on a Tuesday) Chandler Jones talks about getting ready for the Miami Dolphins and his upcoming battle with Brandon Albert. The guys also asked about J.J. Watt's 100 million dollar contract.
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.
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