Red Sox Manager Terry Francona briefly met with the media prior to Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. Here are some of the pre-game notes from his media session at Fenway Park:
On Tim Wakefield: The Sox are hoping he pitches with health. The Sox can play the corners a little bit tighter (to prevent bunts) since Wakefield's mobility is limited. Francona said "He may have to cover his position. We have to be aware of that."
On Wakefield's absence: His reliability is important and his reliable innings are valued. He made the All-Star team this year.
On the Red Sox Bullpen: Francona said "nobody's running on fumes."
On Senator Ted Kennedy: "That day was very special for me."(Kennedy's First pitch at Fenway on Opening Day). "He sent me a wonderful note."
Tim Wakefield makes his return to the Red Sox starting rotation after being out since the All-Star break. Wakefield will oppose Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Here are the starting lineups for both clubs:
Ellsbury - CF
Pedroia - 2B
Martinez - C
Youkilis - 3B
Ortiz - DH
Bay - LF
Drew - RF
Kotchman - 1B
Gonzalez - SS
Starting Pitcher: Tim Wakefield
Nix - 2B
Beckham - 3B
Pierzynski - C
Konerko - 1B
Thome - DH
Dye - RF
Quentin - LF
Rios - CF
Ramirez - SS
Starting Pitcher: Gavin Floyd
Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma (a form of bone cancer) this spring, is set to return to classes and is hoping to return to play football for the 2010 season, according to ESPN.com. Herzlich has five rounds of chemotherapy remaining, but doctors have been encouraged by his initial results.
"Things are going really well," Herzlich said in the article. "The goal right now is to get rid of the tumor completely and to be healthy. That's the goal right now and they're encouraged that's what's going to happen."
While he will not play this season while completing his treatments, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year suggested that a return to the gridiron in 2010 could be realistic.
"Obviously, I'm not going to play this year because of the chemo,...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit to the Dale & Holley Show, said that first baseman Casey Kotchman (1-for-3 with a walk against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd) will be in the lineup for the Red Sox against the White Sox on Wednesday. Kevin Youkilis will slide to third base, and Mike Lowell (1-for-7 with a homer and walk against Floyd) will get the night off. Victor Martinez will serve as the catcher for starter Tim Wakefield, with Jason Varitek getting the night off.
"Pretty good lineup," said Francona. "We've got a pretty deep lineup tonight."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on the Dale & Holley Show, said that reliever Enrique Gonzalez was designated for assignment following Tuesday's game in order to make room for Tim Wakefield on the roster. Wakefield, who has been on the disabled list since July 21, will be making his first start of the second half on Wednesday night against the White Sox.
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Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
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We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.
Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.
Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.
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Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
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