Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said before his team's game with the Red Sox Wednesday night that he has seen an enormous difference in Carl Crawford from when the teams' last met each other, in Anaheim on April 21-24, citing the confidence derived from Crawford's walk-off single Sunday.
"That hit to win the game had to take a lot of weight off his shoulders," Hunter said of Crawford, who entered Wednesday hitting .194. "When he did it I screamed. I was happy for him. When he got the game-winning hit I knew that probably lifted him up. I’ve watched his approach at the plate from last time we played him until now, and now that he has that hit he looks dangerous. He’s probably the best .194 hitter in the league right now."
Hunter said he still hasn't spoken with Crawford since the left fielder signed with the Red Sox, but did admit to previously warning the former Tampa Bay Ray about the challenges that would face him...
With Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew mired in a slump that has his average down to .231 with a .674 OPS, Mike Cameron will get the start in right field against Ervin Santana and the Angels. Cameron has hits in both of his career at-bats against the right-hander, while Drew is just 4-for-23 against him. Kevin Youkilis also returns to the lineup, one day after he was a late scratch against Dan Haren due to illness.
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The Celtics announced Wednesday plans to build a statue to honor 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.
The location of where the statue will be built is not yet known.
The idea of a statue for the legendary center gained momentum Feb. 15, when Russell was awarded the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. President Obama made it known that he thought a statue for Russell — the first black coach in NBA history and a key figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s — was long overdue.
"I hope that one day in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man," Obama said.
Here is a portion of the press release from the Celtics:
The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed...
The Boston Celtics issued the following press release in regards to building a statue for Celtics great Bill Russell: The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed by a local artist. In commemoration of Russell’s accomplishments as the greatest champion in the history of professional sports, as a national leader in human rights and as a dedicated advocate for youth mentoring, the Bill Russell Legacy Project will also develop a Mentoring Grant program in Russell’s name to ensure his passion is carried on by expanding the resources for mentoring programs in the city of Boston.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon. The Red Sox have closed to within one game of .500 as they send Josh Beckett to the mound Wednesday night vs. the Angels, but Francona said he's trying to avoid putting pressure on the players to overcome their disastrous start as quickly as possible.
"I try not to look at, 'OK what are you doing in April? What are you doing in May?' Those are artificial deadlines," he said. "What our record is is what our record is. But it does feel better to be playing better baseball."
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis is slated to return to action after missing Tuesday night's game due to sickness. "Youk said he feels OK," Francona announced. "He was scuffling last night, though."
Beckett has not pitched since last Wednesday in Baltimore. Francona said the extra rest stems from a long and tiring outing in Anaheim two weeks ago...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
John, Gerry and Kirk open the show Monday discussing the Red Sox slide, as well as WEEI.com beat writer Rob Bradford electing to go to a Texas waterpark by himself.
A conversation about OJ Simpson still being in the Hall of Fame and Peter King's desire to keep character concerns out of HOF voting spurns a discussion about Darren Sharper and others who Minihane wants banned for life from the Hall.
It's quite the Sporty R. McKenzie 8am hour as the guys muscle through Red Sox trade possibilities.
OMF looks at the possibilities for Free Agency, specifically reports out of Canada about the possibility of Steven Stamkos and the Bruins.
We should be closing in on a Deflategate ruling soon, James Harrison will talk PED's on his terms, and $10,000 bongs?
Glenn has an Exclusive BBQ, and Lou whines about Friday's whines
Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.
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Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.
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