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10/20/2011 - 1:35pm
Buchholz on M&M: No beer in dugout

Clay Buchholz was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday and was asked if Sox pitchers -- Buchholz included -- were drinking beer and eating fried chicken during games this season, as has been reported in several outlets and confirmed by Jon Lester.

"Yeah, it did [happen]," Buchholz said. "It wasn't to the extent that it's being told right now. The whole chicken thing, it wasn't like the guys were sitting in there saying 'We're going to order chicken today.' It was, we'd come upstairs, there would be chicken on the table and it happened maybe three times this season. The whole beer thing, it was more of a rally-beer thing. And yeah, it might not have been right, but I feel like there have been other teams in baseball that have gone through stuff like that. Not to say it wasn't a big deal, because it was a mistake, grown men shouldn't be making those decisions like that during a baseball game, but like I said before, you've got to...

10/20/2011 - 1:06pm
Buchholz: Beckett worked hard all season

In his first interview since the end of the 2011 season, Clay Buchholz spoke to Mut & Merloni on Thursday afternoon. Among the many topics discussed during the lengthy interview was Josh Beckett, who has been under heavy criticism for what has been perceived as lack of leadership this season. Buchholz was asked if that had been the case with Beckett in 2011.

"Absolutely not," said Buchholz. "If anything, I think Josh Beckett was different in a good way this year. He's one of the guys that I've always looked up to regardless of the situation was, he's got that killer mentality of going out and winning a game. So that's the guy I've always looked up to and he's one of the hardest workers … I mean, I'm not saying this because he's my teammate and I'm trying to cover anybody's butt, but he was in the clubhouse everyday early, got his work done, ran and did all his stuff. He was the best pitcher on our team this year. I didn...

10/20/2011 - 1:06pm
Krejci, Kampfer return to B's lineup
By: DJ Bean

Center David Krejci and defenseman Steven Kampfer are set to make their return to the Bruins' lineup Thursday night against the Maple Leafs. 

Krejci injured his core last Tuesday in practice and has missed the last three games. He will skate on a line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley. Kampfer, meanwhile, suffered a left knee sprain in a Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators. The Bruins sent Matt Bartkowski, who had replaced Kampfer as the team's seventh defenseman, to Providence. Adam McQuaid remains out with a neck injury. 

With Krejci back in the lineup, Jordan Caron is the team's healthy scratch. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


10/20/2011 - 10:59am
Krejci game-time decision, Kampfer 'likely'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday's morning skate that center David Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Maple Leafs, with defenseman Steven Kampfer "likely" to play and Adam McQuaid out. 

Krejci has been out since injuring his core in last Tuesday's practice but has returned to skating and practicing with the team this week. If he is to play, he will likely skate on a line with Rich Peverley and either Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot. Julien also indicated that lines could be changed if Krejci does not play, but Peverley has centered the third line with Caron and Pouliot at points in practice over the last two days. 

Kampfer suffered a left knee sprain in the team's Sept. 29 preseason game agaisnt the Senators. With the Bruins sending Matt Bartkowski to Providence and McQuaid still out with a neck injury (he did not participate in morning skate), the indication is that Kampfer will play, with the...

10/20/2011 - 10:11am
Sources: Epstein, Hoyer to Cubs almost done

Multiple industry sources have confirmed to WEEI.com's Alex Speier that the Cubs are expected to introduce Theo Epstein as their new President of Baseball Operations, perhaps as soon as Friday, with Jed Hoyer expected to be introduced as Chicago's general manager in the coming days.

Epstein, currently the Red Sox general manager, will head to the Cubs at a time when he has one year remaining on his contract with Boston, something that will require a compensation agreement involving prospects. Multiple sources suggest that the compensation agreement hasn't been finalized.

While Hoyer has one year and a team option left on his contract with the Padres, San Diego -- which is likely to replace him with Vice President Josh Byrnes, who was the GM under San Diego owner Jeff Moorad when both were in San Diego -- is not expected to seek compensation for Hoyer's departure. Hoyer will be reunited in Chicago with Epstein, with whom he worked closely from 2003...

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