One day after he was pulled in the bottom of the first inning due to back spasms, David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup again on Wednesday against the Blue Jays and starter Ricky Romero. In his absence, Dustin Pedroia will bat cleanup, while Ryan Lavarnway will hit sixth and serve as the designated hitter. Jason Varitek will serve as the catcher for Sox starter John Lackey, while Darnell McDonald will get the start in right field over Josh Reddick against a southpaw starter.
Ortiz' absence is particularly noteworthy given his tremendous career success against the Toronto southpaw. In 33 career plate appearances against Romero, Ortiz has hit .345 with a .424 OBP, a .621 slugging mark, a 1.045 OPS and a homer. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show early Wednesday morning for his weekly conversation, two days after he threw for a career-high 517 yards in a 38-24 victory over the Dolphins.
"That was obviously a huge win for us," Brady said. "To start the year like that, from a team standpoint, was great. Miami's always a tough place for us to play, and we've had some pretty miserable performances down there over the years. Due to the Dolphins defense, due to the different conditions, it's always a tough place to play. For us to come out of there with the win, and to play pretty well on offense. Honestly, there are plenty of things that we can do better and we'll need to do better, but to get that win under our belt was great for us."
Asked about his dominating performance, Brady said he became aware of his passing yardage in the fourth quarter, but he insists he has more important things to think about....
Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden revealed Tuesday that he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer (and successfully treated) in 2007, but he kept it secret because he was afraid opposing coaches would use it against him in recruiting. "People used to get on me that 'He's too old; he's 77 -- ought not even be coaching,' " Bowden said. "Now you add cancer to that and I didn't have a chance." The 81-year-old Bowden now says it's "my moral duty to bring it out in the open."
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after a 4-for-5 night that saw him blast two homers and two doubles while matching a career high with five runs batted in to help lead the Sox to an 18-6 win, suggested that the intensity of the season has reached a new pinnacle. As such, Pedroia suggested that the team -- following a 1-6 road trip -- was shifting gears and embracing a playoff mentality in which each game is treated with a sense of urgency.
"The last couple of weeks have been tough. We've had a tough schedule. We haven't gotten much sleep, " said Pedroia. "We're at the time of the year where we all need to step up together and play winning baseball. We played great tonight but tomorrow we have to come out and find a way to win. That's basically it. It's getting close so we have to figure it out.
"Every win is big," Pedroia added. "We're going to come out and play every day like it's Game 7 from here on...
After the Red Sox' 18-6 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, manager Terry Francona explained that the reason David Ortiz was pinch-hit for by Jed Lowrie in the first inning was due to back spasms. The ailment, according to Francona, didn't pose a threat to Ortiz' availability until just before the first pitch.
"Right before the game, and I mean right before the game, his back was getting stiff," the manager said. "He thought he was going to be OK, and we had to take the lineup cards out, so rather than take him out, we thought he had a shot. We turned in the lineup cards, then he went to swing and it really got tight so we had to scratch him. Just muscles spasms, but he got really tight."
Ortiz came into the game hitting .429 against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (6-for-14) with two home runs. Lowrie struggled in replacing the designated hitter, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
It is unclear if Ortiz...
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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In the 6 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the latest season ending injury for Gronk and the joint statement released by the team last night.More from this show