Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to his team's spring training game against the Orioles in Sarasota that the rough estimate is to have pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch in a game for the first time this spring on March 18. The date is an off day for the Red Sox, so Matsuzaka would be most likely facing hitters at the minor league training facility if that schedule does hold up. Jason Varitek has also been away from the team with an excused absence, tending to a personal matter. "We just told him to handle what he needs to and we'll make adjustments," Francona told reporters. "He knows he has our blessing to do what he needs to do." Mike Lowell, who visited with surgeon Dr. Michael Kelly, may have a plan mapped out for his integration into spring training games by Monday. Francona was scheduled to meet with trainer Mike Reinold regarding the matter.
Multiple outlets are reporting that cornerback Leigh Bodden is going to take a free-agent visit to Houston. Bodden, who was the Patriots' most consistent cornerback this past season — he tied for the team lead with five interceptions — is considered one of the best cornerbacks available in free agency, with some ranking him second behind Dunta Robinson, who recently signed a six-year, $57 million deal with Atlanta. New England is reportedly making an aggressive pitch to keep Bodden, while Pittsburgh and Seattle are also reportedly set to woo the Duquesne product. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury said on Saturday that he and agent Scott Boras have not had any discussions about a long-term deal with the Red Sox along the lines of the ones signed by Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester and Kevin Youkilis a year ago. Ellsbury said that he would not rule out his willingness to explore such a deal, but added that he is content to play the coming season without such a contract.
“I think it’s fine [that there have been no long-term talks]. I’d like to get one more year under my belt, but if [the Red Sox] come with something tomorrow, then it’s a totally different ballgame," said Ellsbury. "But I’m not really worried about that right now.”
For more, click here.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The minor league contract signed in January by left-handed reliever Brian Shouse, who is competing for one of the final bullpen spots, calls for the 41-year-old to make an $800,000 salary if he is added to the Red Sox' major league roster.
While he admitted that there were moments this offseason when he wondered whether he should have accepted salary arbitration when the Tampa Bay Rays offered it (something that would have led to a non-guaranteed salary of at least $1.24 million), he felt like he was unwanted when the Rays declined his option and then never made him an offer. Thus, he was willing to pass on a potentially more lucrative deal -- that would have also come with the risk of getting cut in camp while entitled to only a fraction of his salary -- to take his shot on making the Sox roster.
"I just want to get to the playoffs and taste that. I got to experience that a little bit in...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka told Japanese reporters that after his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday, he will sit down with the team's coaching staff to determine whether his next side session (his third overall) will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday. Sunday's bullpen will be the pitcher's second of the spring and his first at full intensity, following a Friday session in which the pitcher threw 58 pitches, but just 12 with to a catcher in a normal squat.
The other Sox starters threw three bullpens before throwing two live batting practice sessions against hitters. Pitching coach John Farrell noted on Friday that the team did not want to skip any steps in building Matsuzaka's arm strength as he is brought along slowly following a mild upper back strain, and the schedule of...
We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.
We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.
Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.
Saturday Night Live did a cold open featuring actors portraying Greg Gumbel, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, the story of Robert Allenby is unraveling quickly.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNEMore from this show