A source has confirmed that the next two candidates to be interviewed by the Red Sox for their vacant managerial opening will be Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar Jr. Both the Rangers (Maddux) and Indians (Alomar Jr.) have granted the Sox permission to talk to the coaches. The two candidates are expected to come to Boston to meet with Sox officials next week.
The 50-year-old Maddux, who played with the Sox during the 1995 and '96 seasons, has most recently served as the Rangers' pitching coach, having also manned the same position for the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons. Alomar Jr., 45, was named as Manny Acta's bench coach with the Cleveland Indians at the end of the 2011 season. He has been the first-base coach for the Indians for the past two seasons.
Both Maddux and Alomar Jr. have no professional managerial experience.
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FOXBORO -- One of the Patriots defensive captains stood up Thursday and took some of the heat for the defensive woes of the secondary this season. Starting nose tackle Vince Wilfork says that the defensive line has to shoulder some of the responsibility for not make life more difficult on opposing quarterbacks this season. In seven games this season, only Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has failed to reach the 300-yard passing plateau.
"Absolutely, we all take part of that," Wilfork said. "We're not going to sit back and say, 'They're catching balls because they're not covering.' It's part of us up front, too, not being able to get to the quarterback quick enough. It works hand-in-hand. It's not track where you can go out and throw the shotput or run the 100-yard dash and win the medal by yourself. You win together. The quicker we understand that, the better we'll be. And I think we understand that.
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The Patriots may have caught a break for their upcoming game against the Giants as starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw will reportedly be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports Bradshaw suffered a cracked bone during Sunday's game against the Dolphins, according to someone informed of Bradshaw's health status. The paper says the source requested anonymity because the Giants haven't provided full details on Bradshaw's injury, while adding the fifth-year pro is considering corrective surgery. Bradshaw has had similar issues with both feet and ankles in recent years and has undergone surgery to insert screws into his feet.
This means that Brandon Jacobs will likely get the majority of the carries against the Patriots this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
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The Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Luis Tiant is one of 10 candidates named to the 'Golden Era' ballot for induction in the Class of 2012.
Any candidate to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 22, 2012. The voting will take place on Dec. 5.
Tiant pitched for 19 seasons (1964-82), finishing his career with a record of 229-172 with an ERA of 3.30. He pitched for the Red Sox from 1971-78, posting a record of 122-81 with a 3.36 ERA. Tiant won two games for the Sox in the 1975 World Series, tossing a shutout in Game 1 vs. the Reds and a complete game in Game 4.
Tiant debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1988 and received 30.9 percent of the votes, his highest total but well short of the required 75 percent. His final year on the ballot was 2002.
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Sources told WEEI's John Dennis that Terry Francona will interview for the vacant St. Louis Cardinals managerial position on Friday.
A report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates the Cardinals on Thursday will begin the search for a manager to replace Tony LaRussa. The report has the Cardinals looking at a pool of "less than 10" candidates for the job, a list that includes former Red Sox manager Francona, Ryne Sandberg and Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on Wednesday that there might not be a need for a second round of interviews. The Cardinals hope to name the next manager before the MLB general managers meetings in Milwaukee on Nov. 14.
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Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
Pete, Price and Jerry continue breaking down the AFC Championship and give their thoughts and analysis on Pats/Steelers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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