Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke to the media the day after his team clinched the American League wild card. Francona said that is important for his regular starters to get some rest, especially Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. When asked how much building momentum during the last week of the regular season meant, Francona responded: "Zero ... The next five games are kind of cosmetic." The manager also said that it was great to have the team together to celebrate the accomplishment. Said Francona: "For them to let it loose like that together, I think it's great." Francona and his staff have tenatively scheduled a playoff planning meeting for Monday. "We won't make our roster out until after that meeting," he said.
— Mike Lowell said that everything has responded well to his Synvisc/cortisone injection
— Josh Beckett threw 62 pitches and said: "...
Patriots Injury Report For Wednesday
Did Not Practice
OT Nick Kaczur (ankle)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
NT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
CB Darius Butler (thigh)
WR Randy Moss (Back)
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
DB Shawn Springs (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (groin)
DT Mike Wright (shoulder)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
Tim Wakefield takes the ball for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays. A day after clinching the wild card, the Red Sox have decided to shake up the lineup and rest a lot of their starters. Here are the complete starting lineups for both teams:
Gathright - CF
Reddick - LF
Kotchman - 1B
Ortiz - DH
Baldelli - RF
Kottaras - C
Gonzalez - SS
Lowrie - 3B
Woodward - 2B
Bautista - RF
Hill - 2B
Millard - 3B
Wells - CF
Overbay - 1B
Barajas - C
Ruiz - DH
Snider - LF
McDonald - SS
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli did an interview on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday afternoon and discussed the prospects for the upcoming season as well as the Phil Kessel trade.
"We will miss the style of goals Phil scored, because the speed will back off the [defense]" Chiarelli said, adding that he expects to pick up the scoring slack with efforts from Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and newcomer Derek Morris.
"I believe we will make up for the goals with those guys that I mentioned, we just won't score them the same way."
Chiarelli reiterated that the trade was prompted by Kessel's actions.
"The fact of the matter is that he made it clear that he did not want to stay in Boston, that he wanted out," Chiarelli said. "That makes it hard for me to sign him. In fact, that made it impossible for me to sign him, because it...
Boston College star linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma earlier this year, sat down with the media Wednesday afternoon and announced that he is "99 percent cancer free." Herzlich has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and met with his doctors last week. Herzlich said his doctors told him that as far as they can tell, the cancer is gone. Herzlich will undergo three more chemo treatments and hopes to be back training by December. For more Boston College updates, check out The BC Blog.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker
A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor
Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?
Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.
MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.
The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.
The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.More from this show
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.More from this show
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?More from this show
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