FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' spring training game against the Twins, Thursday afternoon at City of Palms Park, Sox general manager Theo Epstein reiterated that he still sees Mike Lowell as an important part of the team heading into Opening Day.
“The same exact thing I told you guys early in camp – that from the day the Texas thing fell through in December, I anticipated him being an important part of this club, albeit with a role that’s less than what he’s used to," Epstein said. "I still see it that way. There hasn’t been much trade activity, if at all, with him this spring. He’s swinging the bat well of late, looking healthier every day and I anticipate him being an important bench guy for us. No one wishes injury on anyone but strange things happen in this game and it’s a good feeling to have him be able to step in if needed.”
In the event that the Bruins make the playoffs, the team announced on Thursday that playoff tickets for he first two home games will go on sale on April 7 at 11 a.m. Tickets will be available to purchase at the TD Garden box office, Ticketmaster or the team's website. If Boston does not make the playoffs a full refund will be issued for the face value of the ticket.
With 82 points the Bruins are in a three-way tie with Philadelphia and Montreal for the final three spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The trio of teams stand two points ahead of the ninth place Atlanta Thrashers with 80 points.
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FOXBORO — Like everyone else around New England, current Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has heard the rumors the franchise is interested in drafting much-ballyhooed Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Hoyer, who said he had a chance to meet Tebow the other day when the ex-Gator came to Foxboro for a visit, doesn’t seem fazed about the prospect of competing with the former Heisman Trophy winner for a job.
“Wherever you go, there’s going to be competition,” he said Thursday during a break at Gillette Stadium. “I’ll never forget, when I was being recruited at Michigan State, I was like, ‘Well, you guys have a bunch of quarterbacks here,’ and one of the coaches was ‘There’s always going to be quarterbacks wherever you go. You’re always going to have to compete.’
“Bring him. Let’s go. I mean, he’s a great player. He’s one of the...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about Kevin Durant, the young star who led the Thunder past the Celtics on Wednesday night. "Offensively, he's as good as you're going to get in the league," Rivers said. "I think he is the most efficient offensive player in the league. LeBron and Kobe, they score more points, but he's more efficient at it. He's amazing. ... He's a great young kid. He's everything good about our league. It's really good to have a guy like that in our league."
Rivers said Durant's size is what puts him (literally) over the top, helping to make him the best catch-and-shoot guy in the NBA. "There's probably guys who can shoot as well as Durant. The difference is when Durant catches and shoots, even if you're there, because of his size, he can still shoot it over you," Rivers said. "He knows at the end of the...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Righty reliever Scott Atchison, a 34-year-old who spent the past two seasons in Japan, was informed Thursday morning that he had earned a spot in the Red Sox bullpen. The final spot in the 'pen is between Scott Schoeneweis, who is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Twins in Fort Myers, and Joe Nelson, who will travel with the team to Washington for Saturday's exhibition game against the Nationals.
Meanwhile, manager Terry Francona said the team asked lefty reliever Alan Embree for more time to evaluate him. Embree only signed with the team on March 20 and has struggled in three appearances, allowing 10 runs on eight hits and three walks in 2-1/3 innings. He has one strikeout.
Schoeneweis and Embree have opt-out clauses on April 15, meaning they can become free agents if they are not on the major league roster then. Nelson's opt-out is June 1.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.
John Farrell has named Clay Buchholz the starter for Tuesday's opener. Koji and Christian Vasquez are already ruled out. Vasquez on the 60 day DL.
Wrestlemania was a trial run for Super Bowl 50. More Christian dog stuff. Superintendent in Chief William Gross of the BPD deals with some idiotic protesters after the fatal shooting in Roxbury on Friday night.
Shawn Thornton is now a member of the Panthers, who come to town tomorrow night. Thornton spoke about Claude Julien's control of the Bruins locker room, and his own team playing his former team on Tuesday night.
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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