FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his second homer of the spring (and second in three games), a towering solo shot to left, in the final game of Grapefruit League play, as the Sox and Rays played to a 1-1 nine-inning tie Tuesday. After the contest, Gonzalez -- who finished the spring with a .308 average in 10 games spanning 26 at-bats -- said that the spring had gone as well as he could have hoped as he recovered from the surgery to repair his right shoulder labrum.
"I think so," Gonzalez said when asked if his spring went perfectly according to blueprint. "Coming here, I knew that if everything came out as planned I would be ready for Opening Day. Then I came here and I was ready earlier than I’d hoped, I got more at-bats than I thought I was going to get, and I feel really good going into the season."
Gonzalez appeared to build progressively into comfort at the plate. He got enough at-...
In an interview on The Big Show, commentator and radio host Stephen A. Smith said that he's not overly concerned with the Celtics recent struggles as long as Shaquille O'Neal is able to come back from his Achilles injury. "I'm really not worried about them," Smirh said. "As long as Shaquille O'Neal comes back like he says he's going to [in early April]. I love him. I've known him for years but I'm getting annoyed at him with this nonsense. The Celtics or him, somebody's got to do something because he hasn't played in quite a long time. He needs to get some wind under him and get back on that basketball court because the Boston Celtics are not winning a world championship without him."
Smith thinks that the Celtics main problem is their lack of size inside. "The fact is they really don't have a frontline to speak of," Smith said. "They're a little bit older, we all know that. But if you tell me that I get to have KG...
Daniel Bard joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon. Bard made news earlier in the spring when he told WEEI.com that he was open to perhaps returning back into the role of a starter at some point in his career. Bard -- who was a starting pitcher for just one professional season at the Single-A level -- was asked on Tuesday if he felt his future with the Red Sox was as a closer or starter.
"I think common sense would say closing," said Brad. "I just wanted to let people know that I'm open to it. Right now we've got five really good starters, and most of those guys are locked up pretty long term. It would have to take something drastic, I'm not wishing anything on anyone. I'm content in the role I'm in, if I stay a reliever my whole career then that's great too."
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Opening Day is just three days away, yet Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that he is still mulling his Friday lineup against left-hander C.J. Wilson and the Rangers. Wilson has some of the most dramatic left-right splits in the game. Last year, left-handed hitters had just a .144 average, no homers and a .400 OPS against him, while righties hit .236 with 10 longballs and a .679 OPS.
As such, Francona said that were it the middle of the regular season, he likely would be inclined to sit most of his left-handed hitters against Wilson. But, given the prestige associated with Opening Day, he is going back and forth with the decision.
"It’s not just a lefty, but who the lefty is," said Francona. "That’s why I’ve been so hesitant to talk about the lineup because C.J. Wilson is one of those lefties where, on normal days, if it’s July ... that’s the day you’d give your righties a...
MLB Network analyst Sean Casey was a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Casey, who picked the Red Sox to win the AL East this season, was asked if there was any reason for concern as the club readies for Opening Day vs. the Rangers on Friday.
"I think the one element I'd be worried about is Josh Beckett, he hasn't had the best of springs," said Casey. "To dominate the AL East, you want to have three of four dominant starters. I think you've got [Jon] Lester and [Clay] Buchholz, who still have that great stuff, at the top of the rotation. Hopefully Lackey comes back and has a great year. But I think Beckett is the one X-Factor. If he comes and he's Josh Beckett -- one of the dominant pitchers for years -- you're sitting pretty. And if he's not I think you still have that question mark in the middle of the rotation."
One spot in the rotation where Casey has no concern for the Sox is at the top, as he...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.More from this show
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Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show
Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.More from this show