WEEI.com has confirmed a report that the Patriots have signed third-round draft pick Brandon Tate. Tate, the 83rd overall selection in the 2009 draft, signed a four-year contract with New England. The 6-foot, 183-pound wide receiver out of North Carolina suffered a right knee injury his senior season. However, his playmaking skills to that point was without peer -- he set an NCAA record for combined kickoff and punt return yardage with 3,523 yards despite being sidelined the final seven games of his senior year after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee. He underwent surgery for the injury last October, but it is unknown if he will be available this season. For more Patriots' news, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."
On the eve of the British Open, Tom Watson got a modern-day text message from Jack Nicklaus' wife. Then it was time to turn back the clock at Turnberry. Thirty-two years after his epic "Duel in the Sun" with the Golden Bear, Watson took advantage of pristine conditions on the very same course to shoot a stunning 5-under 65 on Thursday. He held the lead until Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez stole it away late in the day with a 64, only one shot off the record for lowest score in any major championship. CLICK HERE for leaderboard and more Open Championship coverage.
The Red Sox have signed shortstop Jose Vinicio out of the Dominican Republic for $1.95 million. Vinicio, who became eligible to sign when he turned 16 on July 10, was widely regarded as one of the best position players available on this year's market.
Baseball America offered the following scouting report on Vinicio:
"(Jose) Vinicio is the top (Latin American) prospect who projects to stay at shortstop in pro ball. Scouts say (Miguel) Sano and Vinicio are two of the best athletes in Latin America, and while Vinicio lacks Sano's power stroke, he has very good bat speed and has shown the ability to drive the ball with some authority. Vinicio has a skinny, projectable frame, and scouts say the switch-hitter is better from the right side of the plate. In the field, Vinicio separates himself from his peers with good speed,...
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Red Sox are "desperately" trying to move shortstop Julio Lugo to avoid a roster logjam. The Sox plan to call-up Clay Buchholz to start on Friday, and to activate both third baseman Mike Lowell as well as shortstop Jed Lowrie during the weekend series in Toronto. While first baseman Aaron Bates can be optioned to Pawtucket to clear one roster spot, and Buchholz is expected to make just the one start before being returned to Triple-A, the Sox will still need a second roster spot to make room for both Lowrie and Lowell. That would seem to leave Lugo as the likely odd man out. Lugo is hitting .284 with a .352 OBP, but in Lowrie's absence, he was supplanted as the starting shortstop by the defensively superior Nick Green.
Lugo remains under contract through 2010. The Sox still owe him...
A source confirmed to WEEI.com this afternoon that second-round pick Sebastian Vollmer has officially agreed to a contract with the Patriots. Vollmer, an offensive tackle out of Houston, was the 58th overall pick in the 2009 draft.
The 24-year-old Vollmer is fifth of New England’s 12 draft picks to agree to a contract — fellow second-round pick Darius Butler, fourth-round selection Rich Ohrnberger, sixth-round pick Myron Pryor and seventh-round pick Darryl Richard are all in the fold. In addition, WEEI.com reported Thursday afternoon that another second-round pick, Ron Brace, is expected to have a signed deal by the end of the week.
A 6-foot-7, 312-pounder, Vollmer — nicknamed “Sea Bass” — is one of the most unique picks in franchise history. A native of Germany, he did not start playing football until he was 14 years old, but would go on to help his German school win a pair of national football...
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.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
The guys discuss their easiest college classes.
After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
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.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.More from this show
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