FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett said Thursday morning that he supports Terry Francona's decision to pitch in the Red Sox' fourth game of the season, a strategy that was announced by the Sox' manager earlier in the day.
"Those are his decisions," said Beckett, who is scheduled to pitch in the Red Sox' first game of their three-game set in Cleveland. "Just like I would always feel like he would back me up, I back him up on his decision, as well."
Beckett will follow Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz, all of whom will appear in the Sox' three-game series in Texas against the Rangers. It will be the first time in the last three seasons he hasn't been scheduled to start Opening Day. (Beckett was slated to start the opener in '08 before suffering a back injury in spring training.)
"It is what it is. I don't get paid to make those decisions," he said. "Tito makes...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. The first question for Rivers was about the recent struggles of Rajon Rondo, who was held scoreless in Wednesday night's win over the Pacers and is 2-18 from the floor in his last three games.
"He's fine, nothing is wrong," Rivers said. "He just hasn't been playing well. He's starting to play well, I thought he played well last night, he did the things he needed to do. Honestly, he's a human being and just hasn't been playing well over a little stretch, and neither has the rest of the team. So when I think you put that together it looks worse, much worse than it really is."
Kevin Garnett said after the game on Wednesday that Rondo has been playing hurt. Rivers was asked if Garnett was wrong about the health of the All-Star point guard.
"Yeah, yeah he is," Rivers said...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Highly-touted shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias is among the latest round of cuts announced Thursday morning by Red Sox skippper Terry Francona. Iglesias was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Also optioned Thursday were catcher Luis Exposito and infielder Yamaico Navarro as the Red Sox continue to trim their roster with Opening Day 15 days away.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking before the Red Sox' spring training game against the Mets at City of Palms Park, manager Terry Francona presented the remainder of the team's starting rotation for the beginning of the season.
Francona said that John Lackey will follow Opening Day starter Jon Lester and pitch in the second game of the schedule, April 2 against the Rangers.
After Lackey, the Red Sox will send out Clay Buchholz in the third game of the three-game set against Texas, with Josh Beckett pitching in the first game of the three-game series against the Indians in Cleveland.
"Just watching the way last year unfolded, we want to get him off to a good start. We'll pitch him in that game in Cleveland. I think that's a good place for him to start," said Francona regarding Beckett.
The Red Sox will use Daisuke Matsuzaka as the team's fifth starter, scheduling him to pitch...
Jenn Sterger , the alleged victim of the lewd Brett Favre text message, is suing her former manager, Phil Reese, to get back her e-mails and texts and to stop Reese from using the material in a book. Sterger filed suit Tuesday saying she never intended for Reese to have full use of the material.
Also in the news, Suns guard Grant Hill responded to the insults leveled at him and his black Duke teammates by the Fab Five in ESPN's documentary about the Michigan stars of the early 1990s. In a thoughtful piece in The New York Times, Hill wrote that his "friends" calling him an "Uncle Tom" was a misguided an inappropriate insult.
Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
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 are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
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.
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
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.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Chris Price joins the show to discuss the Patriots and the reason Brady played in the third preseason game.More from this show
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show