According to a Tweet from Peter Gammons, the Tigers have told Johnny Damon that the Red Sox didn't put a waiver claim in on the outfielder solely to block him from going to Tampa Bay or the Yankees, but with the primary motivation of helping them down the stretch drive. The Tweet also mentions that the Rays, who were after the Red Sox in the waiver wire order, didn't even claim Damon. Gammons wrote: "Tigers explained to Damon Boston didn't claim to block, they want him. Tampa didn't even claim him." For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.
ESPN.com senior writer Buster Olney appeared on the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday to discuss what player movement might occur between now and the Aug. 31 deadline for waiver deals. In particular, he addressed the immediate futures of two former Red Sox outfielders: Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.
Olney said that he expects that, despite Damon's initial misgivings about returning to the Red Sox (who were awarded a waiver claim of the outfielder on Monday), he will be convinced to return to the team for whom he became an icon from 2002-05 and then a villain while a member of the Yankees from 2006-09.
"Knowing what kind of a teammate he is, knowing that he's a good guy, a genial guy, once he starts getting the text messages and phone calls from the people he played with in Boston, I think he'll be sold on the idea eventually of going back to Boston," said Olney. "It's fairly clear he has some...
FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a vote of confidence on Tuesday to Laurence Maroney.
Belichick, asked if the running back in his fifth year out of Minnesota, had tackled his fumbling issues from last season, indicated that he was pleased with what Maroney has shown so far in camp.
"Every guy has always got something he can work on and do better," Belichick said. "I think Laurence has worked hard and has been out there every day and taken his reps and I think he's ready to go."
After fumbling just once in his rookie season, Maroney didn't fumble a carry in 2007 and 2008. But last season, Maroney fumbled four times, losing all four. Maroney is in a battle with Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis for playing time as a lead tailback.
All four could see significant playing time Thursday night as the 2-0 Patriots...
FOXBORO -- Two time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is reportedly willing to sit out the entire 2010 season if he doesn't get the contract he wants from the Patriots.
The Boston Herald, citing friends of Mankins, reported he has saved most of the $7 million he has earned in his five years in the NFL and is in no rush to end his holdout. There is currently a $3.26 million tender offer on the table from the Patriots that Mankins refuses to sign.
The guard will not get credit for the 2010 season if he does not report to the team by Week 10, which means he could possibly be in the same situation next season depending on the new collective bargaining agreement.
Mankins reportedly rejected a seven-year deal worth $45.5 million after the end of the 2009 season.
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Speaking on The Dennis and Callahan Show, attorney Michael McCann, who also writes for SI.com, said he expects the Roger Clemens perjury case will go to trial and that the former pitcher's legal team will put up a good fight despite what appears to be a solid case from the prosecution. "Remember O.J. Simpson got off for murder," McCann said. "Just because a case seems so clear that doesn't mean there is gong to be a conviction."
Still, despite Clemens potentially making a strong case, McCann points out that there are reasons the former hurler should be concerned. The lawyer points out that Andy Pettitte's testimony is what Clemens should be concerned about, with the defense most likely not having the option of discrediting the Yankees pitcher like they will be most likely attempt to do in the case of Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee. "Andy Pettitte won't have any of that baggage. Andy Pettitte will be seen as...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.