Linebacker Adalius Thomas and running back Fred Taylor were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots practice this afternoon. Thomas was not on the Wednesday injury report, but Taylor did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The practice was held on the lower fields behnd Gillette Stadium, and was in full pads. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Gary Marbry, WEEI.com's resident statistician, offers an in-depth statistical preview of the second game of the American League Division Series on his blog, Nuggetpalooza. For more see Nuggetpalooza, and to monitor all things playoffs see the Full Count Blog.
Get your updates on the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics, plus the bizarre stories of the day, including a 12-year-old girl filing a lawsuit against the Phillies to reclaim a Ryan Howard home run ball (NOTE: updated at 3:55 p.m. with video of the girl and her lawyer), Tigers manager Jim Leyland calling out umpires for not admitting their mistake even after watching a replay that shows it, and Zdeno Chara posing in the buff for ESPN The Magazine. All that plus videos, trivia and the quote of the day. Click here for Thursday's Morning Mashup at our LEEInks blog.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said that he has no idea whether he will start any games against the Angels in the Division Series that is scheduled to begin on Thursday. But while the 37-year-old said that his role is "definitely different" than it has been in the past, he also insisted that he has no cause for complaint of disappointment.
Varitek praised the work of teammate Victor Martinez, who likely will assume the bulk of the Sox' catching duties during the postseason. The Sox captain said that his concerns remain on the goals of his club, rather than personal playing time.
"We’re in the postseason. I don’t know what’s disappointing about being in the postseason," said Varitek. "You can’t really control playing time, but you can control the other parts where you contribute. It may not be by playing. It may be on the bench. You can’t really control...
Fresh off agreeing to a three-year contract extension with the Bruins, winger Milan Lucic appeared on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday afternoon and talked about how much he likes playing in Boston.
"I love playing at the TD Garden and playing in front of the Bruins fans because they’ve been so great," Lucic said. "I’ve grown to love this city and I just love being here, everything about it."
Read more about what Lucic had to say in our Big Bad Blog. Or click here to listen to the audio.
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.More from this show
After his emotional reaction on NFL Live following Tom Brady's press conference yesterday, Mark Brunell joins Lou, Christian and Tim about all things Deflate GateMore from this show
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty HurneyMore from this show