According to Pawtucket Red Sox radio announcer Dan Hoard's blog, Shortstop Gil Velazquez was unavailable for the PawSox in their 9-1 win over Columbus Monday night, taking a cross country trip to join the Red Sox in Anaheim as insurance in case infielders Kevin Youkilis or Dustin Pedroia wouldn't be sidelined for longer than expected. If called into active duty it would be Velazqez' third stint with the Red Sox, having made the trip to the West Coast with Boston in April when Jed Lowrie was forced to the 15-day disabled list with his wrist injury. In other PawSox news, starting pitcher Michael Bowden turned in another standout performance, giving up one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. Amazingly, that performance actually raised his ERA, from 1.04 to 1.06.
Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette went on the Big Show to discuss former Sox player Lou Merloni's recent description of a meeting in which players were informed not only about the dangers of steroids, but also about how to safely use them and of their potential benefits. Duquette said that the Sox had a club policy of abstinence from steroids, and did not encourage their use, but did want to try to educate players about steroids to minimize the associated health risks.
"The club policy was abstinence. The club policy was abstinence. And that was Major League Baseball’s policy," said Duquette. "That was communicated first. Beyond that, if a player made a choice, I thought it was important that they understand what the risks were."
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The Patriots signed rookie free agent wide receiver Terrence Nunn Monday afternoon. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Nunn, 22, played four seasons at the University of Nebraska from 2004-07. The 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver appeared in 49 games with 37 starts for the Cornhuskers and caught 136 passes for 1,762 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 136 career receptions ranked second in Nebraska history, just seven shy of the school record (143). For more Patriots' news, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."
The National Hockey League today announced that Hurricanes forward Scott Walker has been fined $2,500 for the "sucker punch" of Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward that occurred at the 17:13 mark of the third period of Sunday night's Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. There will be no additional punishment assessed. Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said that doctors thought Ward might have suffered a fractured orbital bone, and he is still a question mark for Game 6 Tuesday night against the Hurricanes in Raleigh.
Walker was originally assessed an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the third period, which earns an automatic one-game suspension pending a ruling by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell. Campbell apparently ruled that Walker's late game actions didn't merit a suspension despite being the third man in and throwing the "sucker punch" while Ward clearly had his gloves on.
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WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward is still getting checked out by the Bruins medical staff following last night's incident with Carolina winger Scott Walker, but he will fly with the team down to Raleigh/Durham for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series. Julien indicated that the doctors are continuing to evaluate Ward's left eye, but the team won't be bringing any extra defenseman with them in case Ward's injury keeps him from playing. Julien indicated after Sunday night's game that Ward might have an orbital fracture around the eye following a "sucker punch" from Walker. "I know that Ward has had injuries in that area before, so he's pretty sensitive to anything like that," said teammate Mark Recchi. "We're hoping that he's okay."
Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down the Pats win over the Vikings.
The boys go around the table for their final thoughts and predictions for Pats/Vikes today.
Tom E. is live in Minnesota and gives his take on the Peterson situation and what the scene is like there - multiple fans with Peterson jerseys and more. He gets into the X's and O's and what the Pats need to do today to get in the win column. Tom is not a big fan of making Thompkins inactive today in favor of Dobson.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the leagues handling of the Ray Rice situation.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Rodney Harrison joined the show discussing the Ray Rice situation and the future of Roger Goodell.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated by his team for tomorrow's game against New England in light of his indictment, Friday night, on charges of child abuse.
Jerod Mayo joins MFB to talk about the Pats preparation this week for the Vikings.
Three For All: Official Cocktail of each state, Microsoft pays a huge sum for commentators to call their tablets iPads, and a team has to issue a twitter apology.
We talk to the playmaker about the Patriots, their match-up vs the Vikings and the bad week for the NFL.
We discuss Brady's dismal passer rating in week one, and how the Patriots can't help but play better than they did in week one vs the Dolphins.
We tackle four topics and look back at the the memorable moments for New England vs Minnesota.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
Ben and Russ talk about the latest MLS news and the transfer window.
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