CLEVELAND – For the fourth time in four games, Red Sox manager Terry Francona tried out a new lineup, Tuesday night. Most notably, Carl Crawford, who hit seventh after manning the No. 3 spot for the first two games of the seasons, was slotted in the second slot for the Sox with Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin on the mound.
Francona said he still might be moving Crawford around, whether it’s the No. 2 or 3 spots, or potentially finding himself lower in the order against left-handers. Throughout his career, the outfielder has spent more time in the second spot than any other place in the lineup.
Crawford explained that prior to Tuesday night’s game at Progressive Field that he hit leadoff for most of his minor league career up until he reached Triple A, when the speedster was moved to No. 3.
“In the big picture I don’t think it matters. But I just thought third the first couple of days, coupling with him...
Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz joined The Big Show Tuesday, discussing a number of topics with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley. On the subject of his first start, in which four of the five hits he allowed to the Rangers left the park as solo homers, he noted that he could expect mistakes to be hit hard in Texas.
As for having a new starting catcher, Buchholz preached patience for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He said that the 25-year-old, who has started all three games thus far and is 0-for-10 at the plate, is learning with both the pitchers and Jason Varitek.
"He's definitely got a person that he can go to in 'Tek to figure out some of the things that he needs to know as far as what our pitchers do, what our staff does, what the bullpen does," Buchholz said. "We sat down a couple of times, talked about what I like to do as far as being ahead in the count, throwing strike one and going from there.
"It's not going to...
WILMINGTON -- After missing last the last three games due to stitches above his right eye, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said he hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Islanders. The stitches, of which there were approximately 40, will be removed before the game, and Thornton said he just needs medical clearance and the OK from Claude Julien.
"I think so, but I'm not 100 percent [sure]," Thornton said Tuesday of the possibility of him returning.
"We'll figure it out tomorrow," Julien said. "He's day-to-day and that hasn't changed. We'll see tomorrow and make a decision on him, whether he's capable of jumping in our lineup or not."
Thornton began skating without a shield on Monday and participated in Tuesday's proactice with linemates Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille.
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CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox will be using their fourth different lineup in as many games when they face the Indians and righty starter Josh Timlin Tuesday night, with Carl Crawford moving up to the second spot, Dustin Pedroia hitting behind him, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia back in as the Sox' catcher, hitting eighth.
The entire Red Sox lineup against the 26-year-old Tomlin is as follows: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Crawford CF, Pedroia 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 3B, David Ortiz 1B, J.D. Drew RF, Saltalamacchia C, Marco Scutaro SS, Josh Beckett P.
The Sox faced Tomin once in 2010, going seven innings while giving up a grand slam to Adrian Beltre. Four members of the current Sox team were playing that day, with Scutaro the only one of the remaining group to notch a hit. Drew, Ellsbury, and Ortiz all went hitless in the outing.
The Indians will send up the following lineup against Beckett: Michael Brantley CF, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Shin-Soo...
NESN analyst Mike Milbury was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday morning. Milbury was first asked about Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, a game that saw the Bruins blow a three-goal lead.
Claude Julien told reporters after the game that the Bruins "decided to get cute" with the 3-0 lead. Milbury didn't think that was the case.
"No, I took it as a sloppy effort by a Bruins team that didn't have much at stake," said Milbury. "And I think they'll turn the page real fast, and not worry too much about it, not read too much into it. Give the Rangers credit, they got a little lucky, [Tim] Thomas was not on his A game, the Bruins were a little sloppy and the Rangers were just desperate. In the end, I wouldn't read anything more into it than that."
The loss almost locks the Bruins into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Assuming that is where the Bruins...
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
Pete and Price talk about the Rams not having WR Tavon Austin or DE Robert Quinn today - big news for the Patriots.
Pete and Price give you the inactives for today right when they come out. Then they transition to the what the playoffs would look like if the season ended today - you may be surprised!
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.More from this show
In the 6 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the latest season ending injury for Gronk and the joint statement released by the team last night.More from this show