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|Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Royals in first game of doubleheader||05.18.16 at 1:40 pm ET|
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|Eduardo Rodriguez suffers setback in right knee, will miss Thursday start||05.17.16 at 3:01 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Dale & Holley Tuesday that Eduardo Rodriguez will miss Thursday’s rehab start in Pawtucket due to knee soreness.
“There’s been a little bit of a development here with Eduardo,” Farrell said. “He was scheduled for a start on Thursday. He was feeling some occasional soreness in that right knee. People have asked, ‘What are the updates on Eduardo?’ and the questions around velocity, the question around performance. I think any time you’re dealing with a pitcher and a player that’s coming back, you’re always kind of focusing in on that last five, 10 percent of effort. There’s been some restriction that Eduardo has felt, and as he has described this occasional soreness, we don’t want to put him at risk and we’re holding him out of that start on Thursday.
“He went through a full exam today with Dr. [Pete] Asnis. We’re continuing to work on his mechanics, the strengthening of the quad and knee area, so we don’t feel like for him to try to get that extra velocity puts him at risk. The thing that we fear is if he doesn’t feel right in his lower half, that added exertion is going to come from solely the arm, and that may show up in something we’re not seeing right now. We don’t want to put him at risk for a potential arm injury, so we’re backing him off the start on Thursday.
“He’ll continue to throw the baseball; long toss, he’ll still have bullpen situations, but this is something we feel we need to address to accomplish that last 10 percent of that energy and effort in his delivery.”
Rodriguez has not pitched in the majors this season, as he twisted his knee during a drill in late February. He has a 4.29 ERA in four rehab starts for Pawtucket.
|Stephen A. Smith on Curt Schilling: ‘Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen’||05.17.16 at 11:08 am ET|
Curt Schilling’s war of words with ESPN is unlikely to abate anytime soon now that the loudest of the networks loudmouths — Stephen A. Smith — has weighed in with some pointed criticisms of gehrig38.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s MadDog Radio show, Smith blasted Schilling not for his political views, but for airing them when he knew it could get him fired.
“Let me speak up on behalf of ESPN when I say this to Curt Schilling: You are gone not because you have conservative views instead of liberal views. Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen,” Smith said, per the New York Daily News. “ESPN tells me to shut up, they’re my employer whether I like it or not. If I want to keep my job, I’ve got to shut the hell up.”
Smith took particular offense to Schilling’s contention that ESPN employs “some of the biggest racists” in the sports media. Smith noted an example of being tough on Redskins coach Jay Gruden for seemingly hold quarterback Robert Griffin, who is black, to a different standard than replacement Kirk Cousins, who is white.
“What I was lamenting was the treatment of Jay Gruden and how specific he was in dissecting Robert Griffin III, compared to how celebratory he was about Kirk Cousins,” Smith told the show. “At no time did I imply or state that is why RGIII wasn’t playing because he is black. That is a lie.”
Continued Smith: “I can’t stand people who worked for ESPN that depart from ESPN clearly harboring whatever bitterness they harbor and try to throw talent under the bus — like talent has something to do with them being gone. I have nothing to do with it.”
Smith challenged Schilling to a debate.
“You want to sit here and have a debate about what really went on?” he asked. “Name the time and place and I’ll show up, with the permission of ESPN, of course. I guess listening to my boss makes me a bad guy. Well guess what? I’d rather be bad than stupid.”
|John Farrell on Dale & Holley: David Price’s velocity ‘not a concern’||05.11.16 at 2:55 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell made his weekly appearance on Dale & Holley Wednesday, saying that he isn’t overly worried about David Price’s dropoff in velocity.
Price, who typically throws in the mid-90s, has been down to around 91 and 92 miles per hour on his fastball in his first season with the Red Sox.
“So much of the film review, whether you go back to arguably his best stretch as a Major League pitcher, which was last year in Toronto, the delivery was very consistent with what he’s shown to date. The velocity was not 95, 97. It was that 93, 95,” Farrell said. “I think even by his own words, he feels a little bit more comfortable with getting his hands separated a little bit more freely in his bullpen just a couple of days ago.
“The velocity? No, it’s not a concern. I feel like it will continue to build as we get deeper into the season. He’s healthy.
“The location of pitches: that’s been the biggest thing. Yes, that’s timing, that’s being able to stay in your lane, so to speak, whether it’s going to your glove side or arm side when delivering a pitch. That has been inconsistent.”
Price is 4-1 on the season but has a 6.75 ERA through seven starts. The team believes it found a glitch in his mechanics that Dustin Pedroia discovered; whether or not that has solved his early season struggles will be seen when he makes his next start Thursday against the Astros.
As for the city Price chose as a free agent, Farrell said he doesn’t believe playing in Boston has had anything to do with the issues that Price has had on the mound.
“[It’s] not a concern,” Farrell said. “I know there’s always an adjustment period that everyone’s going to go through, and I think one of the things that attracts guys to come here are those guys that are looking for the passion and the electricity that Fenway gives every night.
“David is an up-front, standup guy; intelligent guy, high-character guy. Sure, he wants to pitch well. There’s no question about it, but to say that coming to Boston is a distraction over his work? I wouldn’t go there.”
|Red Sox offered Rich Hill contract, fell short on dollars||05.09.16 at 1:40 pm ET|
John Tomase writes in today’s column that the Red Sox tried to retain starting pitcher Rich Hill with a one-year deal in free agency, but were short on the money.
Hill, who was signed by Boston during last season and came up from Triple-A Pawtucket to go 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 36 strikeouts in four starts, received ample interest from teams after resurrecting his career at age 35. Tomase writes that Boston’s offer “fell short” of the $6 million the Milton native received from the A’s.
Hill has allowed three runs in just one of his seven starts for Oakland this season. He is 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA and 46 strikeouts.
|Curt Schilling: Roger Goodell ‘out to defame’ Tom Brady with Deflategate||04.28.16 at 10:27 am ET|
The outspoken Curt Schilling weighed in on Deflategate Thursday morning on Dennis & Callahan where he also addressed his firing from ESPN and what will be next.
Schilling isn’t a fan of what commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, especially to a star like Tom Brady.
“First of all, I think it’s a joke,” Schilling said. “I think the fact that the day everybody found out that everything was based on a lie, and nothing changed, if I am one of the other 31 NFL teams, I am looking at myself going wait a minute, hold on, this is not good. I think there was a lot of resentment. I think everybody was excited about the fact that the Patriots are getting their hands slapped because Lord knows we hate sustained success in this country. This is the ultimate in wag your tail and wag your finger saying, ‘Na, na, na.’ This is a power hungry — it’s such an incredibly stupid thing that we actually, like I said, the whole thing is based on a lie. All of it. And Roger Goodell is continuing to tell people that it is about the integrity of the sport, which he actually is destroying the very same things he thinks he’s protecting. He also was very clearly out to defame, whatever you want to call it, his biggest star. I don’t get that. None of that makes sense, but it does when you think about it from a power perspective.
“The appellate court ruling basically has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady everything that has to do with Article 46 and the fact that ‘Hey, I am the commissioner, I can do whatever I want.’ This guy beat the living daylights out of his girlfriend, wife and he’s going to get four games and so is this guy who didn’t deflate footballs, but someone lied about him doing it.”
|Curt Schilling on D&C addresses ESPN firing, where might he land next||04.28.16 at 10:11 am ET|
Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday to discuss his firing from ESPN and where he will might land next. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Schilling believes he wouldn’t have been fired if he had made liberal comments.
“I’ve actually spoken with and communicated with quite a few people there since it happened and to a person, everyone said the same thing,” Schilling said. “One of the things that I said was, if I had come out and said transgenders are the greatest people in the world and if you disagree you’re a MF’er, they would say please don’t use that language in public. It’s well-known. I think people knew when I was there, I talked to people about it. Like I said, we move on.”
The former MLB pitcher also said there are people at ESPN who say some racist things, but don’t get into trouble.
“I think there are a lot of people at ESPN that play the race card often,” he said. “I back that up by saying I don’t have a problem with it in the sense that I think there a lot of those conversations that need to happen. For some reason, a lot of people believe that you need to just talk sports and not talk about the social issues that go on. I think those two things are actually intertwined in a very intimate way. It’s one of the many conversations that should be happening.”
Added Schilling: “Nothing behind the scenes. One of the comments I will never forget is listening to Stephen A. Smith talk about the fact that Robert Griffin wasn’t playing quarterback for the Redskins because he was black. It was because he sucked and he wasn’t playing. It was obvious. Things like that. Those were the comments that as this went along — everybody talks about [I] was warned multiple times. Everybody got the same memo. It was sports people stick to sports, not politics and other stuff. It felt like I was the only one that was held to the rule. I think a lot of what happened was very discriminatory. Like I said, if I had made a liberal point of view, I don’t think this would have ever happened.”
|Video: Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. makes diving catch against Braves||04.27.16 at 9:45 pm ET|
While the Red Sox got off to a fast start offensively in Tuesday night’s game against the Braves, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. provided some impressive defense as well, making a diving catch of a Daniel Castro liner to right-center in the first inning.
|Red Sox recall RHP Pat Light and his 100 mph fastball from Triple-A Pawtucket||04.24.16 at 3:20 pm ET|
The Red Sox have summoned reliever Pat Light to the big leagues from Triple-A Pawtucket, a source confirms to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Light, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012, will be making his big league debut. The 25-year-old has allowed three hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings with the PawSox. Though he throws as high as 100 mph, he has been plagued by control problems since converting to a reliever last season.
He has walked more than six batters per nine innings in relief, compared to 3.1 per nine as a starter.
The Red Sox have not announced the move, nor a corresponding one to activate left-hander Henry Owens to start on Sunday against the Astros.
News of Light’s call-up was first reported by The Boston Globe.
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