Ninkovich on Patricia's Goodell shirt: 'I don’t think it’s a big deal'

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Ninkovich on Patricia's Goodell shirt: 'I don’t think it’s a big deal'

Pro Football Talk reported last week that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is still frustrated that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a Barstool t-shirt that had shows him wearing a clown nose.

In an interview with the Boston Herald, linebacker Rob Ninkovich said he didn't think there was anything wrong with Patricia's t-shirt choice.

“Everyone has the right to wear whatever shirt they want,” Ninkovich said. "Everyone has to wear a shirt, right? You can’t just wear no shirt. I think someone threw it at (Patricia), and he said, ‘All right, nice shirt, it’s cool, it’s blue, so I’ll put it on.’ I thought it was a funny shirt.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal. . . People want to take it how they want to take it. If you really think about it, everyone has to wear clothes, so you just put a shirt on, and you know, it is what it is. I think it’s a nice shirt. It’s blue. I love blue. My favorite color is blue.”

The shirt may have interfered with Patricia's head coaching candidacy during the 2017 offseason, NFL Media's Jason La Canfora said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher And Rich" in February 

PODCAST: Tommy Heinsohn on Paul Pierce's place in history; Does Ainge still have a move up his sleeve?

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PODCAST: Tommy Heinsohn on Paul Pierce's place in history; Does Ainge still have a move up his sleeve?

While the NBA offseason has slowed down a little bit, there's still plenty to talk about with the Boston Celtics. Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely quickly hit on the recent discussion on what the events would need to be for the C's to dream about trading for Anthony Davis. Also, while the roster seems to be in place, is Danny Ainge done? He told our Tom Giles last week that the team might not be done, and Sherrod throws out a player that is still available.

For this week's interview, we dial up Tommy Heinsohn to chat about the flurry of changes to the roster, including what he saw in rookie Jayson Tatum at Summer League. Also, Tommy talks about where Paul Pierce ranks in Celtics history.

Red Sox call up Johnson to start vs. Jays tonight, send Travis, Scott down

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Red Sox call up Johnson to start vs. Jays tonight, send Travis, Scott down

Left-hander Brian Johnson will make his fifth major league start this season for the Red Sox tonight against the Blue Jays after he was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket as part of a series of roster moves.

The Red Sox also recalled right-hander Hector Velázquez from Pawtucket and sent first baseman Sam Travis and left-handed reliever Robby Scott to Triple-A.

Johnson, 26, was 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA in four Red Sox starts in 2017, including a five-hit shutout of the Seattle Mariners at Fenway on May 27. He left his start with an injury June 14, went on the 10-day DL and returned to pitch at Pawtucket. He pitched seven shutout innings in his most recent Triple-A start on July 13.

Velázquez, 28, has made three appearances (two starts) for Boston this season, going 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA. He is also 6-1 with a 1.48 ERA (11 ER/67.0 IP) and a .200 opponent batting average in 12 starts with the PawSox, striking out 48 batters and walking 14. 
 
Travis, 23, a right-handed hitting first baseman, hit .279 (12-for-43) with five doubles and a .380 on-base percentage in 18 games (12 starts) for the Red Sox, including .379 (11-for-29) with a 1.003 OPS versus left-handers.
 
Scott, 27, made his first career Opening Day roster in 2017 and has appeared in 38 games for the Red Sox, the most among American League rookie pitchers. He has a 3.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP while holding opponents to a .190 batting average, recording 18 strikeouts against 10 walks. Left-handed batters have hit only .103 (4-for-39) against him, tied for the fourth-lowest mark in the majors among pitchers who have faced at least 40 lefties.