Report: Red Sox acquire Marlon Byrd


Report: Red Sox acquire Marlon Byrd

BOSTON -- Seeking to add to their depleted outfield depth, the Red Sox Saturday obtained Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.

The Cubs are also responsible for "most'' of Byrd's 6.5 million salary this season.

The Sox currently have two starting outfielders -- Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury -- on the disabled list and may soon have a third. Jason Repko injured his left shoulder banging into the center field wall Friday and suffered what manager Bobby Valentine termed a "slight separation.''

When asked if Repko had been placed on the disabled list, Valentine said: "No...not today.''

Byrd, 34, was off to a miserable start with the Cubs, with just three hits in 43 at-bats for a lowly .070 batting average.

Several scouts Saturday labeled Byrd "average'' defensively. He's capable of playing all three outfield spots, including center.

A veteran of 11 seasons, he's played with Philadelphia, Washington and Texas in addition to the Cubs. As recently as 2010, he was an everyday player for the Cubs when he .293 with 12 homers and 66 RBI.

Bowden, a native of Illinois, gets another chance after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox last weekend. He was out of options this spring, and as a result, made the team when the season began. He made two appearances, covering three appearances, and allowed a run.

But when the Sox needed to free up a roster spot last weekend, he was designated to make room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Repko.

A first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2005, Bowden will be reunited with Theo Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations who drafted Bowden in Boston as the Sox' GM.

Brady makes 'The Hangover' reference, calls QB group his wolf pack


Brady makes 'The Hangover' reference, calls QB group his wolf pack

Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are starting to make a habit of this.

After clinching the AFC East title during the regular season, they made sure to grab a picture together that they could throw on their respective social-media pages. They did the same again on Sunday night. 

Sporting their brand new AFC Championship hats -- and Brissett, who didn't dress for the game, in a championship t-shirt -- the trio posed in front of their lockers like the three best friends that anyone could have.

When Brady posted the shot on his Instagram page Monday morning, he captioned it with a speech from the movie "The Hangover," calling Garoppolo and Brissett part of his "wolf pack."

Belichick on Bon Jovi moment during AFC title game: 'He had the place rocking'


Belichick on Bon Jovi moment during AFC title game: 'He had the place rocking'

After LeGarrette Blount plunged into the end zone from one yard away, giving the Patriots a 27-9 lead over the Steelers in the third quarter of the AFC title game, the Gillette Stadium crowd partied like it was 1989. 

While fans celebrated, the massive in-stadium video board showed Rob Gronkowski, Donnie Wahlberg and Jon Bon Jovi all sharing a booth while Bon Jovi's hit from 30 years ago, "Livin' on a Prayer," blasted over the public-address system. The crowd belted out the words while the man who made them famous orchestrated from his perch.

Of course it caught Bill Belichick's attention.

"I was definitely aware of it," said Belichick, who calls Bon Jovi a friend. "Jon, I've heard him play that song dozens of times. But he had the place rocking . . . Maybe a little more than we did. Pretty impressive."

Belichick and Bon Jovi met while Belichick was coaching with the Giants, where he spent 12 years as an assistant. Bon Jovi's style of music wasn't exactly Giants head coach Bill Parcells' cup of tea, but for some of the younger coaches on the Giants staff, one of the perks of the job was that there was a rock star from Jersey to wanted to hang around the team. 

Thus, a friendship was born. Once last night's game ended with Belichick making his record seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, Bon Jovi came down from his box to celebrate with his pal on the field. 

"He's a great friend," Belichick said. "He's been a great friend for a long time, all the way back into the 80s and we shared a lot of great moments together, including the 1990 Super Bowl in Tampa, when he was in the locker room after the game, taking crazy pictures and stuff like that. Great memories from there. It was great to have Jon here. Always appreciate his great support. It was quite a moment. One you usually don't see at a professional football game so it was special."