Bruins winger Shawn Thornton was in Fenway Park Tuesday night ready to take in the game. But his good friend, Kevin Youkilis, isn't around. Thornton thinks Chicago will appreciate Youkilis' hard work.
BOSTON - On Thursday, rosters will expand for major league teams, enabling them to add as many as 15 more players -- if they so choose.
The Sox, of course, won't be adding nearly that many. In fact, they'll probably only promote three or so players by Sept. 1, with additional players added after minor league seasons end on Labor Day.
The Sox call-ups will come in two waves. A look at who might be called up and when.
FOR FRIDAY: (the Red Sox are off Thursday)
* catcher Ryan Hanigan
* reliever Joe Kelly
* outfielder Bryce Brentz.
Hanigan is finishing up a rehab assignment and will provide the Sox with a third catcher, enabling John Farrell to either pinch-hit or pinch-run for one of his two catchers (Bryan Holaday and Sandy Leon) without worrying that he's putting himself in a potential bind.
Kelly would give the Red Sox another swing-and-miss bullpen option, though he's yet to establish himself as big league reliever.
Meanwhile Brentz would give the Sox another outfield option with the injury to Andrew Benintendi and further free up Brock Holt for infield duties.
FOR TUESDAY: (Day after International League season ends):
* reliever Heath Hembree
* infielder Deven Marrero
* reliever Noe Ramirez
Hembree has been effective in spurts and could offer some match-up options against righthanded hitters.
Marrero was a September call-up last year and could be a late-inning defensive replacement for Travis Shaw at third, or spell Xander Bogaerts at short if the Sox want to rest Bogaerts in one-sided games.
In the bullpen, Ramirez would serve as a long man in games in which a starter is knocked out early.
STERLING, Mass. -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.
Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn."
The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by the phrase "Thanks Big Papi."
Big Papi Maze! pic.twitter.com/oMtN5gQy4E— Davis Mega Maze (@DavisMegaMaze) August 27, 2016
The maze opens to the public on Saturday.
Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.
Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.