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  • newStruggling bats, bad-luck bounce sink Red Sox
    In a season that went irreversibly sour weeks ago for the Red Sox, a new chapter of frustration was added in the top of the ninth inning on Thursday night against the Pirates in a play that might not be seen again anytime soon. Moments before a 3-2 loss that completed a three-game sweep, the Sox seemed on the verge of a comeback.
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:44pm -
  • newWebster gets the call for opener against Orioles
    With the American League East title locked up, the Orioles are now moving on to their pursuit of the best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. They open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday night behind Kevin Gausman. Boston counters with Allen Webster.
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:27pm -
  • newSox optimistic after Holt meets concussion specialist
    After Brock Holt visited with noted concussion specialist Mickey Collins on Thursday, there was more optimism that the super-utilityman would be able to play again this season.
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 6:17pm -
  • Rusney notches first hit, 'satisfied' with debut
    It took Rusney Castillo years to realize his dream of playing in the Major Leagues, but just one game to get his first career hit. The Cuban outfielder went 1-for-4 for the Red Sox in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Pirates, as he came up with an infield single in his second at-bat.
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:45pm -
  • Buchholz can't stop playoff-hungry Pirates
    Just as he was settling into a nice late-season groove, Clay Buchholz was shelled on Wednesday night at PNC Park, as the Red Sox took a 9-1 loss to the Pirates.
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:35pm -
  • Cherington forecasts rebound for Pedroia
    Although Dustin Pedroia's power clearly tailed off the last two seasons as he dealt with hand injuries, general manager Ben Cherington is confident his second baseman will rebound.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:25pm -
  • Despite slump, Red Sox want Koji back
    Though Red Sox right-hander Koji Uehara went into such a funk in recent weeks that he's temporarily on leave from the closer's role, it hasn't changed the club's stance on wanting him back in 2015.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:13pm -
  • Ranaudo allows two homers on quiet night for offense
    Red Sox righty Anthony Ranaudo gave up two more homers on Tuesday night, accounting for all of the runs he allowed in a 4-0 loss to the Pirates.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:33pm -
  • Breslow named Sox's nominee for Clemente Award
    Red Sox lefty reliever Craig Breslow hasn't had his best season on the mound, but he's been as committed as ever to making a difference in the community.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 8:38pm -
  • Holt to see concussion specialist in Pittsburgh
    Red Sox infielder Brock Holt will visit with concussion specialist Mickey Collins while the club is in Pittsburgh.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:08pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newSox flagged for interference, swept by Bucs
    BOSTON -- The magic number remains stalled at four, and the way the Boston Red Sox lost Thursday night, you wonder if a certain former Sox manager has a John Farrell voodoo doll on his athletic director's desk.There are nine games left in Boston's misbegotten season. They need to win four to finish with a better record than Bobby Valentine's 69-93 2012 team, which featured, in Bobby V's words, "the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball.
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:01pm -
  • newNotes: Magic number 4 to beat Bobby V
    PITTSBURGH -- Quick hits from PNC Park, where the Red Sox will attempt to avoid being swept in a series for the 11th time this season.• Last season, the Sox were swept just once, a three-game set in Texas Oct. 3-5. That was their fewest multi-game sweeps in a season since 1955, and it was the first time the Sox had played an entire season at home without being swept.The Sox have been swept at home eight times this season; they have been swept twice on the road: the Rays took three straight in the Trop May 23-25, and the Indians took three straight June 2-4 in Cleveland.
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:55pm -
  • newSox lineup: Castillo out tonight
    A day after going 1-for-4 in his major league debut, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo has the night off Thursday against the Pirates. Jackie Bradley Jr. is taking his place in center field. Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup:1. Mookie Betts, 2B2. Xander Bogaerts, SS3. David Ortiz, 1B4. Allen Craig, RF5. Daniel Nava, LF6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF8. Christian Vazquez, C9. Brandon Workman, RHP
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:55pm -
  • Butterfield: Pedroia 'toughest guy I've seen'
    PITTSBURGH -- Brian Butterfield admits that he can’t be certain what the future holds for second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who recently underwent wrist surgery, the second consecutive year he has had a major procedure done on his left hand. Last year, it was surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.In 2012, Pedroia also had a pin inserted to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky finger.But Butterfield, the Red Sox third-base coach and infield instructor, says before anyone speculates about Pedroia’s future, they should acknowledge what they have witnessed over the last two seasons.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:33am -
  • Rapid Reaction: Pirates 9, Red Sox 1
    PITTSBURGH -- The man from Ciego de Avila, Cuba left PNC Park Wednesday night with a souvenir from his major-league debut, the baseball he struck for his first hit, an infield single in the fourth inning.The man from Crossville, Tennessee left PNC Park Wednesday night with a similar souvenir, the result of the pinch double he ripped into the left-field corner for his first hit, one inning later.But beyond those mementos for Rusney Castillo and Bryce Brentz, there were no takeaways worth mentioning for the Boston Red Sox, 9-1 losers to the Pittsburgh Pirates before a crowd of 34,785.
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:27pm -
  • Castillo's focus: 'Take things as they come'
    PITTSBURGH -- Rusney Castillo, the 5-foot-9, 205-pound outfielder whose professional career in Cuba ended 14 months ago in a provincial tournament near his hometown of Ciego de Avila, pronounced himself ready to embark on his major league career with the Red Sox Wednesday night.“I actually feel in a pretty good place, baseball-wise,’’ the 27-year-old Castillo said a couple of hours before taking the field against the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing center field and batting seventh for the Sox.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:24pm -
  • Castillo will bat seventh in debut
    PITTSBURGH -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will play center field and bat seventh on Wednesday night in his major league debut.Castillo, who signed the biggest contract ever for a Cuban player, will debut at PNC Park when the Red Sox take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Farrell confirmed his lineup spot in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Wednesday afternoon.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:08pm -
  • PawSox lose final despite Castillo homer
    Rusney Castillo hit his first home run as a U.S. professional, but it wasn't enough for the Pawtucket Red Sox, who lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers, 4-2, in the Triple-A title game in Charlotte, N.C.Castillo led off the Pawtucket first with a homer to left-center, but Omaha tied it in the second on Cheslor Cuthbert's home run off Edwin Escobar.Cuthbert's sacrifice fly gave Omaha a 2-1 lead in the fifth before a rain delay of nearly two hours.Travis Shaw's solo homer in the sixth tied it for the PawSox, but Omaha took the lead for good in the seventh when Brett Hayes hit a two-run homer off reliever Miguel Celestino.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:47am -
  • Rapid Reaction: Pirates 4, Red Sox 0
    PITTSBURGH -- The last place Koji Uehara wants to wind up this winter is on the discount rack at Uniqlo.The Red Sox closer took a necessary step toward avoiding that fate in Boston’s 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night with an impressive eighth inning against the Pirates, striking out three consecutive Buccos after a leadoff double by Neil Walker.Uehara, pitching for only the second time since he voluntarily relinquished the closer’s role on Sept.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:39pm -
  • Holt slated for more tests Thursday
    PITTSBURGH -- Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt is not expected to face the Pittsburgh Pirates -- the team that drafted him in 2009, gave him his first big-league exposure in 2012, then traded him to the Sox in December of the same year -- during this week's interleague series. Holt missed his 10th game Tuesday night with concussive symptoms and is scheduled to undergo more tests Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Sports Medicine, where Dr.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:50pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newWhy you should have cared about Thursday’s Red Sox game: Better draft pick, season’s most bizarre play
    PITTSBURGH — Want to look at the Red Sox‘ three-game sweep at PNC Park with a glass-half-full mentality? Here you go: The Red Sox might be moving down in the standings, but up in the draft order. With their 3-2 loss to the Pirates Thursday night, the Sox are now the fifth-worst team in baseball. […]
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:01pm -
  • newBrock Holt gets positive news, but still not ready for action
    PITTSBURGH —  Brock Holt is better, but not quite good enough to see game action. The utilityman, who has been out since Sept. 5 with a concussion, came back from his appointment with concussion specialist Micky Collins, PhD with good results. “He’€™s improved today,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. ‘€œHe got some encouraging news […]
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:46pm -
  • newRed Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo sits, David Ortiz starts in Pirates finale
    David Ortiz will be in the lineup at first base in the Red Sox‘ final interleague contest of the season. Mike Napoli will sit in deference to Ortiz, while Rusney Castillo — one day after his major league debut — will also get the night off, as Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in center field. […]
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:22pm -
  • newManuel Margot, Rafael Devers headline Red Sox Fall Instructional League roster
    While the minor league season is officially done, the work of player development continues. Most immediately, the Fall Instructional League — which includes a number of lower-levels prospects who would be characterized as high-upside players but whose probability is harder to project given their distance from the leagues — is currently underway. The players in […]
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:37pm -
  • newBen Cherington on D&C: Rusney Castillo not elite, ‘but just good in a lot of categories’
    Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to talk about Rusney Castillo and how the team plans to rebuild for 2015. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Castillo made his major league debut in Wednesday night’s 9-1 loss to […]
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:47am -
  • newThursday’s Red Sox-Pirates matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Gerrit Cole
    The Red Sox will close out their series with the Pirates at PNC Park on Thursday night. Brandon Workman will pitch against another young right-hander in Gerrit Cole. Since moving to the rotation in the middle of this year, Workman (1-9, 5.27 ERA) has not had as much success as he did in the bullpen. […]
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 8:20am -
  • Why you should have cared about Wednesday’s Red Sox loss: Rusney Castillo played a major league baseball game
    (For the final month of the regular season, “Closing Time” will be called “Why you should have cared,” looking beyond the final score — at a time when losses are arguably more valuable to the Sox than wins (for draft and waiver position) — for either meaningful signs for 2015 or simple aesthetic considerations.) PITTSBURGH […]
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:12pm -
  • Rusney Castillo sets scene for major league debut
    PITTSBURGH — He landed in town at 11:30 a.m. Got to the hotel at 12:30 p.m. And hopped the 1 p.m. team bus for PNC Park. Three hours later, Rusney Castillo met with the media in the visitors dugout prior to his big league debut. “I’m very excited, to say the least,” the outfielder said […]
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 8:05pm -
  • Red Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo in No. 7 spot
    PITTSBURGH — Red Sox manager John Farrell said during his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show Wednesday that Rusney Castillo will hit in the No. 7 spot and play center field against Pittsburgh starting pitcher Fransisco Liriano. Here is the rest of the Red Sox‘ lineup: Mookie Betts 2B Xander Bogaerts SS Yoenis […]
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:43pm -
  • Buster Olney on MFB: ‘A little scary’ that Red Sox are so reliant on David Ortiz
    ESPN’s Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss the Red Sox‘ prospects for next season and other baseball news. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. David Ortiz recently talked to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford about how he feels he proved his worth this […]
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 12:59pm -

Boston Herald

  • newRed Sox ending lost season after World Series win
    PITTSBURGH — Everything seems to be going wrong for the Boston Red Sox one year after so many things went right.Their third World Series title in 10 years is a distant memory. This season they are all but assured of finishing last in the AL East.The Pittsburgh Pirates were the latest team to take advantage, getting a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning. That led to the Red Sox's 3-2 loss on Thursday night that helped the Pirates keep pace in the NL playoff race.
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:51am -
  • newAllen Craig's hopes tilted toward ’15 on Red Sox
    PITTSBURGH — Can’t wait for the baseball season to end?Allen Craig knows the feeling.
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:37am -
  • newRed Sox Notebook: Swept out of Pittsburgh
    PITTSBURGH — It took six months and 153 games, but the Red Sox finally have one moment above all others that perfectly captures their Greek tragedy of a season.It happened in the ninth inning of an otherwise irrelevant (for the Sox, at least) one-run game last night, the tying run standing 90 feet away when Will Middlebrooks hit a chopper that traveled about 85 feet and straddled the third-base line.
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:16am -
  • newRed Sox may power up with Pedro Alvarez
    PITTSBURGH — Pedro Alvarez nearly joined the Red Sox a decade ago. He may find his way to Boston yet.With the Red Sox overwhelmingly right-handed offensively and looking this winter to upgrade baseball’s worst third base production, they are certain to target left-handed or switch-hitting third basemen in free agency or via trade.And Alvarez will be on their list.
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Cherington: Dustin Pedroia's best days not behind him
    PITTSBURGH — Ben Cherington is betting on Dustin Pedroia.The second baseman has been an understandable topic of concern recently, thanks to his third hand/wrist/finger surgery in the last three years. But it’s fair to say the Red Sox general manager is just a touch mystified by the narrative that Pedroia’s days as a productive player are behind him.Speaking before the Sox played the Pittsburgh Pirates last night, Cherington took a few minutes to make it clear that he believes Pedroia’s best days are by no means behind him.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:18am -
  • Red Sox Notebook: Pirates blitz Clay Buchholz
    PITTSBURGH — Just as the Rusney Castillo era began, the Clay Buchholz Redemption Tour hit a pothole.Castillo made his eagerly anticipated major league debut last night and finished 1-for-4 with an infield single. But Buchholz got steamrolled in a three-run second inning and lasted only four innings overall, as the Red Sox were routed, 9-1, by the Pirates at PNC Park.So much for the notion that Buchholz could use a strong September to build momentum going into next season.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:16am -
  • With Major League debut, Rusney Castillo begins journey
    PITTSBURGH — The expectations are inherent in the contract. For $72.5 million, Rusney Castillo had better be good.No further hype is required.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:15am -

Providence Journal

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newSteve Pearce Destroying Heat for Buck Showalter
    The Baltimore Orioles have both literally and figuratively run away with the American League East this season, wrapping up the division with a convincing and efficient 8-2 victory Tuesday night over Toronto. One of the main reasons Buck Showalter and company have managed to accomplish that impressive feat has been the production of its offense […]
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:25pm -
  • newCruz, Stanton, Abreu, Trout, and the amazing VMart are 30/30 guys
    Nelson Cruz picked up his 30th double of the season last night in the AL East champion Orioles 6-1 win over the Blue Jays. With that double he joins four other great hitters who this season have 30 homers and 30 doubles. The 2014 30-30 club Player HR 2B Age Tm Lg AB R H […]
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • newRuns scored/Runs allowed in the first three innings
    A game, like the season, is more of a marathon than a sprint. You need to be competitive in the beginning, middle, and, of course, the end. On the other hand, a game is also like a dash, you have to start strong Here’s  what I’m referring to: The Tigers have scored the most runs […]
    - 20 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:39am -
  • newTake 90-seconds to appreciate this Gatorade tribute to Derek Jeter (Updated w/print ad)
    Gatorade saluting Derek Jeter, who always did it his way. According to Adweek, Jeter wrote some of the copy here and even suggested the Frank Sinatra song that serves as soundtrack for the ad, by TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles. Gatorade, the official sports drink of Major League Baseball since 1990, roped off a few blocks before […]
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:52am -
  • newCoffee and Clippings: David Price hasn’t delivered for Tigers
    David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN writes that David Price hasn’t delivered for the Detroit Tigers… That’s what was so disappointing about Price’s performance Wednesday night. A day after the Tigers suffered a tough, walk-off loss to the Twins, they staked Price to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and he promptly coughed […]
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:39am -
  • newPeter Gammons: Trading OBP for Power, and why
    The days of the 400-something on base, 600-something slugging hitters are gone, with drug-testing and bullpens full of 96-to-100 relievers and, as several baseball people point out, a return to the strike zone as written. What is interesting is how teams that not long ago looked the other way from hitters who had on-base percentages […]
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:11am -
  • newAround the majors report: September 18, 2014
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday’s scores– AL Orioles 6, […]
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:54am -
  • newStats report: Orioles HR feats
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday, Orioles DH Nelson Cruz […]
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:53am -
  • newGame recaps: Angels clinch the division title
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) ANGELS 5, MARINERS 0 1 […]
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:53am -
  • newNews report: Jason Heyward has a thumb injury
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (tweaked […]
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:52am -

MLB Trade Rumors

  • Red Sox Designate Ryan Roberts For Assignment
    Not long after signing him, the Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment, tweets Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Brock Holt was brought up to take the active roster spot. Signed 11 days ago, Roberts struggled in his limited time in Boston, hitting safely only twice in 22 plate appearances and drawing three walks against seven strikeouts. Roberts' a one-year, MLB deal was not guaranteed, tweets Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, so the club will only be on the hook for the approximately $61K he has already earned. As the 33-year-old looks for a new job, he will...
    - 18 Apr 14, 3:35pm -
  • Hanrahan Talking With Multiple Clubs Following Showcase
    12:19pm: Hanrahan isn't yet negotiating with anyone but is expected to start taking offers next week, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (via Twitter). Some teams have requested to see Hanrahan's medicals. FRIDAY, 11:24am: The Twins aren't one of the teams talking contract with Hanrahan, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweets. There is similarly "nothing brewing" between Hanrahan and the Mets, The Record's Matt Ehalt reports. The Astros, meanwhile, weren't at the tryout at all, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter link). THURSDAY: Upwards of 20 teams were on-hand today to watch free-agent right-hander Joel Hanrahan's showcase at the...
    - 18 Apr 14, 1:19pm -
  • AL East Notes: Rays, Drew, Pineda, Lester
    Over at Fangraphs, Dave Cameron provides an interesting look at team age, weighted for anticipated playing time. The unsurprising result is that the oldest current MLB roster belongs to the Yankees. With the Red Sox and Blue Jays also falling in the top five, and the Rays landing in the top half with what Cameron calls a "sneaky old" roster, the American League East would appear to be the most veteran-laden division in the game. The loss of pitchers Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Jeremy Hellickson has exposed the fact that the Rays are thin on pitching depth in their...
    - 15 Apr 14, 7:15pm -
  • Quick Hits: Puig, Yankees, Lester, Tigers, Blackouts
    For some players, just getting the chance to play is the biggest hurdle. That certainly holds true for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, whose journey out of Cuba and into Major League Baseball is perhaps more astounding than anyone realized. Jesse Katz of Los Angeles Magazine provides a narrative of Puig's unbelievable tale. Here are a few notes from around the game: The Yankees come in at a surprising second in the early-season defensive shift count, writes ESPN.com's Buster Olney (Insider subscription required). As Olney notes, that kind of decision requires organizational commitment on every level, and two offseason infield acquisitions...
    - 14 Apr 14, 10:49pm -
  • Injury Notes: Anderson, Moore, Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox
    Needless to say, the season has gotten of to a rough start in terms of injury news. Offering some hope, perhaps, Baseball America's J.J. Cooper writes (answering a reader question) that two-time Tommy John patients have a better track record of recovery than is perhaps commonly thought. Here's the latest on a few situations around the league that have (or could have had) hot stove implications: Rockies starter Brett Anderson is expected to be out for a lengthy stretch with a broken index finger, as he will need four to six weeks to recover before rehabbing, according to Thomas Harding...
    - 14 Apr 14, 8:19pm -
  • AL East Notes: Rays, Kelley, Drew, Gomes, Sox
    Facing the possibility of losing Matt Moore to Tommy John surgery, Rays manager Joe Maddon offered his take on the recent rash of Tommy John surgeries in the game. Via the Associated Press: "Sometimes you have to look underneath the surface and I tend to agree it has a lot to do with youth sports and travel teams and multiple travel teams and kids pitching to win when they're really young and throwing too many pitches. I think the more recent epidemic curiously might be tied to what they're doing before they even get here professionally." Of course, Moore's injury...
    - 14 Apr 14, 9:39am -
  • AL East Notes: Red Sox, Lester, Hanrahan, Rays
    The possibility exists that at some point this season, the Red Sox could field a lineup, along with a good chunk of their rotation and bullpen, that is comprised almost exclusively of players and pitchers who have played only for Boston, writes Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. Thanks to the club's emphasis on homegrown talent, injuries/days off for David Ortiz, A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross, and Mike Napoli could make this idea a reality sometime this summer. Here's more out of the AL East.. Two winters ago, the Red Sox were able to find success by overpaying free agents on...
    - 13 Apr 14, 10:56am -
  • AL Notes: Indians, Fuld, Lester
    Dr. James Andrews tells MLB Network Radio (via MetsBlog) that a number of factors have contributed to an increase in Tommy John surgeries throughout baseball. One issue is that high school pitchers are throwing too hard, and their ligaments aren't maturing quickly enough to keep up with their velocity. Year-round baseball is another issue, as is throwing breaking balls at a young age. High school pitchers who throw harder than 80-85 MPH also run the risk of having arm issues. Here are a few notes from around the American League. The Indians' trade of Shin-Soo Choo was one of GM...
    - 12 Apr 14, 5:38pm -
  • Red Sox Offered Lester Deal Worth $70MM
    3:56pm: Lester says that he isn't ruling out the possibility that he will remain with the Red Sox, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston tweets. "Why does it mean I'm out of Boston?" Lester says. "Things can definitely change.'' 11:59am: The Red Sox' most recent extension offer to starting pitcher Jon Lester was for four years and between $70MM, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan tweets, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports initially reported that the Red Sox had offered between $70MM and $80MM. Lester is eligible for free agency after the season, and Rosenthal writes that sources tell him that Lester will not...
    - 12 Apr 14, 4:56pm -
  • Rosenthal's Latest: Sandoval, Pirates, Cubs, Abreu
    Here are a few tidbits from Ken Rosenthal's latest video from FOX Sports: There aren't many good third base options available this offseason (Chase Headley is available, and Aramis Ramirez has a mutual option), so retaining Pablo Sandoval makes sense for the Giants. Rosenthal wonders if the Pirates could sign either Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales after the draft in June, at which point they wouldn't have to worry about the draft-pick forfeiture attached to each of them. After a quiet offseason, the Pirates should have the financial wherewithal to pursue a bigger-name player. In a tiny sample size, Jordy...
    - 12 Apr 14, 3:38pm -