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  • newDe La Rosa can't keep O's bats in check
    Rubby De La Rosa has pitched more innings this season than any other in his career, and perhaps fatigue can explain his late-season slide.
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:15pm -
  • newAfter day off, Cespedes expected back in lineup
    By signing Nelson Cruz, the Orioles provided a pretty strong demonstration of how one hitter can change the dynamic of a lineup. The Red Sox hope that Yoenis Cespedes can do the same over a full season in 2015.
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 10:13pm -
  • Papi passes Williams for most 30/100 seasons with Red Sox
    When David Ortiz's 33rd home run of the season soared over the right-field wall at Camden Yards on Friday night, it gave him RBI No. 100, meaning the slugger had achieved yet another milestone.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 12:30am -
  • Ortiz adds to legendary night with decisive blast
    Powered by David Ortiz, who ripped two home runs, including a go-ahead, two-run blast, the Red Sox pulled out a 5-3, 10-inning victory over the Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 12:30am -
  • Farrell believes in Vazquez as No. 1 catcher
    Red Sox manager John Farrell has seen enough from Christian Vazquez to think the rookie can be the starting catcher next season if that's how the roster shakes out.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:10pm -
  • Castillo won't rest when season ends
    Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will report to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League for the start of their season on Oct. 7. Roughly three weeks later, he will start playing Winter Ball in Puerto Rico.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:10pm -
  • Struggling 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.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:44pm -
  • Sox 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.
    - 3 days 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.
    - 3 days 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.
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:35pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newJoe Kelly gunning for place in Sox future
    BALTIMORE -- He grew up in Corona, California, about 24 miles due east of Anaheim Stadium on Highway 91, and was 14 years old when a rookie named John Lackey pitched and won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series for the Angels.So sure, Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who was traded by St. Louis for Lackey at the July 31 deadline, knew what his inquisitor was angling for Saturday afternoon."That would be a cooler story, huh," Kelly said with a trace of sympathy.
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:45am -
  • newO's defeat Sox, due in large part to Duquette
    BALTIMORE -- Takeaways from a beautiful Saturday night in Baltimore, where Orioles manager Buck Showalter may take the most bows but general manager Dan Duquette, the 56-year-old Duke of Dalton, Massachusetts, has fashioned an impressive second act far beyond any scale imagined by his detractors in Boston.• Three seasons into his tenure with the Orioles after a 10-year exile from Major League Baseball, Duquette is the architect of an Orioles team that won its first division title since 1997, and is still within shouting distance of the best record in the American League after Saturday night's 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:17pm -
  • Castillo flashes impressive defensive skills
    BALTIMORE -- And in his second start in a Boston Red Sox uniform, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo showed what he can do on the other side of the ball.The center fielder made a sliding catch of David Lough's sinking liner in the first inning and threw out Alejandro De Aza at the plate after charging Lough's single in the fifth and quickly unloading the ball, catcher Christian Vazquez applying the tag."Early on he had some quick jumps and reads on balls," Sox manager John Farrell said.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 1:27am -
  • Ortiz surpasses 30 HR, 100 RBI for 8th time
    BALTIMORE -- For the first century of what we call modern baseball, Babe Ruth was the only player who had achieved what David Ortiz matched Friday night.In 1934, Ruth hit 34 home runs and drove in 104 runs for the New York Yankees at the age of 38. That's the same age as Ortiz, who hit two home runs, his 33rd and 34th of the season, on Friday to give him 102 RBIs with eight games left in the Red Sox season.Ortiz became the sixth player to hit 30 or more home runs while driving in 100 or more runs at age 38 or older.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 12:54am -
  • Sox 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.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:01pm -
  • Notes: 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.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:55pm -
  • Sox 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
    - 3 days 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.
    - 3 days 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.
    - 3 days 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.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:24pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newWhy you should have cared about Saturday’s Red Sox game: Rubby De La Rosa has seemingly hit the wall
    BALTIMORE — Rubby De La Rosa is sputtering toward the finish line. The Red Sox starter had yet another subpar outing, this time allowing four runs on six hits over just four innings in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 loss to the Orioles, Saturday night in Camden Yards. Coming into the start against the O’s, De […]
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:57pm -
  • newSaturday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Chris Tillman
    The Red Sox will play the second game of their three-game series against the Orioles on Saturday night, as Rubby De La Rosa will face off against Chris Tillman. De La Rosa’€™s last two starts have not gone exactly as planned. Against the Royals last Saturday, the right-hander (4-7, 4.31 ERA) was charged for two […]
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 5:58pm -
  • David Ortiz: ‘They call me Super Papi’
    BALTIMORE — Decades from now, assuming that baseball does not hurtle towards a clockless extinction, David Ortiz will remain a reference point in Red Sox history, a necessary landmark and point of comparison for any slugger in the team’s uniform. Ortiz slammed a pair of homers — the 33rd and 34th of his season — […]
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:54pm -
  • Why You Should Have Cared About Friday’s Red Sox Game: David Ortiz keeps making history; Feats of Mookie’s Feets
    (For the final month of the regular season, ‘€œClosing Time’€ will be called ‘€œWhy 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.) BALTIMORE […]
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:49pm -
  • John Farrell: Christian Vazquez ‘ready and capable’ of being an Opening Day catcher
    BALTIMORE — Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .203 with a .271 OBP and .272 slugging mark this year. Christian Vazquez is hitting .217/.278/.268. Yet whereas Bradley’s offensive performance in 414 plate appearances has raised questions about his future big league role, the Sox have a more optimistic view of Vazquez’s offensive performance. “He’€™s handled different […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:57pm -
  • Rusney Castillo to play in Arizona Fall League and Puerto Rico Winter League
    BALTIMORE — While some members of the Red Sox are contemplating the end of their season, Rusney Castillo’s baseball season remains in its early stages, a notion made official by Sox manager John Farrell on Friday. Farrell said that Castillo, who made his major league debut on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and is back in the […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:58pm -
  • Red Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo in center, Garin Cecchini gets first big league start
    BALTIMORE — The list of Red Sox firsts continues to expand, as new outfielder Rusney Castillo will get his first start against an American League East opponent while third baseman Garin Cecchini will get his first big league start. Castillo went 1-for-4 in his Wednesday debut, while Cecchini is 2-for-3 and has been hit by […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:31pm -
  • Clay Buchholz aiming to be Derek Jeter’s last pitcher
    For Clay Buchholz, the scenario is a dream. He was the kid from Texas who grew up with that poster on his wall of his baseball idol, the one of the guy the young shortstop-turned-pitcher fashioned his baseball world around. And now — one week from Sunday — Buchholz will get the opportunity to become the last […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:52am -
  • Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Allen Webster vs. Kevin Gausman
    The Red Sox open up a weekend series Friday night against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Allen Webster will pitch against Kevin Gausman. In his previous outing last Friday, Webster (4-3, 6.02 ERA) had one of his finer outings of the season. He threw six innings, allowing just two runs in a winning effort against […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 8:40am -
  • Why 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. […]
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:01pm -

Boston Herald

  • newRusney Castillo’s judgment day
    BALTIMORE — If the Red Sox’ $72.5 million wager pays off and Rusney Castillo goes on to become a successful big league center fielder, remember this date: July 26, 2014.It might have been the single most important day in Castillo’s career.
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:43am -
  • newRed Sox: Arms race fizzles out
    BALTIMORE — Once the Red Sox traded Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester and John Lackey in a five-day span in July, they effectively began to hold open auditions for several of their most prized pitching prospects to earn a spot in next year’s starting rotation.And nobody stepped forward.
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:37am -
  • newRed Sox Notebook: More Cuban intrigue
    BALTIMORE — Make way for the next hyped Cuban prospect.One month after signing center fielder Rusney Castillo for seven years and $72.5 million, the largest contract ever for a Cuban player, the Red Sox will dispatch a handful of talent evaluators to the Dominican Republic today to watch slugging outfielder Yasmani Tomas. Early projections are that 23-year-old Tomas will receive more money than Castillo, who turned 27 two weeks ago.
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:35am -
  • newDavid Ortiz: Pitchers, stick with the Cy Young award
    No offense, Clayton Kershaw and Pedro Martinez, but David Ortiz is not a believer in your MVP credentials — present, past and future.“I don’t care, it can be Pedro Martinez, my brother, but the Cy Young is good enough for pitchers,” Ortiz said. “You were the best at what you do. What else do you need?”
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:10pm -
  • Dan Duquette right choice
    BALTIMORE — Three years ago, Dan Duquette was the belly-aching punchline of an unintended joke that went something like this: “Hey, did you hear who the Orioles hired to be their general manager?”Who’s laughing now?
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 1:06am -
  • Red Sox Notebook: David Ortiz sets team homer-RBI record
    BALTIMORE — In the fourth inning last night, Ted Williams stood down. And in the 10th, the Red Sox’ latest losing streak fell, too.The man responsible for both: David Ortiz, of course.Ortiz’ two-run homer in the 10th inning against side-arming Baltimore reliever Darren O’Day gave the last-place Red Sox a 5-3 victory over a watered-down version of the AL East-champion Orioles.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 1:03am -
  • John Farrell likes Christian Vazquez for ’15 team
    BALTIMORE — As endorsements in late September go, this one rang like a church bell.John Farrell stopped short of saying Christian Vazquez will be the Red Sox’ Opening Day catcher next year. But the manager made clear that he believes Vazquez has a place on the major league roster, including perhaps as the primary starter behind the plate.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 12:31am -

Providence Journal

  • newRed Sox pitching prospects yet to take advantage of rotation opportunities
    BALTIMORE — When the Red Sox traded away their starting rotation two months ago, they essentially commenced open tryouts for 2015. Boston’s next generation of starting pitchers — a stable that had been revamped and consequently hyped over the previous two years — had its shot to make a big impression.
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:19pm -
  • newOrioles 7, Red Sox 2: Rubby De La Rosa’s struggles deepen
    BALTIMORE — For much of this season, Rubby De La Rosa lingered as a bright spot among Boston’s young and collectively struggling starting pitchers. De La Rosa was the one who had shown he could pitch — and start — in the majors. He had good enough stuff, he had found good enough poise and he had demonstrated against good enough lineups that he belonged in the rotation.
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:58pm -
  • newPawSox manager Kevin Boles trying to make the most of major-league exposure
    BALTIMORE — Fresh off an International League championship and a rally back at McCoy Stadium earlier this week, PawSox manager Kevin Boles is spending the weekend at Camden Yards on Boston’s major-league coaching staff.
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 8:04pm -
  • newMookie Betts handling majors just fine so far
    BALTIMORE — David Ortiz was the star on Friday night, and Rusney Castillo a notable undercard. But the best at-bat of the night, the one that pitted two of the division’s finest young talents, belonged to Mookie Betts.
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:53pm -
  • Rusney Castillo displays diverse set of skills in win
    BALTIMORE — When the Red Sox added Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline, they made concessions in order to nab a hitter who excelled in one specific area: power.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:47pm -
  • Red Sox 5, Orioles 3: David Ortiz comes through again, and then once more
    BALTIMORE — Even amid the dreck of this woeful season, the Red Sox have some reasons to be encouraged about the future. Mookie Betts looks legit, Xander Bogaerts has come around with the bat, the team isn’t that far off from being competitive again soon.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:50pm -
  • Red Sox confident Christian Vazquez will hit
    BALTIMORE — Christian Vazquez may be hitting only .217 going into Friday night’s contest with the Orioles, but manager John Farrell is more than pleased with the rookie’s acclimation to the major leagues.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:27pm -
  • Rusney Castillo to play in fall and winter leagues
    BALTIMORE — Manager John Farrell announced Friday that Rusney Castillo will continue to play after the regular season in both the Arizona Fall League and the Roberto Clemente Baseball League in Puerto Rico this winter. The goal is to get Castillo a total of 200 plate appearances — including what he’s already accumulated working his way up the minors this season — before settling into the offseason.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:18pm -
  • Garin Cecchini gets first big-league start against long-time friend
    BALTIMORE — Garin Cecchini remembers the picture being taken, out on Eutaw Street between the field and the warehouse at Camden Yards. It was 2006, and he was in Maryland to see his younger brother Gavin in a little-league tournament when the family took a side trip to see the major-league ballpark.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:12pm -
  • Red Sox in need of healing, normalcy this winter
    BALTIMORE — It was the wake of World War I that led presidential candidate Warren Harding to say it, but it could apply just as readily to these Red Sox come winter.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:58pm -

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newAround the majors report: September 20, 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 Red Sox […]
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:44am -
  • newStats report: David Ortiz sets a Red Sox record
    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, Red Sox DH David […]
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:44am -
  • newGame recaps: David Ortiz moves up on the HR list & hits 2 HR
    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) RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 3 […]
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:43am -
  • newNews report: Jacoby Ellsbury strains his hamstring
    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) Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury had […]
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:43am -
  • newLegends of the Game: Richie Ashburn
    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. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:42am -
  • MLB says: “Thanks, Derek” (VIDEO)
    MLB says thanks to Derek Jeter Your browser does not support iframes.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:57pm -
  • Bubbled Mariners ready for the final stretch
    With last nights’ victory on the arm of Felix Hernandez and the bat of Logan Morrison, the Mariners have stayed within a game of the final AL Wild Card spot. After four straight seasons of losing baseball, the Mariners were a simple after thought going into the offseason. However with the signing of  Robinson Cano, veteran pitcher Chris […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:37pm -
  • Understanding the standings redux
    Nine to Know: 1. Since July 5, the Nationals have the best record in the National League at 41-25 (.621) but that’s not nearly as interesting as the Braves and the Brewers each having a 27-38 (.415) record. 2. After you are done appreciating the Orioles and Angels, look at the A’s and the Brewers […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:57am -
  • Seven beautiful innings = One no-decision
    This season there have been 370 games in which a starter threw seven innings and ended up with a no-decision or as I call it a “Don Sutton“ Four pitchers pitched great games last night only to get four no-decisions and to of the pitchers watched their team end up on losing side of the […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:32am -
  • MLB Video Highlights: Yankees, Cardinals, and Rockies walk-off, Felix Hernandez comes through for Mariners
    Matt Adams makes a tremendous catch while falling over the tarp into the first row… Your browser does not support iframes. Tony Cruz scores Matt Adams from second for a Cardinals’ walk-off in the 13th… Your browser does not support iframes. Derek Jeter goes deep off of R.A. Dickey… Your browser does not support iframes. […]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:56am -

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 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'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 -