- newArcher takes offense to Ortiz's bat flip
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With Christmas carols playing weirdly in the background for what the Tampa Bay Rays called "Christmas in July," leave it to David Ortiz to play bad Santa.Not only did Ortiz hit a three-run home run off Rays pitcher Chris Archer that accounted for all of the Boston Red Sox's runs in a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon that ended Tampa Bay's nine-game winning streak, he made the Rays cry foul, too.Archer was offended by Ortiz's exaggerated bat flip and leisurely stroll around the bases, which broke a scoreless tie in the third.
- 5 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 7:40pm -
- newMiller in high demand
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With four days before Thursday's trade deadline, left-handed reliever Andrew Miller remains high on the lists of contenders seeking bullpen help. The Braves and Pirates have been tracking him for some time, the Royals have interest, and there were a host of other clubs here for Sunday's finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.Miller pitched the seventh inning Sunday. He issued a leadoff walk to Curt Casali, then Kevin Kiermaier laid down a sacrifice bunt in self-defense, WITH Miller coming high and inside with a fastball.
- 6 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 6:17pm -
- newRapid Reaction: Red Sox 3, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The flaws have received most of the focus, which is what happens when you win a World Series one year and occupy last place the next.But for a moment, consider Boston's one slice of hardball perfection. When the Red Sox take a lead into the ninth inning, they do not lose. Having Koji Uehara on their side, of course, gives them a huge advantage.The Sox are now 37-0 in games in which they led after eight innings, after they held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 before the crowd of 25,221 that witnessed Tampa Bay's winning streak end at nine.
- 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 5:15pm -
- newSource: Sox consider trade for Matt Kemp
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He has had debilitating ankle and shoulder injuries that have limited his play the last two seasons, is still owed roughly $118 million on a contract that runs through 2019, and has a mixed reputation as a clubhouse presence, but the Red Sox are considering making a move for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to a club source.With the Sox in need of more offensive production in the outfield, the right-handed-hitting Kemp could be the major piece in a trade for Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, especially with the Dodgers reluctant to part with top outfield prospect Joc Pederson.
- 9 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 2:56pm -
- newNewcomers to be assigned to Pawtucket
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that the two minor-league pitchers the Red Sox acquired from San Francisco Saturday for veteran Jake Peavy will be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.Left-hander Edwin Escobar, 22, will join the PawSox rotation, Cherington said, after going 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA for Fresno in the Pacific Coast League, striking out 96 and walking 37 in 111 innings. Escobar pitched in the All-Star Futures Game.
- 24 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 12:23am -
- newWebster to make 2014 debut on Sunday
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It was a coin-flip decision earlier this season, manager John Farrell said, between calling up Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster from Pawtucket when the Red Sox needed a starter. Webster lost.Webster’s luck improved considerably on Saturday. Scheduled to pitch Saturday night for Pawtucket in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Webster instead received a summons here, where he will start in place of the traded Jake Peavy.
- 24 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 12:21am -
- Lackey on Peavy: 'Going to miss a buddy'
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For John Lackey, the worst part about the Red Sox trading Jake Peavy was losing a friend in the clubhouse.Five days before the trading deadline, Lackey has reason to wonder how many other friends (paging Jon Lester) will be absent from the Sox clubhouse by the end of the week.“It’s a weird day when you lose a buddy, for sure,’’ Lackey said after losing, 3-0, to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night. “I talked to him at the hotel when he was about to leave.
- 1 day ago, 26 Jul 14, 11:59pm -
- Rapid Reaction: Rays 3, Red Sox 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jake Peavy was traded. The rest of the Red Sox are applying for asylum, in any country that will take them.The downtrodden Sox lost their fifth straight game, 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays, who apparently have decided not to lose again until they lap the field in the American League East.The Sox were shut out for the 11th time this season, matching their total for 2013 with two months to go in the season.Five Rays pitchers combined to pitch their 12th shutout.
- 1 day ago, 26 Jul 14, 10:40pm -
- Pirates tracking Sox relievers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates, looking to upgrade their bullpen, had a scout in Toronto when the Red Sox were there earlier this week, have two scouts here watching the Sox, and plan to scout them through the trading deadline back in Boston.The Sox have four relievers on the major-league roster who can become free agents after the season: closer Koji Uehara, left-handed setup man Andrew Miller and middle men Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow.
- 1 day ago, 26 Jul 14, 8:38pm -
- Sox GM on '13 deal for Peavy: I'd do it again
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jake Peavy fell four days short of lasting an entire year with the Red Sox. Acquired last July 30 in a three-way deal with the Tigers and White Sox, Peavy was traded Saturday to the San Francisco Giants. There were three key players involved in last July’s three-way deal: Peavy, shortstop Jose Iglesias, who went from the Sox to the Tigers, and outfielder Avisail Garcia, who went from the Tigers to the White Sox.Only Peavy is still playing this season, as both Iglesias and Garcia sustained season-ending injuries.
- 1 day ago, 26 Jul 14, 8:02pm -