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  • Game 7 rout capped historic comeback in '04
    Derek Lowe's strong start and Johnny's Damon's resurgence at the plate -- including two homers and six RBIs -- put the finishing touches on the biggest comeback in MLB postseason history.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:30pm -
  • Red Sox Arizona Fall League overview
    Deven Marrero knows he'll have to complement his superlative defense with enough offense in order to stick in a Major League lineup. He said improving at the plate is his primary goal with the Arizona Fall League's Surprise Saguaros.
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Source: Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach
    Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Red Sox, according to a Major League source. The Red Sox, who have not confirmed the hiring, are believed to have agreed to a multiyear contract with Davis, who had also been courted by the Yankees and Rangers for their vacant hitting coach jobs.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 8:50pm -
  • Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history
    Before the Red Sox could complete their baseball miracle in the 2004 ALCS, a bit of a medical science miracle was needed.
    - 3 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 12:45pm -
  • Ortiz's heroics, Nixon's grab kept '04 WS in sight
    If the image of Dave Roberts getting his hand just under the tag in Game 4 of the ALCS remains the most indelible memory of the 2004 postseason, the best game during the epic joyride was, without question, Game 5.
    - 4 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • Roberts' steal set amazing 2004 playoff run in motion
    Three outs from being swept, the Red Sox scored the tying run in the ninth off Mariano Rivera thanks in large part to David Roberts' memorable steal of second.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep apnea
    After enduring a season riddled with minor injuries, Mike Napoli will reportedly undergo surgery on his jaw to address an ongoing problem with sleep apnea.
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 9:54am -
  • Inbox: Do Sox have assets for big-time trade?
    Welcome to an offseason edition of the Red Sox Inbox, which will run on a weekly basis until Spring Training. There is certainly a lot to talk about this winter, starting with potential blockbuster-trade scenarios.
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game
    For the second time in the young Arizona Fall League season, Saguaros manager Delino DeShields filled out his lineup card with Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle and Rusney Castillo, all members of the Red Sox organization, at shortstop, second base and center field, respectively.
    - 11 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 1:33am -
  • Red Sox ponder Craig's future in Boston
    As the Red Sox plot their course for what figures to be a highly eventful winter of retooling, one big question they will have to ask themselves is this: What kind of season will Allen Craig have in 2015?
    - 14 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:35pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • Facebook chat: Gordon Edes at 2 p.m.

    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:38am -
  • Edes' eavesdropping: Allen Craig's future
    BOSTON -- Beyond introductions when he first arrived, I had not spoken with Boston Red Sox outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig, other than in a group, until the early September night in New York when he struck out four times against the Yankees.He was on his way out when I stopped him in the middle of the clubhouse. He had every right to brush me off and might have been inclined to do so, but instead he hung in there for a few brief responses after what had to be one of his most disheartening nights in the big leagues.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 11:30pm -
  • 10 years later: Relive 'Four Days in October'
    We’ll have more goodies for you next week as we get closer to the 10-year anniversary of the storybook 2004 Red Sox championship, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t pause to recognize perhaps the most important date in that fairy tale run: Oct. 17, 2004 -- the night of Game 4 of the ALCS.Exactly 10 years ago tonight, the Red Sox -- trailing three games to none -- rallied off Yankees legend Mariano Rivera to tie Game 4 and won it in the 12th inning on a walk-off homer by David Ortiz.
    - 5 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:52pm -
  • Ortiz to serve as World Series TV analyst
    The Boston Red Sox endured a dismal first-to-worst campaign in 2014 after winning the World Series last season, but at least reigning World Series MVP David Ortiz will make a return appearance in the Fall Classic, albeit as a member of the media.Ortiz will serve as a pregame and postgame guest analyst for Fox Sports' television broadcast at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, which is set to begin Tuesday."There is nothing more special than playing in the World Series and if I can't be in the batter's box, this is the next best place in the ballpark," Ortiz said in a press release.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • Red Sox offseason primer: DH
    BOSTON -- The hard part is not coming to the plate four times a night. David Ortiz still can hit. The hard part is coming soon, in the offseason, pushing himself one more time to do the work necessary to be the player he is. The disciplined diet. The training regimen that becomes more punishing the older he gets. The mental commitment to go all-in, at age 39, ignoring the temptations of the comforts that become more difficult to resist after 21 seasons of playing professional baseball, 18 in the big leagues.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 2:51pm -
  • Red Sox offseason primer: Outfield
    BOSTON -- How unsettled was the Boston Red Sox outfield last season? Manager John Farrell used nine left fielders, five center fielders and 10 right fielders.The outfield Farrell envisioned he'd have to open the season -- Grady Sizemore in center, flanked by a platoon of Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes in left and Shane Victorino in right -- played exactly one game together, and that didn't come until late May.Victorino blew out a hamstring in the last exhibition game of spring, ultimately had back surgery and played in just 30 games.
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 2:20am -
  • Red Sox offseason primer: Third base
    BOSTON -- At various times in 2014, the Boston Red Sox had black holes throughout their lineup, but none as consistently nonproductive as third base, where another injury-filled season for Will Middlebrooks created a void the Sox never filled.The Sox ranked last in the majors in batting average at third base, 29th in on-base, last in slugging. Middlebrooks hit two home runs in 234 plate appearances, none after April 26. Xander Bogaerts, shifted to third after Middlebrooks was hurt, went into a three-month funk at the plate and made 10 errors in just 44 starts at third.
    - 7 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:32pm -
  • Red Sox offseason primer: Shortstop
    BOSTON -- How close did Xander Bogaerts come to matching all the preseason hype? Depends when you were watching. Through Memorial Day, the Sox brain trust was taking bows for its shortstop prodigy, who went into June batting .304 and with a .397 on-base average that ranked fourth in the American League.Check back in September, and you saw almost the same: a .313/.317/.490/.807 slash line, with the dropoff in on-base percentage due to Bogaerts' drawing just two walks in his final 102 plate appearances.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:31pm -
  • Sox gathering list for hitting coach vacancy
    BOSTON -- The Red Sox are assembling their list of candidates for a new hitting coach, according to a club source, and will commence their search by interviewing two in-house candidates, Tim Hyers and Rich Gedman, while bringing in Paul Sorrento from the Angels this week. There could be an additional in-house candidate, the source said, as well as others from outside the organization.The Sox are looking to replace Greg Colbrunn, who served as hitting coach the last two seasons but expressed an interest in spending more time with his family when informing the Sox he would not return next season.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 8:30pm -
  • A Moment in Time: David Ortiz's slam
    The 2013 Boston Red Sox had the confidence that comes from winning 97 games and the feeling of destiny that comes from winning unexpectedly. But in the eighth inning on Oct. 13 at Fenway Park, that confidence and that sense of destiny were being tested. The Red Sox needed something dramatic. They needed a David Ortiz moment. They got it, with a grand slam that landed, along with the Tigers' Torii Hunter, in the right-center-field bullpen and tied the game.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 2:33pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • Marlins president David Samson: Giancarlo Stanton will be on 2015 Marlins
    Marlins president David Samson told the Miami Herald that the team plans to discuss a long-term extension with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton — who hit .288 with a .395 OBP and .555 slugging mark while leading the National League with 37 homers despite missing the final weeks of the season after getting beaned by a pitch […]
    - 21 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:13pm -
  • Why Jon Lester feels he’s better heading into this postseason than last year
    While the folks at Kauffman Stadium might have skipped an entire generation when it comes to viewing postseason baseball — finally being reintroduced to the playoffs Tuesday night in the Royals’ one-game showdown with Oakland — for Jon Lester it’s old hat. The Wild Card play-in game will be Lester’s 14th playoff appearance, and 12th […]
    - 22 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 2:12pm -
  • Source: Red Sox won’t conduct private workout for Yasmani Tomas
    According to a major league source, the Red Sox won’t be one of the teams to conduct a private workout for Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas. The Red Sox did attend Tomas’ showcase in the Dominican Republic April 21. According to the source, the team is intrigued by the 23-year-old’s power potential, which current Red Sox […]
    - 22 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:35pm -
  • Ben Cherington, John Farrell take stock of a season gone awry, and where the Red Sox go from here
    On the one hand, Ben Cherington is the architect of a World Series winner. On the other hand, he’s steered the team to a pair of last-place finishes that have bookended that triumph. Good luck reconciling those drastically different conclusions to the three years of Cherington’s GM tenure. Of course, Cherington is not interested in […]
    - 22 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:52pm -
  • Red Sox health updates: Clay Buchholz to undergo right knee procedure; Allen Craig’s foot considered a non-issue
    Red Sox GM Ben Cherington announced that right-hander Clay Buchholz was expected to undergo a minor right knee procedure to repair his meniscus by head team orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis. Cherington said that Buchholz had been dealing with the issue on and off for some time, though the discomfort hadn’t always been present and it […]
    - 23 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 2:03pm -
  • Will Middlebrooks not playing winter ball
    Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who missed the final homestand of the season with soreness in his right hand/wrist (an area that had been injured when hit by a pitch in May), is expected to return to complete health with rest. That said, the 26-year-old has decided against the team’s recommended course of going to winter […]
    - 23 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 1:47pm -
  • Looking back and forward with Jon Lester and the Red Sox
    Once again, Jon Lester will occupy center stage in the postseason. The left-hander is slated to start the Athletics’ one-game playoff against the Royals on Tuesday night, his opponent (in almost comical coincidence) Kansas City ace James Shields. With Lester on the mound following a 16-11 season, career-low 2.46 ERA, career-high 219 1/3 innings, 220 […]
    - 23 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 11:02am -
  • Poll: What did you think of the Derek Jeter ceremony?
    It was the season of the selfie. Just more than five months after David Ortiz snapped a photo with President Barack Obama, Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly used the camera-phone technology to punctuate the campaign’s final day. Upon greeting Derek Jeter during the entire Red Sox roster’s meet and greet with the Yankees shortstop during […]
    - 23 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 10:31pm -
  • Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart say farewell to Derek Jeter (on Fenway scoreboard)
    The wave of tributes to Derek Jeter came and went at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon during his final major league game. In the midst of them all was this video tribute from Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Chris Rock (courtesy “Funny or Die”), played on the center field video board: Will Ferrell, Chris Rock and […]
    - 23 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:20pm -
  • Derek Jeter’s final game through the eyes of Derek Jeter: ‘I’m ready for this to be the end’
    In the end, he was ready to cross the finish line. Derek Jeter acknowledged that, after the nearly overwhelming emotion that accompanied his final Yankee Stadium contest on Thursday, he gave some consideration to never playing again, to sitting out the entirety of his team’s final three games of the year against the Red Sox […]
    - 23 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:05pm -

Boston Herald

  • Red Sox Notebook: Cespedes into Roc ’n’ roll
    Mark Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes as the latest athlete to make the leap to Jay Z’ Roc Nation Sports.Cespedes yesterday joined the hip-hop mogul’s fledgling agency, which negotiated a $240 million free agent contract for second baseman Robinson Cano with the Seattle Mariners last offseason. Adam Katz and the Wasserman Group lost Cespedes as a client.Roc Nation represent Cespedes’ fellow Cuban, center fielder Rusney Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox in August.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96
    BOSTON — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96.The team says Lucier had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday.A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World War II with the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. In all, he was 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 33 games.A native of Northbridge, Massachusetts, he is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:54pm -

Providence Journal

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newVideo: Peter Gammons on the 2014 World Series
    Peter Gammons joined Brian Kenny on MLB Tonight Monday night to talk about the 2014 World Series. He highlights the emergence of Wade Davis, the Giants’ underrated defensive weapons and the emphasis of speed, defense and contact. He also talks about Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays for the Dodgers. Your browser does not support iframes. […]
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:21pm -
  • newFor starters…
    Nine to Know: The bullpens have been the story of the postseason, what are some starter stats of interest? How’s this? The Giants starters allowed 1492 total bases, the Royals 1490. Or this? The Giants starters allowed 98 homers, the Royals starters 96. How about the fact that neither team’s starters walk a lot of […]
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • newIf at first…
    How many times have each team finished first since 1976? In their existence, the Royals finished first in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, and 1985. That’s six times in 10 years, which is pretty impressive. Then again it’s six times in 39 years. While the Giants are in their third Word Series in five years, […]
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:09pm -
  • newSingular sensations
    Which team hit more singles in 2014? The Royals hit 1046 singles, second only to the Tigers (1051) in the majors. The Giants hit 976 singles, seventh most in the majors. Six Royals had over a hundred singles led by Alcides Escobar who had 123. Three Giants had over a hundred singles led by Hunter […]
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:01pm -
  • newThe next man up: Jeff Banister is the new Rangers manager.
    Swing and a miss. Fastball up and in, ball one. Slider down and away, rolled over to the 5.5 hole, gloved by the shortstop on the lip of the outfield grass. 14 steps. Safe. The dream typically stars Babe Ruth, or Robin Yount, or Adrian Beltre. Not Rob Sasser. Or Moonlight Graham. Or Jeff Banister. It […]
    - 16 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:03am -
  • newAround the majors report: World Series starts tonight
    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) Today’s game– Giants (Madison Bumgarner) […]
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:29am -
  • What happened to Billy Butler?
    As the World Series is set to begin I would like to take a look at the downward trend of Kansas City DH, Billy Butler. The once feared All-Star has fizzled out over the past couple of seasons. Starting in 2009, the first season in which he saw 600+ PA, Butler rattled off 4-straight seasons with […]
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • Buster Posey Trend: Second Half Hero
    Back in 2012, Buster Posey took home the NL MVP en route to a World Series Championship with the Giants. Much like the 2014 season, Posey did not start off the campaign with page jumping numbers. In both seasons, Posey came into the All-Star Break with solid numbers, good enough for the All-Star nod. Post-All-Star […]
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • Nine to Know: The Royals
    Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Royals Files… The Royals are riding an 11-game postseason winning streak, having won the last three games of the 1985 World Series. There have been 11 different AL teams in the World Series since the Royals in 1985 with the Yankees appearing seven times, the Red Sox four times, […]
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:34am -
  • Nine to Know: The Giants
    Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Giants Files… From October 30, 2010 to October 16, 2014, Jeremy Affeldt has appeared in 18 postseason games, covering 18 innings and he has not allowed a run. He’s permitted eight hits, walked five, and whiffed 12. From October 7, 2012 to October 16, 2014, Santiago Casilla has […]
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:26am -

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 -