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  • newUehara's rocky ninth stings Red Sox in loss
    Nobody saw it coming, because Koji Uehara had never turned in a performance anything like it in his entire career as a reliever. Uehara blew the save in emphatic fashion on Friday night at Fenway, giving up five hits and five runs over two-thirds of an inning in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners.
    - 26 mins ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:06pm -
  • newBogaerts, Kelly exit game vs. Mariners early
    Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and starter Joe Kelly both left Friday's game against the Mariners earlier than expected. The reason for one exit was a little more obvious than the other, though.
    - 1 hour ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:26pm -
  • newRed Sox have mixed results with replay vs. Mariners
    The Red Sox nearly struck first Friday night against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners when Xander Bogaerts ripped an 0-2 inside fastball down the line, but well above the foul pole and Green Monster in left during the second inning.
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 8:35pm -
  • newRed Sox continue to revamp offense with Castillo
    While the Red Sox are en route to their worst offensive season in decades, general manager Ben Cherington has gotten a strong head start on displaying a more productive unit for 2015 and beyond.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 6:21pm -
  • newRed Sox finalizing deal with Cuban star Castillo
    A deal between Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo and the Red Sox is in place, an industry source said Friday.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 6:08pm -
  • newRodriguez throws seven scoreless innings for Portland
    Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox No. 9 prospect, threw seven scoreless innings Thursday and Double-A Portland defeated the Senators in Harrisburg, 1-0. Rodriguez struck out five batters, walked two and scattered five hits. He induced nine groundball outs and threw 91 pitches to match his longest outing of the season.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:01am -
  • newRed Sox avoid being no-hit, but skid hits five
    The Red Sox avoided being no-hit at Fenway Park for the first time since 1958, but their losing streak reached five games. Will Middlebrooks came up with Boston's only hit of the night off right-hander Matt Shoemaker, a double into the left-field corner with two outs in the seventh. But it wasn't enough in a 2-0 loss to the Angels.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:11am -
  • newCespedes exits game due to personal matter
    Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Angels in the top of the third inning due to a personal matter, the Red Sox announced.
    - 24 hours ago, 21 Aug 14, 11:58pm -
  • Call overturned after Farrell challenges
    The Red Sox won a challenge in the third inning of Thursday night's game against the Angels when catcher Christian Vazquez picked off second baseman Howie Kendrick at first base.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Aug 14, 8:32pm -
  • Ortiz's numbers belie his age, Boston's standing
    With a torrid David Ortiz out of the lineup on Thursday, there's a chance to reflect on what the slugger has done of late, and all season.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Aug 14, 5:06pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newRapid Reaction: Mariners 5, Red Sox 3
    BOSTON -- With the game seemingly in hand, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara allowed five earned runs in the top of the ninth inning as the Seattle Mariners finished with a 5-3 victory Friday night at Fenway Park.It's Uehara's third blown save of the season.Boston entered the game with a 44-0 record when leading after eight innings this season. The Red Sox were the only major league team that had not lost when leading entering the ninth inning.Uehara also suffered the loss Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, when he gave up back-to-back doubles with two outs in the ninth to allow the go-ahead run.
    - 13 mins ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:19pm -
  • newFarrell offers guarded take on Castillo
    BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had nothing new to report on the club's agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who reached a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday."Nothing other than what everyone has read," Farrell said. "I'm aware of the reports. There are still some administrative things that he would have to go through before anything is announced officially, so until that time I'm kind of like everyone else, I've read the reports.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 6:03pm -
  • newTough luck for De La Rosa, Red Sox
    BOSTON -- Although he knew he could do it, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks understood just how difficult the situation he came into Thursday night was going to be.Battling hamstring tightness that occurred Tuesday night and kept him out of the starting lineup since, Middlebrooks was rushed into duty after outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the fourth to tend to a family medical emergency. As it turned out, Middlebrooks ended up being Boston's only source of offense on the night, doubling off Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starter Matt Shoemaker in the seventh inning to account for the Red Sox's only hit in their 2-0 loss.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:55am -
  • newShoemaker ices Sox on first trip to Fenway
    BOSTON -- Here's one way to make your first trip to Fenway Park memorable:• Have a bucket of ice water poured on your head from the top of the Green Monster;• Take a no-hitter into the seventh inning;• Have your wife tweet what she thought was a "little joke" about the guy who broke up your no-no, then have to delete it because of all the grief she took.This summed up the past two days for Angels rookie Matt Shoemaker, who on Wednesday created his own way to honor Pete Frates and the ALS ice bucket challenge, then iced the Red Sox Thursday night until Will Middlebrooks doubled with two outs in the seventh inning, Boston's only hit in a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:38am -
  • newCespedes exits for 'family medical' issue
    BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after the third inning to deal with a "family medical emergency," manager John Farrell said after Boston's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels."[It's a] personal matter he's dealing with," Farrell said. "We're hopeful he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow. That's the most I can tell you right now."Since his trade to the Red Sox at the July 31 trading deadline, Cespedes has been living here with his mother, Estela Milanes Salazar, who has in the past acknowledged issues with high blood pressure.
    - 24 hours ago, 21 Aug 14, 11:59pm -
  • Rapid Reaction: Angels 2, Red Sox 0
    BOSTON -- So, is it piling on when the bearded stars at Fenway Park are playing for the other side?Angels rookie pitcher Matt Shoemaker, the man with the shoe-black whiskers forming a hedgerow where his chin used to be, held the Red Sox hitless for 6 2/3 innings Thursday night before Will Middlebrooks stroked a double to left. That was Boston's only hit in a 2-0 loss to the Angels before a crowd of 36,160 in Fenway Park.Shoemaker was pitching against a Red Sox lineup missing David Ortiz (day off) and Mike Napoli (back spasms) at the start of the game, then saw left fielder Yoenis Cespedes depart after the third inning for what the club termed a "personal matter.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Aug 14, 10:26pm -
  • Front office takes Ice Bucket Challenge
    In honor of good friend @PeteFrates3, #RedSox Front Office ALS #icebucketchallenge. Few hrs to dry before 1st pitch! pic.twitter.com/PCz3gRgaYg— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 21, 2014
    - 1 day ago, 21 Aug 14, 6:04pm -
  • Sox activate Craig, option Hassan
    BOSTON -- Their hand forced by nagging injuries to Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli, the Red Sox activated first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig (left foot sprain) off the disabled list on Thursday instead of having him play with Triple-A Pawtucket as originally intended. In a corresponding move, Alex Hassan was optioned to Pawtucket.Craig is in the Red Sox lineup Thursday night, batting fifth and filling David Ortiz's role of designated hitter.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Aug 14, 5:48pm -
  • Buchholz done in by Halos' five-run fifth
    BOSTON -- Given how well Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had pitched the game's first four innings Wednesday night, the wall he hit in the fifth seemed nearly inexplicable.Holding a 3-1 lead entering the inning, Buchholz's outing quickly unraveled as he faced all nine Los Angeles Angels hitters and surrendered five runs in his team's eventual 8-3 loss.Buchholz lasted six innings on the night, giving up six earned runs on seven hits and collected his third straight loss.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:26am -
  • Rapid Reaction: Angels 8, Red Sox 3
    BOSTON -- Despite a 4-for-4 night by David Ortiz that included his 30th home run, the Boston Red Sox lost their fourth in a row Wednesday night. But that was a trifle compared to the loss endured by the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park.The Angels lost their best pitcher, right-hander Garrett Richards, who was carted away on a stretcher in the second inning with what the club called a patella injury in his left knee. The club offered no further details pending a more complete examination.
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 10:57pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newClosing time: Red Sox hit low point as Koji Uehara allows five runs in disastrous ninth inning
    This isn’t something Red Sox fans are used to seeing. In fact, it’s not something they’ve ever seen from closer Koji Uehara. Only four times during his tenure as a member of the Red Sox has Uehara given up multiple runs in an outing. On Friday night, he came in to secure the save with […]
    - 39 mins ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:53pm -
  • newJohn Farrell on Rusney Castillo: ‘It’s an exciting, athletic player, by all accounts’
    The Red Sox might be welcoming the Mariners into town for a three-game set Friday, but the hot topic surrounding the team did not revolve around their next opponent. Rather, it was a move slated for next season and beyond. According to multiple sources, Boston is closing in on a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with […]
    - 4 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:42pm -
  • newFriday’s pregame notes: Rusney Castillo the latest addition to Red Sox’ ‘lengthened lineup’; Yoenis Cespedes returns; Mike Napoli sidelined with back spasms
    With the rumored signing of Cuban defector and free agent Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal, the Red Sox made further progress towards rebuilding their lineup for 2015 and beyond. The Red Sox addressed some of their offensive needs at the trade deadline, adding Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig to an outfield that […]
    - 4 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:42pm -
  • newRed Sox minor league roundup: Eduardo Rodriguez dominating post-trade; Henry Owens delivers innings; Mauricio Dubon turning heads
    A brief and, frankly, incomplete look at Thursday’s action in the Red Sox farm system: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 3-2 WIN (WALKOFF) VS. LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES) (BOX) – Though he threw just 58 of 96 pitches (60.4 percent) for strikes, left-hander Henry Owens made the strikes he did throw count, matching a season- and career-high […]
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • newKevin Millar on MFB: Rusney Castillo part of ‘dynamic of the Cuban influence in baseball’
    MLB Network analyst and former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss the Sox and their reported contract agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. The Sox reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the 27-year-old Castillo, who […]
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:14pm -
  • newRed Sox near agreement on 7-year deal with Rusney Castillo
    According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox are in the final stages of negotiating an agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million deal that will take effect starting in 2014 and run through 2020. Earlier this week, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington acknowledged that the Red Sox had worked out […]
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:22am -
  • newRed Sox-Mariners series preview
    The friendly confines of Fenway Park have not been so friendly to the Red Sox lately. The Sox came into their 11-game homestand last weekend feeling positive after a successful road trip but have stumbled yet again, getting swept in a four-game series against the Angels. The Sox were outscored 18-8 for the series and […]
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:15am -
  • newFriday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Felix Hernandez
    The Red Sox will close out their 11-game homestand when they host the Mariners for a three-game set at Fenway Park. Boston will send Joe Kelly to the mound against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in the series opener Friday. Kelly (0-1, 5.29 ERA) will be looking to rebound from a rough Fenway debut Sunday, as […]
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 8:33am -
  • newVideo: Red Sox executives take ice bucket challenge
    A large contingent of members from the Red Sox front office, including chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino, took the ALS ice bucket challenge Thursday. COO Sam Kennedy, speaking on behalf of the group, nominated the Pawtucket Red Sox, Liverpool FC and The Boston Globe to take the challenge. David Ortiz was on hand […]
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:41am -
  • newSources: Red Sox seen as favorites to land Rusney Castillo
    According to sources with multiple major league teams that have been involved in the sweepstakes, the Red Sox are considered the favorites to land Cuban free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo. While one industry source cautioned that, as of late Thursday night, Castillo had not yet agreed to a deal with any team and remained in […]
    - 17 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 6:24am -

Boston Herald

  • newRed Sox Notebook: Allen Craig in lineup
    The plan was for Allen Craig to play nine innings in right field and get four at-bats for the Pawtucket Red Sox last night. But due to circumstances surrounding the ailments of Will Middlebrooks (hamstring), Mike Napoli (back), and a scheduled day off for designated hitter David Ortiz, the plan was changed.Craig was activated from the disabled list and went 0-for-3 in Ortiz’ DH spot for the Red Sox in their 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park.
    - 22 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:12am -
  • newFor 12th time, Red Sox blanked
    With the middle of the Red Sox lineup lacking any real kind of punch, even in one of the most disappointing offensive seasons in team history, it almost made sense that a pitcher would find a way to finally no-hit them this season.Almost.A night after the Los Angeles Angels lost their best starter, Garrett Richards, to a gruesome knee injury, Matt Shoemaker filled the role of ace by allowing one hit and two other baserunners over 72⁄3 innings to blank the Red Sox 2-0 for the series sweep last night at Fenway Park.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:46am -
  • newRed Sox Beat: Moment of youth costly
    This was last March, a few days before Jackie Bradley Jr. won a spot on the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster and made his big league debut at Yankee Stadium despite having never played a day above the Double-A level.And Nomar Garciaparra was skeptical.It wasn’t that the former Red Sox All-Star shortstop and 1997 AL Rookie of the Year doubted Bradley’s ability. At that point, in fact, Garciaparra had never seen the kid play. For all he knew, the young center fielder could’ve been the second coming of Willie Mays.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:41am -
  • newEmergency sends Yoenis Cespedes home
    Yoenis Cespedes was seated on a bench in the Red Sox dugout in the third inning of last night’s 2-0 loss to the Angels when manager John Farrell tapped him on the shoulder.And with that, Cespedes was gone — from the game and from Fenway Park.Cespedes exited due to what Farrell described as “a family medical emergency, a personal matter that he’s dealing with.” Out of respect to the slugger’s privacy, Farrell declined to elaborate.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:35am -
  • newBuckley: Grudging respect to Red Sox
    Let’s begin with some news that’s no news at all: The 2014 baseball season is already in the books as a springtime-to-autumn disaster for the Red Sox. In a sports world in which we use the proverbial “blame pie” to divvy out culpability, it would take an entire blame bakery to make sure everyone at 4 Yawkey Way gets the proper dose of comeuppance.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:04am -
  • David Ortiz hits 30
    Never mind how much worse, to say nothing of how unwatchable, the last-place Red Sox would be without David Ortiz, whose contribution to the league’s most anemic offense is verging on historic.At this rate, Ortiz is the Sox’ best hitter by such a wide margin that his teammates can get better simply by watching the master at work.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:01am -
  • Scuffling Clay Buchholz sunk by bad fifth
    If you like upbeat Clay Buchholz stories, then the first four innings and the sixth inning he pitched last night were pretty good.He allowed just one run on three hits, and he retired Mike Trout twice.If you want the truth about Buchholz, the five runs he allowed in the fifth inning were the story behind the Red Sox’ 8-3 loss to the Angels.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 12:52am -
  • Red Sox Notebook: Rusney Castillo part OF shuffle?
    While Jackie Bradley Jr. is overhauling his swing in Triple A, Mookie Betts is honing his defense in the big leagues, a momentary Red Sox changing of the center-field guard that prompts a reasonable follow-up question.What about Rusney Castillo?
    - 2 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 12:50am -
  • Red Sox Beat: No more big league chew
    A pair of empty drill holes, spaced about 2 inches apart, still can be found along the wooden side panels of many of the lockers in the Red Sox clubhouse at Fenway Park.Ashtrays, once standard issue for Red Sox players, were screwed into the lockers, a courtesy and reminder for a player not to flick his cigarette ashes on the carpet for some poor clubbie to vacuum up later.If only a couple of unfilled holes were all that remained of tobacco’s stain on baseball.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 12:04am -

Providence Journal

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newFriday Six Pack: Power-Outage Puig, McCarthy, Defensive JBJ, Chris Davis, on Fiers & Richards
    This week, players and baseball counterparts dumped ice water on their heads for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Skip Schumaker made pitching look easy and Rusney Castillo signed with the AL East basement, Boston Red Sox. It’s now Friday and Monday couldn’t seem farther away. Here’s the Friday Six to start the weekend. Power-Outage Puig I know this is […]
    - 7 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 4:11pm -
  • newYesterday’s pitching is a reflection of the 2014 season
    Yesterday was a pretty amazing day for pitching in the bigs. Of the 16 starters, 14 threw Quality Starts, eight threw Ultra Quality Starts Name Tm Opp W L IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc BF Pit Str Brandon McCarthy New York Houston 1 9.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 87 31 […]
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:46pm -
  • newRare pitching figures from Thursday’s games
    Your browser does not support iframes. The secret has been out for a while, offense is down and pitching is up. This was as evident as ever last night as five of the nine games played ended in a shutout. Here are some interesting figures relating to the dominance of last night’s pitching… Matt Shoemaker […]
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:20am -
  • newGammons Notes: Dodgers’ offseason, the ongoing Castro-Mets saga and Rusney Castillo
    Dodgers As the Dodgers wait to see how Zack Greinke’s elbow feels after Saturday’s start and how Hyun-jin Ryu’s glute progresses as he shoots to return next weekend, they realize that once the season ends they have some major decisions. They will carefully watch shortstops Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena; it now seems highly unlikely […]
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 11:11am -
  • newWant to improve the pace of the game? Enforce the rules.
    In case you are not aware, there’s an interesting way to improve the pace of the game already in the rule book: 8.03 When a pitcher takes his position at the beginning of each inning, or when he relieves another pitcher, he shall be permitted to pitch not to exceed eight preparatory pitches to his […]
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:43am -
  • newMLB Video Highlights: Nationals walk-off to 10th straight victory, Price shuts down Rays
    Bryce Harper uses Yasiel Puig’s bat during Nationals game… Your browser does not support iframes. Nationals walk-off on a throwing error from Jordan Pacheco… Your browser does not support iframes. Denard Span talks about the the walk-off victory… Your browser does not support iframes. Clayton Kershaw strikes out 10 over 8 innings, giving up just 3 […]
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:11am -
  • newThe Fastball that Turned Around Cole Hamels’ Season
    Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has received some well-deserved flack for not moving some of his club’s burdensome (and largely underperforming) contracts prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but the organization’s collective decision not to deal Cole Hamels and his couldn’t look more wise. After a handful of rough outings to begin 2014 — […]
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 9:55am -
  • newAround the majors report: August 22, 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 @ATMreports. 1) Yesterday’s scores– AL Yankees 3, […]
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 9:35am -
  • newStats notes: Phil Hughes sets a couple of records
    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 @ATMreports. 1) Yesterday, Twins P Phil Hughes […]
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 9:35am -
  • newGame recaps: Clayton Kershaw has a good game
    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 @ATMreports. 1) DODGERS 2, PADRES 1 1 […]
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Aug 14, 9:35am -

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 -