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  • newKelly gets first taste of Red Sox-Yanks rivalry
    Looking to boost their playoff hopes, the Yankees have rookie Shane Greene on the mound opposite the Red Sox's Joe Kelly in Tuesday night's series opener in the Bronx.
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:43pm -
  • newCall at second key play in Rays' walk-off win
    When Ryan Hanigan was bold enough to run against the cannon arm of Yoenis Cespedes in the bottom of the 10th inning on Monday, Red Sox manager John Farrell hoped he would be the beneficiary of a replay challenge.
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:23pm -
  • newCastillo to join Sea Dogs' playoff roster Wednesday
    Center fielder Rusney Castillo will move up the Minor League chain and play for Double-A Portland, starting with Wednesday's playoff game against Binghamton.
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:16pm -
  • newPedroia unlikely to return until weekend series
    Dustin Pedroia, who sustained a concussion on Saturday, reported following Monday's 4-3 loss to the Rays that he's feeling better.
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:13pm -
  • newCespedes forces extras, but Sox suffer loss
    Matt Joyce handed the Red Sox a 4-3 walk-off loss in 10 innings on a single to left with the bases loaded and one out.
    - 9 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:03pm -
  • newRookie-level Red Sox win Gulf Coast League title
    After splitting the first two games of the Gulf Coast League championship series, the Rookie-level Red Sox secured the title with an 8-1 victory against the Yankees in Monday's decisive third game.
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 4:43pm -
  • Buchholz dazzles with three-hit shutout of Rays
    Clay Buchholz hurled his second shutout of the season as the Red Sox downed the Rays, 3-0, on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 6:37pm -
  • Castillo rips a hit in first game in over a year
    In the not too distant future, Rusney Castillo will get to a bigger stage such as Fenway Park and revel in all that that comes with it. But for one searing Sunday afternoon, the relative anonymity of Field 1 of the Red Sox's Player Development Complex suited Castillo just fine.
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 2:09pm -
  • Rays lose review as call upheld in Red Sox's favor
    The Rays lost their challenge in the fourth inning of Saturday night's 7-0 win against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Minutes later, Boston squandered an opportunity to challenge a play by waiting too long.
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 12:00am -
  • Sox lose Pedroia on rough night for Webster, offense
    The promise that Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster had showed recently has been washed away in the last two starts, as he's been unable to make it out of the fifth inning on both occasions. He was victimized by a familiar problem Saturday night -- lack of command. The result was a 7-0 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:52pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newTying up loose ends from an ugly August
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A few quick hits after the Red Sox's last trip to the Trop in 2014, beginning with some numbers for August: • The Sox were 12-16 for the month, seven games worse than the division-leading Orioles (19-9). The only AL East team with a worse record was Toronto, which faded from the playoff picture with a 9-17 August.• The Sox were 13th in the AL in batting average (.231), 14th in OBP (.298), 14th in slugging (.
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:38pm -
  • newCastillo: I'm ready for any scenario
    TAMPA, Florida -- After helping the Red Sox to win the Gulf Coast League title in the rookie league finals, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will try to reprise that in Double-A ball, as he continues his warm-up tour before his expected major league debut with Boston in the final month of the regular season.Castillo went 0-for-3 in Monday’s game, but drew a walk with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-1.
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:14pm -
  • newNapoli: Hip is fine; other injuries nag
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has to suppress a laugh when someone asks about the degenerative hip condition that two years ago cast his playing future into doubt. “My hips are the only thing that don’t hurt,’’ said Napoli, who hit his 17th home run in Boston’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.“It’s unbelievable. It’s actually gotten better. My last MRI about a month ago, it looked like it had gotten a little bit better, which is weird.
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:05pm -
  • newCastillo to play in Double-A playoffs
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will be with Double-A Portland Wednesday night in Binghamton, N.Y., when the Sea Dogs open their best-of-five Eastern League semifinal playoff series, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday.Both Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland are scheduled to open best-of-five playoff series on Wednesday, the PawSox playing at home against Syracuse on Wednesday and Thursday, the Sea Dogs in Binghamton, N.
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:05pm -
  • newRapid Reaction: Rays 4, Red Sox 3
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In front of a smaller paid crowd in Tropicana Field (10,543) than the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox had the night before in McCoy Stadium (11,767), the Red Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, in 10 innings.Matt Joyce’s bases-loaded single over a drawn-in outfield brought home the winning run off Burke Badenhop, the sixth Sox pitcher. Ryan Hanigan opened the inning with a double to the wall in left, Hanigan just beating an amazing throw by outfielder Yoenis Cespedes with a head-first slide into the bag.
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 4:56pm -
  • newPedroia may miss Yankees series
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As expected, Dustin Pedroia sat out a second straight game Monday with concussion symptoms, and manager John Farrell said it would be “optimistic” to expect him to play this week in New York against the Yankees.“He’s a little bit better, yet he still has some symptoms,’’ Farrell said Monday morning.“Clearly, it’s a day to day thing. He’s probably at least another day away from any kind of exertion tests or any kind of ramping up of the heart rate to see how he does.
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:29pm -
  • newSoxProspects.com: Farm clubs faring well
    The minor league season wraps up for most leagues on Labor Day, but five of the seven Red Sox affiliates will be participating in the postseasons of their respective leagues. Triple-A Pawtucket clinched a wild-card spot Sunday with a 10-4 win over Rochester. The International League playoffs are expected to get underway Sept. 3, with the PawSox likely hosting the club's opening game that day.Meanwhile, Double-A Portland recorded its best winning percentage in franchise history: 88-53 heading into Monday's final game.
    - 15 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:21am -
  • Buchholz turns in virtuoso performance
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sweet music has long been a part of Clay Buchholz’s repertoire, whether it’s playing guitar so skillfully in the clubhouse that Yoenis Cespedes grabs a spot on the couch to listen, or pitching like a virtuoso the way he did here Sunday afternoon. Too often this season, his pitching has struck some dissonant chords, but that has not been the case of late. Buchholz needed just 98 pitches Sunday to shut out the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on three hits and no walks, and said afterward that he may have hit some high notes he’d never reached before.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 8:48pm -
  • Cespedes provides blueprint for Castillo
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- While Rusney Castillo was making his professional debut for the Red Sox 120 miles south in Fort Myers on Sunday, fellow Cuban Yoenis Cespedes was here, closing the book on his first month with the Red Sox.Cespedes’s performance -- a team-high 22 runs batted in during August -- would suggest that he has handled the transition to a new team with some degree of ease.He was inclined to agree.“My adjustment here, I am comfortable both on and off the field,’’ said Cespedes, who had a single in four trips in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 8:16pm -
  • Castillo makes first step toward Fenway
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rusney Castillo’s professional baseball career began at 12:05 p.m. Sunday on Field No. 1 at the Fenway South complex with a ground-ball single to left off a 20-year-old pitcher named Luis Cedeno.Castillo, the Cuban defector signed by the Red Sox to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract earlier this month, was thrown out a minute or two later trying to steal second base in a Gulf Coast League playoff game against a team of New York Yankees minor leaguers.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 3:25pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newWhat we learned about Red Sox over Labor Day Weekend
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On the surface, anything that transpired on the west coast of Florida involving the Red Sox over the past few days would seem of little consequence. This was a team, after all, that after dropping a 4-3 loss to the Rays Monday afternoon had dropped to a season-worst 19 1/2 games […]
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:07pm -
  • newRusney Castillo headed to Double-A Portland
    Rusney Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk in Monday’€™s Gulf Coast League title game, making him 1-for-5 through two professional games and closing the book on his GCL stint. The Red Sox revealed Monday that Castillo will head to Double-A Portland Wednesday for the start of their postseason against Binghamton. Castillo, whom the Sox signed to […]
    - 9 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:12pm -
  • newWhy you should have cared about this Red Sox game: Mookie Betts was good in leadoff spot
    (For the final month of the regular season, Closing Time will now be called “Why you should have cared,” taking into consideration the team’s increasing distance from a .500 record.) Mookie Betts has ascended up the Red Sox batting order in recent days, and his first tango in the leadoff spot suited him well in […]
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 4:44pm -
  • newRed Sox being cautious with Dustin Pedroia after hit to head
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia, sidelined since displaying concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the head during Saturday’s game, remained out of the lineup for Monday’s series finale with the Rays at Tropicana Field. “A little bit better, and yet he still has some of the symptoms. So this is clearly a day-to-day […]
    - 13 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:29pm -
  • newRed Sox lineup: Mookie Betts bats leadoff in series finale vs. Rays
    Mookie Betts continues his climb up the Red Sox batting order, as the rookie will bat leadoff in the finale of a four-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Monday afternoon. Betts batted seventh in the first two games, then was in the No. 2 slot behind Brock Holt on Sunday, when he […]
    - 16 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 10:44am -
  • newRed Sox minor league roundup: Matt Barnes, Trey Ball punctuate second-half turnarounds; Javier Guerra, Rafael Devers show rare potential
    A somewhat brief synopsis of the action in the Red Sox farm system over the weekend: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET SEA DOGS: 6-2 LOSS, 10-4 WIN VS. ROCHESTER (TWINS) (SATURDAY BOX, SUNDAY BOX) – Though right-hander Matt Barnes allowed five runs in seven innings on Saturday, he matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts and didn’t walk a […]
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:24am -
  • Clay Buchholz (98 pitches) throws 3-hit shutout, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts provide spark in win
    The very good Clay Buchholz showed up Sunday at Tropicana Field. The right-hander held the Rays to three hits and recorded his second shutout of 2014 — and second complete game — in a 3-0 Red Sox win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Buchholz, coming off a strong 8 1/3-inning effort last Monday in […]
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 4:33pm -
  • Rusney Castillo era kicks off in Fort Myers
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — At 12:05 p.m., Rusney Castillo officially became a little less of a mystery. The newly signed outfielder stepped into the batters box for the Red Sox‘ Gulf Coast League team, leading off and serving as a designated hitter against the GCL Yankees, playing competitively for the first time since July 2013. […]
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 2:17pm -
  • Red Sox trade Kelly Johnson, Michael Almanzar to Orioles for Jemile Weeks, Ivan De Jesus Jr.
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Following their 7-0 loss to the Rays, the Red Sox announced a trade with the Orioles. The Sox are sending Kelly Johnson and minor leaguer Michael Almanzar to the O’s in exchange for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus. “First of all, I mean, Boston, you can tell right away […]
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:12pm -
  • Why you should have cared about this Red Sox game: Allen Webster isn’t trending in right direction
    (For the final month of the regular season, “Closing Time” will now be called “Why you should have cared,” taking into consideration that the Red Sox one day away from entering September 16 games under .500) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There was so much hope for Allen Webster in that 2013 spring training. The vision […]
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 10:11pm -

Boston Herald

  • newLittle to show from Rusney Castillo’s 2nd game
    TAMPA — Rusney Castillo had one request yesterday when he arrived in Tampa for the second game of his pro career, in the Gulf Coast League championship game against the Yankees.“I actually asked before the game if I could speak to the manager about playing nine innings,” Castillo said with a grin. “I definitely feel like I could play nine innings.”Castillo was instead limited to five innings, going 0-for-3 with a bases-loaded walk in an 8-1 victory. Castillo saw his first action in the field, starting in center, and batting leadoff.
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • newJemile Weeks’ bad start ends Red Sox’ hopes
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As first impressions go, this wasn’t what Jemile Weeks had in mind.Two days after being acquired by the Red Sox in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, Weeks entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th inning of a tie game yesterday and promptly got picked off first base by Tampa Bay Rays reliever Grant Balfour, a mistake that manager John Farrell aptly described as “untimely.”
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • newWill Middlebrooks could follow pal Mallett out of town
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Will Middlebrooks was having a rough enough afternoon Sunday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout to lower his already anemic batting average to .194.Then he checked his phone.The Red Sox had just blanked the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0, at Tropicana Field when Middlebrooks returned to his locker and found a text message from Ryan Mallett, his childhood best friend.
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • newRed Sox Notebook: Pedroia to go slow
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don’t count on seeing Dustin Pedroia back in the Red Sox lineup until the end of the week.Although John Farrell won’t rule out Pedroia for the three-game series that opens tonight in New York, the Sox manager also said yesterday it is “optimistic” to think the star second baseman will be cleared in time to play against the Yankees.
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Red Sox’ hidden gem finally on display
    FORT MYERS — As if there wasn’t enough mystery surrounding Rusney Castillo, the Red Sox kept their new Cuban center fielder secluded at their spring training facility for most of last week, leaving him to work out under the supervision of only a player development staffer and an athletic trainer.So, even two at-bats in front of a few dozen fans in a rookie league playoff game yesterday represented something of an unveiling.
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Mookie Betts’ status elevates
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The fact that Mookie Betts gives the Red Sox so many options isn’t necessarily a blessing.A second baseman by trade — and by all accounts a very good one — he has been playing center field in the big leagues to fill a need. But he possesses the skills to play third or short, and the Sox could end up requiring help at one of those positions next year.
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Clay Buchholz brilliant in 3-hitter
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There goes Clay Buchholz, being all tantalizing again.The mercurial right-hander, whose starts have been more unpredictable than Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates, delivered his best outing of the season yesterday in an economical 3-0 shutout of the Rays.Buchholz allowed three hits, walked none and struck out six while needing only 98 pitches to complete his “Maddux” — a shutout of fewer than 100 pitches. He won for the first time since July 18.
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Red Sox Notebook; Pedey sounds familiar
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For what it’s worth, Dustin Pedroia didn’t sound concussed yesterday.About 12 hours after taking a Logan Forsythe elbow to the head and leaving Saturday’s 7-0 loss to the Rays, Pedroia sounded like himself, storming into the clubhouse with his usual bravado before politely declining comment to the media.
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Dustin Pedroia out of Red Sox lineup
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is out of the starting lineup one day after leaving a game because of concussionlike symptoms.Brock Holt replaced Pedroia for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.Pedroia left Saturday night's 7-0 loss to the Rays in the second inning. He was elbowed in the head by the Rays' Logan Forsythe, who was sliding head-first into second while advancing on a fly.
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 12:45pm -
  • Mirror images
    For nine seasons, ex-Red Sox ace Jon Lester has had a twin in the National League: Phillies lefty Cole Hamels. Aside from being born 11 days apart and debuting within a month of each other, Lester and Hamels have had mirror-image careers with one notable difference: Hamels’ contract runs through 2018, while Lester is eligible for free agency at season’s end. Little wonder that the Sox might consider trading for Hamels as a potential Lester replacement.A look at their parallel existences:COLE HAMELS
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 9:31am -

Providence Journal

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newAround the majors report: September 1, 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 Blue Jays […]
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:55am -
  • newStats report: Ryan Howard has another 20 HR season
    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, Phillies 1B Ryan Howard […]
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:54am -
  • newGame recaps: Adrian Gonzalez has 4 hits
    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 7, PADRES 1 1 […]
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:54am -
  • newNews report: Adam Dunn is traded to the A’s
    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) The White Sox traded DH […]
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:53am -
  • newLegends of the Game: Team by team career H above the league average leaders
    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. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]
    - 17 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:53am -
  • Around the majors report: August 31, 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 Blue Jays […]
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 10:10am -
  • Stats report: Adam Dunn sets a major league 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 @ATMreports. 1) Yesterday, White Sox 1B Adam […]
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 10:09am -
  • Game recaps: Jose Abreu has 3 hits
    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) WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 3 […]
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 10:09am -
  • News report: Orioles make a couple of trades
    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) The White Sox traded OF […]
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 10:08am -
  • Legends of the Game: Roberto Clemente
    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. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 10:08am -

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 -