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Each time Daniel Bard takes the mound, it seems like it is more than just an exhibition game. Many stories are written, most accentuate the positive, like he did not give up any runs. One story written by Maureen Mullen, tells the truth, that others do not want to hear:
“I was disappointed,” said one scout in attendance. “I thought the last two times I saw him he was better than he was today. He was flying open, which changes his arm slot. The top and bottom of his front side were going in different angles. He was around his breaking ball, he wasn’t throwing as hard. I had him at 94, 95, and previously I had him at 97.”
What the scout said about changing his arm slot and his velocity might be easy to say but not always easy to do.
If you look at where his vertical and horizontal release points in 2009 compared to 2012 you can see a large difference in his delivery. This might be the reason he was throwing 100 in ...
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In 2009, Jose Iglesias signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox when he was merely 19-years-old. He was projected to be the "next great" Boston Red Sox shortstop. Fast-forward to 2013 and Iglesias...
There are a number of new faces in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. Offensive additions of Drew Sutton, Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli highlight the Sox off-season.
Starting pitching seems to be the same from last year as Jon Lester is their ace and is as solid as they come. Last year was definitely his worst year, going 9-14, with a 4.82.... Read more
We knew Franklin Morales was out due to injury, but the prognosis seems to have worsened as Morales has a bulging disc according to Peter Abraham (and a bunch of other beat writers, but his tweet was the first I saw). There's no timetable on his return, and he had an epidural, according to Sean McAdam.
With Morales and Breslow both out, we know a few things. One: Andrew Miller...
Alfredo Aceves‘ brief World Baseball Classic stint only added to the pitcher’s controversial reputation. But don’t expect the Red Sox to make any drastic moves when it comes to the right-hander.
CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wrote in a column on Wednesday that the Red Sox should release Aceves because of his questionable behavior. It’s an opinion Heyman isn’t alone in, but...
David Ortiz‘s Opening Day status is still very much up in the air, but Friday brought some good news regarding the slugger’s health status.
Ortiz, who was shut down for five-to-seven days on Sunday after an MRI revealed inflammation in both of his heels, is responding well to the rest and medication he’s getting.
“Feels better. Symptoms have decreased. So the prescribed down...
The Red Sox continue to trim their roster.
The club announced after Friday’s game that catcher Dan Butler and pitcher Alex Wilson have been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, which is where both players concluded their 2012 season. This news came just hours after the Red Sox announced that pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster were optioned to Triple-A and catcher Christian...
About a week ago, Red Sox SS Stephen Drew took a pitch to the helmet and has yet to return, as he apparently is suffering post-concussion symptoms. Replacing the projected starter is the Sox is Jose Iglesias. Once arguably the Sox most coveted prospect, Iglesias' failure to improve his offensive talent left scouts less than impressed, regardless of his above-average defensive...
The below is a cross-post by Scott Levesque of RedSoxLife.com
What do you do when you’re trying to find a support group for large athletes dealing with Achilles injuries and you can’t find one? First, you need to realize there are not enough of you to warrant a support group and second you find the biggest athletes around that dealt with the same injury issue and ask them....
Here's the release from the Boston Red Sox announcing more roster moves this morning:
Following last night's game, the Red Sox optioned catcher Daniel Butler and right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
With these moves, the Red Sox now have 46 players in big league...
What do you do when you’re trying to find a
support group for large athletes dealing with Achilles injuries and you can’t
find one? First, you need to realize there are not enough of you to warrant a
support group and second you find the biggest athletes around that dealt with
the same injury issue and ask them.
That’s exactly what Red Sox slugger David Ortiz did as he...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Alfredo Aceves hit Tampa Bay's Sean Rodriguez with a pitch and the two had a heated exchange that nearly escalated into a fight in the fifth inning of the Boston Red Sox's 9-2 victory over the Rays on Saturday.
Rodriguez hit his third home run of spring training off Aceves in the third inning after Desmond Jennings reached on a bunt single. With...
12:38 p.m.: The biggest thing to note in Friday’s lineup card for Game 1 is certainly Bryce Brentz.
Brentz is making his spring training debut after accidentally shooting himself in the leg back in January. He’ll get the start in right field, and he’ll once again roam the outfield alongside Jackie Bradley Jr., who gets the start in center.
Brentz, a first-round draft pick...
After a 3-3 tie with the Baltimore Orioles in the afternoon, the other Boston Red Sox split-squad takes on the Minnesota Twins in Mayor's Cup action on Friday night.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. And if you live in the WEEI listening area, you can listen to the game there as well.
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[caption id="attachment_58676" align="alignnone" width="620"] Jose Iglesias is showing more and more improvement at the plate. That's terrific news right now for the Red Sox.[/caption] Every team during spring training has it's fair share of bumps, bruises, positive steps and growing pains. The Red Sox are no different. Manager John Farrell and...