Found August 21, 2013 on
John Farrell had a brain fart. That’s the easiest and most accurate way to describe Farrrell’s handling of the bullpen in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Giants on Tuesday. Franklin Morales started the ninth inning in what was his most meaningful outing since being activated off the disabled list on Aug. 10. He gave up a one-out single to Roger Kieschnick with the score tied at two apiece, and then lost his control while facing back-to-back pinch-hitters with two outs. Morales walked Andres Torres and drilled Hector Sanchez, loading the bases for Marco Scutaro. Farrell opted to take the ball from Morales at that point. Understandable. The only problem was that Farrell handed it to the wrong guy. Farrell summoned Brayan Villarreal from the bullpen. Villarreal — acquired as part of the Jake Peavy trade — was activated from the disabled list by Pawtucket last week and called up Monday amid Boston’s flurry of roster moves. The right-hander hadn’t pitched in a major leag...

Will Middlebrooks’ Resurgence Could Soon Force John Farrell to Consider Adjusting Red Sox’ Lineup

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John Farrell Doesn’t Think Ryan Dempster Will Be Suspended, Reiterates Stance on Alex Rodriguez Incident

Joe Girardi thinks that Ryan Dempster should be suspended. John Farrell, as you might expect, feels differently. Major League Baseball is currently in the process of determining whether or not Dempster should be disciplined for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees game. Farrell reiterated his stance on the incident Monday, telling...

Sox Beat Giants, As They Should

  The Red Sox basically beat the snot out of the Giants in the series finale today. Before you plan the parade, remember the Giants are tied for last in their division and 14 games under .500, so a sweep would have been nice. Last night’s debacle sits squarely on the shoulders of John Farrell and his inept use of the bullpen. This afternoon, a strong start by Felix Doubront and...

Big Papi exits with back tightness

Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz left Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning because of tightness in his lower back. ''It's just general soreness,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the Red Sox beat the Giants 12-1. ''He's played first base two of the last three days and he's not used to it.'...

MLB Games Need to Speed Up, But Expanded Replay Should Help Get Calls Right

The Red Sox have been the victim of their share of blown calls this year, and no player has seen more than Daniel Nava. So it wasn’t a surprise when Nava, manager John Farrell and other members of the Red Sox spoke out in support when Major League Baseball recently announced that more replay would be coming to the game in 2014. Replay brings some worry, too, though. By removing...

What Exactly is Napoli Worth?

Photo Courtesy of CSNNE Conor Frederick Contributing Writer Mike Napoli has been out for 4 straight games, but John Farrell told CSNNE that Napoli has in fact been cleared to play, but he wanted to start the left-handed hitting Mike Carp against Ryan Vogelsong. So, he'll play against the lefty Barry Zito in the rubber match against the San Francisco Giants, right? Maybe not...
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