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Gordon Edes posted a round-up of quotes from pitching coach Juan Nieves about the five expected starters in the Red Sox rotation. It is...effusive. For example, check out just some of his thoughts on Red Sox whipping boy John Lackey:
"Ohhh, he's awesome. He's in great shape. What I've seen right now, I know John [Farrell] spoke to him, was able to see him [this winter] when I was somewhere else, I am thrilled about this guy. Really thrilled. Great guy, great sense of humor, fearless."
I highly encourage you to read the rest of what he has to say, mostly because you will immediately think we have five 20-game winners and are World Series bound.
As an aside, the 180 the press has done on John Lackey is fascinating. Just goes to show that everyone loves a redemption story. And I include myself...once it became known that Lackey's injury was so severe and he needed Tommy John surgery, his Red Sox story completely changed. No longer was he merely fat and happy, or someone who couldn't take the pressure in Boston. At least part of the situation now has to be attributed to his elbow. There is hope.
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One of the unsung deals of this off season was when the Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara to a one year deal for $4.25 million. He was rated as the 35th top free agent on MLB Trade Rumors before the off season really got under way. But still, the signing went under the radar. And that is only fitting because Uehara's entire career has been under the radar.
Koji Uehara came...
Tweet There were four spring training games Friday. The Boston Red Sox weren’t among the eight teams playing, so that gave the guys a chance to enjoy an afternoon in Florida. Outfielder Jonny Gomes and catcher David Ross took the opportunity to head out into the swamps. This might be the best pic [...]
It was this time last year when reliever Daniel Bard was finally making the transition that he was dying for; Bard would be a starting pitcher. Unfortunately for him and the Red Sox, the transition flopped.
Bard was 5-6, with a 5.24 ERA, walked 37 batters and hit 8 more; this outweighed his 34 strikeouts. After a 1.2 inning performance against the Blue Jays in which gave up 5 runs...
The Boston Red Sox spent yesterday's off day picking up Seattle left handed hitter 1B/OF Mike Carp. Carp had been designated for assignment by the Mariners, but the Red Sox picked him up for a player to be named later. What does this mean in Boston? Well, first of all, first base is a log jam. Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, Lyle Overbay and Carp all plan on trying out for first base...
Mike Napoli may be slated to get the majority of the at-bats at first base, but there are a couple reasons it may make sense to have a dedicated backup.
For one, though he’s never suffered any symptoms from it, there’s no telling when the degenerative condition in Napoli’s hip may act up. Secondly, Napoli is probably best deployed in a platoon, taking most of his at-bats against...
To rephrase a famous Bob Marley line, "we be slacking" here on the Boston Red Sox news.
Part of it has to deal with my current health situation. The other part is in the past I've been able to post the NESN interviews and contest they do with the players.
But since the digital media person hasn't gotten back to me yet about the autoplay issue, I haven'...
Yesterday, both Jackie Bradley Jr and Xander Bogaerts (pronounced Bo-Garts) got their first starts of the season for the Red Sox in an exhibition game against Boston College. It would be safe to say that both took full advantage of their opportunity. Both players recorded hard hit doubles (See Bogaert's hit in above video) in route to an 11-1 Red Sox victory, and Bradley made...
Apparently being an All-Star closer isn’t the only thing
Joel Hanrahan can brag about these days. According to NESN.com’s Hanrahan
thinks he’s worthy of being titled “The best golfer on the Red Sox roster” and he’ll
have a chance to prove it at their annual Southwest Florida Children’s Hospital
celebrity golf tournament today. Yet
Hanrahan’s been bragging about his...
SIGNED/RESIGNED: David Ortiz (DH), David Ross (C), Jonny Gomes (OF), Shane Victorino (OF), Koji Uehara (RHP), Ryan Dempster (RHP), Stephen Drew (SS), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C), Craig Breslow (LHP), Mike Napoli (1B/C)
TRADED FOR: Joel Hanrahan (RHP)
Cody Ross (OF), James Loney (1B), Mark...
Clay Buchholz finally got some practice in again on Wednesday after straining his hamstring on February 12th. New Red Sox manager John Farrell seems to know exactly what to do with the pitcher, having formerly pitched in the Major Leagues and served time as the position coach for the Sox from '07-'10. According to him, Buchholz threw 30 pitches in the live BP, which is...
If there was a video that personified the difference between a Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan then this is it. As we count down the days until the Red Sox square off against the Yankees in New York (on April 1st) let's enjoy these simple (and hilarious) video comforts.
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When Joel Hanrahan arrived in Boston, he brought a solid track record, high expectations and apparently a fairly decent golf swing.
The Red Sox hit the links for their annual Southwest Florida Children’s Hospital celebrity golf tournament on Friday, and Hanrahan thinks he might be worthy of being labeled the team’s best golfer.
“I think I’m going on three [tournament wins...
Earlier on Wednesday evening, Boston Red Sox great and special assistant to Ben Cherington, Pedro Martinez, stopped by the CSN New England "The Baseball Show" set to do a 1-on-1 interview with Sean McAdam.
After he was done, he stayed around to answer five rapid fire questions from the CSN New England crew.
Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs...
The Red Sox added some depth at a couple of thin positions Wednesday, and they did so by acquiring just one player.
The Sox acquired first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later. In order to make room for Carp (who is out of options) on the 40-man roster, Boston moved outfielder Ryan Kalish...
It looks like the Red Sox have posted their projected
pitching rotation for the first two Grapefruit League games starting this weekend. The Sox and manager John Farrell have tapped John Lackey to start the first game on Saturday against the Rays,
and Jon Lester to start the second game against the Cardinals on Sunday.
According to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes the Red Sox...