Found March 26, 2012 on
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
The Boston Red Sox still could give up on the Daniel Bard experiment.
In a perfect world, the team would find a more proven No. 4 starter and return Bard to the bullpen. But if this were a perfect world, the Sox would not be in this position to begin with.
John Lackey or Daisuke Matsuzaka would be their No. 4. Instead, both are rehabilitating from their respective Tommy John surgeries. Or, the Sox would be trumpeting a new No. 4, someone they plucked in a trade or via the free-agent market.
But that's not how this story evolved, is it?
The Sox wanted to mix in a low-cost starter as opposed to a pricey veteran. Bard, a right-hander earning $1.61 million in his first year of arbitration, was their most talented internal option.
He wants to start. The front office him wants him to start. The Sox, with two openings in the rotation and less than two weeks to Opening Day, seem unlikely to snub him for both right-hander Alfredo Aceves and lefty Felix Doubront.
The bigger question...
BEST OF MAXIM
We knew Daniel Bard would be toeing the rubber for the Sox on Sunday as they travel to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays. And now we know who will be trying to supply the right-hander with runs. Mike Aviles will once again be plugged in at shortstop, while the hot-hitting Darnell McDonald will serve as Boston's cleanup hitter. One name not in the lineup is Kevin Youkilis. He was...
Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was arrested early Friday morning. The veteran right-hander was charged with one count of driving under the influence, three counts of driving under the influence and damaging property and one count of fleeing the scene after damaging property. On Sunday, Jenks issued the following statement: "I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my...
New NESN Red Sox sideline reporter Jenny Dell made her much-anticipated debut on Saturday, joining Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the NESN booth. Dell discussed her background and explained how she arrived at her "dream job." She also discussed what's on tap for this season, which should be a special one for her, the Red Sox and NESN. Check out the video above to see...
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Alfredo Aceves has been a model of consistency. Through his four years in the majors, he's assembled a 24-3 record, the highest winning percentage for a player in baseball history. That reputation made his outing Saturday tougher to grasp. In arguably the most important start of the spring –– that had implications for the starting rotation –– Aceves...
While we didn't get a chance to talk about the outing of Clay Buchholz on Friday night because of the site transfer issues, we did use our time to watch most of the game between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon.
And while that game was going on, another squad from the Red Sox was in Jupiter talking on the Miami Marlins. Now what makes that...
After dominating the Philadelphia Phillies with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a 6-0 win, Boston Red Sox 2012 Opening Day starter Jon Lester took a few moments to talk with ESPN's Pedro Gomez.
Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.
Jose Iglesias has been optioned to Pawtucket. The Red Sox wanted to give Iglesias more time in the minors to improve his offense. The move means Mike Aviles will be the opening day shortstop.
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
Lester carved up the Phillies over seven shutout innings, allowing just three baserunners, as the Red Sox won, 6-0. He gave up just two hits with a hit batter, no walks, and 10 strikeouts. Lester threw 88 pitches...
Before fine tuning the "Fanfare for Fenway" track for the 100th anniversary of the Red Sox' beloved ballpark in 2012, John Williams was composing multiple songs for other things -- most notably movies. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Jaws were just a few of his best soundtracks, but there are plenty more movies he has composed tracks for. Williams' "...
Although it’s Spring Training, this lack of offense is getting scary. I don’t know if there is something in the water down in Clearwater, but the Phillies just are not hitting the ball very well lately.They put up another donut against the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon, being shut down by Jon Lester, 6-0. The Phillies managed just three hits on the day; one from Freddy...
8 a.m.: The Phillies went to Fort Myers on Saturday and took it to the Red Sox, and Boston will look to return the favor on Monday afternoon in Clearwater. The Sox will travel up Florida's West Coast on Monday to take on the Phillies, and they'll do so with left-handed ace Jon Lester set to take the mound. Lester is making his third start of the spring, and he's looking...
Red Sox season is certainly never lacking in excitement. With the team deciding to send shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A and install Mike Aviles as the likely starter, one question mark for the team cleared up. But with Daniel Bard's status as either starter or reliever still undetermined, drama remains on and off the field. There's plenty going on as Red Sox spring training...