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Ryan Sweeney was released by the Red Sox on Saturday, but it didn’t take long for him to find a new home. The former Boston outfielder signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, according to’s Evan Drellich, and he expects to report to the team’s Triple-A affiliate Wednesday.

Jose Iglesias turns some heads

How fitting it would be for the former Red Sox top prospect, who's chances were diminishing right before his eyes, to be thrown into the roster due to a teammate's injury. Projected starting SS Stephen Drew went down with a concussion and Jose Iglesias was suddenly relevant again. In the past he was seen as the future of Red Sox Nation, but after sub-par offensive production...

Jon Lester Doesn’t Want to Discuss Contract Extension During Season, Thinks It’s ‘Too Much of a Distraction’

2013 is a big year for Jon Lester in more ways than one. Not only will Lester’s performance have a huge impact on the type of season the Red Sox have, but the left-hander is also pitching for his next contract. Lester is in the last guaranteed year of the five-year, $30 million extension he signed prior to the 2009 season. The Sox hold a $13 million club option for 2014, but this...

Red Sox Stephen Drew could return for home opener

Major League Baseball cleared Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew to play in games earlier this week after he was diagnosed with a concussion during spring training. The offseason acquisition is making strides in his recovery, and he could be ready to return in time to rejoin the Red Sox for their home opener Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Tim Britton of...

One area that the Red Sox have already shown improvement...patience

Don't worry, this is not another article about whether or not the Red Sox should be patient with Jackie Bradley's service time (the answer to that question is obviously yes). Listening to Felger and Mazz today I heard them once again complaining about how the length of baseball games, especially Red Sox games, are becoming too long. Apparently yesterday's game lasted...

Jon Lester Bends, Doesn’t Break in Encouraging Opening Day Win Over Yankees

It took Jon Lester five starts to notch his first win last season, so the left-hander is already a step ahead of the game. Lester pitched five innings and earned the win in the Red Sox’ 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday. He threw 96 pitches (63 strikes), and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was far from a dominant performance by Lester...

1967 Red Sox opening series in NY

If we are going to follow 1967 we are in for a long night one of these next two games in the Bronx. In that opening three game series the third game took 18 innings to play. I took the train from Berlin, CT on a 8:20 excursion ticket for $4.90. You had to leave and come home at 8:20 AM and PM, with a 2:00 PM. game it should be easy to make. We sat directly behind home plate in...

Four Bases: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4

If the Red Sox wanted to put the right foot forward after their season last year, this is a good start. The Red Sox won back-to-back games to start their 2013 campaign, the first time they have done that since 1999. On a cold night – game time temperature was 43 degrees Fahrenheit – the Yankees bats stayed cool. Here are the four bases from Game 2 of 162: First Base: Time will...

Dominant Wandy shuts down Cubs

Wandy Rodriguez did everything we expected of him and more, not allowing so much as a run to the Chicago Cubs, and the Pirates scored 3 runs to back him as they defeated the Cubs, 3-0, in another chilly game at PNC Park. The Cubs only managed 2 baserunners (1 walk, 1 hit) against Wandy…

Game 2: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs (1-0, 1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (0-1, T-4th in NL Central) Game Time: 7:05 ET (Tickets) Probable Starters: CHC – Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) PIT – Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Historically, Wandy Rodriguez gets out of the gate fast. He has a career 2.95 ERA in the month of April. He also went 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against the Cubs...

Game 1: Cubs 3 Pirates 1

The easiest and probably most accurate way to describe the Pirates' 3-1 loss to the Cubs on Opening Day at PNC Park is probably this: it was cold out and when it's cold out, hard-throwing pitchers seem to do well, and as a result AJ Burnett and Jeff Samardzija combined for 19 strikeouts between them in just 13 2/3 innings combined work.  Burnett was particularly awesome...

Burnett K’s 10 in Opening Day loss to Cubs

Final: Cubs 3, Pirates 1 (box) WP: Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: A.J. Burnett (0-1, 4.76 ERA) SV: Kyuji Fujikawa (1, 0.00 ERA) A.J. Burnett struck out ten batters in his first career Opening Day start, but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs scored two runs in the first inning on an Anthony Rizzo home run and led the rest of the way. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija gave up just two...
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