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BOSTON — Shane Victorino doesn’t want to talk about it. Then again, there might not be much to talk about.
Victorino, who is typically a switch-hitter, has been hitting solely right-handed of late, even against right-handed pitchers. It’s a very unique adjustment by the 32-year-old outfielder, although the reasoning behind Victorino’s change might actually be quite simple.
“He hasn’t abandoned the switch-hitting situation in general,” manager John Farrell said Friday, “but I think he feels so confident from the right-handed side of the plate, why mess with success at this point?”
It’s a valid point by the Red Sox skipper. Victorino has been absolutely destroying the baseball this month, so while we might all find his huge alteration to be fascinating, it could simply boil down to him riding a hot approach.
“Hitting solely from the right-handed side of the plate of late, he’s proven to himself that not only can he handle right-handed pitching, but he’s handled them with power,” Farr
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In an attempt to bolster their infield depth for stretch run, the Boston Red Sox acquired veteran infielder John McDonald from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in exchange for Single-A pitcher Nefi Ogando. The Red Sox will become McDonald’s fourth team this season but Boston mainly acquired him for his leadership on and off the field and versatility. Despite only hitting...
Daniel Bard pitched and inning for Class A Lowell on Saturday , walked four and struck out two. This morning the team designated Bard for assignment and called outfielder Quintin Berry, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and third baseman Brandon Snyder.
Bard has struggled to find control of his pitches walking 27 in 15 1/3 innings in the minors this...
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)To paraphrase the Lloyd Bridges character in the movie 'Airplane!', Ryan Dempster couldn't have picked a worse time to pitch poorly. As CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam points out, Dempster has been in a funk since his July 11th start against Seattle. Now that Clay Buchholz is set to return in about 10 days—and with a bunch of...
Felix Doubront is back to his dominating ways.
After a pair of spotty starts in August, the left-hander was lights out against the Giants on Aug. 21, twirling an eight-inning gem, and Doubront followed that start in San Francisco with another stellar performance against the Orioles on Monday night in the series opener.
The O’s only threat came in the second inning when Doubront...
Oft-injured Red Sox right hander Andrew Bailey is back in the BoSox house for the current nine-game home stand at Fenway.
Bailey, who underwent season-ending surgery in July to repair a torn capsule and labrum in his throwing shoulder and likely won’t return to the Boston bullpen until July 2014, put in an appearance at Fenway on Tuesday...
NESN announced late last night that Red Sox icon Jerry Remy will miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Remy has been away from the broadcast booth since August 16th, when his son Jared was charged with the murdering his girlfriend. Remy released the following statement, "I am full of grief for the Martel family. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and...
Jake Peavy's known for studying hitters. It certainly gave him an edge against his former teammates.
Peavy pitched seven strong innings, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games.
Acquired in a three-team, seven-player deal July 30 that sent infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, Peavy...
With the deadline approaching to trade for players who will be eligible for the postseason roster just a day away, could the Red Sox be shopping for another bullpen arm?
Currently, the right-handed bridge to closer Koji Uehara consists of Junichi Tazawa and rookie Brandon Workman. Manager John Farrell has also shown his willingness to use lefty Craig...
Ryan Dempster returned from his MLB-enforced hiatus – courtesy of a five-game suspension after hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch on Aug. 18 – to earn the win as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 4-3 Friday night in the first of their three-game series at Fenway Park.
Dempster kept the White Sox hitless until the fifth inning when Paul Konerko led off with a double. But after...
The last time Ryan Dempster took the mound, he couldn't catch a break - from the Yankees or, later, the commissioner's office.
The right-hander will look to get it together on Friday night as he leads the Boston Red Sox into a three-game series with the streaking Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.
In his last start, Dempster (6-9, 4.77 ERA) was pounded by New York, surrendering...
First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: Hector Santiago, LHP (4-7, 3.25 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster, RHP (6-9, 4.77 ERA)
Saturday: John Danks, LHP (4-10, 4.15 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy, RHP (2-1, 3.31 ERA)
Sunday: Andre Rienzo, RHP (1-0, 4.21 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (10-6, 3.74 ERA)
Yard: Fenway Park...
Jon Lester took the loss Thursday night against the Orioles to fall
to 12-8 and a 3.99 ERA on the year (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)
Good news first: The Red Sox won their third-straight series Thursday night at Fenway.
Bad news next: The Red Sox still dropped a 3-2 decision to the Baltimore Orioles after taking the first two games.
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Baseball’s schedule-makers did the Red Sox no favors in the final month or so of the regular season. Thus, it might be important for Boston to take advantage when a bad Chicago White Sox team visits Fenway Park for three games this weekend.
After facing the Pale Hose, Boston has eight series left. Six of those are against potential or likely playoff teams: Detroit, the New York...
Well, it's not the infielder you expected. Today, on the waiver trade deadline, the Phillies traded infielder John McDonald and cash to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Nefi Ogando. The Red Sox are McDonald's fifth organization this season. Ogando is 24 years old and has never played above class...