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Among the many, many moves that the Red Sox made in the offseason, none was scrutinized with quite the same sense of incredulity as the team's decision to sign free agent outfielder Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million deal. Why on earth, many wondered, would the Sox sign a 32-year-old coming off the worst year of his career to such a contract?
The outfielder's performance in a single game on Monday does not offer a sufficient explanation, but Victorino's impactful all-around game in the Sox' 6-3 victory certainly commanded notice. He went 3-for-3 (three singles) while getting hit by a pitch, scoring twice and executing a sacrifice bunt. Defensively, his contributions were even more significant, as he had a second-inning outfield assist and then a game-saving grab on which he chased down a bases-loaded, two-lout liner for the third out.
His defense in the Red Sox' 6-3 victory proved game-changing -- something that the Red Sox very much had in mind when they signed the two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove center fielder to patrol right field.
WEEI: Victorino is as advertised
I was one of the many who thought that the Sox brutally overpaid for Shane Victorino. He was signed in the midst of the Red Sox' sudden urge to find good clubhouse guys and while Victorino is definitely a great guy to have in the clubhouse, was it really worth $13 million a year for someone who struggled at the plate last season? Why not just let Jackie Bradley Jr. patrol right field if you want someone who act like a second center fielder defensively while letting him catch up to MLB pitching?
He's put some of those worries to bed with a strong presence as the everyday No. 2 hitter. He's batting .333, including the 3-for-3 effort last night, but he is slugging just .352 and has just one extra base hit, a double in the second game of the season. Surely, he won't be just a singles hitter all season but he has been making up for his with his aggressive play on the basepaths.
But the defense? Even better than even Ben Cherington had hoped fo and last night he was a highlight reel. Victorino showed off his ability to cut off the ball as he kept Nick Swisher to a long single in the second. Later in the inning, Lonnie Chisenhall thought he could stretch a single into a double but Victorino made a fool out of him and threw him out. Then in the fifth he showed off his range by tracking down Asdrubal Cabrera's bases loaded drive that could've done some serious damage.
Victorino's played an integral role both on and off the field and he's been a big part of why the Sox are 10-4 and on a five game winning streak. It's still really early in the season but Victorino has already proven his worth this season.
Globe: Pen is mightier | Patience pays off for Carp | Herald: Bailey makes most of chance to close | Victorino's defense helps Red Sox to 6-3 victory over Indians | CSNNE: Five straight | Expectation is Ortiz gets activated Friday | Carp makes most of rare opportunity | Bradley handling opportunity well | WEEI: Two Sox players suspended for drugs | Farrell: hope Sox offer some normalcy
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The Sox just released their lineup for tonight's game against the Indians and there's one major omission: Will Middlebrooks. Will will be replaced by Pedro Ciriaco at the hot corner after going two for his last 30.
Aside from that Toronto game in which he hit three home runs a combined 6,000 feet, Middlebrooks has been atrocious this year. He got off on a bad foot by playing...
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As far as David
Ortiz and Pawtucket Red Sox manager Gary DiSarcina are concerned,
that’s where the Boston designated hitter should be Friday night when
the team begins a homestand against Kansas City...
Jon Lester and the Red Sox have looked motivated since spring training, but Monday’s Boston Marathon tragedy has placed some extra meaning on this season.
Lester turned in another solid performance on Thursday, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings while winning his third game of the year. Shortly after the Red Sox’ victory, Lester took to Twitter and explained that...
It’s not goodbye, Jackie Bradley Jr. It’s simply see you later.
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Ortiz, whose 2012 season was derailed by an injury, has yet to appear...
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in Boston's seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts one day after the deadly bombings back home, beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Boston's players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon's finish line that killed three and injured more...
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Sometimes you just need to go where everybody knows your name.
The sitcom Cheers‘ run ended in 1993, but it’s still an enduring piece of Boston culture and features one of the most well-known theme songs of all time. It’s also baseball-relevant, since main character Sam Malone was supposedly a former Red Sox relief pitcher.
However, on Tuesday the show’s theme, “Where Everybody...
Thousands of miles from the Boston Marathon bombings, distance runners shared in the sorrow.
To honor the victims and deal with their own emotions, they banded together Tuesday like runners do -- by putting on their shoes and going for a jog.
The day after explosions near the finish line of one of the world's most prestigious races killed at least three people, wounded so many...
Red Sox show they're 'Boston strong'
The Boston Red Sox continued their hot streak winning their 5th game in a row, the second in Cleveland. 15 hits by the Red Sox lead the way, with the team getting on the board early and often. Indians pitcher Justin Masterson was tied for the MLB lead in ERA but lost that after the Red Sox hitters roughed him up early. The Red Sox are currently 10-4, and are 9-0 when scoring first...
The MIT police officer killed during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was the brother of a machinist for Hendrick Motorsports, bringing the events of this past week closer to home for NASCAR teams already rallying around the tragedy.
Sean Collier, who began working for Massachusetts Institute of Technology about a year ago, was found shot to death late Thursday...
The New York Yankees more than put aside their rivalry with the Boston Red Sox to support the city in the wake of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. A banner hanging in front of Yankee Stadium displayed a message that said, “United We Stand,” in between logos of the Red Sox and Yankees. The Yankees also played “Sweet Caroline” after the third inning of Tuesday’s 4-2 win...
Here’s another cool gesture made by a college athletics program. Mississippi State’s baseball team wore hats with the Boston Red Sox “B” for last night’s game.
@pgammo thought you might like this as a Bostonian.This is the hat Mississippi state is wearing tonight vs auburn twitter.com/Dawgbot/status…
— Dawgbot (@Dawgbot) April 18, 2013
Notre Dame also put a decal...