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Roster Recap: Matt Barnes’ Bumpy Bullpen Ride

Welcome to BP Boston’s Roster Recap series! Over the next four months, we’ll be breaking down every player on Boston’s 40-man roster and many of their top prospects in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the Red Sox roster’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as what we can expect moving forward. There’s no better time than the offseason to review the best (there...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox Plan To Use Matt Barnes Out Of Bullpen In 2016

The Boston Red Sox couldn’t figure out what to do with Matt Barnes last season. The plan is to avoid a similar situation in 2016. Barnes flip-flopped between the bullpen and the rotation — with Triple-A Pawtucket and with Boston — throughout 2015, much to the right-hander’s detriment. But Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski revealed Tuesday on WEEI...
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Barnes Continues to Struggle in Loss to Royals

The Red Sox won the first two game of the 4 game set and hoped to extend their win streak to 5 games with Matt Barnes on the mound.  Barnes has struggled both in the rotation and out of the bullpen this year and this outing would be nothing different.  The Sox offense was not able to make up the damage and the Royals won the game easily. The Royals got on top in the 1st inning...
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August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Barnes Struggles in Loss to Indians

Matt Barnes was recalled from Pawtucket yesterday to make the start in Steven Wright’s place who is on the 7 Day Concussion DL.  Barnes has been up previously in the bullpen this year and had struggled in his previous outings.  Barnes would make his first major league start, however it wouldn’t be his best outing.  Barnes would end up giving up 6 runs in his 5 innings of work...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Pitcher Matt Barnes To Change Roles Again, Start For Pawtucket

This embed is invalid" /> Matt Barnes’ career has been full of twists and turns to this point. Barnes will return to the rotation Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. The 25-year-old has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 26 career major league appearances, but he’s flip-flopped between a relief role and...
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Barnes Happy With His Performance In Red Sox’s 7-2 Loss (Video)

Matt Barnes was one of the lone bright spots from Monday’s 7-2 loss in Minnesota. The rookie pitcher entered the game in the second inning for starter Joe Kelly, who gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Barnes carried the Boston Red Sox through the fifth inning, providing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, including five strikeouts. The UConn product...
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Barnes Will Prepare As A Starter In Spring

(Getty Images)Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes has been told by the team to prepare as a starter in Spring Training. The 24-year old right-hander was used as a reliever for the big club in September of 2014—posting a 4.00 ERA in nine innings. The 6'4" Connecticut native was the first round pick of the Red Sox in the 2011 draft. In three minor-league seasons, he's made 72 starts—going...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prospect Matt Barnes Hosts Baseball Clinic For Newtown Youth

Matt Barnes continues to help his community heal. Barnes, who grew up in Bethel, Conn., hosted a free baseball clinic for kids in Newtown, Conn., on Sunday. It marked the Boston Red Sox prospect’s second clinic since the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred Dec. 14, 2012. “I knew I wanted to do something,” Barnes told “What better way for me...
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Barnes has a bright future for the Red Sox

A handful of rookie pitchers have made their debuts for the Red Sox in 2014, but despite flying under the radar, their latest call-up, Matt Barnes, might have the brightest future of them all.  2014 has been a trying year for the Red Sox, but fans have at least gotten the chance to see quite a few youngsters make their debuts. Xander Bogaerts has struggled overall, but still shown...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Call Up '11 First-Rounder Matt Barnes

(Ken Jancef/ to Alex Speier of, the Red Sox have called up RHP Matt Barnes from AAA. Barnes, groomed as a starter, will pitch out of the bullpen for The Carmine Hose for the balance of the year. Barnes was the team's first-round draft pick in 2011. His 2014 season has been generally rocky—but he has pitched well of late (seven shutout innings in a recent...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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