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Brock Holt: The Do-It-All-Star

When I heard that Brock Holt was named to the AL All-Star team, I was a bit shocked. A superstar among utility players, Holt has surprised many by improving his unexpected play from last year, enough to even play among the best players in the league in Cincinnati. “BrockStar,” as he refers to himself in his Twitter handle, still doesn’t even have a guaranteed spot in the Red...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Red Sox could use a bullpen arm

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor With just four weeks to go until the July 31st trade deadline, the Red Sox find themselves in a strange position. After winning seven of their last 10 games, Boston currently sits six games back of the first place New York Yankees, despite still being in the basement of the American League East. Boston’s shortcomings this season have been well documented...
Via Fire Brand AL
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: How do you solve a problem like Rick Porcello?

Rick Porcello Rick Porcello entered the 2015 season heralded as a savior by Red Sox Nation. (This might be an exaggeration.) Heading into the off-season, the Boston Red Sox were desperate for starting pitching. In December, their woes seemed to be remedied when the right-handed pitcher was acquired from the Detroit Tigers. Not only did the team have someone to reliably pencil in...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt and His Hair are All Stars. Xander Has a Chance, Too.

In a season in which the Sox haven’t sniffed .500 for months, I didn’t expect a bunch of All Star game representatives to come from our team. But I was surprised to see superutilityman Brock Holt get the nod over Xander Bogaerts. In many ways, it makes sense; after all, the game counts for World Series home field advantage and having a guy on the bench who can play any position...
Via Surviving Grady
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

The case for David Ortiz as the Boston Red Sox first baseman

It was almost 10 years between starts at first base for David Ortiz in Fenway Park.  I would argue that he should be playing there most of the time for the rest of the season. On Sunday, Ortiz started a game at home with a mitt on his right hand for the first time since July 16, 2005 against the New York Yankees.  It turns out, he hardly needed to use the glove, as he became the...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz Wins Amica Pitcher Of The Week For Gem Vs. Blue Jays

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz’s name has come up in All-Star talks, so it should come as no surprise that the right-hander’s start against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 29 earned him his second straight Amica Pitcher of the Week. Buchholz pitched eight innings of one-run ball in Boston’s 3-1 win, allowing just five hits while striking out five and walking none. The...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Brian Johnson Up To Fenway After Tonight?

( Johnson, the highly-touted 24-year old Red Sox pitching prospect, is on the mound tonight for Pawtucket. So far this year, the 6'4" lefty is 8-5 with 2.68 ERA. In 80.2 innings pitched, he's given up just 63 hits—and sports a WHIP of 1.08. He looks about as ready as a young starter can be. Couple this with the fact that the Boston rotation is in dire need of quality...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Pitching Finds Bright Spot In Eduardo Rodriguez

Now six games out of first place in the American League East after a 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox still have an unsettled starting rotation with Joe Kelly trying to find his way at Triple-A Pawtucket, inconsistent right-hander Justin Masterson sent to the bullpen after another erratic outing on Saturday and projected ace Rick Porcello struggling with a 4-6 record and...
Via Baseball News Source
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fixing the Red Sox’ Pitching Staff

The Boston Red Sox have been playing better baseball of late, and their bats seem to have come alive in the past three weeks. But, what’s preventing them from winning more ball games? It’s their pitching staff, of course, the same thing that has them at the bottom of the American League East in the first place. Boston starters own the fourth worst ERA in the majors with the 13th...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sox Rally Late to Take Series from Astros

The Red Sox came into the day game on Sunday with the hope of taking the game and the series.  The Sox had rookie Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound vs. Lance McCullers for the Astros.  The Sox went out early, but then the Astros battled back to take the lead.  The game came down to a 2 run homerun from Hanley Ramirez for the go ahead run.  The back end of the Sox bullpen was able...
Via Fenway West
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hanley And Hanigan Pace Sox Over 'Stros, 5-4

(Getty Images)Hanley Ramirez clocked a 2-run HR in the seventh inning to put the Red Sox ahead to stay in a 5-4 win over the Astros at Fenway Park. The nearly one-handed shot off a change-up was Ramirez's 18th of the year. Andover High School's Ryan Hanigan had a big game as well—going 3-3 with 2 RBIs and making several key blocks behind the plate. Pablo Sandoval also had a big...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Ramirez 2-Run HR, Hanigan 3 Hits Push Sox Past Astros 5-4

Ryan Hanigan did work early in the game with 3 hits and 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez did work late with a 7th inning 2-run blast and the Red Sox (39-45) took two of three from the AL-leading Houston Astros (48-36) with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. 
Via CLNS Radio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Bench Napoli, Play David Ortiz At First Base

After going 1 for 17 recently, and dropping below The Mendoza Line, Mike Napoli is finally 'riding the pine'. The Red Sox will play Big Papi at first base and Hanley will DH. Here's the full lineup: Mookie Betts, CF; Brock Holt, 2B;  Xander Bogaerts, SS; David Ortiz, 1B; Hanley Ramirez, DH; Pablo Sandoval, 3B; Shane Victorino, RF; Alejandro De Aza, LF; Ryan Hanigan, C. Left-handed...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Mike Napoli on his way out?

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing Writer Well Mike Napoli, it has been fun. You were a major contributor to the 2013 World Series team. You hit some big home runs, you made some key defensive plays, you always seemed to work the count and grind out a tough at bat, you had the best beard, and you were a fan favorite. Flash forward to 2015, you are not the same guy. You can't...
Via RedSoxLife
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap - Clay Buchholz delivers July 4 sparkler for Red Sox

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterRemember when he was announced as the Opening Day starting pitcher and we all moaned?Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesClay Buchholz may have finally arrived.Coming off a frustrating loss to the Astros the night before, Buchholz gave the Red Sox their first complete game of the season as he dominated Houston in a 6-1 Fourth of July win Saturday afternoon...
Via RedSoxLife
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

Clay Buchholz isn’t concerned about whether he’ll follow in the footsteps of Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy, among others. Not every July rumor carries weight. Buchholz, the only member of the Boston Red Sox’s 2014 Opening Day rotation to not be traded at last season’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, realizes his name could be tossed around in speculation...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox activate Shane Victorino from the disabled list

The Boston Red Sox have just made a slew of transactions involving the disabled list in the last two days. They have activated Shane Victorino, who has missed most of the season, appearing in just 20 games to date. Ryan Hanigan, veteran catcher was also activated off of the 60-day DL. They placed rookie catcher Blake Swihart on the DL with left foot sprain, and to make room for Victorino...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap - Sox put a beatdown on the Blue Jays

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterThe Red Sox scored eight runs on nine hits in the top of the first inning en route to an 12-6 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Toronto starter Matt Boyd didn't even stick around long enough to record an out in that first inning.Photo courtesy of the Boston Red SoxThe win gave Boston a 5-2 record on the road trip as they come home for the...
Via RedSoxLife
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Alejandro De Aza — Minor move a major hit for Boston Red Sox

When the Boston Red Sox acquired Alejandro De Aza on June 3, no one really took notice. Boston was 24-30, which was good enough for last place in the American League East, and De Aza was batting .214 on the season with the Baltimore Orioles. This trade looked like nothing more than an irrelevant team picking up a depth player. Somebody didn’t tell De Aza this however. De Aza came...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox GM: 'Time to think about' team being sellers

      This embed is invalid   " /> The Boston Red Sox aren’t ready to place a label on themselves just yet. They still could pursue major league players at the trade deadline or they could sell off pieces with an eye toward the future. Either way, it’s clear general manager Ben Cherington is at least considering the latter route with the Red Sox entering...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz vehemently denies that his bat speed is declining

Last rites were being read on David Ortiz’s illustrious major league career when he stumbled out of the gates this season. This prompted the Boston Red Sox slugger, 39, to feel compelled on numerous occasions to vehemently deny that Father Time at long last had caught up with him. A rudimentary look at his statistics...Read More The post David Ortiz vehmently blasts notion that...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Beat:Why is Justin Masterson on the Mound and Brian Johnson Still in Pawtucket?

Jared Scali returned to the Red Sox Beat this week and was ready to talk Brian Johnson, Justin Masterson and all things Red Sox. Plus, he makes a special announcement. 
Via CLNS Radio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Could Still Win It All: A Totally Sober Guy Explains

There is no place that hope springs eternal with greater fervor or frequency than the mind of a Red Sox fan. Case in point: After watching them lose seven in a row and receive last rites, I took the recent series wins against Tampa Bay and Kansas City as a sign that these guys may not yet have played their best baseball. In fact, now that we’ve taken the first two in this series...
Via Surviving Grady
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval Jumps to Hit Ball at Eyes

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has never really had great plate discipline when batting. However, he last night reached a new high –...
Via Athlon Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

For Red Sox, Getting Clayed is Now Officially a Good Thing

Look, I made this silly-ass meme back when Clay Buchholz was pitching, as Robert California might say, like “some ineffectual, privileged, effete, soft-penis debutante.” It made me laugh and, hey, any excuse to work Caddyshack into the mix. Now, however, the joke may be on me. Since a rather inauspicious start, The Face That Launched A Thousand Nightmares is suddenly pitching...
Via Surviving Grady
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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