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Bogaerts gets work in at temporary home at third

It was early on Friday morning, and Xander Bogaerts was back at his brief home of third base. The latest chapter at third is a temp job. Bogaerts will play there for the Netherlands in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Red Sox infield instructor Brian Butterfield helped him get ready for the assignment by drilling him grounders.
Via RedSox.com
2 hours ago

Watch Hanley Ramirez and Joe Kelly make basketball look easy

Perhaps the real reason the Celtics didn’t make a blockbuster trade on Friday is because Danny Ainge knows he has secret talent right in Boston. With the Red Sox, that is. After defeating Northeastern in an afternoon exhibition game on Thursday, the Sox visited pitcher Chris Sale’s alma matter, Florida Gulf Coast University, to watch FGCU men’s […]
Via Boston.com
4 hours ago

Brock Holt To Play Shortstop Today Versus Metropolitans

Here is today's Red Sox lineup for their exhibition match-up against the New York Metropolitans: Brock Holt SS, Andrew Benintendi LF, Hanley Ramirez DH, Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF, Bryce Brentz RF, Marco Hernandez 2B, Sandy Leon C, Allen Craig 1B, and Josh Rutledge 3B. Lefty Henry Owens will start for The Carmine Hose. Game time is 1:05 PM Eastern.
Via FenwayNation
5 hours ago

Castillo Putting "Rusney" Nail In His Red Sox Coffin

(Boston Herald Photo)As we wrote about on Tuesday, Rusney Castillo is facing a watershed moment during this year's Spring Training camp. Yesterday, he did nothing to improve his lot by failing to run out a ground ball that resulted in an easy double-play. It appears that Castillo forgot the number of outs in the inning. Regardless, not hustling when your baseball career is on the...
Via FenwayNation
5 hours ago

Will Xander Bogaerts Truly Bloom in 2017?

The 2017 Red Sox will undoubtedly be different than their 2016 brethren in numerous ways, but now, from our viewpoint here in mid-February, there are two that stand out. The 2016 Red Sox had David Ortiz but not Chris Sale, while the 2017 Red Sox have Chris Sale but not David Ortiz. From a pure WAR perspective this looks to be roughly a push. Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projects...
Via BP Boston
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Moreland & Travis Go Yard In 9-6 Win Over Northeastern

(Boston Herald Photo)In the first game action of 2017, Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis each clouted three-run HRs to pace Boston to a 9-6 win over Northeastern University. The Huskies actually outhit The Carmine Hose 9-8, but the dual 3-run blasts proved the difference for Boston. Sox hurler Brian Johnson pitched two hitless innings, with a string of minor leagues filling out the...
Via FenwayNation
6 hours ago

Rusney Castillo called out for 'disappointing' effort in Red Sox exhibition

With no changes to their roster, the Celtics are set to face the Toronto Raptors in their first game after the All-Star break, while the Red Sox are in action against the New York Mets for their second spring contest. Rusney Castillo does not get his exhibition season off on right foot: With one out in […]
Via Boston.com
6 hours ago

Watch Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly drill a full-court basketball shot

Joe Kelly is looking to have a bounce-back season on the mound with the Red Sox this season. If the way his spring training has started is any indication, luck may be on his side. Just look at what Kelly did when the team visited Florida Gulf Coast's basketball court on Thursday: That won't put him in Cy Young contention but it's about as impressive a highlight you can have at spring...
Via FOX Sports
6 hours ago

Justin Verlander prefers NL rules

The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents.  Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
Via Sportsnaut
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Secret To Andrew Benintendi’s Swing

By: Scott Lauber (ESPN.com) FORT MYERS, Fla. — Andrew Benintendi stepped out of the batting cage, knocked the dirt from his cleats and began to head to the next activity on the Boston Red Sox’s workout schedule. But first, his hitting coach wanted to give him some love. “Those were some sexy swings,” Chili Davis said. Indeed, when Benintendi turns up his left-handed swing...
Via Arkansas Razorbacks
23 hours ago

Red Sox ready to get answers from Grapefruit action

For the Red Sox, the big league games are ready to start Friday, and the hope is that they don't end until late October.
Via RedSox.com
23 hours ago

Could David Ortiz join the Red Sox broadcast booth this season? Big Papi is interested

Now that he’s retired, what is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz going to do with his time? He probably needs something to do after he’s done teaching tennis lessons and claiming lost tennis balls that he launched out of the court on his taxes. Though he might not be swinging a bat for the Red Sox this season, he still may be involved with the team in a different capacity...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Farrell: Sox to delay Big 3's Grapefruit debuts

The Red Sox won't send their big three to the mound in Grapefruit League games for roughly another week, manager John Farrell said Thursday morning.
Via RedSox.com
1 day ago

Report: David Ortiz could join Red Sox broadcast team this season

The options seemingly are endless for David Ortiz as he considers myriad post-retirement options. And comments from Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy indicate Ortiz’s first job may be a role on the Boston Red Sox broadcast team.Kennedy discussed the retired icon’s future during an interview this week on Boston Herald Radio. While nothing is set in stone, Kennedy, who previously...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox are retiring Carmine for a new analytics system

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Carmine’s time as the sometimes infamous information center of the Red Sox — caricatured on occasion as a sort of HAL 9000 run amok — is coming to an end. But the development is far from a sign that the Red Sox are pulling the plug on their analytics department. To […]
Via Boston.com
2 days ago

Red Sox hope to be carried by Sale, Porcello and Price

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Red Sox hope adding Chris Sale to a rotation that already included Rick Porcello and David Price will boost the team to its first World Series title since 2013. ''Boston's like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball,'' New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said during the offseason. Porcello is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and Price...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gloves are personal, as Red Sox explain

(Photo: Pete Abraham)Eric D. Schabell Contributing WriterAnyone who has ever played the game of baseball knows the value of a good glove.Pitcher, catcher, infielder or outfielder, they all have deep thoughts on the matter.Most will not change gloves for all the tea in China, but when you decide to trade in your old one for new, that's almost a matter of life and death.Players agonize...
Via RedSoxLife
2 days ago

Girl forgoes getting Red Sox players’ autographs to get soldier’s instead

What originally was a trip to see the Boston Red Sox at spring training turned into a totally different experience for the Woodburn family.Angie Woodburn was waiting in line with her kids Saturday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., hoping to get some Red Sox players’ autographs when her 7-year-old Makenna spotted someone whose signature she really wanted. But it wasn’t a player...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees, Ranked

Spring Training 2017 is underway, and in addition to the 40 players the Red Sox have on the 40-man roster, they’ve invited 15 non-roster players to hang out in Florida for a few weeks. From journeymen relievers to top prospects to guys I promise you’ve never heard of, it’s an eclectic group. What follows is a very, very serious breakdown of their abilities and is in no way...
Via BP Boston
4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz gives fans a glimpse at his new spring training

David Ortiz seems to be enjoying his retirement.While the rest of the Boston Red Sox are gathered in Fort Myers, Fla., for the beginning of spring training, the former designated hitter reported to the beach and shared a look at his new spring training via Twitter. Although Ortiz claims it’s “so good to be retired,” that hasn’t kept his name from coming up frequently at Red...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox C Swihart struggling with throws back to pitcher

The Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about catcher Blake Swihart showing signs of Mackey Sasser Syndrome in spring training.Swihart, a 2011 first-round pick by Boston who has seen MLB action the past two seasons, has struggled with his throws back to the pitcher during spring training.CSN New England has provided the video evidence. The first clip comes from Friday: And this was...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Slimmed Sandoval hopes to regain Boston 3B job

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval hopes his to son can remember him playing professional baseball. ''I want to be able to play eight more years on the field so I can show my son and he can see his dad play when he is grown up,'' Sandoval said. A two-time All-Star with San Francisco before joining the Red Sox ahead of the 2015 season, Sandoval shed...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jeffrey Loria to be ambassador to France

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria appears to have quite the sweet gig lined up.The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the White House and State Department are in conflict over some ambassadorships. Within the article — which was mostly about the political battle between the sides — was a nugget saying that Loria is heading to France to be an ambassador for the Trump administration...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy has lung cancer, will still call games

Former player and long time Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy announced on Monday that while his present diagnosis seems positive, lung cancer has returned to his body. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski passed his best wishes along.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry, and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon,” Dombrowski said, via CBS Boston. “Jerry...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Recap: Rusney Castillo Might Not Be Good

Welcome to BP Boston’s second annual Roster Recap series. Over the next few months, we’ll be analyzing 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. From MVP-candidate right fielders to reserve relievers, we...
Via BP Boston
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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