Papi Sits, Hanley DHs, Holt Plays LF Today

A few changes today as the Red Sox try to overcome yet another crushing one-run loss. But, if John Farrell was trying to improve OF defense with this group—why is Craig in right? Here's the lineup: Mookie Betts CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hanley Ramirez DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Brock Holt LF, Allen Craig RF, Xander Bogaerts SS, Sandy Leon C. Wade Miley will start on the...
Via FenwayNation
24 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig: ‘I Was Trying To Be Aggressive And Make A Play For Koji’ (Video)

Saturday was not Allen Craig’s night. With two outs and runners on second and third in a tie game in the top of the ninth, Craig struck out on a bad swing, failing at an opportunity to give the Boston Red Sox a lead. Then, in the 10th inning, Craig dove for a looping liner off the bat of Baltimore’s Adam Jones. While his read looked good, Craig ultimately...
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Baltimore Snaps Five-Game Losing Skid With Walk-Off Win

The Boston Red Sox’s comeback fell short Saturday night at Camden Yards with a 5-4 loss in 10 innings to the Baltimore Orioles. Boston tied the game 3-3 in the ninth inning and took the lead when Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning. However, the Orioles scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, including a walk-off homer by David Lough. The win...
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Sits, Allen Craig Starts For Injured Shane Victorino Vs. O’s

Brock Holt has arguably been the best player on the Red Sox roster this season. In 10 games, Holt is batting a scorching .424 and hit his first home run of the season Friday night’s 7-5 Red Sox win. Despite the hot start, will not be in Boston’s starting lineup Saturday vs the Baltimore Orioles. John Farrell doesn’t like having to keep Holt out of the lineup, but sees it as...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Pushes Red Sox to 7-5 Victory over the Orioles

Boston Red Sox’s Brock Holt, right, celebrates his three run home run with Allen Craig, center, and Pablo Sandoval in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. The Red Sox won 7-5. (ESPN/Gail Burton) The unlikely hero for the Red Sox in 2014 seems to be the same in 2015. Brock Holt. After emerging on the scene last...
Via The Sports Journal
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

This Video of Hanley Ramirez Eating a Snack Is The Highlight of Last Night’s Red Sox Game

Any night in which the Red Sox can only muster three hits and Allen Craig gets one of them is not gonna end well. So rather than dwell on how our lifeless bats wasted a fine Clay Buchholz outing, I’ll direct your attention to this vine of Hanley Ramirez eating a snack — the undisputed highlight of the evening. Look at the effortless form and precision with which he flicks the...
Via Surviving Grady
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Dynamic Offense Hits Snag As Boston Suffers First Series Loss

This embed is invalid" /> Not even an ace could have saved the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Boston’s offense — regarded as dynamic, dangerous, daunting and probably some other positive adjectives that start with the letter “D” — produced just three hits in a 2-1, walk-off loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. It was a frustrating...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig’s Third Base Discussion With Red Sox Finally Makes Sense

This embed is invalid" /> Remember a few months ago when the Boston Red Sox toyed with the idea of Allen Craig playing some third base? Heck, he even played five innings down at the hot corner in a spring training game. Well, it all kind of makes sense now. The concept at the time was simple. And still is, really. Why not try to expand Craig’s versatility...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nava, Craig And Leon In Tonight's Sox Lineup

The Red Sox will try to erase last night's ugly loss by sending out a slightly different cast of characters. Here is today's lineup: Mookie Betts CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Mike Napoli 1B, Daniel Nava RF, Allen Craig LF , Xander Bogaerts SS, and Sandy Leon C. Clay Buchholz will take to the hill for Boston.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino Exits Red Sox-Rays Game With Right Hamstring Tightness

This embed is invalid" /> Shane Victorino’s injury woes simply won’t go away. Victorino left Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in the fifth inning with right hamstring tightness, according to the Boston Red Sox. Allen Craig pinch-hit for Victorino, who seemingly injured himself on a stolen base in the fourth inning...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Crappy pitching, the "friend zone," and Hanley's indiscretions

Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesScott LevesqueTwitter: @SomeComicReliefI'm aware the season is only 14 games old, but that does not mean discussing some glaring realities is totally off-limits. The Red Sox sit atop the A.L. East at 9-5, two games ahead of the bottom dwelling peasants that make up the rest of the division. As the season progresses there are three potential pitfalls to...
Via RedSoxLife
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Do 'Reverse Smith Barney', Beat O's 7-1

(AP Photo)They didn't earn it—five runs, that is. The Red Sox scored five un-earned runs and enjoyed a good start by Justin Masterson to win a rain-shortened Patriot's Day tilt, 7-1. Masterson allowed just a single run on three hits over five innings. He had six strikeouts. The offensive stars today were Dustin Pedroia (2 hits and an RBI) and Allen Craig (a hit and an RBI after...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Beat O’s and Split Series in Rain Shortened Game

The Red Sox have the 11:00am start on Marathon Monday, so players on both teams probably showed up exhausted to the ballpark.  The Sox had Justin Masterson on the mound vs. Wei-Yin Chen for the O’s.  Not only was it an early start, but it was a rainy, windy, cold day out at the park.  The Sox were able to battle through behind Masterson’s strong start and breeze to the win...
Via Fenway West
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez Exits Boston Red Sox’s Patriots’ Day Game With Illness

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez’s Patriots’ Day came to a screeching halt. Ramirez exited Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park before the third inning due to illness, according to the Boston Red Sox. Allen Craig took over in left field in Ramirez’s absence. Ramirez, who drilled his fifth home run of...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bogie In, Panda & Papi Out Of Today's Lineup

Xander Bogaerts will be in the lineup today for the Red Sox, so his knee issue was likely minor. Pablo Sandoval, on the other hand, is not playing today—raising questions about his foot injury. It's not clear why David Ortiz is sitting—although it might just be a routine day off. Mike Napoli will DH today and Allen Craig will play at first. Brock "Mr. Swiss Army Knife" Holt will...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Part-Time Players to Watch

There are some players who have little fantasy value right now but soon could as they either rack up playing time on their side of the platoon or injuries give them a more full-time chance. This article will break down some of these players, how they will find playing time, and what they may contribute to your fantasy team. Justin Ruggiano, OF, SEA Ruggiano finds himself on...
Via Baseball Professor
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Last minute trade options for baseball season

MLB teams are wrapping up the interminable Spring Training schedules this week in which they’ve spent copious amounts of times evaluating their rosters. Despite that, some teams are going to realize that there rosters have some big ol’ holes in them. With Opening Day just around the corner, it is time for some teams to consider some last minute trade options. Who’s...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig hits inside-the-park home run (VIDEO)

It’s not too often that first basemen hit inside-the-park home runs. But Red Sox first baseman and outfielder Allen Craig did exactly that in Wednesday’s spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Craig crushed a pitch to the opposite field toward the right-field corner. It caromed off the wall and Jose Bautista attempted to track it down. When he finally went to...
Via The Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Hits Stand-Up, Inside-The-Park Home Run Vs. Blue Jays (Video)

All it took was a hard line drive and a lucky bounce to get the normally not-so-fleet-footed Allen Craig around the bases. The Boston Red Sox outfielder hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday to get the home team on the board against the Toronto Blue Jays. Craig smacked a liner toward the right field corner, where it careened off the...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Valdespin has 2-run triple in 8-run eighth to lead Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Allen Craig bolstered his bid for more playing time in Boston's crowded outfield, hitting a three-run double in helping the Red Sox build a lead the Miami Marlins would overcome with an eight-run eighth inning for a 9-4 victory Monday. Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run triple and Jeff Baker doubled in two in the Marlins' big inning. Miami managed only one hit until...
Via AP on Fox
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Red Sox Have too Many Outfielders, Again

It’s the end of March and the Red Sox are repeating a similar story: too many outfielders. It was an issue last spring and it was again a problem towards the end of the 2014 season. For the third time in a calendar year we have to wonder what’s going on inside Fenway Park. Only a year ago Boston was trying to find a way for Grady Sizemore to fit into the starting roster. Now...
Via The Sports Post
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best Trade Options For Boston Red Sox Allen Craig

When you look at the Boston Red Sox current roster it is easy to see that they have an abundance of bats at their disposal. The Red Sox are seemingly two deep at each position with an even bigger logjam out in the outfield. Unless Opening Day rosters are increased, Boston has plenty of trade avenues that they can explore if they choose. While manager John Farrell has said that he...
Via Baseball Essential
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell Doesn’t Expect Red Sox To Trade Allen Craig Despite Rumors

This embed is invalid" /> Allen Craig hasn’t been traded yet. And perhaps he won’t be. Craig has been a common subject of trade rumors because of the Boston Red Sox’s crowded outfield, yet manager John Farrell tossed cold water on the speculation before Monday’s spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals — Craig’s former team...
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

After long courtship, Red Sox shouldn't trade Craig -- yet

The Boston Red Sox waited eight years to get Allen Craig. They’re not going to trade him on a whim; nor should they when they’re one injury away from needing Craig badly. Yes, the Sox’s history with Craig goes back much further than last July 31, when they acquired the first baseman/outfielder and right-hander Joe Kelly from the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander John Lackey...
Via Fox Sports
March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

What will the Giants do now that Hunter Pence is out?

We don’t normally lean towards the absurd at The Outside Corner unless it’s absolutely necessary. You know, like Churro Dogs. But after Thursday’s unlucky mishap for the Giants involving Hunter Pence, who will be out 6-8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his ulna, the Giants need to figure out a new game plan in right field for at least the first month of the regular...
Via The Outside Corner
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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