Race To The Finish: Lucas Matthysse Vs Ruslan Provodnikov Preview And Prediction

Don’t worry, everybody. Sometimes there’s a thing that happens in boxing where the conventional wisdom gets upended about a fight, and suddenly what once looked like a stellar match-up becomes a lackluster one, or vice versa. Lucas Matthysse’s declaration that he wouldn’t just purely brawl with Ruslan Provodnikov Saturday night on HBO inspired the first kind of fear. So let...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays top Twins on late homer

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Allan Dykstra hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win over a Minnesota split squad Saturday after Twins starter Trevor May pitched four perfect innings. Four Twins pitchers held the Rays to one hit over the first eight innings, a long home run by Juan Francisco off Mark Hamburger in the fifth. It was Francisco...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Boxing Fight Of The Year: Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. Vs. Katsunari Takayama

One good thing about the lack of quality big name boxing match ups in 2014 — perhaps the only good thing about it — was that it meant we had to look to unorthodox and sometimes unfamiliar outlets for entertainment. And indeed, most of the best fights of the year came on networks many boxing fans don’t get, or involved fighters they were generally unfamiliar with, or came...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Jemile Weeks Clears Waivers, Outrighted To Triple-A Pawtucket

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox have opened up a spot on their 40-man roster. Infielder/outfielder Jemile Weeks cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced Monday. The Red Sox’s 40-man roster now includes 39 players. Weeks was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles along with Ivan De Jesus on Aug. 30...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

10 best available 2015 MLB non-tenders

MLB’s deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players and those who have yet to reach arbitration eligibility passed at midnight ET Tuesday night. Those who didn’t receive offers from their respective teams are now free agents, available to sign with any team. (Here is a complete list of the 2015 non-tenders, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors.) Obviously, each...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Tender Contracts To Nava And Tazawa

Tazawa (L), Nava (R)On Tuesday, the Red Sox tendered contracts to OF Daniel Nava and P Junichi Tazawa. They did not tender a contract to recently acquired IF Juan Francisco and designated him for assignment. Nava—a versatile contributor—hit .270 with four HRs in 113 2014 games for Boston. Tazawa was stellar out of the bullpen last year, posting a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings pitched—with...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Non-Tender Juan Francisco

It’s that time of year where MLB teams need to make a decision on their arbitration-eligible players in regards to tendering or not tendering a contract to them. For the Boston Red Sox, they had three players in Juan Francisco, Daniel Nava and Junichi Tazawa. Unfortunately for Francisco, he was non-tendered by the Red Sox making him a free agent. Francisco had been designated for...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Juan Francisco Non-Tendered By Boston Red Sox, Becomes Free Agent

This embed is invalid" /> Juan Francisco’s tenure with the Boston Red Sox lasted 13 days. The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Francisco has not been tendered a contract for the 2015 season. The infielder was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 19 and designated for assignment last week when the Red Sox agreed to a four-year contract...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Daniel Geale, Gabriel Rosado And Juan Francisco Estrada

This edition of the week’s boxing schedule comes to you from south of the border. I’m in Mexico City, where sadly there aren’t any fights on. Above is a vintage lucha libre poster (it was the best I could do, and it is pretty cool). Enough of me being obnoxious, though, there are plenty of fights going on elsewhere in the world, including a clash of middleweights in my home...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Designate Juan Francisco, Ryan Lavarnway For Assignment

To make room for new signings, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the Red Sox have designated recently waiver claimed Juan Francisco and catcher/first baseman Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. 
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Sox DFA Juan Francisco to make way for Hanley Ramirez

Photo from Bleacher ReportConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterAccording to multiple reports (see below), the Red Sox have designated Juan Francisco for assignment to make the signing of Hanley Ramirez official. Juan Francisco was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox just last week from the Toronto Blue Jays.Juan Francisco, we hardly knew ye, designated for assignment...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Ramirez Agree To Four-Year Deal; DFA Francisco

A happy Hanley Ramirez answers a question yesterday during his press conference at Fenway Park. As we learned on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox and former Red Sox farmhand Hanley Ramirez have agreed to a four-year deal. The deal is worth $88 million over the four years with a vesting option for a fifth year at $22 million. Here’s the release from the Red Sox: BOSTON, MA-The Boston...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Waiver Wire: Juan Francisco, Welcome to Fenway.

Juan Francisco is staying in the AL East. Today, the Boston Red Sox, laid claim on the former Toronto Blue Jay.
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Yoan Moncanda Another Panda Fall-Back?

If the Red Sox fail to sign free-agent 3B Pablo Sandoval, there are a number of fall-back options they can pursue. They could take another chance on Will Middlebrooks (highly unlikely). They could move Xander Bogaerts back to third and start Deven Marerro at SS (somewhat unlikely). They could sign Hanley Ramirez or Chase Headley (kind of unlikely). Finally, they could play newly...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday Links: Red Sox extend offers

After spending 2 days in Boston, free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval took off from Logan Airport on Wednesday without a contract offer from the Red Sox. While a big name free agent leaving Boston without signing or receiving an offer is atypical of the current ownership group, the book isn’t closed on Sandoval in Boston. In fact, a Wednesday report out of San Francisco suggested...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox claim Juan Francisco

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterWhile all the hype in Boston has been about potential moves (Pablo Sandoval or Jon Lester signings), the Red Sox actually made a move today. Boston claimed 27 year old corner infielder Juan Francisco off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit .220 with 16 homer runs and 43 RBIs last season. Francisco is actually very comparable...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Juan Francisco Off Waivers From Jays

From the Red Sox. BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement. Francisco, 27, played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 (63-for-287) with 16 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, and 43 RBI. A left-handed batter, 34 of his...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Infielder Juan Francisco Off Waivers From Blue Jays

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox acquired an infielder not named Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox claimed third baseman/first baseman Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Francisco could serve as insurance in the event Boston doesn’t land a third baseman this offseason. The 27-year-old hit .220 with 16 homers...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers from Blue Jays

  The Boston Red Sox have claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers and 152 RBI.
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Claim 3B/1B Juan Francisco Off Waivers

(USAToday Sports)Now this is an interesting move. The Red Sox claimed left-handed-hitting 3B/1B Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. This may be nothing more than 'Panda Fail Insurance' and/or a boost to the 2015 bench. Francisco strikes-out a lot (116 times in 108 games in 2014), and is not that great defensively—but he does have some pop (16 HRs in 2014). The...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers from Jays

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers

Getty Images The Red Sox have had their eye on landing Pablo Sandoval in free agency but are making contingency plans nonetheless. Juan Francisco has been claimed off waivers by the Red Sox from the Blue Jays. Currently Francisco would figure to occupy a platoon at third base with Will Middlebrooks but all that could change should the Red Sox land Sandoval. A deal for Sandoval...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

For the First Time Since 2011 the Brewers Have a “Real” First Baseman

After the 2013 season, it was obvious that the Brewers were in serious need of help at 1B. During that offseason, the Brewers brought in veterans Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds as insurance in case they decided not to give the starting job to Juan Francisco.  At the time, few fans were enthusiastic about the prospects at 1B heading into 2014, but the Brewers really didn’t have...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Francisco Estrada II: 5 Things to know about the potential superfight

There are few fights out there in boxing right now that could rival a rematch between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada. These two flyweights have to get on their tiptoes merely to stand adjacent to their heavier peers in gaining even a shred of the mainstream recognition their careers and skills deserve. We so often hear cries of neglected superfights, but now boxing has...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Around The Combat World

  (Welcome to another installment of Around the Combat World, where we chart what happened over the weekend from fighters you know or should know that performed away from your TV screen.) Akira Yaegashi lost to Roman Gonzalez [R9 TKO] Giovani Segura lost to Juan Francisco Estrada [R11 TKO] Carl Frampton defeated Kiko Martinez [UD] Juan Diaz defeated Carlos Cardenas [UD] Justin...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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