Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

  Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up.   The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition schedule Tuesday. Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Takes Down Clay Buchholz In ‘Know Your Teammates’ (Video)

Justin Masterson hasn’t been with the Boston Red Sox for long, but he still knows a thing or two about the guys he plays with. The newly acquired pitcher went head-to-head with fellow hurler Clay Buchholz on the “Know Your Teammates” trivia segment of “Red Sox from Fort Myers.” You’d think Buchholz would have a leg up on Masterson as a career...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Red Sox Final 25 Man Roster

Rotation View image | gettyimages.com Clay Buchholz (R) Rick Porcello (R) Joe Kelly (R) Justin Masterson (R) Wade Miley (L) Say it with me: The Red Sox will not be trading for Cole Hamels.   Bullpen View image | gettyimages.com Koji Uehara (R) Junichi Tazawa (R) Alexi Ogando (R) Robbie Ross Jr. (L) Craig Breslow (L) Edward Mujica (R) Matt Barnes (R) Notes: I...
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Looks Like Buchholz On Opening Day In Philly

As the Grapefruit schedule plays out, it appears more and more likely that Clay Buchholz will be Boston's Opening Day starter in Philadelphia on April 6th. As The Providence Journal's Tim Britton points out, the rotation after Buchholz is Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly and Justin Masterson. If you simply project out those starts throughout Spring Training, Buchholz would get...
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Pablo Sandoval Goes Deep Off Justin Masterson During Red Sox BP (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Masterson was greeted rather abruptly by Pablo Sandoval. Masterson threw his first live batting practice of Boston Red Sox spring training on Saturday. The right-hander showed some encouraging signs, but the highlight of the session involved Sandoval going deep. Sandoval has brought plenty of energy to camp. It’s been reflected in his BP sessions, during...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Farrell: 'Merit' Will Determine Rotation Order

While past performance and reputation will play a part, it looks as if merit will be the driving force in deciding the order of the Red Sox starting rotation. As it should be. Given the relative equality of the five candidates, whoever steps up in Spring Training should get the Opening Day start. When asked about this issue, manager John Farrell stated, "Merit is one. You factor...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson Break Down New-Look Red Sox Rotation (Video)

The Boston Red Sox opened spring training with questions about their rotation. Veteran Clay Buchholz and newcomer Justin Masterson joined NESN’s Tom Caron with answers about their expectations for the season. Watch the two videos below to see what Buchholz and Masterson had to say.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB announces rule changes to speed up play

The MLB announced additions to the sport’s pace of game program Friday, which will be effective in Spring Training, the regular season and the Postseason, and a series of modifications to the instant replay system. From MLB.com: PACE OF GAME The pace of game program will enforce the batter’s box rule, requiring that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rotation Preview 2015: Can Boston Win Without Clear-Cut Ace?

Editor’s note: Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training Friday. NESN.com will analyze Boston’s roster in four installments (outfield, infield, bullpen, starting rotation) in the days leading up to the players’ arrival. Most of the talk surrounding Boston’s rotation isn’t about what the Red Sox have. It’s about what they don’t have. The Red Sox are primed...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Opens New Season with Same Expectations

As the sun rises in Goodyear, Arizona this morning and pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training, many things have changed around the Indians while very little has changed internally. Chief Wahoo smiles atop the page this morning for the first time since last season’s disappointing 85-77 third place finish. The 2014 goal, Unfinished Business, was clear: build upon...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson comes full circle to Red Sox

(March 8, 2009 - Source: J. Meric/Getty Images North America)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer It started in Indiana, where he was born in 1985, brought up right, a good person, at 6'5" and 250 pounds he was good enough to be considered as a right-handed pitching prospect.He entered professional baseball as a top minor league prospect in the Red Sox organization in 2006, first...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Sox, Grounders, and You

Masterson will be a part of Boston’s wormburner brigade. The first thing you probably said when you looked at the starting rotation of the 2015 Red Sox this morning probably wasn’t “yeah, this’ll work”. Knowing you, it was probably something like “eh”, “meh”, or a statement – when processed through Google SafeSearch – that’s something like “what the freak...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Bill James Projections: Justin Masterson

Source 2010: 6-13, 29 starts, 180 IP, 4.70 ERA, 73 BB, 140 SO2011 projection: 9-10, 26 starts, 175 IP, 4.11 ERA, 73 BB, 147 SO2011: 12-10, 33 starts, 216 IP, 3.21 ERA, 65 BB, 158 SO2012 projection: 11-12, 32 starts, 205 IP, 3.82 ERA, 70 BB, 164 SO2012: 11-15, 34 starts, 206.1 IP, 4.93 ERA, 88 BB, 159 SO2013 projection: 10-12, 34 starts, 204 IP, 4.01 ERA, 79 BB, 160 SO2013: 14-10...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Primed To Return To Form

The Boston Red Sox surprised a lot of people this off-season when they signed right-hander Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million deal laced with incentives. The shock wasn’t the pitcher, it was the time in which he signed. After trading for Rick Porcello and Wade Miley, Boston had one vacated rotation spot that many believed was going towards the club’s next Ace. Instead...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox ready and reloaded for 2015 with Spring Training around the corner

When the idea of contending in 2014 was put to rest, the Boston Red Sox reloaded for 2015, saying goodbye to a few familiar faces. Pending free agents Jon Lester, Jake Peavy and John Lackey were all traded during the season to clear up space for the moves that would most heavily impact 2015. The Red Sox brought in the top two offensive free agents, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Some Uniform Numbers Dealt Out To Red Sox

Chrsitian Vazquez has always loved the way Ivan Rodriguez played his position. So, to honor "Pudge", Vazquez will wear #7 on his Red Sox uniform jersey this year. Others grabbing new numerology are: Rick Porcello (#22), Wade Miley (#20), Pablo Sandoval (#48) and the prodigal sons Hanley Ramirez (#13) and Justin Masterson (#63). Andover High School graduate Ryan Hanigan wants #24...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Players Answer Kids’ Tough Questions At ‘Winter Weekend’ (Video)

If the Boston Red Sox thought the local media was tough, they had another thing coming at “Winter Weekend.” The three-day event, held at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., on Jan. 23-25, featured plenty of good times. Yet the highlight of the festivities came when the kids took over. In a special “kids press conference,” a roomful of young Sox fans got to fire...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello, Other Red Sox Already Working Out In Fort Myers (Video)

As Boston digs its way out of another winter storm, several Red Sox players already are down in Fort Myers. Rick Porcello, Jackie Bradley Jr., Blake Swihart and a “smattering of minor leaguers” were spotted working out at JetBlue Park on Tuesday, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. Pablo Sandoval and Justin Masterson reportedly are in town, too, and they’re expected to...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rotation Out To Silence Critics, Prove ‘Ace’ Label Is Overrated

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox’s philosophy is simple: One ace doesn’t guarantee the best hand at the table. The Red Sox have acquired three starting pitchers — Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson — this offseason, but no one in Boston’s rotation owns a reputation as a legitimate No. 1 starter. The Red Sox aren...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Primed For Success With Red Sox After Identifying Flaws

This embed is invalid" /> Justin Masterson is a lottery ticket for the Boston Red Sox. The odds of winning on that lottery ticket look better every day. Masterson, an All-Star in 2013, had a disappointing 2014 marred by both injuries and mechanical issues. The right-hander now is healthy and confident he has fixed the flaws that contributed greatly...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday Links: Should Red Sox go all-in on Stephen Strasburg trade?

Ever since the Red Sox acquired Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson this offseason, general manager Ben Cherington has down played the team’s desire to acquire an ace. With high price tags on both the trade and free agent market’s, Boston pushed all of their chips to the center of the table on a handful of middle of the rotation arms. But that was before Max Scherzer...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox rumored to be "in" on Cliff Lee

The Boston Red Sox went into this offseason with one mail goal: address their scarce pitching rotation. With some minor acquisitions as in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson, they have indeed gotten better but one more piece could really put them over the top.
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson: Red Sox Capable Of ‘Great Things’ In 2015 (Video)

Justin Masterson knows what he’s getting into. Masterson is well-aware of the pressure of playing in Boston. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and spent two seasons with the big league club before being shipped to the Cleveland Indians at the 2009 Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. The right-hander isn’t fazed by the heightened expectations, though. Instead...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How can Justin Masterson bounce back for the Red Sox?

While Red Sox fans are hoping that Ben Cherington adds another starter to the club’s roster ahead of Spring Training, the team has already done much of the heavy lifting in regards to rebuilding its starting rotation. Sure, Jon Lester is gone, and the idea of throwing loads of money at either Max Scherzer or James Shields is a tempting one. Yet Boston could trot out a starting...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Holiday Wish List Includes Healthy Pedroia, Leadoff Stability

The holiday season is much more festive after a World Series win. The Red Sox don’t have much to be thankful for this year after stumbling to a last-place finish in the American League East. A lot went wrong for Boston in 2014, leaving the club with many holiday wishes as it prepares for the 2015 Major League Baseball season. The Red Sox already have been busy this winter. They’ve...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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