Blake Swihart, Sandy Leon Thriving Behind The Plate For Red Sox (Video)

The list of bumps along the road for the 2015 Boston Red Sox is long, but having two youngsters behind the plate isn’t one of them. Sox manager John Farrell praised his two young catchers before Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Despite being thrown into the fire, Farrell thinks Blake Swihart, 23, and Sandy Leon, 26, have been everything the...
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Clay Buchholz Settled Down, Thrived Once He Stopped Over-Thinking (Video)

 Maybe it’s the new haircut, maybe it’s new pitching coach Carl Willis, or maybe Clay Buchholz was just good on Sunday. Despite tweaking his ankle, Buchholz tossed one of his best games of the season. The 30-year-old lasted 6.1 innings, giving up three runs and scattering seven hits in the Red Sox’s 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. “First inning...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Sandy Leon Surprised A-Rod Had Green Light On Home Run

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez’s 660th home run also marked his first home run in one respect. Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place on Major League Baseball’s all-time home run list with No. 660 on Friday as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park. The blast, which put the Yankees in front...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Mailbag: Time For Henry Owens Or Brian Johnson To Join Boston?

This embed is invalid" /> New week. Same questions. While the Boston Red Sox have been rather inconsistent this season, one consistency that has emerged relates to the mailbag. People, for the most part, are very concerned about Boston’s rotation, which entered Thursday sporting a major league-worst 5.75 ERA. The level of concern can be...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Will The Red Sox Re-Unite With Saltalamacchia?

Salty In 2011 (FenwayNation Photo)There are multiple conflicting reports today that the Red Sox will or will not try to re-sign former catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia—who was released by the Miami Marlins. However, the weight of the evidence suggests that Boston will not re-unite with Salty. First, he's owed $15 million on the balance of his contract. Second, his bat is now a Mendoza...
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April 28, 2015  |  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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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Red Sox’s Pablo Sandoval Struggling; Sandy Leon Ready To Play

The Boston Red Sox are off to a pretty strong start, but there are still questions about their starting rotation. The offense has been dynamic in terms of star power and consistency, but new guy Pablo Sandoval has struggled to find his rhythm. In this week’s podcast,’s Ashley Allen and Red Sox beat writer Ricky Doyle discussed how the Red Sox have looked thus far. Ricky...
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Lineup vs Nationals 4/15/15

Mookie Betts CF Dustin Pedroia 2B Hanley Ramirez LF Allen Craig 1B Mike Napoli DH Shane Victorino RF Xander Bogaerts SS Brock Holt 3B Sandy Leon C Wade Miley SP
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Lineup vs the Nationals 4/13/15

Here’s the Red Sox lineup for the home opener: Mookie Betts CF Dustin Pedroia 2B David Ortiz DH Hanley Ramirez LF Pablo Sandoval 3B Mike Napoli 1B Shane Victorino RF Xander Bogaerts SS Sandy Leon C Rick Porcello – P
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Lineup vs Yankees 4/10/15

Mookie Betts, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS Sandy Leon, C Wade Miley, SP
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Catching Situation Post-Vazquez

Just two days ago we learned the Red Sox would be without their projected starting catcher, Christian Vazquez, after succumbing to a torn UCL. Red Sox announce that Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 1, 2015 With Vazquez set to miss the entire 2015 season, the Red Sox seem poised to break camp with Ryan Hanigan...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Friday Links: Vazquez loss is big, but not a back braker

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor The Red Sox worst fears were realized this week when it was confirmed that young catcher Christian Vazquez would require Tommy John surgery, and subsequently miss the entire 2015 season. Since gaining exposure with Boston, Vazquez rapidly became on of the team’s most intriguing young talents. Vazquez turned heads with his terrific defense, which...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Blake Swihart Gives Taste Of Potential In Wild Comeback

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox have had a flair for the dramatic this spring. The Red Sox already have a couple of walk-off wins in their back pockets. On Tuesday, they added a crazy comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. Boston trailed 8-2 going into the ninth inning, but the offense exploded...
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Sandy Leon Thrown Into Deep End Upon Joining Red Sox Catching Picture

This embed is invalid" /> It’s sink or swim for Sandy Leon. The Boston Red Sox acquired Leon from the Washington Nationals on Monday upon placing catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Leon is the frontrunner to crack Boston’s Opening Day roster as the backup catcher, but the 26-year-old, who made his spring...
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox release Paulino, keep Quintero

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Felipe Paulino has been released by the Boston Red Sox, who agreed to pay a $100,000 retention bonus to catcher Humberto Quintero. Paulino appeared in four spring training games for the Red Sox, giving up one run in four innings. Boston had until Tuesday to inform Paulino and Quintero that they will be on the opening-day roster, pay the bonus...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Humberto Quintero, Battling For Red Sox Job, Hasn’t Made Opt-Out Decision

This embed is invalid" /> Humberto Quintero, like the Boston Red Sox, has a decision to make. And, like his organization, the veteran catcher will take his time. Quintero, who is battling with newly acquired Sandy Leon for Boston’s backup catcher’s job, has an opt-out clause in his contract that kicked in Tuesday. The 35-year-old could opt out...
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday Links: Chrisitan Vazquez’s promising rookie season derailed

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor Whether it’s a big budget team or a small budget team, it’s the hope of every club to make it through spring training with a fully healthy roster to start the season. The Red Sox, however, were unable to even make it to April before suffering the biggest blow of the season thus far. Young catcher and budding defensive superstar Christian Vazquez...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Edward Mujica is Your Closer, Sandy Leon is Your Catcher, I am Your Bartender

The story on Christian Vazquez got a little bit bleaker today, with the Red Sox putting their strapping young catcher on the 60-day DL. To fill the void, the Sox picked up Sandy Leon from the Nationals, a catcher so good, John Travolta once sang about him. That’s a bit of sad news, as I liked watching Vazquez play and his increasing comfort behind the plate raised my hopes for...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox place Vazquez on the 60-day DL; trade for Sandy Leon

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing Writer The Red Sox were active on Monday acquiring catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations. To make room for Leon on the 40 man roster, Christian Vazquez was placed on the 60-day DL with a right elbow sprain. Vazquez, who will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, will be lost for a good portion of the year.Sandy...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox get C Sandy Leon from Nats for cash considerations

WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Sandy Leon has been traded to the Boston Red Sox by the Washington Nationals for cash considerations. The deal was announced Monday. Leon was the third catcher on Washington's depth chart, behind starter Wilson Ramos and main backup Jose Lobaton. In 34 major league games with the Nationals over the past three seasons, Leon hit .189 with three doubles, one...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nats

The Red Sox moved quickly to deal with the likely loss of Christian Vazquez by trading for Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals. Leon, 26, is known as a defensive specialist—similar to Vazquez. Leon is reportedly on his way to Fort Myers today and will likely share catching duties with Andover's Ryan Hanigan. What this also suggests is that the organization believes that Blake...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nationals In Exchange For Cash

The Boston Red Sox added some catching depth Monday morning. The Red Sox acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash. The club also placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, which ultimately is what precipitated the Leon acquisition. Leon will be assigned to Boston’s major-league camp and is expected...
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats promote Michael Taylor to AAA

The Washington Nationals have finally promoted OF Michael Taylor to Syracuse (AAA).  Taylor has had an absolute monster season at Harrisburg (AAA) and looking more and more like the Nationals future center fielder.  In his first two games at AAA, Taylor is 3 for 5 at the plate with two doubles, a run scored, and a run driven in.  In 98 games at Harrisburg, Taylor batted .313 with...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Minor Roster Moves (2/7)

The Washington Nationals made two roster moves over the last twenty-four hours. First, the Nationals have signed veteran catcher Koyie Hill to a minor league deal with a spring training invitations.  Hill will join another veteran, Chris Snyder, and younger backups Sandy Leon and Jhonatan Solano in a four man fight to back up starter Wilson Ramos.   The position backing up Ramos...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Rule V Draft results

Major League Baseball’s Rule V Draft was held today.  Washington had no selections in the Major League phase of the draft due to the fact they have a full 40 man roster.   The Nats did lose one prospect, but gained two players in the Triple AAA phase of the Draft. For background purposes, for the MLB phase, eligible players can be selected and placed on the 25-man roster for...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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