David Ortiz Returns To Lineup As Red Sox Look To Avoid Sweep

The Boston Red Sox will have David Ortiz’s bat at their disposal Thursday night as they look to salvage the finale of their three-game series in Pittsburgh. Ortiz, who has not played since leaving Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals due to a family emergency, will start at first base and bat third against Pirates right-hander — and 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick ...
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Dining Playbook: Christian Vazquez Dishes On Food Preferences (Video)

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has established himself as a valuable part of the Sox’s defense, and he took some time out to chat with Jenny Johnson about what fuels him before games. Check it out in the video above. Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsFiled under: Dining Playbook, NESN Video
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Comedy, tragedy mingle for Shakespeare at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) Five centuries after William Shakespeare wrote ''Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,'' the Boston Red Sox have been deposed as World Series champions, bouncing from last place to first and again to the cellar in a shift from tragedy to comedy that even the revered playwright would appreciate. And so, as they head into yet another winter of their...
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Ben Cherington: Rusney Castillo Can Be ‘Very Good Major League Outfielder’

There’s not a lot for the Boston Red Sox to play for right now, but there’s plenty of evaluation to be done by the team’s front office. General manager Ben Cherington likely will have a close eye on his club in the season’s final two weeks. He and the baseball operations department will have to monitor a handful of young players, and the most intriguing player may be outfielder...
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Brian Butterfield: Dustin Pedroia Is ‘Toughest Guy I’ve Ever Seen’

If there’s one man who appreciates what Dustin Pedroia brings to the Boston Red Sox, it’s Brian Butterfield. The Red Sox third base coach showered his second baseman in praise Wednesday, marveling at Pedroia’s consistency despite a seemingly constant stream of injuries. “He’s been playing with one hand for two years, and it’s amazing,” Butterfield told’s...
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Castillo's debut the 'next step in his progression'

A month ago, Rusney Castillo signed a contract worth more money than any recent Cuban player. The Red Sox spent more money on him than they have for any player not already in their organization since the signed free agent Carl Crawford. But as Castillo got ready to make his major league debut Wednesday night at PNC Park, the Red Sox took great pains to manage expectations for a...
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Red Sox Scarily Close To Not Passing Bobby V.

With 22 games left, the Red Sox only needed 9 wins to eclipse Bobby Valentine's magical 69 win plateau from 2012. Now there are only 10 games left—and they still need four more wins to hit 70. Can they do it? For the cipher-challenged out there, four wins out of ten translates to a .400 winning percentage. To this point in the season, the team is winning at a .434 clip, so...
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Re-Signing Koji Uehara Is A Red Sox Priority

Koji: Worth Re-Upping For 2015The Red Sox have let it be known that they view the re-signing of soon-to-be free agent closer Koji Uehara as an "offseason priority". As we have written, we think this a good thing—although the team needs to do some medium-range planning for future ninth-innings post-Koji. Said GM Ben Cherington, "The way that he handled the recent...
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Red Sox Walk The Plank In Pittsburgh; Lose, 9-1

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The term "Garbage Time" was invented for games like these. In fact, September should be re-named "Garbage Month" for your Carmine Hose. Last night, Clay Buchholz reverted to his bad earlier form—getting pummeled by the Pirates, 9-1. The tall Texan went just four miserable innings—giving up six hits and four earned runs...
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Thursday Links: Rusney, Rusney, Rusney

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor After about a month of waiting, Red Sox fans finally got their first look at Rusney Castillo on Wednesday. The 27-year old Cuban defector assumed the seventh spot in the Red Sox order, and manned center field in his first big league game. After playing in three championships on his rise through the Red Sox farm system, Castillo’s quickly realized...
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Red Sox Notes: Bryce Brentz Enjoys ‘Dream Come True’ In Lopsided Loss

Spring training isn’t for another five months, yet it looked Wednesday like the Boston Red Sox were in Grapefruit League mode. The Red Sox suffered a 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, dropping Boston to 20 games below .500 (66-86). It was an ugly beginning to the Rusney Castillo era, though the Cuban outfielder was hardly to blame. The Pirates slammed three homers...
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Red Sox Still Interested In Re-Signing Koji Uehara After 2014 Season

The Boston Red Sox haven’t lost faith in Koji Uehara. Uehara’s recent rough patch might have forced the Red Sox to temporarily remove him from the closer’s role, but it did little to change Boston’s overall opinion of the veteran reliever. Re-signing Uehara, who is set to become a free agent after this season, remains an offseason priority for the Red Sox. “It hasn’t...
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Listen: Interview with Ken Burns on 20th anniversary of ‘Baseball’

The award-winning Ken Burns has done so much for the baseball community. The Boston-area legend found some time to give us a great interview. In our discussion, Burns talks about "Baseball's" film production, some of its notable interview subjects, and its legacy...
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Rusney Castillo Debuts With Red Sox: What’s Next For Cuban Outfielder?

While Rusney Castillo’s arrival is significant, his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox represented just another step — albeit a positive one — in the Cuban outfielder’s overall evolution as a baseball player. Castillo went 1-for-4 on Wednesday as the Red Sox lost 9-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. He collected his first big league hit — a fourth-inning single...
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Rusney Castillo ‘Overall Satisfied’ With Boston Red Sox Debut (Video)

The Boston Red Sox took a 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, but all eyes were on Rusney Castillo despite the rout. The 27-year-old Cuban defector made his MLB debut, playing center field for the Red Sox in his first big test after being away from the game for about a year and a half. Castillo went 1-for-4 with a single he was able to leg out after Pirates second baseman...
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Boston Red Sox: Castillo is Here but Sox Lose 9-1

Even with Rusney Castillo making his major league debut, The Red Sox never had a shot as they lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 at PNC Park. Behind another awful Clay Buccholz outing, the youngsters got the show tonight.  
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Bryce Brentz Doubles In First Major League At-Bat With Boston Red Sox

Bryce Brentz made sure his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox didn’t fly too far under the radar. Brentz, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, pinch-hit for Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old outfielder ripped a double to left field off Pirates starter Francisco Liriano...
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Rusney Castillo Collects First Major League Hit With Red Sox (Video)

It took two at-bats for Rusney Castillo to collect his first major league hit. Castillo, who hit a dribbler in front of home plate in his first at-bat Wednesday, singled to second base in the fourth inning of the Boston Red Sox’s game against Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Pirates second baseman Neil Walker couldn’t corral the sharp grounder on a diving attempt. Your browser...
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David Ross Realistic About Future With Boston Red Sox Beyond 2014 Season

David Ross is cognizant that his days with the Boston Red Sox could be numbered. Ross has said he’d like to play at least one more season before considering retirement. The 37-year-old catcher is open to re-signing with the Red Sox, but he’s set to hit free agency following a disappointing 2014 season. The ball is in Boston’s court. “It’s hard to know what they’re thinking...
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Pete Abraham: Red Sox Will Ease Rusney Castillo Into Big-League Role (Video)

Rusney Castillo has the potential to do big things for the Boston Red Sox. For now, though, he’s still a rookie making his Major League debut, and the organization is being careful to treat him as such. Castillo played just 11 games in Boston’s minor league system before being called up Wednesday to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and manager John Farrell said recently...
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Ben Cherington: Rusney Castillo Not Only Piece Of Center Field Puzzle (Video)

Boston Red Sox nation is abuzz with Rusney Castillo mania. The 27-year-old Cuban is making his much-heralded MLB debut Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a meteoric rise through Boston’s farm system. Ben Cherington and the Red Sox expect big things of Castillo; that’s why they signed him to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month. Before Wednesday...
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David Ortiz Silencing Those Who Criticized Red Sox Contract Extension

The Boston Red Sox signed David Ortiz to a contract extension during spring training. The decision has never looked better. Ortiz, who entered Wednesday hitting .263 with 32 homers and 99 RBIs, continues to be the Red Sox’s most productive offensive player. His extension with Boston wasn’t considered a slam dunk by everyone at the time it was signed, however, as there were some...
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Game 152 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Pirates 9/17/14

Here is tonight’s lineup vs. the Pirates (including the major league debut of Rusney Castillo): Red Sox (66-85) Betts 2B Bogaerts SS Cespedes LF Napoli 1B Craig RF Middlebrooks 3B Castillo CF Vazquez C Buchholz SP Game time is at 7:05pm EST.
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Red Sox-Pirates Live: Rusney Castillo Makes Big League Debut For Boston

The Rusney Castillo era has begun. Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month, officially joined the Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cuban outfielder will bat seventh and play center field in his major league debut. Castillo played in 11 minor league games — five with Triple-A Pawtucket, four with...
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Sox Get Shut Out in Loss to Pirates

The Red Sox headed into Pittsburgh to play a series against the Pirates as the season winds down.  The Sox had rookie Anthony Ranaudo on the mound and he kept with his trend of giving up the long ball.  Ranaudo took his 3rd loss of the season while once again another team pitched a shutout against the Sox. The Pirates first got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning when Ranaudo gave...
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