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Connelly’s Top Ten: Koufax Vs. Gibson / Post 20 K / Legos

By on July 28, 2014 at 5:28am
David Ortiz, Yaz (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

1. Cliff Notes:

* Good that Red Sox are struggling so they aren’t fooled into being buyers this week
* Is Brady facing Revis every day like a lefty hitter facing a drop down lefty batting practice pitcher – could it create bad habits?
* I bet Lucic uses cruise control a lot on his car
* Celtics won’t win 38 games this year with the current roster

2. Ortiz vs. Yaz debate:

* OBP .379 to .379
* Batting Average .285 to .285
* Ortiz – 55 pounds heavier
* Ortiz was born just six weeks after Yaz flew out to center field to end the 1975 World Series
* Yaz intentionally walked 190 times to Ortiz 172
* Yaz 3 batting titles / MVP / 7 Gold Gloves Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Koufax Vs. Gibson / Post 20 K / Legos »

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Matt Kemp is the wrong target for the Red Sox (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

According to a club source, the Boston Red Sox would consider a trade centered around sending Jon Lester to Los Angeles in exchange for Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp. Outside of your fantasy baseball league, such a trade would seem unlikely, but given the two teams negotiating and the state of each franchise, the deal would actually be extremely fair.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate this trade for both sides. Given the news that Lester will not agree to an extension with the team he is traded to, the Dodgers would be losing one of the best offensive talents in the game at a time when runs have come at a premium, and would only gain Lester for the next few months as they seek a World Series championship. There’s no guarantee that Lester sticks around beyond October.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox would be absorbing a contract that owes Kemp $107 million from 2015-2019 (unless the Dodgers are willing to eat a big portion of the deal). Continue reading Red Sox – Dodgers Trade Rumor: Jon Lester for Matt Kemp? »

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Patriots Training Camp

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, now at his 15th training camp in New England, knows his time in the league will eventually come to end, at least he said as much about his NFL mortality last week.

“There’s no easy way about it — just got to grind, put the work in, listen to the coaches,” Brady said. “You just appreciate the moments that you have, and every year is something different. This could be your last training camp — you never know. So you have to make it count. You can’t take anything for granted in the NFL.”

Perhaps Bill Belichick knows that, too, as Brady saw a limited number of reps for the first time during this year’s camp. Ryan Mallet and Jimmy Garappolo took most of the snaps instead before the rain forced an early end to practice Sunday. Continue reading Patriots Training Camp Notes: Tom Brady Sees Fewer Reps »

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Red Sox ace Jon Lester throws for the American League All-Star Game from Target Field in Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Caught ya!

Well it didn’t take long for the Red Sox to get rid of A.J Pierzynski before someone picked him up. Reports are saying he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is already plagued with problems behind the plate, as they lost Yadier Molina earlier this month to surgery after a thumb injury. St. Louis was already splitting time between Tony Cruz and George Kottaras, which makes this move somewhat unorthodox as Pierzynski is older, was referred to as being a poor influence in the clubhouse by many in Boston and so far has experienced one of his worst seasons of his career.

Pitching Woes

Also rumored to possibly be on the move is Jon Lester. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Rumors: AJ Pierzynski to Cardinals, Jon Lester to… »

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The Boston Celtics have been in the midst of trade talks since the end of the 2013-14 NBA season. The C’s have been mentioned in a wide range of rumors from acquiring Minnesota’s Kevin Love to trading Rajon Rondo. Through the whirlwind of these rumors, the Celts have remained rather quiet, however.

The C’s were involved in a three-way trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets, which landed Boston the services of Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller along with a future first-round draft pick. The C’s only surrendered a trade exception and a protected second-round pick in the deal. The Celts were also involved in a sign-and-trade deal with the Washington Wizards, dealing Kris Humphries for a conditional second-rounder and a trade exception. Continue reading Celtics Should Forget About Love, Try to Move Rondo »

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Jake Peavy in his last start at Fenway Park with the Red Sox, on July 6 against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

On Saturday the Boston Red Sox agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants that will send right-handed veteran pitcher Jake Peavy back to the west coast. Boston receives right-handed minor league reliever Heath Hembree and left-handed minor league starter Rafael Escobar in the deal. Continue reading Red Sox trade Jake Peavy to the Giants »

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Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano thought he saw his last Major League baseball diamond in 2014, but he was wrong. The New York Yankees announced Thursday afternoon that they will be acquiring the left-hander from the AAA minor league Rockies affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in exchange for cash.

Continue reading Chris Capuano Goes to New York Yankees »

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