Red Sox:

* Tazawa the worst bid at a save Evah! 1 inning 6 hits four runs – miss a bat one time

* When was the last time you saw an MLB game with four sacrifice bunts

* How did that many Kansas City fans get that many tickets in one section

* Hanley has more errors than assists (4-3)

* Why is Hanley getting at bats – since All Star game: Castillo .342 / Bradley .284 / Betts .266 / Hanley .194 (never mind defense)

* Travis Shaw hole in swing – hard inside half / Bradley’s hole – spin and down

* Insane that

* Two Ole plays by Sandoval leads to huge runs Sunday

* Can’t believe third base coach Brian Butterfield sent a butter ball like Hanigan from first on a double with no outs! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox, Pats and Nudity at Strega »

Henry Owens (Barry Chin/Boston Globe)

Friday’s win over the Royals at Fenway Park gave the Red Sox their fourth straight win, the last two of which came against the best team in the American League. Just about everything went right for the Red Sox, and they now remain just a win away from taking a series from the reigning AL champs. Henry Owens and Blake Swihart carried most of the load on Friday, with some help from their friends. The contributions from younger players just keep on coming, and are starting to give Red Sox fans hope for 2016.

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jimmy preseason

The Patriots will take on the New Orleans Saints in their second preseason game on Saturday night. The game concludes a week that included two days of joint practices. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense shined throughout the two sessions that both teams called valuable. As with the first preseason contest, tonight will feature limited time by the starters with backups playing most of the game. With that in mind, here are five players to watch tonight:

Chris Harper- The rookie wide receiver out of Cal will likely get a lot of chances tonight with Julian Edelman, Brian Tyms, and Aaron Dobson all dealing with injuries. He has looked solid in camp and has come on strong as of late and was productive in joint practices while working with Jimmy Garoppolo. The 5’11”, 175 pound Harper has also had some punt return opportunities in camp.

Brandon Bolden/ James White- Bolden and White have been battling throughout camp to fill the third down back roll that was left open by the departure of Shane Vereen. Bolden is stronger, but White has more speed and quickness. White played in last Thursday’s preseason opener and looked like a player ready to take on the third down role. Bolden has the advantage that he plays on special teams, but if White has another strong outing he could put himself firmly ahead of Bolden.

Malcom Brown- The rookie first round pick is one of several options to fill the middle of the defensive line after Vince Wilfork signed with Houston this offseason. Pairing Brown with 2014 first round pick Dominque Easley is something the Patriots hope to do for the next several seasons.

Jimmy Garoppolo- The potential of Garoppolo starting at least one game this regular season has been well documented. What the Patriots need is for Garoppolo to have a strong game and continue to build toward his possible regular season action. He looked shaky in the first half against Green Bay last week but improved as the game went on. A more consistent performance will help both the Patriots and the young quarterback going forward.

 

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Hanley Ramirez

Coming into the 2015 baseball season, the Boston Red Sox were expected to have a potent offense, especially with the new additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Mike Napoli, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a sleep apnea problem, tore the cover off the ball in spring training by batting .400 with a team high six homers and 11 RBIs.

Unfortunately, inconsistent play from Ramirez and Sandoval, as well as a steep decline from Napoli that seemingly came out of nowhere, combined with a less than stellar starting rotation has the Boston Red Sox in the cellar of the AL East for the third time in four seasons. To make matters worse, the Red Sox payroll was $150,655,500, the highest in franchise history. Continue reading What Could Have Been: The 2015 Red Sox »

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1. Red Sox:

* Joe Kelley moustache makes him look like Snidely Whiplash from Dudley Do Right

* Speaking of Kelley – he’s so funny arguing with the coaches for taking him out of the game with an ERA over 5.30

* Can you imagine Jackie Bradley, Christian Vazquez and Iglesias in the line up every day? Three Gold Glovers – Pitcher’s ERA would go down a run

* Is it me or is Jerry Remy working hard again – talking better baseball, breaking the game down a little bit less Wally talk

* Rusney Castillo throws the ball into the bleachers but there is only two outs and a runner is awarded two bases – when he gets to the dugout – I’ve never seen so much laughing

* Who is this guy Rutledge at second base and why aren’t those at bats going to a prospect?

* NESN lot more crowd scenes than usual – now that they are out of it – selling the Fenway experience

* Jackie Bradley has 12 extra base hits in his last 36 at bats / Hanley has 12 in his last 172 at bats Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten – Trades, Video-gate and Oreo’s »

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dave dombrowski

The Boston Red Sox named Dave Dombrowski President of Baseball Operations, effective immediately, on Tuesday evening. In reaction to the hire of Dombrowski, Ben Cherrington decided to step down as General Manager once Dombrowski’s transitional period is complete.

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As the August heat breaks in New England, giving way to cooler fall temperatures in September, it can mean only one thing, College Football is back! The Boston College Eagles are preparing for the upcoming 2015 season on the practice field prior to their home opener against The University of Maine on September 5th. The Eagles will have a younger squad this year with many players graduating and moving on last season.

Entering his third year with Boston College, veteran coach Steve Addazio is gearing up for his tall task of coaching a youthful roster. In a quote posted on the Eagles Football webpage he had the following to say: “This will be the biggest changeover I think I’ve been around,” he said. “It hit me this summer. All of a sudden, you have to rethink everything you’re doing, how you handle everything … It’s just really different, the magnitude of it, the numbers of guys.” Despite the turnover and young group Addazio highlighted positives of the team as athleticism and attitude.  The Eagles have had back-to-back seven-win seasons and a bowl appearance in each of the last two years. Continue reading Boston College Football: Preview of the 2015 Season »

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