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The Red Sox season is unofficially over, but for their closer, Koji Uehara it’s official. Uehara took a line drive to the wrist off the bat of Detroit’s Ian Kinsler in Boston’s 7-2 victory Sunday at Comerica Park. The right-hander reached for the hot shot from Kinsler and the ball made contact with his wrist putting Koji in obvious pain, he recovered to make the play but his wrist will take more time.

Initial X-rays did not show a break but with continued pain and swelling Uehara had a CT scan on the inflamed wrist which showed a non-displaced distal fracture, or in layman’s terms, a broken wrist. Uehara will be shutdown for the remainder of the season but is expected to make a full recovery. Continue reading Koji Uehara Out for Remainder of Season with Broken Wrist »

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The Patriots held their final practice before Thursday’s preseason game on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to practice, Bill Belichick said it was a day the team could use to begin the transition to game preparation, most of which will take place on Wednesday. Tom Brady was absent from practice, which forced Jimmy Garoppolo and newcomer Ryan Lindley to take all of the reps.

Unfortunately for the two quarterbacks, it was the worst offensive practice of camp. There were numerous dropped passes and missed connections in the passing game. Some dysfunction is expected with Lindley being on the team for less than two days, but today’s troubles were beyond expected. The weather was rainy and slippery, which was a factor.

Darryl Roberts was the best player on the practice field for the defense. He had at least four pass break ups and had tight coverage on nearly every snap. One of his break-ups was a deflection that landed in the arms of Tavon Wilson for an interception. Fellow rookies Trey Flowers and Malcom Brown also had some impressive moments including when the two of them teamed up for pressure on Garoppolo to force a quick throw.

Overall, it was a sloppy practice both weather and football wise. The defense, led by Roberts, made some impressive plays but the offense got in it’s own way too often. Following Thursday’s game, the Patriots will hold their final “open to the public” practice on Saturday.

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Rusney Castillo (Elsa/Getty Images)

Since the Red Sox have been unofficially eliminated from 2015 playoff contention, they have admitted to using the balance of the season to evaluate the roster’s potential for 2016 and better inform the team’s offseason strategy. One of the most interesting roster auditions is in Right Field, where the team hopes Rusney Castillo can play well down the stretch and eliminate a potential hole in the 2016 outfield. Jackie Bradley Jr. is in a similar situation, however he faces a much more uphill battle since he is competing with Mookie Betts for playing time. Conversely, Castillo has a golden opportunity to cement a starting role on the 2016 Red Sox.

Continue reading Rusney Castillo’s Open Audition »

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1. Red Sox:

* From MLB Network – Red Sox pitching has given up at least 7 runs in a game 32 times

* Ortiz is hot and hitting the ball long – things that make me go hmmmm

* I saw Hanley Ramirez run hard down to first Friday night and that noteworthy because it’s the exception

* Speaking of running down to first – I timed Ortiz down to first in his last two at bats: 7.31 and 7.28 (Mickey Mantle once did it in 3.10)

* I saw Bogaerts stand in the box on line drive to left, which turned out to be a double

* Red Sox have to drill Ingesias after he spiked first baseman Shaw on purpose

* Another slick move by Ben Cherrington – he not only traded Mike Napoli but he gave them cash to take him

* Brock Holt is hitting .209 since his visit to the All Star game

* Jackie Bradley first 57 at bats – 4 RBI / next four – 5 RBI

* Haven’t seen one tool from Blake Swihart that is exceptional Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Pitching, Bonnie and Clyde, Frank Gifford »

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It is August and NHL news is quite thin. Sometimes this stall in news brings wacky trade rumors and/or speculation. There are some rumors out there that include the Bruins, the most recent being the Bruins being involved in talks with the Winnipeg Jets for big money defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien.

For Boston fans unfamiliar with Byfuglien, he really broke into the league during the 2007-2008 season, playing almost the full season and scoring 19 goals with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has stayed mostly consistent since then, with his best regular season performance being the 2013-2014 campaign scoring 20 goals and 56 points with the Jets. He also played a huge role in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Blackhawks, helping them win the Stanley Cup tallying 16 points in 22 games. Continue reading Boston Bruins Trade Rumor: Dustin Byfuglien »

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The Detroit Tigers recently let go of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski had been with the Tigers for nearly 14 seasons.

Dombrowski built the Tigers from the ground up. In his first full season in Detroit, the Tigers had an American League worst record of 119 losses. However, he did not let this be a detriment to his overall plan. Dombrowski was known for not being afraid to pull the trigger on a big time move. Some examples include trading for Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer. Continue reading Dave Dombrowski Should Be on Red Sox Radar »

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Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli

August 7, 2015 at 10:32pm in Featured, Red Sox
Mike Napoli (ESPN.com)

Right before Friday night’s game, the Red Sox struck a deal to trade Mike Napoli and cash to the Texas Rangers for cash or a player-to-be-named-later.

The Rangers will pay about $1.5 million of the remaining money owed to Napoli.  Continue reading Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli »

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