Jarrod Saltalamacchia and all the syllables in his last name are off to Miami. His replacement is AJ Pierzynski, and while he does not have nearly as many syllables, he does well for himself. Pierzynski is expected to get the bulk of the playing time and World Series hero David Ross will have his chances as well. This veteran tandem should serve the Red Sox well in 2014, giving them roughly the same production from catcher as last year. Beyond 2014 is a different story as Pierzynski (37) and Ross (37 in March) are merely serving as a stopgap to two young and exciting Red Sox prospects: Blake Swihart and Christian Vasquez.
Continue reading Catching On: A Look at Red Sox Prospects Swihart and Vasquez »
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In the heels of winning the World Series, the Red Sox entered the 2014 season with six starting pitchers for five spots, a good problem to have. Well, now we can consider that problem solved.
Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will turn 37 in May, has told Ken Rosenthal that he will definitely not play baseball in 2014.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. Continue reading Ryan Dempster Retires? Pitcher Won’t Play for Red Sox in 2014 »
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Have the New York Yankees bought their way back to the top of the American League East? The money has been spent on all the right names. This off-season the Yankees paid $471 million for talented players like Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, among others. Will it be enough?
Continue reading Will the Yankees Give the Red Sox a Run for Their Money? »
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The Boston Celtics have won four of their last six contests, but lost their final game before the All-Star break against the San Antonio Spurs last night at TD Garden, 104-92. The Celtics will not play again until February 19th to play the Phoenix Suns to begin a four-game road trip.
Celtics starting to win
With a four-game win streak encompassing nearly two weeks, the Celtics looked to be gaining some momentum against the weak Eastern Conference competition. Even without Rajon Rondo and an ailing Avery Bradley, the Celtics were able to put teams like the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks away in the second half. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Green team finally clicking, Chris Johnson signs multi-year deal »
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Last week the Red Sox announced that Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Joe Castiglione would be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame this August. This star-studded class has a pitcher who had one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history when Pedro Martinez went 101-28 with a combined 2.54 ERA in his first six seasons in Boston. Along with him is teammate Nomar Garciaparra, who was one of the most beloved athletes on the exciting late-90s Red Sox teams. Joe Castiglione has been calling Red Sox games on the radio for over 30 years now and is a deserving inductee. Then, there is Roger Clemens. He used to be Boston’s favorite son but now is seen as a pariah to many. What exactly is Roger Clemens’ Boston legacy? Continue reading Boston Legacy for Roger Clemens »
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The All-Star game is just days away, yet it’s rather difficult for any team to find a niche, especially in the middle of the conferences. Indiana and OKC are even fighting with each other over home-court advantage. Teams are still pushing each other this way and that with every passing day. It’s a tough time to be a bubble team, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, February 14, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 15 »
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