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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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Matt Barnes (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Monday’s start against the Indians at Fenway was supposed to be a positive step in the right direction for Matt Barnes. The team and its fans were hoping Barnes could build on his solid pure stuff and minor league performance as a Major League starter. His results were unimpressive out of the bullpen to start the year, and unfortunately there was not much improvement against Cleveland. This lack of concrete production makes Barnes’s future in the Majors hazy, leaving serious doubt about whether he will make his next start with Boston or Pawtucket.

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Francona & Farrell

Last week John Farrell announced his diagnosis of stage one lymphoma and that he would step down from his role as manager of the Red Sox for the remainder of the season. While Boston prepares to battle Cleveland in a three game series at Fenway this week, John Farrell will be waging war against cancer, and by his side will be longtime friend and Cleveland manager Terry Francona.

Farrell is to start his first round of chemotherapy on Tuesday and Francona plans to be right there in his corner. Farrell and Francona met as teammates in the late ’80’s and Farrell coached under Tito from 2007-2010 before heading north to Toronto. With the two knowing each other for over 25 years its a small blessing Cleveland’s road trip to Boston coincides with Farrell’s treatment initiation. Continue reading Terry Francona Will Join John Farrell For His First Chemotherapy Session »

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Torey Lovullo (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)

Sunday’s 10-8 extra-inning loss to the Seattle Mariners was a perfect microcosm of the Red Sox’ 2015 season: plenty of hits and production by the lineup, complete and total failure from the pitching staff. In fact, the lineup went above and beyond the call of duty, erasing a 7-0 deficit to tie the game at 8 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ultimately, asking the bullpen to hold Seattle scoreless into extras proved to be too tall a task, to virtually no one’s surprise. Here are several notes and observations from Sunday’s game:

  • Henry Owens was a complete enigma on Sunday. Owens gave up 7 runs over his first three innings of work, mostly on the strength of three home runs (one from Robinson Cano, two from Franklin Gutierrez). However, he was able to settle into the ballgame and ended up getting through six innings, allowing ten hits with the seven earned runs. It was a good sign that Owens was resilient enough to last moderately deep into the game and save his bullpen to some extent. Owens’s peripherals were very strong against Seattle, striking out ten batters in his six innings while only walking one Mariner. Home run luck fluctuates throughout the course of a season, so if Owens can keep his K/BB rate in a similar range as it was in Sunday’s contest, he will have much more success over the rest of the season. In summary, the initial stat line looks subpar, but Owens pitched better than it seems.

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John Farrell announced during his Friday night pre-game press conference that he has stage one lymphoma. The lymphoma was detected after having surgery in Detroit for a hernia on Monday. A mass was removed at the time of the surgery.

Farrell will step down as manager of the Red Sox while he undergoes a nine-week course of chemotherapy. Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over managing operations for the remainder of the season. Continue reading John Farrell Diagnosed with Stage 1 Lymphoma »

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The Future Corner Outfielders

I have been in the back woods of Maine hiking, canoeing, and reading books since the last time I posted, so I have been completely out of the loop. As I’m driving home Sunday afternoon I tuned in to the second half of the Red Sox game in Detroit. I’m listening to Joe Castiglione when I realize I have no idea who is playing where defensively for the Red Sox. Then I find out Jackie Bradley is in centerfield with Castillo and de Aza in the corner outfield slots, and the infield consists of Holt at third, Bogaerts at short, Josh Rutledge at second, and Travis Shaw at first.

Initially I was slightly taken back by some of the names out there, but when I thought about it a little more I realized it’s not a bad thing at all that these guys are getting reps. Continue reading PawSox Storm Fenway Park, Red Sox Nation Gets Sneak Peek of Future OF »

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AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

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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