This will be the view from the broadcast booth tonight on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball between the Red Sox and Yankees. (ESPN)

Even after the team shipped out a fifth of the 25-man roster, including its two best starting pitchers in Jon Lester and John Lackey, the Red Sox just keep coming up with reasons for fans to tune in after the trade deadline.

First, it was the potential awkwardness of Stephen Drew and Chris Capuano switching dugouts to play against their former team as members of the Yankees. Then there was the debut of Yoenis Cespedes in a Red Sox uniform yesterday, playing left field (as it turned out) and batting cleanup.

Today’s reason for watching (since it’s certainly not winning)? ESPN will be broadcasting from the Green Monster for Sunday Night Baseball between the Red Sox and Yankees tonight at 8 p.m.

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Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut playing right field and batting clean up behind David Ortiz against the Yankees today. (Boston Herald)

After arriving late to yesterday’s game against the New York Yankees, newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes will make his debut for the Boston Red Sox today. He is in right field batting cleanup behind David Ortiz.

Cespedes, of course, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline for Jon Lester, who will coincidentally be making his pitching debut for the A’s simultaneously on the West Coast.

Time to find out what sort of damage the right-handed slugger from Cuba can do with the Green Monster looming just 310 feet away in left field.

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Chris Capuano will get the start at Fenway, along with Stephen Drew, but both will be wearing Yankee pinstripes. (NY Daily News)

In April, Chris Capuano looked like he would be a key part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen, a vaunted lefty reliever who had given up zero runs in 11 appearances.

Two months later, the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, solidifying the left side of the infield to make a push for the playoffs.

Today, both will take the field at Fenway Park…only they won’t be wearing Red Sox uniforms. Instead, they’ll be coming out of the visitor’s dugout as members of the New York Yankees.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Red Sox!

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David Price will be joining an already strong Tigers rotation. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Hours after the Oakland Athletics traded for Jon Lester, the Detroit Tigers countered by pulling off a three-team blockbuster that puts the last three AL Cy Young award winners in the same rotation. The Tigers are now set for October with a loaded rotation of Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander, and Aníbal Sánchez.

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Céspedes brings a powerful bat to Fenway Park...until he becomes a free agent after 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

If you weren’t sure how to react to the four trades made by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, you certainly weren’t alone. Across social media and sports talk radio, opinions ranged from high praise for the acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Céspedes to outrage over the lack of a long-term return for ace Jon Lester.

To recap the crazy day, the drama started with a blockbuster deal that sent both Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland in exchange for Céspedes. Then, the Sox agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals that traded John Lackey for outfielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly. Finally, the team agreed to two smaller trades within the American League East, one which sent Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for a pitching prospect, and the other — a rare swap with the New York Yankees that put Stephen Drew in pinstripes for Kelly Johnson.

Here’s a breakdown of the three key players acquired by the Red Sox, including their ages. Continue reading Flurry of trades leaves Red Sox in state of uncertainty »

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The Boston Red Sox have traded Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league, left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was a top 100 prospect, and ranked as one of the top five prospects in the Orioles minor league system before the start of 2014 season. He pitched this season at the Double-A level and has a 4.79 ERA and 3-7 over sixteen starts. He will benefit from the Red Sox player development program somewhere in the minor league system.

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Stephen Drew (Photo: Bill Kostroun)

Per ESPN Boston reporter Gordon Edes, Stephen Drew has been traded to the New York Yankees for 2B/utility player Kelly Johnson.

Interesting move. This almost certainly means that the Red Sox will move Xander Bogaerts back to shortstop for the remainder of the season and play Will Middlebrooks at third base. For Bogaerts, it seems as though management has owned up to their mistake of signing Drew and are ready to make Bogaerts the shortstop of the future. He’s going to make some mistakes in the field, but the Sox have some time to let him grow and develop in the position. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Stephen Drew to Yankees for Kelly Johnson »

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