Eastern League All-Star Game 2015

This week, the Eastern League All-Star game was held by the Red Sox’ AA-affiliate Portland Sea Dogs (ME). I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege to go attend the game, and what a pleasure it was to watch the Eastern League’s best showcase their talents in front of a sold-out Hadlock Field.

The gates opened to the public at 3:00 for an eventful afternoon in Portland that included the first, planned Homerun Derby and a festive pregame introduction ceremony that allowed fans to greet the starters as they made their way down to the field from the sky-boxes. After the National Anthem, Blake Swihart threw out the ceremonial first pitch and, around 7:20, it was time to play ball. Continue reading Portland Hosts Eastern League All-Star Game, Ends in Unusual Fashion »

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Imagine what could have been.

According to a report from WEEI, Seattle Mariners’ right fielder Nelson Cruz tried not once, but twice, to come to the Boston Red Sox in the past two offseasons.  Cruz is good friends with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Ortiz tried convincing the Sox brass to sign Cruz.

Cruz is batting .308 with 21 homers and 53 runs batted in. If he were on the Red Sox, he would be leading the team in almost every offensive category right now. Also, it is worth mentioning that he is putting up these numbers in which he is playing in Safeco Field, a ballpark known to diminish offensive numbers. Adrian Beltre is all the proof you need. Continue reading Nelson Cruz Wanted to be a Red Sox »

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Brock Having Fun in Cincy

The Red Sox’ lone representative in the All-Star Game performed just as expected Tuesday night. It is exactly what the members of Red Sox Nation have been seeing from Brock Holt all season.

Holt came in to the game in the 7th inning to pinch run for Mike Trout. He promptly executed a delayed steal of second base on a pitch that he read as a ball in the dirt, which was made a close play only by the excellence of Yadier Molina. Brock then came around to score the American League’s fourth run on Manny Machado’s RBI double off the wall in right-center field. Continue reading Brock Holt Up To His Usual Ways in All-Star Game Appearance »

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John Wilcox/Boston Globe

Another Red Sox season and another year with Clay Buchholz heading to the disabled list. This is a familiar story for Sox fans and its happening again. Boston had been making noise in the AL East behind some of Buchholz best starts of the season. In the month of June he was 4-0 and in his last four starts had thrown 31 innings with and ERA of 0.87.

On the Fourth of July, his last start before the injury, Buchholz hurled a complete game giving up just one run while scattering six hits against the talented Astros, who are jockeying for the lead in the AL West. Whether it was all the innings pitched or the voodoo possibility that Buchholz is snake-bitten, injury caught up to him as it always seems to do. Continue reading Clay Buchholz on DL Again – A Storied Injury History »

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Mookie Betts (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Despite their position at the bottom of the American League East, the Red Sox have gone on a recent run that has left them in position to contend for the division title in the second half of the season. Much of the credit for that run has gone, deservedly so, to players like Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, and Eduardo Rodriguez, but one other young star has received much less fanfare.

Despite relatively little public recognition, Mookie Betts has been the Red Sox’ best player in 2015, and has undoubtedly contributed a great deal to the Red Sox’ chance, however small, to make a legitimate run at their division. For the first time in a very long time, the Red Sox’ MVP is not an established star, but a young player on the rise.

Continue reading Mookie Betts Emerging for Red Sox »

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David Ortiz (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Red Sox manager John Farrell recently came up with a different strategy in his lineup construction: allow David Ortiz to play first base. The idea came about from the combination of several relevant factors affecting the daily lineup: Alejandro De Aza has played very well since being acquired from the Orioles (.940 OPS with the Red Sox), Hanley Ramirez has been an unmitigated disaster in Left Field (-15 DRS in Left), and Mike Napoli has been as bad, if not worse, at the plate (.652 OPS on the season).

So Farrell astutely decided that the best way to address all of those issues was to move Ortiz out to first, De Aza to left, Ramirez in to DH, and Napoli out altogether. According to the veteran manager, this might not be the last time we see that kind of alignment, as shown through his own comments and recent lineup cards. Ortiz himself has been less than thrilled about the change, but he has so far cooperated. Barring any kind of significant trade addition, this defense is the best one the Red Sox can currently put on the field, and it may be the difference between winning and losing games.

Continue reading David Ortiz Needs to Play First Base »

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The surging Red Sox welcome to town the AL East leading New York Yankees this weekend for a 3-game set at Fenway. The Sox are 8-2 in their last ten games while the Yankees have been 5-5 in that same span. Boston is now just 5.5 games back of the division lead but still with all four other AL East teams in front of them.

It’s a tight race of teams hovering around .500 heading into the All-Star break. This series gives Boston a chance to get within a few games of the lead before a restful weekend coming up. The Red Sox are not used to having this many players actually get to rest on All-Star weekend but this year’s representation will be limited to Brock Holt and possibly Xander Bogearts. Continue reading Red Sox Host Yankees for Crucial Series at Fenway »

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