Henry Owens (Barry Chin/Boston Globe)

Friday’s win over the Royals at Fenway Park gave the Red Sox their fourth straight win, the last two of which came against the best team in the American League. Just about everything went right for the Red Sox, and they now remain just a win away from taking a series from the reigning AL champs. Henry Owens and Blake Swihart carried most of the load on Friday, with some help from their friends. The contributions from younger players just keep on coming, and are starting to give Red Sox fans hope for 2016.

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Hanley Ramirez

Coming into the 2015 baseball season, the Boston Red Sox were expected to have a potent offense, especially with the new additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Mike Napoli, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a sleep apnea problem, tore the cover off the ball in spring training by batting .400 with a team high six homers and 11 RBIs.

Unfortunately, inconsistent play from Ramirez and Sandoval, as well as a steep decline from Napoli that seemingly came out of nowhere, combined with a less than stellar starting rotation has the Boston Red Sox in the cellar of the AL East for the third time in four seasons. To make matters worse, the Red Sox payroll was $150,655,500, the highest in franchise history. Continue reading What Could Have Been: The 2015 Red Sox »

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dave dombrowski

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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