Jon Lester

Last week, CBS Sports reported that a contract extension for Red Sox ace Jon Lester would not come during the season, making the lefthander a free agent for the first time in his career after the season.

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Lester would consider negotiating with the team during the season, as long as there is an indication it would be a brief process instead of a process drawn out over several weeks.

This would be great news for the Red Sox, who should do what they can to secure Lester, who has nailed down a 9-7 record on this mediocre Red Sox squad. The hurler has a 2.92 ERA in 114 innings, with 115 strikeouts and 29 walks this season. Continue reading Jon Lester Willing to Negotiate Contract Extension Mid-Season, Reports Say »

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No, you're not hallucinating; that's Jerry Remy staring at his own tooth in the NESN broadcast booth. (Photo courtesy of SBNation)

For those of you Boston fans depressed by the fact that the Red Sox are on the verge of being swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs — led by former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, no less — here is the moment of levity that you’ve been looking for.

Jerry Remy lost one of his teeth in the midst of the NESN broadcast. For real.

If you’ve ever watched NESN before, and seen the interplay between Remy and Don Orsillo, you won’t need me to tell you that the lost tooth led down a long and all-but-endless rabbit hole of caps, dentists, and giggling, followed innings later by the appearance of a screwdriver, pliers, and electrical tape.

I wish I were kidding.

Continue reading Video: Jerry Remy Loses Tooth on Red Sox Broadcast »

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Athletics vs Brewers: Week 13's prediction for the World Series

June is just about done, and the standings are in quite a bit of flux. Previous division leaders are on their way out. Others are on their way up the standings. Seeding is being jumbled. Anything could happen now, and with just two weeks until the All Star Game, teams will be looking to get position before they get their players some rest. At a critical time just past the halfway mark in the season, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, June 30, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 13 »

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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts, was called up to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday to join the lineup for Sunday’s final game in a 3-game series against the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

Betts, 21, has been rocketing through the farm system in much the same way that Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts have. Betts started the 2014 season in Portland. He played in 54 games for the AA Portland Sea Dogs and hit .355/.435/.551. He was promoted to AAA Pawtucket and hit .332/.425/.444 over 23 games.

Continue reading Mookie Betts Promoted to the Big Leagues with Red Sox »

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Hopefully Clay Buchholz doesn't have to look too far into the future to see his return to form, as he returns to the rotation tonight against the Seattle Mariners. (WEEI)

After making two rehab starts in Pawtucket, Clay Buchholz has been activated from the 15-day disabled list to make his first start in almost a month against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night. He’ll be looking to salvage the finale after the Red Sox dropped the first two games of the series by scores of 12-3 and 8-2.

To make room for Buchholz on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox designated left-handed deliver Chris Capuano for assignment. Capuano had struggled of late in limited appearances, giving up 10 runs and 14 hits in only 4 innings of relief for the month of June.

Continue reading Buchholz Activated from DL, Capuano Designated for Assignment »

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David Ortiz Infield Shift

There has been a spike in the use of defensive shifts across Major League Baseball this season, as explored in this article from ESPN the Magazine.

Teams recognize the tendencies of opposing hitters, and utilize the shift to expose those tendencies, such as left-handed hitters pulling pitches to the right side of the infield. Shifts are complicated, and we often see their use dictated by the situation in the game, such as the number of runners on base or even the score. Continue reading Why Aren’t MLB Pitchers Using the Shift? »

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Tip your cap, Grady Sizemore - your time with the Red Sox has come to an end. (Boston Herald)

Attempting to make a comeback after injuries forced a two-year hiatus from professional baseball, Grady Sizemore was the feel-good story of spring training for the Boston Red Sox.

Three months later, that good will is long gone.

The Red Sox designated Sizemore for assignment on Tuesday after the former All-Star managed to hit just .216/.288/.324 in  52 games, striking out 41 times against just 19 walks. The move also came with Sizemore 20 at bats away from collecting a $250,000 performance bonus, and 12 days away from receiving another $250,000 roster bonus.

Coincidence? I think not. Continue reading Did Red Sox DFA Sizemore Just to Avoid $500K in Bonuses? »

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