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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ABC News reported early Wednesday that Tom Brady and his players association representatives will fight in Federal Court any suspension that is given by Commissioner Roger Goodell when he hands down his appeal decision. In other words, Brady wants to be fully exonerated of any wrong doing or he will go to court.

Brady was originally suspended four games following the release of the Wells Report that stated it was “more probable than not” he knew of intentional ball deflation on the part of Patriots employees. He appealed the ruling and on June 23 was at the NFL offices for his appeal to be heard. Goodell has hinted that his verdict could come soon, and it is likely it would come before the last few days of July, when teams open training camp.

If Brady goes to court, he could file an injunction, which would allow him to play as the legal process plays out. If he is cleared, he would miss no time. If a court rules that he should serve his suspension, then he will begin serving upon the court’s ruling.

NFL players have had good fortune appealing discipline in Federal Court over the past 12 months, as both Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson had their suspensions overturned.

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The Boston Celtics have acquired athletic wingman Perry Jones III, a 2019 second round pick from the Detroit Pistons and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a future conditional second round pick.

Jones averaged 4.3 points and 1.8 points per game for the Thunder last season. As Royce Young of ESPN noted, Jones showed people across the league his potential by filling in for superstar Kevin Durant last season. In Durant’s three game absence, Jones displayed his offensive ability by scoring 32, 20, and 16 points respectively. Continue reading Perry Jones III Flipped to Celtics »

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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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1. Red Sox:

* I guess playing first base is draining – Ortiz out with head cold (you warrior you)

* Only 73 games left

* I was wrong on quick Sunday game 3:36 in heat – hmmm $6 waters

* Only two Red Sox are on pace to play in 150 of 162 games -Betts and Bogaerts

* No Red Sox is on pace to score 100 runs / or knock in 90 / or win 15 games / or throw 200 innings / or strike out 200 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Won’t Lose the Next Three Days »

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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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