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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David Lee coming to Boston (USA Today Sports)

Last season David Lee was injured, lost his starting job, at times was irrelevant and when you look at his numbers they are shockingly competent. Sure, he can’t defend at all but at 6’9” with limited athleticism and short arms, what do you expect? And its not like his lack of defense is going to create a huge hole; this Celtics front court wasn’t going to be blowing up any offenses anyway. Lee’s defensive deficiencies were amplified by the fact that he was behind Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut, who are two of the best ten front court defenders in the league.

Regardless, David Lee is going to bring a lot to the table and be a great fit for Boston, even if it’s only for one year. Continue reading What David Lee Can Bring to Boston »

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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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Bob DeChiara/ USA Today sports

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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