Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut playing right field and batting clean up behind David Ortiz against the Yankees today. (Boston Herald)

After arriving late to yesterday’s game against the New York Yankees, newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes will make his debut for the Boston Red Sox today. He is in right field batting cleanup behind David Ortiz.

Cespedes, of course, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline for Jon Lester, who will coincidentally be making his pitching debut for the A’s simultaneously on the West Coast.

Time to find out what sort of damage the right-handed slugger from Cuba can do with the Green Monster looming just 310 feet away in left field.

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Chris Capuano will get the start at Fenway, along with Stephen Drew, but both will be wearing Yankee pinstripes. (NY Daily News)

In April, Chris Capuano looked like he would be a key part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen, a vaunted lefty reliever who had given up zero runs in 11 appearances.

Two months later, the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, solidifying the left side of the infield to make a push for the playoffs.

Today, both will take the field at Fenway Park…only they won’t be wearing Red Sox uniforms. Instead, they’ll be coming out of the visitor’s dugout as members of the New York Yankees.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Red Sox!

Continue reading Awkward Turtle: Former Red Sox Capuano and Drew to Take Field at Fenway…as Yankees »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Can you believe it’s August?
* Greatest Trade Deadline ever
* Is Danny Ainge really going to do nothing?
* Does Drew get booed out of the park?

2. Red Sox Trade:

I give them a B (no top 25 prospects and I think Cepedes is overrated)

Jon Lester
John Lackey
Jonny Gomes
Andrew Miller
Stephen Drew
Jake Peavy
Felix Dubront
Corey Litrell

Red Sox get

Yoenis Cepedes – OF Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Trade Deadline Fun, Top of Boston Area, Left Field Mashers »

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Céspedes brings a powerful bat to Fenway Park...until he becomes a free agent after 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

If you weren’t sure how to react to the four trades made by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, you certainly weren’t alone. Across social media and sports talk radio, opinions ranged from high praise for the acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Céspedes to outrage over the lack of a long-term return for ace Jon Lester.

To recap the crazy day, the drama started with a blockbuster deal that sent both Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland in exchange for Céspedes. Then, the Sox agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals that traded John Lackey for outfielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly. Finally, the team agreed to two smaller trades within the American League East, one which sent Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for a pitching prospect, and the other — a rare swap with the New York Yankees that put Stephen Drew in pinstripes for Kelly Johnson.

Here’s a breakdown of the three key players acquired by the Red Sox, including their ages. Continue reading Flurry of trades leaves Red Sox in state of uncertainty »

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Jon Lester (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It has been a whirlwind 24 hours with Jon Lester rumored to be going everywhere from Baltimore to Los Angeles. In the end, A’s GM Billy Beane was the most aggressive and was able to bring Jon Lester to Oakland. The additions of Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes make the Athletics, already a postseason contender, an immediate World Series favorite. Continue reading Done Deal: Lester and Gomes to Oakland for Cespedes »

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(Photo courtesy of Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Red Sox dealt a starting pitcher on Wednesday — no, not that one.

Boston traded lefty Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. That player will be sent to the Red Sox after the Rule 5 Draft and is expected to be a low-level prospect.

Doubront has been pretty bad this season, accumulating a 6.04 ERA in 17 games (10 starts). Continue reading Red Sox Trade Felix Doubront to Chicago Cubs »

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Jon Lester

The Red Sox have scratched lefty Jon Lester from his scheduled start on Wednesday in lieu of all of the trade rumors swirling around him and the team.

Brandon Workman will be called up from Triple-A start in Lester’s place. Continue reading Jon Lester Trade Rumors: Lester Scratched from Wednesday Start »

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