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AL Notes: Red Sox, Mariners, Tigers

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is recovering well from July 11 left knee surgery and, in a best-case scenario, could return in the first few days of August, reports Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. On the other hand, fellow late-game option Koji Uehara isn’t a lock to pitch again in 2016. The 41-year-old hit the disabled list with a pectoral strain Wednesday and received...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
44 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Kimbrel nearing return, slated for 'pen session

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is nearing the finish line of his recovery on the 15-day disabled list for a left knee medial meniscus tear. The right-hander is set to throw a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday or Monday.
Via RedSox.com
3 hours ago

Switch to left may hasten Benintendi's ascent

Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi excelled during his professional debut in left field for Double-A Portland in Friday's 11-3 win over Binghamton, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs with six putouts. Since being drafted No. 7 overall by the Red Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft, Benintendi had only played center field.
Via RedSox.com
3 hours ago

Betts, Sox optimistic about speedy recovery

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts was out of the starting lineup against the Twins on Saturday for precautionary reasons involving soreness in his right knee. Betts is getting treatment and is day to day, but the club is optimistic about a speedy recovery. Betts' MRI came back negative and there is no structural damage to his knee.
Via RedSox.com
4 hours ago

From ‘Thin Papi’ to ‘Big Papi’, Ken Griffey Jr. Thinks David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer

In his final season, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz sure has had a season to remember. At the age of 40, Ortiz is hitting .324 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs and looks like a player in his prime. In past years, the discussion of whether or not Ortiz is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown has only intensified, but 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. believes Ortiz...
Via The Sports Journal
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Unacceptable: The Red Sox Lose to the Second Worst Team in Baseball

No need to beat around the bush here. Let’s just call last night’s gut-wrenching, 2-1 loss to the Twins what is was: the single worst Red Sox loss of the season. Because any time a $215M juggernaut cannot take down the league punching bag, owners of the worst record in the AL and second worst record in all of baseball, it’s a **** day. Compounding that, you look at the circumstances...
Via Surviving Grady
11 hours ago

Twins hold on for win after Gibson's gem against Red Sox

BOSTON -- Kyle Gibson put an end to a two-game hitting outburst by the Red Sox, allowing just a pair of hits in the first inning and none over the next seven as the Minnesota Twins edged Boston 2-1 Friday night.Brian Dozier hit a solo home run for the Twins in the second inning and Miguel Sano added an RBI single in the sixth. It was all the scoring Minnesota needed as Gibson (3...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Activate Junichi Tazawa From Disabled List

The Red Sox today announced that they have activated relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Tazawa, the team optioned relief pitcher Noe Ramirez back to AAA. Tazawa went on the DL after suffering a right shoulder impingement on July 3rd. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Red Sox have racked up $35,000 in reimbursable mileage expenses for...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago

David Ortiz's odds of being American League MVP

This is an article about David Ortiz and the MVP. So, to confuse you, we’ll start with Josh Donaldson. On Wednesday he put on a power show to help the Blue Jays defeat the Diamondbacks, 10-4. This performance prompted Andrew Stoeten to tweet “MVP.” Which makes sense. We are talking about the reigning AL MVP going 2-for-4 with a double, homer, and walk. This prompted me to look...
Via BP Boston
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Drew Pomeranz learned of trade to Red Sox on TV

If the San Diego Padres continue to sell off their major league talent as we approach the Aug. 1 trade deadline, starting pitcher Andrew Cashner could be the next to go. The right-hander is not concerned about it, however, because he doesn’t expect the team to keep him in the loop anyway. After he threw 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz gets batting practice home run ball stuck in Pesky Pole

BOSTON — The Pesky Pole, Fenway Park’s right field foul pole, has made for some strange home runs, but it’s safe to say none were as strange as what David Ortiz did Thursday. The Red Sox slugger was taking batting practice before Boston’s game against the Minnesota Twins, so, of course, he knocked a few baseballs out of the yard. However, one of them apparently wasn...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Edelman looked like a natural working out with Red Sox

Julian Edelman is recovering from offseason foot surgery, but the only thing New England Patriots fans should be concerned about is the star wide receiver deciding to change careers. Edelman took batting practice and fielded some ground balls with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Had he been wearing the same warmup gear as the players, you probably wouldn’t have known he...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap - Hanley's Bat Helps Bail Out Red Sox

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterHanley Ramirez slammed three - THREE!!! - two-run homers as the Red Sox held off the Giants 11-7 at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.Photo courtesy of the Boston Red SoxDrew Pomeranz (pictured) made his Red Sox debut with three shutout innings...followed by a fourth inning in which he couldn't get anyone out.Ramirez and Travis Shaw each homered in...
Via RedSoxLife
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Hanley Ramirez blasts three home runs vs. Giants

Don’t make Hanley Ramirez angry. You’re not going to like him when he’s angry. After going 2-for-16 in his first four games out of the All-Star break, the Boston Red Sox first baseman took out his frustrations Wednesday against San Francisco Giants pitching staff. Ramirez hit a career-high three home runs — one to each part of the field, in order from right to left —...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox All-Star SS Bogaerts beaned by throw, stays in game

BOSTON (AP) Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts was hit on the head by an errant throw, but he remained in Wednesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants. The All-Star led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a hard grounder to third base. Ramiro Pena fielded it, but his throw was up the first base line, and it hit Bogaerts in the helmet as he stretched for the bag....
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox place reliever Uehara on disabled list

BOSTON (AP) Koji Uehara, who took over the closer's role for Boston when Craig Kimbrel was injured, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox with a right pectoral strain. Right-hander Noe Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday to replace the right-handed Uehara on the 25-man roster. The 41-year-old Uehara is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and six saves...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ziegler named Red Sox closer with injuries

Despite being bitten by the injury bug, the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen still is in a pretty good position. Interim closer Koji Uehara was the latest to hit the disabled list on Wednesday after exiting Tuesday’s game having thrown just seven pitches with a right pectoral strain. He joined All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and trusted reliever Junichi Tazawa. In their sted, Sox manager...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello slams MLB Drug Policy

Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello yesterday let his feelings be known about the MLB drug testing program this weekend in New York.  To summarize, he flatly does not believe Major League Baseball has done enough to eradicate drugs from the game. Although MLB has seemingly improved exponentially from its steroid era which occurred in the not-too-recent past, suspensions are...
Via RedSoxLife
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fenway’s Future: Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Michael Kopech and More

Welcome back to Fenway’s Future. After a few-week hiatus, we’ll take a dive into two arms in the upper minors, the Red Sox’s two best prospects, Michael Kopech’s recovery and more. Triple-A Pawtucket: Pat Light (RHP) and Henry Owens (LHP) It’s been a weird year for Pat Light. Light made a single major league appearance at the end of April and then got another audition when...
Via BP Boston
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Red Sox Really Overpay for Drew Pomeranz?

Last week, when the Red Sox jumped the starting pitching market — surrendering Anderson Espinoza, their best pitching prospect in the deal — to acquire Drew Pomeranz from San Diego, the general consensus was that the team overpaid, like they did in acquiring Craig Kimbrel some months earlier, as the team tries to take advantage of David Ortiz‘s last year in baseball. After...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Seat: Episode 16 – Paying for Drew Pomeranz

Welcome to The Red Seat, BP Boston’s weekly podcast discussing all things Boston Red Sox. Hosted by Jake Devereaux and featuring a rotating panel of BP Boston guests, The Red Seat will dive into current events, life in the AL East, prospects down on the farm and much more. Additionally, this podcast will tap into the knowledge of industry professionals as we attempt to bring you...
Via BP Boston
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox might have something special

Brian HinesContributing WriterKopech hit 105 MPH with his fastball in his last startPhoto courtesy of http://omnifeed.com/The answer to the Red Sox starting rotation problems might be in Salem. The Red Sox 2nd best pitching prospect and 5th overall prospect, Michael Kopech has been pitching lights out in Single A+ ball.The 20 year old made headlines across the country when he hit...
Via RedSoxLife
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello: MLB drug testing program has ‘failed’

There is definitely an undercurrent of dissatisfaction among some Major League players with regard to how the league’s drug program works. Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello is the latest to speak against it, saying that the policy has “failed” to deter players from using performance enhancing drugs. “I’m all in favor for (stiffer penalties),” Porcello said, via Christian...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes is crushed that Royals aren't inviting him to the White House

The Royals did not invite Jonny Gomes for their visit to the White House on Thursday. And Gomes, who makes no secret of his patriotism, is crushed. "I've been sent down. I've been non-tendered, whatever," Gomes said. "But this is probably the worst news of my professional baseball career." Gomes, though, is hardly the only person affiliated with last year's Royals who will be excluded...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dombrowski’s deals make Boston Red Sox a force in AL

The Boston Red Sox officially solidified their positions as buyers during a successful homestand right before the All-Star break. They flexed their muscles and acquired San Diego padres starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz in time for the start of the season’s second half, satisfying a major need and taking a step towards October. But is it enough? Dave Dombrowski’s biggest moves are...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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