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Over the Monster Apr 26, 2017
The Red Sox bullpen shouldn’t have three lefties

The Red Sox bullpen shouldn’t have three lefties

At least not with the way it’s being used right now. Coming into the season, the Red Sox bullpen was seen as a weakness. In fact, that was the case when the offseason started and it was one of the areas where everyone knew improvement was needed. They addressed it by trading for Brewers breakout Tyler Thornburg, but of course he hasn’t pitched yet this year. That injury was a big reason why there was so much concern this spring, but that concern has mostly been alleviated thus far this season. It’s still incredibly early, but the bullpen has done its job in April. Craig Kimbrel has...
Fenway Nation Apr 21, 2017
REPORT: Kimbrel Dealt With Finger Problem In 2016

REPORT: Kimbrel Dealt With Finger Problem In 2016

(USAToday Sports)According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was dealing with more than knee injury in his first Boston season. Before he went down with knee surgery, he suffered an injury to his right index finger—sometime in late April of 2016. While the public didn't know about the injury, the team coaching and medical staff were aware of it. During the rehab period for his knee, he worked to make sure that his healing finger was not causing bad mechanical habits. Despite this, he did admit that there were times that the finger made him "yank the ball" because of...
The Republican Apr 21, 2017
Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox closer, dealt with secret finger injury last season (report)

Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox closer, dealt with secret finger injury last season (report)

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel dealt with a secret finger injury last season, which affected the command of his pitches.
Full Count | WEEI Apr 21, 2017

Coolest Play of the Week: Mookie Betts go-ahead 3-run double in extra innings

Each week, we will be picking the F.W. Webb “Coolest Play of the Week.” This week’s highlight is from Thursday afternoon, when the Red Sox headed to extra innings after Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the ninth. With the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Mookie Betts cleared the bases with a double […]
Full Count | WEEI Apr 21, 2017

The injury nobody knew was holding Craig Kimbrel back last season

After striking out all three batters he faced against the Rays Monday, Craig Kimbrel talked about the differences between last season and this one. “I think last year I was battling through some things and maybe got in some bad habits,” he said. “Right now, everything feels great. Hopefully I can keep it going.” The […]
Fenway Nation Apr 20, 2017
Chris Sale Sues For Non-Support, Sox Win Anyway, 4-1

Chris Sale Sues For Non-Support, Sox Win Anyway, 4-1

(AP Photo)Someday, the Boston Red Sox will score runs for Chris Sale. That day has not yet arrived. The Boston lefty twirled eight shutout innings today—striking out thirteen Jays—and came away with a no decision. He was in line of the "W", as Xander Bogaerts delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth, putting Boston up, 1-0. Then, on his second pitch of the inning, "closer" Craig Kimbrel coughed up a game-tying HR. In the 10th, the heroics fell to Mookie Betts—who had previously struck out twice in the game. Betts ripped a two-out double down the left-filed line...
Full Count | WEEI Apr 20, 2017

John Farrell explains why Chris Sale didn’t pitch in the ninth inning, but Craig Kimbrel did

TORONTO — The first sign that Chris Sale probably didn’t want to come out of the game after the eighth inning was where Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis had to find the starter. The lunch room. Thursday afternoon’s game between the Red Sox and Blue Jays was in a scoreless tie. Sale had thrown […]
Over the Monster Apr 20, 2017
Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1: Kimbrel blows Sale’s gem but Mookie saves the day

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1: Kimbrel blows Sale’s gem but Mookie saves the day

Chris Sale was electric, Marco Estrada was great, and the Sox survived the rare Craig Kimbrel misstep to take the series from Toronto. That was something. Marco Estrada Bugs Bunny changeup’ed the Red Sox, Chris Sale entranced everyone with 13 strikeouts over 8 innings (but especially Jose Bautista, who struck out 4 times), Craig Kimbrel blew his first save since June, and Mookie Betts laced a 3-run double off of Jason Grilli in the 10th inning to give the Sox a 4-1 win. Toronto’s pitching bedeviled Boston until the extra frame, when they loaded the bases against gruntin’ Grilli (I...
The Republican Apr 20, 2017
Chris Sale dominant in Boston Red Sox win with 13 Ks, 78 percent strikes; Mookie Betts delivers in 10th inning

Chris Sale dominant in Boston Red Sox win with 13 Ks, 78 percent strikes; Mookie Betts delivers in 10th inning

Mookie Betts delivered a three-run double with two outs in the 10th inning to put the Red Sox ahead 4-1. Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th.
Over the Monster Apr 18, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Bobby Dalbec, Craig Kimbrel

Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Bobby Dalbec, Craig Kimbrel

In today’s links Chris Sale deals, Bobby Dalbec rakes and Craig Kimbrel saves. Chris Sale tried a different approach which favored contact over swings and misses last season. He’s back to his old ways in Boston and having tremendous success. (Ben Lindbergh; The Ringer) Third base prospect Bobby Dalbec is raking for the Single A Greenville Drive. I guess Rafael Devers isn’t the only guy vying to become the Red Sox’s next great player at the hot corner. (Jen McCaffrey; MassLive) As they proved once again on Monday, the 2017 Red Sox know how to come back and win. (Ryan Hannable;...
The Republican Apr 17, 2017
Red Sox bullpen posts 1.84 ERA through 13 games; Craig Kimbrel extends saves streak

Red Sox bullpen posts 1.84 ERA through 13 games; Craig Kimbrel extends saves streak

The Red Sox bullpen, once Boston's vice, has become its virtue.
Over the Monster Apr 17, 2017
Craig Kimbrel deserves your appreciation

Craig Kimbrel deserves your appreciation

Yes, your appreciation Coming into the season, as I talked about this morning, Pablo Sandoval represented the biggest question mark on the Red Sox. Another name that had people worried was Craig Kimbrel. It’s not that I don’t understand why people were worried, because that’d be stupid. His control was a legitimate problem this year and you don’t want that kind of trouble handling the most important parts of a game. With that being said, he was still very good on the whole in 2016, and there wasn’t too much reason to believe he was done being a high-tier reliever in the...

Craig Kimbrel Player of the Game Interview 4-17-17

Joe, Tim, and Lou Merloni talk with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel after his impressive series against the Rays where he struck out 7 of the 9 batters he faced
Over the Monster Apr 17, 2017
Red Sox 4, Rays 3: The bullpen saves the day

Red Sox 4, Rays 3: The bullpen saves the day

Andrew Benintendi went 3-4, and Craig Kimbrel was dynamite. The Red Sox came into today’s morning Patriots’ Day game looking to earn their first three-game winning streak of the year. On a special day in some (better) parts of New England, the Sox came through, beating the Rays 4-3 to wrap up a four-game series. It didn’t look good to start, as the trouble began before the Red Sox came to bat. Steven Wright was coming off a disastrous performance in which he gave up 6 first inning runs to Baltimore, and while he wasn’t that bad, he wasn’t good, either. He gave up 2 runs, one...
Fenway Nation Apr 13, 2017
Red Sox 'Pirate Away' A Win In The Eighth, 4-3

Red Sox 'Pirate Away' A Win In The Eighth, 4-3

(AP Photo)It was robbery on the high seas. The Red Sox were poised to slip below .500 today—facing a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning. But key hits by Hanley Ramirez (two-run double) and Xander Bogaerts (two-out GWRBI) gave Boston a come-from-behind 4-3 win. Eduardo Rodriguez settled down after a very rough two-run first inning to go 5 1/3 giving up three earned runs. Matt Barnes pitched another relatively clear 8th inning and Craig Kimbrel delivered his third 'cardiac' save of the season (lead-off single). A really good comeback win that should set the tone for a weekend...

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