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Over the Monster 3 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Allen Craig gets his chance

Allen Craig will start his fourth game in five days. With consistent playing time finally available, can he establish a foundation to build on? The Red Sox will try to capture their first series win since they faced the Nationals as they send Justin Masterson to the hill against Alex Colome and the Rays. TAMPA BAY RAYS (14-13) BOSTON RED SOX (13-14) Kevin Kiermaier - CF Mookie Betts - CF Logan Forsythe - 2B Dustin Pedroia - 2B James Loney - 1B David Ortiz - DH Evan Longoria - 3B Mike Napoli - 1B David DeJesus - DH Pablo Sandoval - 3B Joey Butler - LF Allen Craig -...
Over the Monster 8 hours ago

Red Sox prospects daily: Bryce Brentz should be mashing MLB lefties right now

Brentz might not be an every day MLB outfielder, but he has a skill that a big-league club could benefit from. Triple-A Pawtucket: Bryce Brentz, LF Bryce Brentz hasn't torn up Triple-A in a way that suggests he's going to be an every day regular in the majors, but if you've been paying attention to his development, you've known this was the case for some time now. What Brentz has done for Pawtucket, though, is hit lefties, and hit them hard. This isn't a new phenomenon, either: Brentz has batted .303/.362/.577 with 12 homers in 223 plate appearances against lefties over the last three...
Over the Monster 10 hours ago

Red Sox minor lines: Rusney Castillo gets off the schneid

After missing most of the early season with an injury, Rusney Castillo broke an 0-for with a good day in Pawtucket. Pawtucket W 6-2 Rusney Castillo: 2-4, BB, K, SBBryce Brentz: 1-4, 2B, KTravis Shaw: 1-5, 2 KGarin Cecchini: 2-5, K, SBDeven Marrero: 1-4, BB, 2 K, SB Henry Owens: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K A couple decent bounce-back performances for Rusney Castillo and Henry Owens. Castillo had been 0-for-14 since coming back from injury (after starting the year with five hits in his first two games), while Henry Owens has been struggling to find any rhythm this season. Neither one...
Over the Monster 10 hours ago

Red Sox offense isn't where it needs to be yet

Boston's pitching is a problem, but the Red Sox offense hasn't performed like it was supposed to either. Before the season even began, many felt the 2015 Red Sox had a fatal flaw. A starting rotation full of question marks was mocked and criticized, and trade rumors involving Cole Hamels were tossed around with reckless abandon as a result. Even still, Boston's roster had one saving grace: a deep lineup buttressed by the free-agent signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. At the very least, everyone felt the Red Sox would score loads of runs, even if their starters gave up plenty...
Over the Monster 11 hours ago

David Ortiz has had a lackluster start

We're only a month into the season, but part of the reason the offense hasn't been as powerful as everyone thought has been an underwhelming start from David Ortiz. Coming into the season, it was clear that the pitching staff had the potential to be a weakness on this roster. Nothing that has happened in the first month of the year has changed that. In fact, the perception may have only gotten worse. The rotation has been an absolute mess and no one has been able to string together a group of solid starts. The bullpen has had a couple good individual performances, but it hasn’t formed a...
Over the Monster 12 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, Eduardo Rodriguez

Today's links look at the repercussions of the Hanley Ramirez injury, the lineup's struggles with runners in scoring position, and a catcher on the market. Things went from bad to worse when Hanley Ramirez went down. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com) To make matters even worse, Ramirez's injured shoulder is crucial to his swing. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) The little bit of good news that came out of the injury is increased playing time for Allen Craig, who likely needs consistent at bats to get rolling. (Adam Kurkjian; Boston Herald) Bryan Joiner comes down on the Mookie side of the Betts...
Over the Monster 21 hours ago

Red Sox 2, Rays 0: Rick Porcello, Mookie Betts carry Sox back into win column

Rick Porcello did his job with seven strong innings Tuesday, but it was another quiet night for Boston's bats. All except one, that is... It was a two-man effort Tuesday night, as Rick Porcello and Mookie Betts teamed up to end Boston's losing streak at four games with a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay. Baseball is, in many ways, an individual game played as a team. But the Red Sox really took that to extremes tonight. Looking down the box score for Boston, just about everybody had a bad night. There are six 0-for's with only a handful of walks mixed in for Dustin Pedroia, Allen Craig (who...
Over the Monster May 5, 2015

Hanley Ramirez's MRI reveals no structural damage, could avoid DL

The Red Sox might have narrowly avoided losing their slugger for more than a few games. Hanley Ramirez crashed into the Green Monster during Monday night's Red Sox game against the Rays, and it rightfully put a scare into the Sox. The concern was that Ramirez had sprained his shoulder and the damage could keep him out for some time -- something the Red Sox lineup can't afford to have happen -- but it appears those concerns could be unfounded. An MRI revealed no structural damage in Hanley's shoulder, and CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports that Ramirez might even play as soon as Boston's next...
Over the Monster May 5, 2015

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Allen Craig replaces injured Hanley Ramirez in left

It's Allen Craig's time! Allen Craig's time is now! Now is the time for Allen Craig! Say it enough times and you almost start to believe it. Allen Craig will get the start in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez in left Tuesday night as the Red Sox try to snap a four-game losing streak in Fenway Park. TAMPA BAY RAYS (14-12) BOSTON RED SOX (12-14) Kevin Kiermaier - CF Mookie Betts - CF Steven Souza - RF Dustin Pedroia - 2B James Loney - 1B David Ortiz - DH Evan Longoria - 3B Mike Napoli - 1B David DeJesus - LF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Logan Forsythe - 2B Allen Craig -...
Over the Monster May 5, 2015

Go ahead, panic about the Red Sox rotation if you want to

The Red Sox rotation is off to a terrible start, but it is more baffling than just plain bad. Before the season started, there was a lot of hand-wringing about the Red Sox rotation. It lacked an ace, people observed. It was filled with questions marks, they said. It could be a disaster, some opined. Then the season started and the offense looked so wonderful that it seemed like the Red Sox might survive mediocre pitching and win on the strength of their bats. Yet, here they sit, one day past Star Wars Day, having been crushed by the Empire over the weekend and beaten by Tampa Bay in an...
Over the Monster May 5, 2015

Red Sox prospects daily: Michael Kopech is showing early promise

It's early, but Boston's first-round pitcher from the 2014 draft is doing well against full-season competition. Low-A Greenville: Michael Kopech, RHP Michael Kopech has made just four starts, so let's not get too excited just yet. He is going to be worth paying attention to, though, if those first four starts are any indication: Kopech is striking out just under eight batters per nine, and unlike in his brief time in the pros in 2014, he's avoiding handing out walks, too. It's a good sign, mostly because Kopech was moved up from Rookie League to Low-A in that time, and because he's still...
Fenway Nation May 5, 2015

FenwayNation—Fenway Seating Chart, Papi, Pedroia, Betts, Bogaerts—Founded 1/27/2000—8-Time Champs

For the next several days, FenwayNation will not be posting articles.
Over the Monster May 5, 2015

Let's fix the Red Sox! (By blowing them up!)

The Red Sox are a train wreck, and it may take drastic action to change that When Hanley Ramirez went crashing into the wall in Monday night's loss to the Rays, Red Sox fans saw their season flashing before their eyes. The Red Sox have needed fixing since Day 1. Even before this recent slide that has left them in last place in the East, there were few who expected them to come out the other side of 2015 looking the same as they did on Opening Day. After all, this was a rotation built of question marks. A lineup and bench with no few gambles. Some would pay off (though that's looking...
Over the Monster May 5, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, John Farrell, Mike Napoli

Today's links look at the versatility in the outfield, the lack of velocity in the team's recent past, and John Farrell's approach with the pitching staff. As of this writing, we're not sure how serious the Hanley Ramirez injury is. If it's bad, the Red Sox may be in some trouble. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) Luckily for Boston, they have an outfield full of versatile players. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) As the league transitions into an era of high velocity, the Red Sox may find themselves falling a bit behind. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com) He's no longer a pitching coach, but John...
DRaysBay May 4, 2015

Rays vs. Red Sox, game 26 recap: Odorizzi strong as Rays beat Sox

Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi pitched seven strong innings while the offense, led by Joey Butler's first career home run, carried Tampa Bay over the Boston Red Sox. After dropping the "homway" series to the Baltimore Orioles due to quiet bats and questionable management, the Rays road trip continued in Boston. Tampa Bay looked to awaken their bats against Red Sox "ace" Clay Buchholz, while Jake Odorizzi looked to continue his strong season on the hill for the Rays. The Rays bats made their presence known early, due in part to an odd play that resulted in an injury to Red Sox left fielder,...
Over the Monster May 4, 2015

Red Sox 1, Rays 5: Breaking, Bad

The Red Sox were already bad. Now they're broken, too. After being swept in Fenway Park by the Yankees, things were bad for the Red Sox. Now, after a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the rays, they are worse. And it has very little to do with the score. Hanley Ramirez was injured in the very first inning of Monday night's loss, taking the focus away from another uninspiring performance by Boston and putting it squarely on what hopes they had left to right the ship. Hopes that are on life support if Ramirez is done for any extended period of time. While it's the season that's at stake, Ramirez'...
Over the Monster May 4, 2015

Hanley Ramirez sprains shoulder in first inning against Rays

A bad couple weeks for the Red Sox may have just hit critical mass. Hanley Ramirez is down, and he might well be out. Hanley Ramirez suffered a sprained left shoulder after crashing into the left field wall trying to make a catch in the first inning of Monday night's game against the Rays. Ramirez was going full-bore after a slicing fly ball off the bat of James Loney, colliding hard with his left wrist and shoulder and losing the ball from his glove in the process. He went down in obvious pain after getting the ball back into the infield, and left the game immediately after, with his left...
Over the Monster May 4, 2015

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: .500 the goal with Buchholz on the mound

The Red Sox will try to recover from a sweep in Fenway at the hands of the New York Yankees by avenging an earlier series loss to the Rays. The Red Sox will try to get back to even on the season and winning in the short term as they send Clay Buchholz to the mound Monday night against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays. TAMPA BAY RAYS (13-12) BOSTON RED SOX (12-13) Kevin Kiermaier - CF Mookie Betts - CF Steven Souza - RF Dustin Pedroia - 2B James Loney - 1B David Ortiz - DH Evan Longoria - 3B Hanley Ramirez - LF David DeJesus - LF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Logan Forsythe - 2B Mike...
Houston Astros ride 10-game win streak to the top of the MassLive.com American League Power Rankings

Houston Astros ride 10-game win streak to the top of the MassLive.com American League Power Rankings

The Houston Astros are ranked No. 1 in the MassLive.com American League Power Rankings
Boston Dirt Dogs May 4, 2015

Chewbacca's The Ace

May the 4th Place Be With You. Red Sox Ravamp Pitching Staff in Wake of Free-Fall in AL East

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  • 2 David Ortiz

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