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Over the Monster 3 hours ago

Red Sox 9, Twins 11: Embarassing

No other way to describe what just happened in Fenway Park. Tonight, while the Orioles were busy taking down a division leader, the Red Sox were embarassing themselves against the American League's worst. There is so very, very much to hate about what happened tonight. And it all starts with David Price. It was another pathetic performance from the $217 million man, this time without even the cold comfort of peripherals to fall back on. It was just hits, hits, hits for the Twins in the first two innings, good for four quick runs. And while the swirling wind that beset Fenway (and knocked a...
Over the Monster 9 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Twins lineups: Betts misses out

It's a short-term injury for Mookie Betts, but an injury none-the-less. There's no structural damage to Mookie Betts' knee--huzzah!--but he's still out of the lineup Saturday night against the Twins. Lineup BOSTON RED SOX MINNESOTA TWINS Brock Holt, LF Eduardo Nunez, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B Robbie Grossman, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS Miguel Sano, 3B David Ortiz, DH Brian Dozier, 2B Hanley Ramirez, 1B Max Kepler, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Kennys Vargas, 1B Aaron Hill, 3B Eddie Rosario, LF Sandy Leon, C Kurt Suzuki, C Michael Martinez, RF Byron Buxton, CF Starting...
Over the Monster 12 hours ago

Red Sox minor lines: Basabe's second-half surge continues

Even in a system with Moncada, Devers, and Benintendi, nobody is quite as hot right now as Luis Alexander Basabe. Pawtucket L 0-2 Christian Vazquez: 0-3Brennan Boesch: 0-4, KDeven Marrero: 0-2, 2 BB, K Roman Mendez: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 KJoe Kelly: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K What a stunningly bad year it's been for Deven Marrero. Two years ago we got a brief flash of potential in Portland, but 2015 saw him fall back to Earth, and now Earth looks like an unreachable dream. .198/.245/.235 in nearly 300 AB. How do you even manage that? Portland W 9-3 Yoan Moncada: 1-4,...
Fenway Nation 13 hours ago

Offense Disappears, Wastes Solid E-Rod Start, 2-1

(0You'd think they were facing Stephen Strasburg or Clayton Kershaw. Instead, the previously awesome Red sox offense could muster almost nothing against Kyle Gibson—who? For the second consecutive night, Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo HR, but on Friday, 12 more runs did not follow. In fact, none did. Not until the ninth inning did The Carmine Hose even threaten—when they loaded the bases with none out. With David Ortiz coming to the plate, victory seemed inevitable. Wrong, rosin bag breath! Papi hit into a double play and Hanley Ramirez lined out sharply to RF in the 2-1 loss....
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Red Sox 1, Twins 2: A tough loss to believe

It's not just that Kyle Gibson held the Red Sox to one run. It's that David Ortiz came up in a situation where the Red Sox seemingly could not help but win the game, and didn't come through. For eight innings--or at least 24 outs--the Twins had completely and utterly shut the Red Sox down. I make the distinction because the first at bat of the bottom of the first saw Mookie Betts lead off his second straight game with a home run. The Sox put the next two batters on with some help from the Twins' defense, but failed to bring either man in to score. And that was it for the first eight innings...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Andrew Benintendi shifts to left field

The Red Sox are finally getting Benintendi ready for a call-up. Andrew Benintendi is making the first start of his professional career in left field Friday night for the Portland Sea Dogs as the Red Sox ready him for a potential call-up. To be honest, every day played by Benintendi in center field at this point would be a waste. He's a very good outfielder, and could play in center in the majors by all accounts, but the Red Sox already have one of the game's best gloves at that position, meaning the path to Fenway always ended in left field for Benintendi. If he needed fundamental work in...
Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2016

Sox Interested In Trading For Chicago Ace Chris Sale

(Photo By David Banks)Multiple reports suggest that—despite denials by White Sox brass—left-handed ace Chris Sale is on the trading block. And, according to Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleBall.com, the Red Sox are one of the teams talking to The Pale Hose (along with the Dodgers). Both teams may also be interested in another lefty on the Chicago staff, All-Star Jose Quintana. Heyman also speculates that Dave Dombrowski may also be interested in White Sox closer David Robertson—given the injury-induced disarray at the end of the Red Sox bullpen. Of course, the Red Sox are one of the few...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Red Sox vs. Twins lineups: Eduardo Rodriguez seeks his changeup

Can Eduardo Rodriguez give the Sox another productive start? He might need his changeup to pull it off. Eduardo Rodriguez is back on the mound Friday night, hoping for a night just as productive, but ultimately perhaps more encouraging than his last. Lineup BOSTON RED SOX MINNESOTA TWINS Mookie Betts, RF TBA Dustin Pedroia, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, 1B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Travis Shaw, 3B Sandy Leon, C Brock Holt, LF Starting Pitcher -- Eduardo Rodriguez Starting Pitcher -- Kyle Gibson We've mentioned it enough...
Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2016

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 Noe's nearly daily trips between Pawtucket and Fenway Park.
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Can the Red Sox trade Clay Buchholz?

The Red Sox and Clay Buchholz are in an uncomfortable holding pattern. Is there a trade available to set them both free? As we've already discussed earlier today, things aren't going terribly well for Clay Buchholz in Boston. He's basically hanging around waiting for either someone in the rotation to get hurt, the Sox to need four garbage-time innings, or someone to tell him he's no longer needed in Fenway Park. He doesn't have to ride the Pawtucket bus like Joe Kelly, but he also doesn't get the feeling of progress--a goal that he's realistically working towards that provides a light at...
Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2016

Red Sox Are Still In The Trade Mix For Starter, Reliever

Multiple reports indicate that Dave Dombrowski is not done dealing. The Red Sox honcho is still in the market for another reliever and another bullpen arm. Said ESPN's Jim Bowden, "According to sources, they're not done. The Red Sox continue to work the phones on both another starter and reliever, and with a farm system as deep as theirs, I would expect them to make at least one more trade between now and the deadline." The starter trade targets are likely to be less than elite—think Jeremy Hellickson, (Philadelphia Phillies) Ervin Santana (the visiting Minnesota Twins) or Jimmy Nelson...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Red Sox activate Junichi Tazawa, option Noe Ramirez to Pawtucket

The Red Sox' bullpen is on the mend. The Red Sox have activated Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list, optioning Noe Ramirez to Pawtucket ahead of Friday night's game against the Twins. The return of Tazawa is a nice boost for a Red Sox bullpen that's taken a lot of hits of late. There's been no small amount of concern with Tazawa being overworked these last couple years as Boston has had to rely on him heavily as one of their few strong relievers. All that wear may be what finally left him on the DL before the All-Star break, and could also be to blame for a late spike in ERA...
Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2016

VIDEO: David Ortiz's 440-Foot HR From Last Night

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Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2016

"The Decade Of Clay" Is Likely to Be Ending Soon

()He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft—pick number 42 overall. And now, sadly, Clay Buchholz has been relegated to "mop-up" duty in blow-out games against crappy opponents (like last night's ninth inning appearance with Boston up 13-2). And it seems that even Clay himself is resigned to the likelihood that he will be dealt soon, saying, "I feel like the guys they’re rolling out there, I don’t have a spot. I’m the odd man out." And his manager isn't afraid to throw him under the proverbial bus. Said John Farrell recently, "He's in a tough...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Red Sox minor lines: Slow days below

Boston's farm system is capable of big things, but some days it just doesn't happen. Pawtucket L 2-3 (7/20) Rusney Castillo: 1-4, 2 KMarco Hernandez: 1-4, KChristian Vazquez: 0-3, KBrennan Boesch: 1-3, 2B, KDeven Marrero: 0-3, 2 K Joe Kelly: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Pawtucket L 4-5 (In 14) (7/21) Rusney Castillo: 0-3, KDeven Marrero: 1-7, SBBrennan Boesch: 2-5, 2B, BB Henry Owens: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HRKyle Martin: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K Not the prettiest of games from Henry Owens. Not the worst we've seen from him, either, but coming off one of his...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

An unfitting end for Clay Buchholz in Boston

Clay Buchholz' time in Boston is coming to an end. 10 years ago, nobody would've expected that end to be so...sad. When Clay Buchholz couldn't even earn an inning in Wednesday night's 11-7 win over the Giants, a game which saw Matt Barnes toss three frames in relief of Drew Pomeranz, it left some fans wondering what exactly he was even in the pen for. The response? Farrell was pretty open about the fact that Buchholz just wasn't meant for important games right now. An 8-3 deficit was the example Farrell used for a Buchholz game, but we also found out last night that the ninth inning of a...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

The Red Sox’ plethora of multi-inning relievers

The Red Sox are going to have to work to get through this rough stretch of bullpen injuries, but their group of multi-inning arms can help with that. It’s not secret that the Red Sox bullpen is hurting right now. It’s not showing up in the team’s overall performance — they’ve flown out of the gate in the second half — but the back-end is starting to drop like flies. The good news is Junichi Tazawa will be returning soon (likely today), which gives the late innings a familiar face to fill them. Still, Craig Kimbrel has been out for a couple of weeks now, and figures to be out for...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2016

Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Mookie Betts

Today’s links look at John Farrell’s thoughts on Rob Manfred’s ideas to limit reliever usage, Dave Dombrowski’s success in trading for pitchers, and a crazy feat from David Ortiz. With the sudden lack of depth in the bullpen, can Matt Barnes step up into a bigger role? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rob Manfred suggested he may consider a limit on reliever usage in the coming years, and John Farrell isn’t a fan. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) How much longer can the Red Sox really justify keeping Clay Buchholz on the roster? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Mookie Betts...
Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2016

Pedey-Pa-Looza Rains Downs On Twinkies In 13-2 Win

(AP Photo)Dustin Pedroia went 5-5, Steven Wright pitched eight solid innings and the Red Sox pounded out 17 hits in a 13-2 shellacking of the Twinkies. The first pitch of the game was a clear omen, as Mookie Betts launched his 19th HR—and the fun was just starting. David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley, Jr. also went yard, and five Red Sox had multiple hit games. In fact, this offense is now so potent, that the first five hitters in the order are batting over .300. Boston has now scored 529 runs on the year—in just 93 games. Wright gave up just four hits—walking one and striking out nine. This...
Over the Monster Jul 21, 2016

Red Sox 13, Twins 2: All's Wright as Sox stay in first

The first-place Red Sox took on the last-place Twins, and made it look like just as much of a mismatch as it was supposed to be. The Red Sox will remain in first place for another night, as they did just what they were supposed to, clobbering the Twins 13-2 in Fenway Park. The Red Sox didn't exactly toy around with Minnesota on Thursday. They entered the game believing themselves to be the vastly superior team, and showed it in pretty much every regard, starting on the mound. Steven Wright, throwing almost exclusively knuckleballs, needed just six pitches to get through the top of the...

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