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Fenway Nation 2 hours ago

No 'Josh'-Ing—Sox Are Powered Over By Rangers

(AP Photo)Talk about bad timing. Unfortunately, Josh Hamilton and the Rangers decided to make his homecoming coincide with a visit by the Red Sox. Last night, Hamilton hit two bombs off knuckle-baller Steven Wright—propelling Texas to a 7-4 win. The first broke a 2-2 tie, the second came on a 66MPH offering from Wright. Having said that, Wright only gave up three runs—it was the bullpen that handed Texas this win. Hanley Ramirez continued his 'Reinvention Tour', with a 2-4 night—including his 12th HR. But it just wasn't enough to overcome the Ranger Prodigal Son and his ability to use...
Over the Monster 13 hours ago

Red Sox 4, Rangers 7: Bullpen offers no relief after Hamilton's homers

Josh Hamilton set the stage with a pair of early homers, but it was a shoddy relief effort that truly cost the Red Sox the game. Two big homers from Josh Hamilton proved too much for the Red Sox to overcome Friday night as they fell to the Texas Rangers 7-4. Steven Wright had a tough act to follow on the mound after Eduardo Rodriguez' dominant performance from Thursday night. But if he couldn't live up to the high standards set before him, he was at least his usual solid knuckleballing self. His one great weakness, obviously, was the aforementioned Hamilton. After a 1-2-3 first, it was...
Over the Monster 20 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Rangers lineups: David Ortiz' break continues

David Ortiz is still looking for his bat, so the Red Sox will make do without. David Ortiz' period of soul-and-or-bat searching will continue for a second game Friday night as the Red Sox try to go 2-0 to start their series against the Texas Rangers. BOSTON RED SOX TEXAS RANGERS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Leonys Martin - CF Mookie Betts - CF Shin-Soo Choo - RF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Prince Fielder - DH Hanley Ramirez - DH Adrian Beltre - 3B Mike Napoli - 1B Josh Hamilton - LF Brock Holt - LF Mitch Moreland - 1B Xander Bogaerts - SS Robinson Chirinos - C Blake Swihart - C Adam...
Fenway Nation 22 hours ago
Saltalamacchia Back In 'The Show' with Snakes

Saltalamacchia Back In 'The Show' with Snakes

After being cut by the Miami Marlins, former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the major leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Salty had been languishing at the AAA Reno (where he batted a dismal .188) before today's call-up. Even more oddly-spelled Arizona catcher Tuffy Gosewisch went on the DL—opening up a spot for Salty. This, after The Fish decided that their oddly-named young backstop ( J.T. Realmuto) was a better bargain than the high-priced and under-performing Saltalamacchia. We wish Salty the best in his return to "The Show".
Fenway Nation 23 hours ago
Mock Draft Has Red Sox Taking Vandy RHP At #7

Mock Draft Has Red Sox Taking Vandy RHP At #7

Carson FulmerThe Respected Baseball America Mock Draft projects that—at pick #7—the Red Sox will take right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer out of Vanderbilt University. The Red Sox tried gabbing the kid in the 15th round of the 2012 draft, but lost out to Vandy. As a freshman, Fulmer closed for the Commodores, but, after switching to a starter the next year, he posted a 1.98 ERA. He can reach the high 90s on his fastball, and also features a nasty curve and a devastating change-up. The Twinkies have also shown interest in Fulmer—and they pick one spot ahead of Boston in the draft. But, if...
Fenway Nation 23 hours ago
Scout: Boston Is Likely Cole Hamels Destination

Scout: Boston Is Likely Cole Hamels Destination

Coming To A Park Near You?A report on CSNPhilly.com quotes a "rival" scout as suggesting that a deal involving Cole Hamels makes sense for both teams. Says the scout, "There’s a deal to be made there, absolutely. The AL East is there for the taking....I think the team with the most resources to get him is Boston. They have the talent and can take the financial hit...The Red Sox have enough minor-league talent that they can move some of it if they want to make a deal." The scout went on to detail the bevy of Sox prospects (other than the 'untouchable' Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts) who...
Fenway Nation May 29, 2015
'Super Sub' John Kennedy Turns 74 Today

'Super Sub' John Kennedy Turns 74 Today

You can image the level of expectation that accompanied one John Kennedy when he donned a Boston uniform. Amazingly, this John Kennedy was born 24 years to the day (May 29th) after his more famous presidential namesake. In June of 1970, Kennedy was purchased from the Milwaukee Brewers and joined the Red Sox. What followed was a five-year stint that bestowed upon him the title of "Super Sub". In 265 games over that span, Kennedy hit a respectable .243, with 13 HRs and 78 RBIs. He played 2B, 3B, SS and DH for The Carmine Hose and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time—sort...
Fenway Nation May 29, 2015
Eduardo Rodriguez: Best Lefty Speed In MLB

Eduardo Rodriguez: Best Lefty Speed In MLB

()After his MLB debut, Eduardo Rodriguez has more than just a win under his belt and the admiration of millions of Red Sox fans. He's also been sprinkled with the 'holy water' of the influential FanGraphs.com website. According to that site's Eno Sarris, E-Rod has "the best lefty velocity among starters in the game". Averaging 95.0 MPH, Rodriguez (at the tender age of 22) tops other fire-balling port-siders like Chris Sale, David Price, and some guy named Clayton Kershaw. Pretty high praise from a well-respected source. Congrats to E-Rod!
Fenway Nation May 29, 2015

E-Rod Claims The Role Of New Red Sox Ace

(AP Photo)Hey, Clay, any extra "I'm The Ace" t-shirts? One is needed after last night's dominant performance by rookie lefty Eduardo Rodriguez in a 5-1 win. If he's sent back to AAA, there will be mobs with pitchforks and torches on Yawkey Way to contend with. The 21-year old Rodriguez twirled 7.2 brilliant innings—giving up just three hits and striking out seven. He was in command all the way, mixing in secondary pitches with a fastball that topped out often at 96 MPH. The kid looks for real. Fortunately, despite hitting in five double-plays, the Red Sox offense supported Rodriguez with...
Over the Monster May 29, 2015

Red Sox minor lines: Ty Buttrey unnoticed, impressive

Ty Buttrey isn't making headlines (except for this one), but he's doing everything right in Salem. Pawtucket W 5-1 Eduardo Rodriguez: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K Oh, wait... Portland L 0-2 Carlos Asuaje: 0-4, 3 K Justin Haley: 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K The slump is real for Carlos Asuaje. He's had one hit since those two bombs a few days back, and nothing shouts "slump" quite so loudly as a hat trick. He's got a nice buffer from his first two months, but hopefully he'll be back ot it before long. Salem W 7-2 Sam Travis: 1-5Wendell Rijo: 1-4, 2 K Ty Buttrey: 6 IP, 5 H,...
Over the Monster May 29, 2015

Eduardo Rodriguez should be with Red Sox to stay

Eduardo Rodriguez just turned in what might be the best start of the season for the Red Sox rotation. The front office should listen to John Farrell and let him stay. Thursday night, Eduardo Rodriguez delivered on the hype. All the typical caveats apply. It was one game. It was a lefty facing a lineup with most of its punch swinging from the left side of the plate. It was a pitcher facing a bunch of guys who had mostly never seen him before. It was also perhaps the best start this Red Sox team has received all year. It's actually been a little while since pitching could be called the...
Over the Monster May 29, 2015

2015 MLB Draft: Keith Law's mock says Red Sox could draft Andrew Benintendi

The Red Sox have a new target in the 2015 draft, because everyone else they want might be gone. The 2015 MLB Draft is just 10 days away, and the first few selections still don't seem to be settled. Part of the reason for that is the Diamondbacks' silence on their preference with the first-overall selection: who they pick could end up rearranging a few things, making certain players the Red Sox would like to fall to seventh available -- think Alex Bregman, Dansby Swanson, and Dillon Tate. In Keith Law's latest mock draft, all three of those players are off the board, leaving the Sox to...
Over the Monster May 29, 2015

Why is Rick Porcello giving up so many home runs?

While Rick Porcello has looked really good at times this year, home runs have derailed the early part of his season. Although he’s been far from the biggest problem on this disappointing 2015 Red Sox team, Rick Porcello has definitely been inconsistent. The good thing is he’s shown a few flashes of the pitcher that he can be, specifically the four-start stretch in late April and early May when he pitched to a 2.10 ERA. With that being said, he’s also had some horrible starts. Put it all together and you have a guy who’s sporting a 5.37 ERA (75 ERA+) with a 4.83 FIP. If you’ve been...
Over the Monster May 29, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Wade Miley

Today's links look at why the Red Sox have struggled so much, Allen Craig's progress in triple-A, and the possible bullpen help on the farm. In an odd turn of events, the Red Sox are going to give David Ortiz a few days off to regain his swing. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) Eduardo Rodriguez made his major-league debut last night. It's not much of a surprise he made it to the highest level so quickly. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) The Red Sox have obviously been disappointing so far. Why is this happening? (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com) Since going down to Pawtucket, Allen Craig has...
Over the Monster May 28, 2015

Red Sox 5, Rangers 1: The excellent Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez stole the show in his major league debut, throwing 7.2 shutout innings and playing the stopper for a slumping Red Sox team. The first start of Eduardo Rodriguez' career went better than Red Sox fans could have hoped for. Just 22 years old, with only 48 Triple-A innings to his name, Rodriguez came into one of the league's most notorious hitters' parks, face the league's second most dangerous lineup in May, and came away with an absolute gem in a 5-1 Red Sox win. That one run? Not Rodriguez'. The lefty set the tone with a 1-2-3 first, striking out Prince Fielder for the...
Over the Monster May 28, 2015

Red Sox vs. Rangers lineups: Castillo plays, Ortiz sits

It's Rusney in, Ortiz out as the Sox start a four-game series in Texas. Rusney Castillo is back in the Red Sox lineup Thursday night, playing right field and batting ninth as the Sox take on the Rangers in Texas. BOSTON RED SOX TEXAS RANGERS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Mookie Betts - CF Shin-Soo Choo - RF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Prince Fielder - DH Hanley Ramirez - DH Adrian Beltre - 3B Mike Napoli - 1B Josh Hamilton - LF Brock Holt - LF Mitch Moreland - 1B Xander Bogaerts - SS Elvis Andrus - SS Blake Swihart - C Adam Rosales - 2B Rusney Castillo -...
Fenway Nation May 28, 2015

David Ortiz 'Working Things Out'—Not In Lineup

An ominous comment by Red Sox manager John Farrell has some wags wondering what's going on behinds the scenes with The Carmine Hose. Appearing on WEEI's Dale And Holley Show, Farrell stated that David Ortiz would not be in the Red Sox lineup for "a couple of days". The explanation was that the DH needed "to try to work some things out". Hello!
Fenway Nation May 28, 2015
Daniel Nava Placed On 15-Day 'Disabled' List

Daniel Nava Placed On 15-Day 'Disabled' List

Call if the Fenway Flu—or, since their on the road, Texas Trichinosis. Anyway, slumping Daniel Nava has been placed on the 15-day "disabled" list. No particular injury. No particular reason—other than a dramatic drop-off in performance. So far this year, the 32-year old Nava is hitting just .159 in 27 games. Partly a victim of the crowded outfield, Nava has had fewer chances to prove his worth this year than in the past. Neverthless, the acquisition of the immortal Carlos Peguero from Texas may have signalled the end for Nava. Stay tuned.
Over the Monster May 28, 2015

Red Sox to place Daniel Nava on disabled list

Daniel Nava is making a surprise trip to the disabled list, bringing a close to the terrible two-month start of his season. The Red Sox will place Daniel Nava on the disabled list according to John Tomase, with Robbie Ross the expected call-up from Pawtucket: Daniel Nava will be placed on the disabled list, according to a major league source. Looks like Robbie Ross will get call to bolster pen. — John Tomase (@jtomase) May 28, 2015 It's not entirely clear what exactly ails Nava at this point. Obviously, it's been rough going for him all year long, with a dismal .159/.250/.190 batting...
Fenway Nation May 28, 2015

Cast Your May 2015 Dalton Jones Average Vote!

It's that time again—another month's end and another chance to vote in FenwayNation's exclusive Dalton Jones Industrial Average. The DJIA (honoring the Red Sox all-time pinch-hit leader) gathers four key metrics from FN readers scattered around the world. Through the DJIA, readers assess the fortunes of the team on: starting pitching, relief pitching, overall offense and overall defense. FenwayNation will publish the DJIA Index Score each month during the season—and the fluctuation up or down from the previous month's reading. You can now cast your May DJIA vote HERE.

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