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Fenway Nation 34 mins ago
(AP Photo)The next time you see Eduardo Rodriguez on a mound it will likely be in Area Code 401—as in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. E-Rod (or should we say AAA-Rod) went 2 2/3 innings—giving up nine earned runs tonight in an eventual 13-7 loss to Tampa Bay. The Boston offense did fight back—to the tune of seven runs on twelve hits—but it was way too little, too late. Interestingly, it was the bottom of the order that did the jobs—Bryce Brentz (3-4, 2 RBIs); Sandy "Babe" Leon (2-4, 2 RBIs, HR); Marco Hernandez (3-4, RBI). This one was was pretty much over before the 1,762 Rays fans took...
Over the Monster 2 hours ago
The next six innings--now four--are hardly going to change the story of this game. As I begin writing this, it's the end of the third, and the Red Sox trail 9-0. The rest of this game is not worth my time, or your time, or the time of any Red Sox fans who happen to be watching it. In fact, these first three innings weren't either. I say this knowing full-well this Red Sox lineup is capable of scoring 15 runs, regardless of what's happened in these first few innings (as I type, they've put two on the board in the fourth). But that doesn't matter. That they still have a chance to win this one...
Fenway Nation 5 hours ago
With the latest update in, four Red Sox players are still leading the voting for starting positions in the July 12th All-Star Game in San Diego. As of today, David Ortiz (DH), Xander Bogaerts (SS), Jackie Bradley, Jr. (OF) and Mookie Betts (OF) would all start The Midsummer Classic. Mookie's lead over Lorenzo Cain is just 93,891. Voting ends this Thursday at midnight—so make sure you cast your ballot! You can do that HERE.
Over the Monster 7 hours ago
An easily-stopped force is crawling towards an extremely mobile object that...wait, let me check...yes, they've already fallen over. It's Red Sox vs. Rays! The Red Sox are headed to Tampa to answer the question of just how bad they actually are right now. Lineup BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS Mookie Betts, RF Logan Forsythe, 2B Dustin Pedroia, 2B Tim Beckham, SS Xander Bogaerts, SS Evan Longoria, 3B David Ortiz, DH Logan Morrison, 1B Hanley Ramirez, 1B Desmond Jennings, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Oswaldo Arcia, RF Bryce Brentz, LF Taylor Motter, LF Sandy Leon,...
Fenway Nation 9 hours ago
Mike MillerThe Red Sox have made the somewhat baffling move of promoting infielder Mike Miller from AAA Pawtucket to the 40-man roster. In a corresponding move, they sent recently-promoted pitcher William Cuevas back down to Rhode Island. This kinda of makes sense in a convoluted sort of way, since infielder Deven Marrero was sent down to bring up Cuevas. Got it? Neither do we! Miller has played shortstop and third base for the PawSox and is hitting .256 in 46 games this season. He has no HRs and 10 RBIs over 160 at-bats. Anyway, hopefully, Brock Holt will be back and healthy very soon, so...
Fenway Nation 11 hours ago
FenwayNation's reach has truly become global. Since we migrated to our current platform back in March of 2011, we have logged visitors from 184 countries. Today alone, we have already logged visits from readers in the following countries: United States, Costa Rica, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Aruba, Italy, United Kingdom and Australia. And it's barely past Noon here in Boston! It just reminds us how grateful we are of our readers around the world. Keep logging on and we will try to keep brining you the best coverage of The Carmine Hose we know how. Thanks!
Over the Monster 11 hours ago
The Red Sox have come to terms on a slightly under-slot deal for Alan Marrero. The Red Sox have agreed to a $160,000 signing bonus for eighth-round pick Alan Marrero according to Jonathan Mayo. For those counting up GroomeBucksTM this doesn't do much to move the needle for the Red Sox or their first-round pick. Slot value for Marrero's pick is slightly over $180,000 which, when you toss in the 5% overage they're allowed, leaves them with a hair under $30,000 extra to add to the pot for Groome or, depending on how those talks go, some of the potential over-slot guys they picked after the...
Fenway Nation 11 hours ago
Harry AgganisHarry Agganis—one of the greatest athletes ever to emerge from New England—passed away 61 years ago today at the far too young age of 26. "The Golden Greek", who starred for his hometown football team (Lynn, MA), quarterbacked at Boston University and got to play first base for his hometown Boston Red Sox, was a true local hero. He only played in 157 games for The Carmine Hose, but was having a stellar start to his second season (.313 in 25 games). Suddenly, in May, he was hospitalized for chest pains — which developed into pneumonia. Shortly thereafter, he succumbed to a...
Over the Monster 12 hours ago
Mauricio Dubon is quietly making a name for himself in 2016. Pawtucket L 3-9 Brock Holt: 3-4, BB, KRyan Hanigan: 1-3, KRusney Castillo: 1-4 Henry Owens: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 KPat Light: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K Maybe...Maybe take Owens off the active roster for a bit? Pitching a full start every fifth day sets certain restrictions on a pitcher's schedule. Those restrictions can't leave him and the Red Sox with the best opportunity to diagnose whatever it is that's taken him from effectively wild to wildly ineffective. Portland W 9-8 Yoan Moncada: 2-5, 2 KMauricio...
Fenway Nation 12 hours ago
()According to Red Sox honcho Dave Dombrowski, only five teams currently stink enough to want to unload quality starting pitching--thus limiting the trade options your Carmine Hose. Most observers peg those five teams as: San Diego, Atlanta, Minnesota, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. So, realistically, the only starter worth talking about on any of those clubs isAtlanta's Julio Teheran. The 25-year old Colombian righty is currently 3-7 (don't forget he hurls for the awful Bravos) with a stellar 2.46 ERA. Astoundingly, in 106 innings pitched, he's given up just 70 hits--thirty-six fewer hits...
Fenway Nation 13 hours ago
For years now, we have bemoaned the horrible obstructions that litter Fenway Park—mostly in the Grandstand sections. Our personal obstruction (we are very possessive of our obstructions) in Grandstand Section 25 pretty much wipes out any view of Dustin Pedroia (let us know if this guy is any good). Now, as a huge public service, HeadSpin Software is offering fans a detailed guide to every obstruction in the 104-year old structure. From Section 1 to Section 33, you can now find out whether your seat is subject to game blackout--a service John Henry should have provided years ago.
Over the Monster 13 hours ago
They've put it off for too long now, and are in a tailspin as a result. While they don't need to completely fix their problems, the Red Sox need to at least find cheap stopgaps to get the worst of the worst out of the equation. For more than a month now, the Red Sox have been a pretty bad baseball team. They are 12-17 over their past 29 games. That's a 67-win pace over a full season or, if maintained just over the rest of the season, only enough to leave the Red Sox with 77 wins. That's clearly not getting them into the postseason. It's not too hard to figure out what's wrong. For the most...
Fenway Nation 13 hours ago
(AP Photo)Clay Buchholz is from Texas—but it didn't help him yesterday in Arlington. The tall righty had another meltdown first inning (he should patent those)—coughing up three runs, to put his team into an immediate hole in the eventual 6-2 loss. All told, he yielded five runs in 5 1/3 innings—further clouding the starting rotation for John Farrell and The Carmine Hose. The formerly potent Red Sox offense punched out eight hits—including two each by Mookie Betts and Bryce Brentz (who clouted his first career HR). On to Tampa, to face the dismal Rays, who have lost 11 straight games.
I make no apologies for this headline. Clay Buchholz pitched. The Red Sox lost. What else is new? It was another Buchholz beginning to another Buchholz start today. Three runs before the first inning was out. There's something to be said for it being a ground ball party that only gave him a double play when the damage was already done...but this sort of disaster first is all-too-typical of a Buchholz game to simply chalk it up to luck. Also entirely typical is Buchholz finding his stride after that point and turning in four straight shutout innings to perhaps convince the Red Sox to give...
Final results to our latest FenwayNation Poll show that former Rookie-Of-The-Year Wil Myers tops the list—at 26%—of possible OF acquisitions by the Red Sox. As the chart shows, almost as many (25%) think no trade for an OF should be made at all, while 21% would opt for former Red Sox RF Josh Reddick. Jay Bruce is the only other player on the list to receive support by more than 10% of our readers (12%). Jon Jay garnered 6% of the total vote.
The Red Sox will rest David Ortiz in the following Pawtucket-like line-up: Mookie Betts RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Xander Bogaerts SS, Hanley Ramirez 1B, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, Bryce Brentz DH, Travis Shaw 3B, Sandy Leon C, Ryan LaMarre LF. Clay Buchholz will "pitch".
The Sox seem ready to give this one away. Well, damned if this one doesn't feel like a bit of a punt. Lineup BOSTON RED SOX TEXAS RANGERS Mookie Betts, RF Shin-Soo Choo, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Ian Desmond, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS Nomar Mazara, LF Hanley Ramirez, 1B Adrian Beltre, 3B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Prince Fielder, DH Bryce Brentz, DF Rougned Odor, 2B Travis Shaw, 3B Elvis Andrus, SS Sandy Leon, C Mitch Moreland, 1B Ryan LaMarre, LF Bryan Holaday, C Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz Starting Pitcher -- Martin Perez That's certainly the worst the...
(AP Photo)Steven Wright's league-leading ERA didn't go up much—thanks to key errors by Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez—but the Red Sox lost big anyway, 10-3. Boston briefly led, 1-0, on a Ramirez HR, but the floodgates really opened up for Texas in a nasty fifth inning. Five Ranger runs crossed the plate—and that was pretty much all she wrote. Ramirez and Jackie Bradley, Jr. each had two hits in the see-saw Boston offense. But, game by game it becomes clearer that this team will not be competitive in the American League without a major pitching overhaul.
For the biggest names in the system, the weekend has been going just fine. For the rest? Not great. Pawtucket (6/24) L 5-8 Brock Holt: 0-4Ryan Hanigan: 1-2Rusney Castillo: 1-4, 2B, BB, K Roenis Elias: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR Pawtucket (6/25) W 7-3 Brock Holt: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 KRyan Hanigan: 0-4, KRusney Castillo: 2-4, 2B, SB Roman Mendez: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR How does Roenis Elias go from being so good one week to so heinous the next? Hard to believe the starts before these last two were as impressive as they were. Portland (6/24) L 3-11 Yoan...
Steven Wright faced bad knuckleball conditions and even worse defense from his infield. When the Red Sox came back from a 6-0 deficit to take last night's game, they were supposed to leave all the bad mojo behind. That's kind of the idea of a turning point. You put all the recent garbage behind you and, well, turn things around. Apparently, the Red Sox aren't aware of how all that works, because tonight, it was the same old...well, you know. It's strange to say, but a game where the Red Sox lost only really turned sour when they were already behind. The fourth inning was not at all...
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