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Fenway Nation 2 hours ago

Lucchino: "We Will Be Active" At Trade Deadline

Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino appeared on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show and spoke about the team's likely behavior in the run-up to next Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. Said Lucchino, "We’ve never been in this position in our 13 years. We have never been in a position where we haven’€™t been anything but aggressive buyers because we’ve always, even in the catastrophic years of 2011-12, we were well over .500 at this stage of the season, so this is relatively new to us. … I do think that we will be active. … We’€™re always active." Rumors have been...
Over the Monster 3 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Brock Holt starts at second

Brock Holt is back in the lineup, starting at second base against Marcus Stroman and the Jays. Brock Holt is back in the lineup, giving Dustin Pedroia the day off as the Red Sox try to bounce back from two straight losses against the Blue Jays. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX TORONTO BLUE JAYS Brock Holt - 2B Jose Reyes - SS Shane Victorino - RF Melky Cabrera - LF David Ortiz - DH Jose Bautista - RF Mike Napoli - 1B Dioner Navarro - C Daniel Nava - LF Dan Johnson - DH Stephen Drew - SS Munenori Kawasaki - 3B Xander Bogaerts - 3B Juan Francisco - 1B Jackie Bradley -...
Fenway Nation 3 hours ago
Giancarlo Stanton To Red Sox Rumors Re-Ignite

Giancarlo Stanton To Red Sox Rumors Re-Ignite

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/)We know, we know, you've heard all this before. And the Marlins have promised they would never trade Giancarlo Stanton—their lone matinee idol. Then again, Governor Deval Patrick promised a drop in your property taxes—seen that yet? We digress. The persistent rumors of a Boston-Miami deal for the 24-year slugger are simmering again. This time, the talk is that it would take Will Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and two or three top prospects to get Stanton. A move this big wouldn't even depend on whether the Sox were in contention or not. This is a...
Over the Monster 4 hours ago

Red Sox starting pitchers and the nine-inning curse

For Red Sox starters, going the distance might be an achievement best avoided. Looking for a crackpot theory that confuses correlation and causation and is couched in superstition? I've got just the thing! Red Sox pitchers should stop going nine innings because it only leads to disaster. Remember last week when Clay Buchholz fired off nine innings of shutout ball, striking out 12 Astros? Remember how impressive he looked, and how convinced we all were that he was back in earnest? Now look at his last two starts. Sixteen hits and nine runs (eight earned) in twelve innings, with as many walks...
Fenway Nation 5 hours ago

Muddy Chicken Sits, Holt Leads Off In Matinee

The Red Sox will sit the somewhat slumping Dustin Pedroia (he still leads the team in WAR) in today's matinee in America Lite. Brock 'Babe' Holt will return from his odd exile, lead off and play second base for The Carmine Hose. Shane Victorino will hit second and play right field, while Christian Vazquez will be back behind the plate and hit ninth. Rubby De La Rosa will take to the hill for Boston. The weird Canadian start time is 12:37 Eastern time—go figure.
Fenway Nation 5 hours ago
Sox Lighting A Candle For

Sox Lighting A Candle For "Wick" In Peavy Deal

Cardinals Prospect Rowan Wick HomersRowan Wick is a 21-year old Canadian OF/C out of North Vancouver, B.C.—and he is the apple of Ben Cherington's eye. That is, he's the guy BenCher is asking for from the Cardinals in any swap for Boston starter Jake Peavy. Apparently, St. Louis is balking and wants to send cash and a meet-and-greet with a really polite Cardinal season ticket-holder. Ben wants more. Wick is currently splitting time between tow Single A Cardinal affiliates—the State College Spikes and the Peoria Chiefs. So far, Wick (a left-handed batter) has hit .371 with 15 HRs and 41...
Fenway Nation 5 hours ago
John Henry: Lester Talks Are Off Until After Season

John Henry: Lester Talks Are Off Until After Season

John Henry Surveys His Empire (Rick Friedman/Polaris)In an email sent to The Boston Herald last night, Red Sox Principal owner John Henry revealed that contract talks between the team and ace Jon Lester are off until after the season. Wrote Henry in the email, "I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and Ben other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season. It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible." In our view, the key words in Henry's statement are the last two:...
Fenway Nation 6 hours ago

Buchholz 'Walks' His Way Into A 6-4 Loss To Jays

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/)Well, The Carmine Hose pretty much have to sweep the rest of this road trip (one more afternoon tilt in America Lite and three more at the MostPulpDome in Tampa) to have any realistic chance at the post-season. Clay Buchholz put one nail in the 2014 coffin with six lifeless innings in which he surrendered 3-0 and 4-3 leads. He coughed up five earned runs and walked four—all coming back to haunt him. Not exactly ace material in the 6-4 loss. With Brock 'Babe' Holt inexplicably riding the pine, Boston's offense was led by David Ortiz (24th HR), Daniel Nava and...
Over the Monster 8 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Jake Peavy, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia

Today's links look at Jake Peavy's likely departure, Brock Holt's coming-of-age story, and Rubby De La Rosa learning how to pitch. No matter how the Red Sox do over the next couple weeks, Jake Peavy being moved seems inevitable. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com) And according to John Tomase, that is probably for the best. (John Tomase; Boston Herald) It seems like it doesn't get discussed as often as it should, but Mike Napoli has turned out to be a wonderful bargain for the Red Sox. (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand of the AL) Jason Mastrodonato presents the second-half of his Brock Holt Story. (Jason...
Over the Monster 16 hours ago

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 6: Momentum lost

Any hopes that the Red Sox could roll past their 7-3 defeat on Tuesday came to an appropriately symbolic end on Wednesday. The red hot Red Sox seem to have cooled off, falling to the Blue Jays for the second straight night Wednesday despite getting out to an early lead. I feel like I've mentioned Boston's almost artistic ability to lose a dozen times this season, and today's defeat is as good an exhibition of that talent as we've seen all year. Here are the Red Sox, winners of as many as eight out of nine games depending on where you draw the line, all the momentum in the world, all...
Fenway Nation 20 hours ago

Nation Is Outraged As Brock Holt Sits Out Tonight

(FenwayNation Photo)After 59 straight starts, Brock 'Babe' Holt is being "rested" tonight—just when the Rd Sox desperately need his juice at the top of the lineup to win tonight's critical Game 3 of the make-or-break road trip. Manager John Farrell justified the decision thusly, "We never like to take any player out that’s doing extremely well. And yet we feel like he’s played every inning since sometime back in May and felt like the last couple days were starting to see it a little bit in his play." Since taking over the top spot in the Boston lineup on May 23rd, Holt leads the major...
Over the Monster 23 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Shane Victorino leads off, Brock Holt sits out

A strange sight indeed... For the first time in a very long while, Brock Holt is not at the top of Boston's lineup. In fact, he's not anywhere else either, getting his first game off since returning to the team midway through May. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX TORONTO BLUE JAYS Shane Victorino - RF Jose Reyes - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Melky Cabrera - LF David Ortiz - DH Jose Bautista - 1B Mike Napoli - 1B Dioner Navarro - DH Daniel Nava - LF Colby Rasmus - CF Xander Bogaerts - 3B Munenori Kawasaki - 3B Stephen Drew - SS Josh Thole - C Christian Vazquez - C Ryan...
Over the Monster Jul 23, 2014

Red Sox minor lines: Mookie gonna Mookie

Mookie Betts isn't letting his demotion get him down. Pawtucket W 9-3 Mookie Betts: 2-5, 3B, KWill Middlebrooks: 2-5Travis Shaw: 1-3, 2 BBGarin Cecchini: 0-4, BBAlex Hassan: 1-4 Matt Barnes: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K Mookie's major league stay didn't last all that long, but the old post-promotion slump apparently lasted all of one 0-for-4 game, with this marking his second straight multi-hit performance. Portland W 4-3 Blake Swihart: 2-5, 2 KSean Coyle: 1-3, BBMichael Almanzar: 1-4, 2B, K Speaking of short-lived slumps, Swihart has pushed his lull well into the distance,...
Over the Monster Jul 23, 2014

Red Sox Trade Targets: Robert Stephenson

As the trade deadline approaches, the Red Sox should take a page from a couple of their ex-front office leaders and turn some short-term assets into a top prospect like the Reds' Robert Stephenson. The 2013 World Champion Red Sox have turned back into a pumpkin in 2014, and even after a sweep of the Kansas City Royals to finish last week and a blowout over the Blue Jays to start that series, they still sit 8.5 games back in the AL East with seven teams in line ahead of them for a Wild Card spot, not including the current division leaders. With the July 31 trade deadline just over a week...
Fenway Nation Jul 23, 2014

Sox Take One Big Step Back; Fall To Jays, 7-3

 (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)They are one up and one down on this make-or-break road trip. In need of at least five wins on this seven-game journey, the Red Sox pretty much need a victory at SkyDome tonight. The OH-Fense that shone so brightly on Monday night was extinguished by the devastating curveball of the "immortal" J.A. ("Just Adequate") Happ in a 7-3 loss. Jake Peavy, on the other hand, may have lessened his trade value a bit by allowing five runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. Of course, half of the run support given to John Lackey on Monday would have gotten The...
Over the Monster Jul 23, 2014

Would the Red Sox stand pat?

As their hot streak over the past couple weeks has complicated how to view the rest of the season, how likely is it that the Red Sox don't make any moves before the trade deadline? After a year of disappointment, the Red Sox are finally starting to catch fire. Coming into this season, there seemed to be enough talent on the roster to be competitive for the entire season, but that obviously hasn't happened to this point. Recently, though, they have looked like the team that many of us believed they'd be in March. Boston has won eight of their last ten games, and have a plus-34 run...
Over the Monster Jul 23, 2014
Daily Red Sox Links: Brock Holt, Christian Vazquez, Jon Lester

Daily Red Sox Links: Brock Holt, Christian Vazquez, Jon Lester

Today's links look at Brock Holt's youth, how this sudden streak of good play has come about, and a minor-league pitcher coming off a good stretch. Jason Mastrodonato has a fantastic look at how Brock Holt has gotten to this point. (Jason Mastrodonato; Masslive.com) Speaking of 2014's legend, there don't appear to be any signs that he will slow down any time soon. (Joe McDonald; ESPN Boston) He hasn't been on the roster too long, but Christian Vazquez is already leaving an impression on this locker room. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Check out who took home Sox Prospects'...
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2014

Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 7: A classic Jake Peavy loss

The Red Sox' momentum proved insufficient to overcome Jake Peavy's losing habit Tuesday night in Toronto. The Red Sox lost a game for the first time in ten days Tuesday night, bringing their five-game winning streak to an abrupt end. Recent weeks had seen Jake Peavy's losses shift from well-earned to hard-luck, but tonight was a return to unfortunate form for the veteran righty. To be fair to Peavy, he was throwing hard and racked up a fair few strikeouts, but in the end it was a classic 2014 Peavy performance featuring all the unfortunate hallmarks, starting with a costly walk in the...
Fenway Nation Jul 22, 2014
Evil Ones Trade For Third-Baseman Chase Headley

Evil Ones Trade For Third-Baseman Chase Headley

(AP Photo)Without the 'invaluable' services A-Fraud for the entire year and stocking the 'hot corner' with the likes of Yangervis Solarte and Zelous Wheeler, The Bronx Embalmers finally made a move. They traded Solarte and another useless minor leaguer to the San Diego Padres for equally useless Chase Headley. After tearing up the national league two years ago, Headley has been a shell of his former self for a long time. Currently, he's batting a robust .229, with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs in 77 games. What an upgrade!
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2014

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Can Jake Peavy finally get a win?

Whether from bad luck or bad pitching, Jake Peavy is still stuck on one win. Can the Red Sox finally get him a second and keep their own streak alive? The Red Sox will put their winning streak to the test Tuesday night, pitting it against Jake Peavy's losing streak as they send the veteran righty to the mound against J.A. Happ. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX TORONTO BLUE JAYS Brock Holt - CF Jose Reyes - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Melky Cabrera - LF David Ortiz - DH Jose Bautista - RF Mike Napoli - 1B Dioner Navarro - C Jonny Gomes - LF Colby Rasmus - DH Shane Victorino -...

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