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Over the Monster 8 hours ago

Red Sox 8, Royals 4: Daniel Nava grand as Sox come back against Royals

Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts accounted for four runs a piece as the Red Sox overcame an early deficit to earn a series win over the Royals. The Red Sox fell behind early, but erased a 4-0 deficit with an eight-run attack highlighted by a three-run shot from Xander Bogaerts and a Daniel Nava grand slam. While the Red Sox enjoyed some nice performances at the plate, you may have gathered that this was not exactly a banner night for Joe Kelly. That's entirely the fault of a train wreck second inning. After retiring the first three batters he faced on the night with ground balls, Kelly was...
Over the Monster 17 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Royals: Is Joe Kelly growing, or breaking?

Joe Kelly has been struggling to find direction in 2014, and has only a few starts left to change the story. The Red Sox will take a second shot at sewing up a series win over the Kansas City Royals Sunday afternoon as they send Joe Kelly to the mound against Jason Vargas. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS Mookie Betts - 2B Alcides Escobar - SS Xander Bogaerts - SS Norichika Aoki - DH David Ortiz - DH Lorenzo Cain - RF Yoenis Cespedes - LF Alex Gordon - LF Allen Craig - 1B Salvador Perez - C Daniel Nava - RF Eric Hosmer - 1B Will Middlebrooks -...
Fenway Nation 18 hours ago

No Gem From Rubby; Red Sox Smoked, 7-1

(Photo by Ed Zurga/)Rubby De La Rosa is starting to lose the "Which Kid Pitcher In The Punto Deal Is Better?" debate. One day after Allen Webster delivered a solid performance, De La Rosa laid another egg—going just four innings and giving up five earned runs in a 7-1 loss. Nearly all of Rubby's pitchers were up in the zone, and it seemed like the recently woeful Royals were dying to get to the plate. Boston's offense consisted of two hits by David Ortiz and a sacrifice fly by Yoenis Cespedes. The Valentine Magic Number is stuck at five—with thirteen tilts left to play.
Over the Monster Sep 13, 2014

Red Sox 4, Royals 2: Sox knock Royals from Central perch

A surprisingly strong start from Allen Webster saw the Red Sox knock the Royals out of the AL Central lead. The Red Sox ushered the Royals into second place in the A.L. Central, taking advantage of a surprisingly strong performance from Allen Webster to secure a 4-2 victory. The Sox have seen little enough in the way of positive signs from their young pitcher, so even a decent start would have been quite the surprise. Instead of decent, though, Webster was just plain good. It was a night where his stuff was good enough to miss bats with some regularity, but rather than turning those whiffs...
Over the Monster Sep 12, 2014

Red Sox vs. Royals: Sad Allen Webster day!

There's always tomorrow... The Red Sox will have Allen Webster on the mound Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, so...Well, we should all just be prepared for that. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS Mookie Betts - RF Norichika Aoki - RF Xander Bogaerts - SS Omar Infante - 2B Daniel Nava - DH Alex Gordon - LF Yoenis Cespedes - LF Billy Butler - DH Allen Craig - 1B Eric Hosmer - 1B Will Middlebrooks - 3B Salvador Perez - C Jackie Bradley - CF Mike Moustakas - 3B Christian Vazquez - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Jemile Weeks - 2B Alcides Escobar -...
Over the Monster Sep 12, 2014
Red Sox in for one, but not two big free agent pitchers

Red Sox in for one, but not two big free agent pitchers

The Red Sox will be active in the free agent market...but perhaps not as active as they should be. The Red Sox will be in the market for one top-tier pitcher in free agency, but not two according to Rob Bradford, who says the Red Sox will not be completely revamping their rotation in the open market. It's easy to see where the speculation would come from. As of this moment, Boston's rotation in 2015 looks something like Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, and...well, a handful of question marks. Rubby De La Rosa is the most likely of their myriad young arms to get a spot in the rotation, but it's...
Fenway Nation Sep 12, 2014

A-Fraud Joins LinkedIn—Would You Hire Him?

According to The Wall Street Journal, Alex Rodriguez—suspended by MLB for the entire 2014 season—may be updating his resume on LinkedIn. Apparently, The Fraudulent One has created a profile on the social networking/job seeking site as: "Founder, CEO and President of ARod Corp—based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area." Said a LinkedIn spokesperson, "All signals indicate it is a real profile." There is some good news—as of yesterday, The Centaur had no connections. Folks, you can't make this stuff up.
Fenway Nation Sep 12, 2014
O's Slugger Chris Davis Suspended For PEDs

O's Slugger Chris Davis Suspended For PEDs

Chris Davis—an integral part of the resurgence of the Baltimore Orioles—has been suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for PEDs (specifically amphetamines). Davis has been suspended for 25 games—which will carry over into the playoffs. Davis is hitting a pathetic .196 this year, but has cranked out 26 HRs. Last year, he led the league with 53 HRs and 138 RBIs.
Fenway Nation Sep 12, 2014
Ladies And Gentlemen, Your 2B—Mookie Betts

Ladies And Gentlemen, Your 2B—Mookie Betts

Second Baseman The Red Of The WayRed Sox manager John Farrell announced on Thursday that Mookie Betts will be the team's second baseman for the balance of the year. With Dustin Pedroia out with season-ending surgery and the continued illness of Brock Holt, it makes perfect sense to put Betts at the position he has played most of his life. With the impending arrival of Rusney Castillo, the move also eases a potential logjam in the outfield—and allows Mookie to play every day. In 37 games with the Red Sox, Betts is hitting .285, with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs. He's also sporting an on-base percentage...
Fenway Nation Sep 12, 2014
Giancarlo Stanton Hit By Pitch, Seriously Injured

Giancarlo Stanton Hit By Pitch, Seriously Injured

AP Photo/Morry Gash)The likely 2014 National League MVP was seriously injured last night when he was hit in the face by an 88-MPH fastball. Giancarlo Stanton was struck by Milwaukee's Mike Fiers and sustained "facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage after being struck under his left eye". Stanton was taken off the field by ambulance and underwent X-Rays and CT scans at a local hospital. It's still unclear how extensive his injuries are. Clearly, it's extremely likely that he will miss the remainder of the season.
Fenway Nation Sep 12, 2014

Sox Survive Comedy of Errors, Beat Royals, 6-3

(Photo by Jamie Squire/)Just in time for 'Shakespeare at Fenway', the Red Sox participated in a real-life comedy of errors—but still ended up beating the Royals 6-3. As manger John Farrell aptly put it, it was simply a matter of which team did a better job of walking the tightrope of their own ineptitude. Kansas City committed three errors and the Red Sox flubbed up once. Clay Buchholz pitched pretty well again—going 6.1 innings and giving up just two earned runs while striking out seven. Mookie Betts (now hitting .285), David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks each had two hits in the win....
Over the Monster Sep 12, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Will Middlebrooks, James Shields

Today's links look at what made Mookie Betts the man he is today, how great it would be if Will Middlebrooks could start playing well and whether "Big Game" James Shields is worth the big bucks. What a wonderful world it would be if Will Middlebrooks could start playing well. (Ricky Doyle; NESN) It's important to remember that being able to get James Shields is less important than whether it would be worth it. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) Speaking of which, what's the worst that could happen with Mookie Betts at second? (John Tomase; Boston Herald) Because, after all Betts has been...
Over the Monster Sep 12, 2014

Red Sox 6, Royals 3: Good enough

There were no great fireworks from the young players, or a masterful performance from starter Clay Buchholz. But on a night when the Royals didn't look like much of a playoff team, the Red Sox played more than well enough to earn the win. The Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night thanks to some sloppy play from the Kansas City Royals. It would be nice to say the Red Sox stormed into Kansas City, took no prisoners, and left winners, but that's really not the entire story of tonight's game. That's not to say the Red Sox played poorly either, mind. They were...good enough....
Over the Monster Sep 11, 2014

Red Sox vs. Royals: Clay Buchholz for a few marbles, maybe

Clay Buchholz is looking good this past month. Can he keep it up against the Royals? The now mathematically eliminated Red Sox will play their first officially meaningless game of 2014 Thursday night, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Royals. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS Mookie Betts - RF Norichika Aoki - RF Xander Bogaerts - SS Omar Infante - 2B David Ortiz - DH Alex Gordon - LF Yoenis Cespedes - LF Josh Willingham - DH Mike Napoli - 1B Eric Hosmer - 1B Will Middlebrooks - 3B Salvador Perez - C Jackie Bradley - CF Mike Moustakas -...
Over the Monster Sep 11, 2014

Calling all questions for the Over the Monster mailbag!

It's that time of week! Time for the Over the Monster mailbag! This week's mailbag will come on Saturday versus Friday due to a trip down to Binghampton to watch Rusney Castillo.Leave any questions you want to see answered in the comment below. You can also email them to me at heyjoonlee(at)gmail(dot)com or tweet them at Ben Buchanan (@OverTheMonster) or myself (@iamjoonlee) with the hashtag #OTMMailbag.
Fenway Nation Sep 11, 2014

Theo And Cubbies Aggressively Pursuing Lester?

Reports out of Chicago indicate that former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is prepared to aggressively pursue Jon Lester this off-season. Those same reports suggest that Lester is "open-minded" about where he'll land in 2015—which, of course, could also include Boston and the Bronx. However, Theo is flush with cash, and has only about $30 million committed to his 2015 payroll—which includes his core young players. Said Epstein, "We’re going to field a pretty good nucleus with a very low payroll associated with that. That in and of itself – and some of the savings that we’ve made over the...
Fenway Nation Sep 11, 2014
Top 5 Off-Season Moves The Sox Need To Make

Top 5 Off-Season Moves The Sox Need To Make

As Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner reveals today that the NOG will spend heavily in the off-season, here are our Top Five Off-Season Moves the team needs to make:1.) Get two front-line starting pitchers. This is not Houston or Kansas City. We can afford it. Go out and spend for (or trade for) two top starting pitchers—Cole Hamels and Jon Lester; Hamels and James Shields; Max Scherzer and Shields. We don't care—we just know that a rotation of Clay Buchholz and the 'Kiddie Corps' will not win a championship;2.) Send a bunch of the kids to Miami to get Giancarlo Stanton. Sure, he'll probably get...
Fenway Nation Sep 11, 2014
Werner: Red Sox 'Determined' To Spend For FAs

Werner: Red Sox 'Determined' To Spend For FAs

(AP Photo)Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner appeared today on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show and pledged an improved 2015 Red Sox team. Particularly, he stressed that the NOG (New Ownership Group) is "determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team." While he claimed that John Henry's empire did not have "limitless" resources, he did say "we’ve got a lot of money to spend." Werner also stated his commitment to help speed up the game and make it appeal more to a "lost generation" of younger fans. His failed campaign to become Commissioner did at least highlight a number of...
Major League Baseball 2014: Don't be shocked when Giancarlo Stanton ends up staying in Miami

Major League Baseball 2014: Don't be shocked when Giancarlo Stanton ends up staying in Miami

Red Sox fans have been concocting scenarios in which Giancarlo Stanton ends up playing in Boston, but it is time for that to stop.

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  • 3 David Ortiz

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  • 1 Jackie Bradley Jr.

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  • 1 Joe Kelly

    Joe Kelly

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