3:31 AM EDT, Mon April 24, 2017
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Forget The Empire, Red Sox Beat New Rival O's, 6-2

Forget The Empire, Red Sox Beat New Rival O's, 6-2

(AP Photo)Not since the completion of the transcontinental railroad has a spike had so much impact. Manny Machado's spiking of Dustin Pedroia has set off a spiral or reprisal that could get real nasty before it gets better. Today, with the Red Sox "comfortably" ahead 6-0, Matt Barnes unleashed a pitch very close to Machado's head—that ironically only hit his bat for a strike. But the bad blood began to boil again. This sideshow overshadow the re-emergence of Boston's power offense, as they launched three HRs in the eventual 6-2 win. Mookie Betts (3-run HR), Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland...
18 hours ago
Red Sox 'Knuckle-Under' To Baltimore Again, Lose, 4-2

Red Sox 'Knuckle-Under' To Baltimore Again, Lose, 4-2

(AP Photo)Just when you thought it was safe to watch the knuckleball again—bang—you're brought back to reality. Thanks to a monster two-run HR by Jackie Bradley, Jr., the Red Sox were enjoying a blissful lead. Even the NESN guys were speculating that Steven Wright might have his mojo back. Wrong! Four runs later, Boston was again on their treadmill to offensive oblivion—eventually losing 4-2 to the Orioles. Said Wright of his signature pitch, "It's not really moving. I am trying to get the violence back into the pitch." We'll even accept a little mild anger. Boston faces the real...
Apr 22, 2017
Muddy Chicken Injured In Punch-Less 2-0 Loss to O's

Muddy Chicken Injured In Punch-Less 2-0 Loss to O's

(AP Photo)At some point this offense has got to go from hitting for high average to actually scoring runs. Last night, they mustered just six hits in a 2-0 loss to the Orioles—wasting a good (although way-too-high a pitch count) performance from Drew Pomeranz. Much more important than the game result is the likelihood that the team's heart and soul—Dustin Pedroia—may be lost for a time after being spiked by Manny Machado in the eighth inning. Stay tuned.
Apr 21, 2017
New Balance's Sox-Themed Shoes Are Wicked Awesome

New Balance's Sox-Themed Shoes Are Wicked Awesome

The good people at New Balance have given FenwayNation the opportunity of trying out their new Red Sox-themed, limited-edition Fresh Foam Zante v3 Ballpark shoe. The new lightweight running shoe features an aggressive toe spring, a comfortable no-sew material application for a sleek fit and Boston-inspired insoles and outsoles. Specifically, "BOS" and "TON" on the outsoles, and a replica of a vintage Red Sox ticket on the insoles. Very cool. Now, for our non-technical review: they are wicked comfortable. As soon as you put these puppies on, they seem to conform to your feet like they were...
Apr 21, 2017
Seven Of Next Thirteen Red Sox Games Against Orioles

Seven Of Next Thirteen Red Sox Games Against Orioles

In two weeks time, we may know a lot more about the 2017 Carmine Hose—and the nature of the AL East race. Starting tonight, seven of the next thirteen Red Sox games will be against the Baltimore Orioles. The O's have been a bit of a surprise so far—sitting atop the division with a 10-4 record. While it's early, they've been a good road team—going 6-3 so far away from Camden Yards. One of their unexpected heroes is Trey "Don't Call Me Henry" Mancini—who leads the team with 4 HRs. Catcher Wellington Castillo leads the team in hitting with a .326 average—and Adam Jones is (as usual)...
Apr 21, 2017
REPORT: Kimbrel Dealt With Finger Problem In 2016

REPORT: Kimbrel Dealt With Finger Problem In 2016

(USAToday Sports)According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was dealing with more than knee injury in his first Boston season. Before he went down with knee surgery, he suffered an injury to his right index finger—sometime in late April of 2016. While the public didn't know about the injury, the team coaching and medical staff were aware of it. During the rehab period for his knee, he worked to make sure that his healing finger was not causing bad mechanical habits. Despite this, he did admit that there were times that the finger made him "yank the ball" because of...
Apr 21, 2017
Former Red Sox Pitcher Gary Peters Turns 80 Today

Former Red Sox Pitcher Gary Peters Turns 80 Today

Gary PetersIn the far distant past—when most World Series rings were still minted in New York—Gary Peters pitched three years for the Red Sox. While he made his reputation pitching 11 seasons for the Other Hose in Chicago, he came to Boston at age 33—still with something left in the tank. He had two outstanding years for The Carmine Hose—winning 16 games in 1970 and 14 in 1971. Both seasons, Boston finished in third place—under the 'brilliant' managerial reign of Eddie Kasko. But Peters did his part—and today, he turns 80 years old! Happy birthday, Gary!
Apr 21, 2017
Bogaerts Is 'Day-To-Day' After Injuring Thumb In Slide

Bogaerts Is 'Day-To-Day' After Injuring Thumb In Slide

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is 'day-to-day' after injuring his left thumb on a slide into second base yesterday—after knocking in the go-ahead run in the 9th inning. After the game, he underwent tests on the thumb, but they were inconclusive enough that he may miss some time. Stay tuned.
Apr 21, 2017
Travis Shaw Has Two Fewer HRs Than Red Sox

Travis Shaw Has Two Fewer HRs Than Red Sox

Maybe someday, Tyler Thornburg will pitch for the Red Sox and we can gauge the trade that sent Travis Shaw to Milwaukee to get him. Right now, it's seems pretty imbalanced. Shaw is on an extra-base tear for The Brew Crew, despite hitting just .254. So far, he has five home runs, seven doubles and a triple in sixteen games. The entire Red Sox team has 7 HRs so far. His three-run HR last night propelled the Brewers to a 7-5 win. His 458-foot monster shot to RF is the 4th-longest by a Brewer in the 'Statcast™' era and the eighth-longest by any player since 2015. Impressive.
Apr 20, 2017
Chris Sale Sues For Non-Support, Sox Win Anyway, 4-1

Chris Sale Sues For Non-Support, Sox Win Anyway, 4-1

(AP Photo)Someday, the Boston Red Sox will score runs for Chris Sale. That day has not yet arrived. The Boston lefty twirled eight shutout innings today—striking out thirteen Jays—and came away with a no decision. He was in line of the "W", as Xander Bogaerts delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth, putting Boston up, 1-0. Then, on his second pitch of the inning, "closer" Craig Kimbrel coughed up a game-tying HR. In the 10th, the heroics fell to Mookie Betts—who had previously struck out twice in the game. Betts ripped a two-out double down the left-filed line...
Apr 20, 2017
First Game At Fenway Park Was 105 Years Ago Today

First Game At Fenway Park Was 105 Years Ago Today

One hundred and five years ago today (Saturday April 20, 1912), Boston's American League franchise played its first game ever at Fenway Park. Of course, they beat the New York Highlanders (later to become the Yankees), 7-6 in 11 innings. Attendance that first day was 27,000. Naturally, there were two rain delays before the contest could start—hey, it's Boston in April. CF Tris Speaker went 3-6 in the game, and knocked in two runs. All in all, a propitious start for the new ball yard.
Apr 20, 2017
Jon Lester Will Not Start For Cubbies At Fenway Park

Jon Lester Will Not Start For Cubbies At Fenway Park

(FenwayNation Photo)Due to a Cubs rotation shuffle yesterday, Red Sox fans will not get to see Jon Lester pitch next week at Fenway Park. Lester will now start this Friday against the Reds and then again on April 26th against the Pirates. The World Series Champion Cubbies come to Boston for a series starting on Friday, April 28th running through Sunday the 30th. This series will mark the first time Lester has been back at Fenway since he was traded in 2014. During his nine-year tenure in Carmine Hose, Lester was 110-63 (.636 winning percentage). From 2007-2013, he also pitched in 13...
Apr 20, 2017
Price Suffers Another Rehab Setback, Elbow Soreness

Price Suffers Another Rehab Setback, Elbow Soreness

Red Sox manager John Farrell admitted on Thursday that starting pitcher David Price is experiencing "soreness" in his injured left elbow. The team has slowed Price's rehab process to a virtual crawl—for example, he played "long toss" this morning at SkyDome (whoopee!). Clearly, the crack Red Sox medical team has no clue when the lefty will join the rotation—the earlier May assessment is now realistically June, at the earliest. Red Sox fans may quickly have to get used to the idea of no Price at all for the 2017 season.
Apr 20, 2017
Curious 2017 Red Sox Are Hitting But Not Really Scoring

Curious 2017 Red Sox Are Hitting But Not Really Scoring

A fascinating trend is emerging for the 2017 Carmine Hose. They are leading the American League in batting average and on-base percentage—but they have a run differential of "0" (i.e, they've scored exactly as many runs as they've given up). They're scoring 4.3 runs per game—which isn't horrible—but they've had too many games like last night's where they just can't seem to cross the plate at all. They've gotten some great pitching performances—particularly from Chris Sale—but given him very little run support. Even Rick Porcello—who finally looked somewhat like the 2016 Cy Young...
Apr 20, 2017
Holt Gets LF Start In Today's Rubber Match In Toronto

Holt Gets LF Start In Today's Rubber Match In Toronto

Here is today's Red Sox lineup for their "get-away" game in Toronto—or as it's referred to in Canada, the "get-ooot" game: Dustin Pedroia 2B, Andrew Benintendi CF, Mookie Betts RF, Hanley Ramirez DH, Mitch Moreland 1B, Xander Bogaerts SS, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Sandy Leon C, Brock Holt LF. On the hill for The Carmine Hose will be lefty Chris Sale.