9:04 PM EDT, Tue April 24, 2018
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Red Sox at Blue Jays lineup: Rick Porcello looks to continue his early dominance in Toronto

Red Sox at Blue Jays lineup: Rick Porcello looks to continue his early dominance in Toronto

The 2016 Cy Young Award winner will face off against J.A. Happ tonight. The Red Sox (17-4) face the second-place Blue Jays (13-8) north of the border behind red-hot Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40 ERA) tonight in Toronto (7:07 p.m., NESN). Read Matt’s series preview here. About tonight’s game: Porcello, who’s been on an absolute tear, will square off against the surprising, pesky Jays. They’ll be let by J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.50), the venerable lefty who has turned the second half of his career into something special. The Sox lineup is back to normal save for Xander Bogaerts’ excused absence...
10 hours ago
Series Preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Series Preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

A look ahead to the three-game series in Toronto SB Nation Blog Bluebird Banter The Opponent in one sentence The Blue Jays were slept on a bit heading into the season but they’re off to a hot start on the back of an offense that is performing better than anyone expected particularly considering they are without their best player. Record 13-8 Head-to-Head Record 0-0 Trend Down. The Blue Jays were among the hottest teams in baseball prior to last weekend, but they had a tough time in New York losing three out of four to the Yankees. That was just their second series loss of the year, with...
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Hanley Ramirez cleans away the doubts

Hanley Ramirez cleans away the doubts

Three years after Ken Rosenthal said the Sox needed to trade Hanley Ramirez “like, now,” he’s the toast of the town. The Red Sox are good this year. They are 17-4 and in first place. This is good and it should make you happy. Mookie Betts has been the best player on the team so far, reprising his role from 2016. He makes $10.5 million, about a third of what he would make on the open market. He beat the Red Sox in arbitration to get to that number and he is ostensibly not interested in signing an extension during the season, so from here we just watch and wait. There will be...
13 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: PawSox split double-header with extra-inning slam

Red Sox Minor Lines: PawSox split double-header with extra-inning slam

It wasn’t a super exciting day in the minors. Pawtucket G1 L 0-3 Rusney Castilllo, CF: 1-3, 1 2B Sam Travis, 1B: 0-3, 1 K Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 0-3, 1 K Aneury Tavarez, RF: 0-2, 2 K Chandler Shepherd: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K (81 pitches) Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (16 pitches) Pawtucket G2 W 6-4 (F/8) Rusney Castillo, DH: 1-4, 2 R, 2 K 1 SB Sam Travis, 1B: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K Mike Olt, 3B: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 K Jeremy Barfield, RF: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K Aneury Tavarez, CF: 0-4, 1 K Chad De La Guerra, 2B: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB Brandon Workman: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB,...
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Daily Red Sox Links: What did the Red Sox look like last time they were no-hit?

Daily Red Sox Links: What did the Red Sox look like last time they were no-hit?

We hop back in time to visit the 1993 Red Sox plus Hanley Ramirez’s off day, Criag Kimbrel’s velocity and questions about Blake Swihart. No-hitters are fun to watch except when the team you root for is doing the not hitting. That’s where the Boston Red Sox and their fans found themselves on Saturday when Sean Manaea unleashed an absolute gem on a team that has been as offensively dominant as any in baseball. As many sources have noted since then, that was the first time the Red Sox have been no-hit since 1993. That’s 25 years between no-hitter victimhood. As I saw that bit of...
Apr 23, 2018
Red Sox trade Roenis Elias to Mariners

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias to Mariners

They get back a player to be named later or cash The Red Sox are flush with rotation depth in the majors and Triple-A, and that left Roenis Elias on the outside looking in for pretty much his entire stint in the organization. That stint came to an end Monday afternoon as Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox made a move to send the left-handed pitcher to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The #RedSox today traded LHP Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations....
Apr 23, 2018
The Red Sox are in a weird position with their catching situation

The Red Sox are in a weird position with their catching situation

Some think Boston should trade a catcher, but is that even a real option? The Red Sox roster, despite faltering a bit to end last week’s west-coast road trip, is running like a machine through the early parts of the 2018 season. The rotation, which just recently got to full health (at least in terms of their best five starters), has been lights out with quality starts on a seemingly daily basis. The bullpen hasn’t been needed in big spots a ton, but overall pretty much everyone is doing their job when called upon. The lineup has had its quiet moments here and there but for the most part...
Apr 23, 2018
Offering an apology to Mitch Moreland

Offering an apology to Mitch Moreland

He’s been much better than I expected, and looks like he’ll continue to be. It was not the weekend we were really expecting or hoping for in Oakland, as the red-hot Red Sox lineup was shut down for a couple days in a row and the team dropped their first series in a row. Despite some jokes on the website known as twitter dot com, I don’t think there is anyone out there that is seriously suggesting that this is much beyond a blip on the radar for these hitters. There are good hitters in this lineup who have been standing out more often than not, most notably including Mookie Betts,...
Apr 23, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Pawtucket’s lineup goes off

Red Sox Minor Lines: Pawtucket’s lineup goes off

And Cole Brannen is struggling Pawtucket W 10-9 (F/11) Rusney Castillo, RF: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K Sam Travis, 1B: 0-5, 2 K Jeremy Barfield, DH: 0-5, 4 K Ivan De Jesus, SS: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 K Mike Ohlman, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB Aneury Tavarez, CF: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI 2 K William Cuevas: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (90 pitches) Ty Buttrey: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (32 pitches) It was an exciting walkoff victory for Pawtucket on Sunday with most of the damage coming from the bottom of the lineup. Ohlman was the big standout here, and if you’ll recall he was...
Apr 23, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Sean Manaea, Tzu-Wei Lin

Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Sean Manaea, Tzu-Wei Lin

The world is not ending because the Red Sox lost two games. Also, Rafael Devers talks parenthood, Sean Manaea could have been a Red Sox and Tzu-Wei Lin flashes the leather. Welcome to Monday links. Some technical difficulties on my end this weekend means there’s no introductory topic this morning, but here are your links as usual. I’ll be back to full strength tomorrow. Rafael Devers is playing excellent baseball this season and is coming into his own. But he’s more than just a baseball player, as he is a parent as well. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) After crushing every offering...
Apr 22, 2018
Red Sox 1, Athletics 4: Red Sox lose game and series in frustrating fashion

Red Sox 1, Athletics 4: Red Sox lose game and series in frustrating fashion

Bad hitting and weird managing cost them. The Red Sox have lost their first series of the year and have lost consecutive games for the first time in 2018. This was a frustrating loss, and in many ways a more frustrating loss than Saturday’s no-hitter. The offense was completely shut down by Daniel Mengden, who deserves a lot of credit for his work but also seemed more hittable than the box score would indicate. J.D. Martinez in particular was disappointing as the slugger went 0-4 with three strikeouts. David Price was phenomenal on the mound and you have to feel good about him after this...
Apr 22, 2018
Red Sox at A’s lineup: Okay, but can they hit this freakin’ guy?

Red Sox at A’s lineup: Okay, but can they hit this freakin’ guy?

A day after being no-hit by Sean Manaea, the 17-3 Red Sox look to start their third winning streak of the year versus... this dude. The Red Sox (17-3) look to bounce back after being no-hit by Sean Manaea when they finish off a three-game series and West Coast road trip against the A’s (10-11) this afternoon in Oakland (4:05, NESN). About today’s game: David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) takes the ball for the second time after his first-inning against the Yankees on April 11. Last time out, Price held the Angels to 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings, striking out 6 and walking 4. He’ll be...
Apr 22, 2018
How will the Red Sox make room for Xander Bogaerts?

How will the Red Sox make room for Xander Bogaerts?

It’s going to be an interesting decision All things considered, Saturday is not going to be a day in Red Sox history on which we look back fondly. They headed into the day as the game’s best and scariest offense, but they were of course eventually shut down and no-hit by Oakland’s Sean Manaea. Don’t worry, this is not me saying there is anything to worry about after this game. They got beat by a pitcher who was on his A-Game. It happens. It’s just that this turn of events took away from what was a generally happy pre-game atmosphere. The Red Sox got some good news earlier in the...
Apr 22, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks dominates in Pawtucket

Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks dominates in Pawtucket

But the Red Sox lose three of four on Saturday Pawtucket W 6-0 Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB Ramon Flores, LF: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K Sam Travis, DH: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI Dan Butler, C: 1-1, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 R Jalen Beeks: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K (98 pitches) Bobby Poyner, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches) Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (11 pitches) Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (21 pitches) Holy moly, the PawSox pitchers were feelin’ it on Friday. An incredible outing for Beeks against Ronald Acuña and the Gwinnett Striper as the...
Apr 22, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart, John Farrell

Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart, John Farrell

Today’s links look at the Red Sox’ plate approach, some injury updates and Hector Velazquez’ redemption. Brian MacPherson has a look at Boston’s new aggressive approach and just how much it’s paying off already. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) The Red Sox are getting some reinforcements later in the week with Xander Bogaerts set to return on Friday. (Hayden Bird; Boston.com) Here are some updates on a couple other injured Red Sox players. (Do-Hyoung Park; RedSox.com) Blake Swihart hasn’t gotten a chance to make an impact this year, but he’s patiently waiting for the...