3:34 AM EDT, Sun August 19, 2018
5 hours ago
Red Sox 5, Rays 2: David Price is good

Red Sox 5, Rays 2: David Price is good

He’s good, folks. David Price is good at this whole pitching thing, everyone. He’s obviously had his shaky moments with the Red Sox, but the lefty is on some kind of run right now and that continued into Saturday. It seems he is taking to heart that he simply isn’t the pitcher he once was, and he’s more comfortable than ever going to his secondaries rather than just trying to pound his fastball around the edges of the zone. The results have been fantastic, and he just gave up one big home run in this game but otherwise shutting down his former team. That performance was more than...
8 hours ago
Game 124 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Rays

Game 124 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Rays

The Red Sox got some bad news today when they had to put Chris Sale back on the disabled list. No one game will help us totally get over that but a win certainly wouldn’t hurt. Let’s do that. Go Sox!
10 hours ago
Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: The new David Price versus his oldest team

Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: The new David Price versus his oldest team

Also his youngest team, if you think about it. The Red Sox (87-36) face down the Rays (62-60) behind Tampa Bay legend David Price (12-6, 3.75 ERA) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN). I’m still fighting through the dog days malaise and will be up to speed by Monday. Otherwise: LINEUPS
12 hours ago
Chris Sale Returns to Disabled List

Chris Sale Returns to Disabled List

Decidedly less than ideal, in my opinion. Well, this isn’t fun. Chris Sale, undisputed ace of the Red Sox, and front-runner of the American League Cy Young discussion, has returned to the Disabled List with the same injury that put him on it earlier this month. The dreaded left shoulder inflammation. The #RedSox today placed LHP Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, retroactive to Wednesday, August 15. To fill Sale’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled RHP Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 18,...
19 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: Darwinzon Hernandez shines for Salem

Red Sox Minor Lines: Darwinzon Hernandez shines for Salem

The lefty has a big return from the DL. Pawtucket W 5-3 Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K Tony Renda, LF: 1-5, 2 K Rusney Castillo, CF: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB Brandon Phillips, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K Sam Travis, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K Jantzen Witte, 1B: 2-4, 1 R Cole Sturgeon, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K Robby Scott: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (32 pitches) Travis Lakins: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches) The Red Sox don’t have a lot of top prospects on the cusp of making the majors. Mike Shawaryn, Josh Ockimey, Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec should...
20 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Brian Johnson, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr.

Daily Red Sox Links: Brian Johnson, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Red Sox have been great against just about everyone this season, but their pure domination of the American League East has put them on track for being one of the greatest regular season teams of all time. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) In the latest win over an AL East opponent, Brian Johnson played a role. Alex Cora certainly won’t undersell the lefty’s role on the team. (Bill Koch; Providence Journal) Evan Drellich takes a look at how the Red Sox could shape their postseason pitching staff. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports Boston) Some are wondering if Rafael Devers’ hamstring issues are...
Aug 17, 2018
Red Sox 7, Rays 3: Xander’s big night leads the Sox to victory

Red Sox 7, Rays 3: Xander’s big night leads the Sox to victory

And the bullpen had a good showing as well. The Red Sox got back to their winning ways thanks to a well-rounded performance Friday night. At first it appeared it could potentially be a long night as Brian Johnson did not look good in the opening frame. He recovered in a big way and the Red Sox offense continually chipped away and eventually opened up their four-run lead. There were a lot of contributions to the effort in this one, but Xander Bogaerts clearly deserves the loudest shoutout after his 3-4 with two doubles and a triple. Also deserving of a shoutout is the bullpen, who first...
Aug 17, 2018
Game 123 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Rays

Game 123 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Rays

The Red Sox are back at Fenway and are looking to avoid a second straight loss. They have been very good at doing that all year, so let’s keep that up. Also, Ian Kinsler is back, which is neat. Go Sox!
Aug 17, 2018
Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: Ian Kinsler’s back, Blake Swihart’s catching

Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: Ian Kinsler’s back, Blake Swihart’s catching

Brian Johnson is on the hill The Sox are playing tonight but I simply don’t have it today, lineups-wise. It’s Brian Johnson vs. Ryne Stanek tonight as the Sox face the Rays at Fenway at 7:05 p.m. (NESN), and here are the lineups:
Aug 17, 2018
Red Sox activate Ian Kinsler, place Rafael Devers on 10-day disabled list

Red Sox activate Ian Kinsler, place Rafael Devers on 10-day disabled list

Part expected, part surprise It was a good news/bad news type of day at Fenway on Friday. As expected, they activated Ian Kinsler off the disabled list. This was obviously good news, as he was acquired to be their everyday second baseman but hasn’t been able to fill that role due to injury. He went down with a hamstring injury during the second game of the Yankees series, but will be back in action at Fenway Friday night. The expectation was that a pitcher — likely Hector Velazquez — would be optioned to make room for the second baseman since the team has been playing with a short...
Aug 17, 2018
Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Worcester

Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Worcester

It’s official. The drama involving the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate has been hanging over the organization for what seems like forever, but it has come to an end. After plenty of rumors in recent days, the Pawtucket Red Sox ownership group officially announced on Friday that the team will be moving from its longtime Rhode Island home. In 2021, the PawSox will be moving north to Worcester. Here is the official announcement of @PawSox moving to the city of Worcester - anticipated completion date of March 2021 which will include a new ballpark, two hotels and restaurants in Kelly Square...
Aug 17, 2018
FanPost Friday - Playoff Roster Implications

FanPost Friday - Playoff Roster Implications

The deadline for playoff roster eligibility is in two weeks! That’s not a lot of time to decide what players should be eligible. The Red Sox are 86-36, and an astounding 10.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees for a potential third straight division title. The Yankees themselves are 5.5 games ahead of the Mariners for a wild card slot. This means the Red Sox are 16 games up on the Mariners. With 40 games left to play, and the Red Sox being incredible, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Red Sox are making the playoffs. Bold, I know. With that said, however, there are a few...
Aug 17, 2018
Series Preview: Red Sox vs. Rays

Series Preview: Red Sox vs. Rays

A look ahead to the three-game set against the Rays. SB Nation Blog DRay’s Bay The Opponent in one sentence The Rays played themselves out of contention fairly early in the year, but they have quietly put together a solid season despite that and certainly do not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the bottom-feeders in the American League. Record 62-59 Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 9, Rays 4 Trend Up. The Rays have been playing very well of late, and the Red Sox have to be pretty pleased with it. Tampa is coming off a series victory in New York against the Yankees, and won their...
Aug 17, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Denyi Reyes and Enmanuel De Jesus put up big nights on the mound

Red Sox Minor Lines: Denyi Reyes and Enmanuel De Jesus put up big nights on the mound

Strong pitching in the lower levels. Pawtucket W 8-2 Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 0-5, 2 K Tony Renda, DH: 1-5, 1 R, 3 K Rusney Castillo, CF: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K Brandon Phillips, 3B: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI Sam Travis, LF: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E Ivan De Jesus, 2B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 K Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (12 pitches) Brandon Phillips has been turning it on after taking a bit to shake the rust off in the minors. This was his third game with at least three hits in the month of August, and since July 28 he’s seen his batting average rise...
Aug 17, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Sandy Leon

Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Sandy Leon

I never tire of talking about the soon to be 2018 Cy Young Award winner. Plus Betts is helping adjust what we see from leadoff hitters and Leon is more valuable than you realize. After Thursday’s off day, let’s get right to the links and then back to Red Sox baseball later tonight when they face the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Sale didn’t need to improve but he did any way. (Zach Kram; The Ringer) Mookie Betts is at the forefront of the changing leadoff hitter movement. (Craig Edwards; FanGraphs) Sandy Leon was a key part of Tuesday’s win over the Phillies. He’s been a part of plenty...