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Mar 23, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Win, Dance, Repeat, Eduardo Rodriguez, David Price

Daily Red Sox Links: Win, Dance, Repeat, Eduardo Rodriguez, David Price

Today’s links look at the outfield’s celebration dance, the team’s analytic department, and an update on minor-league arms. Scott Lauber has a huge feature on the Win, Dance, Repeat dance. (Scott Lauber; ESPN) The Red Sox are known as one of the more analytically-inclined teams in the league, but they’d actually fallen behind in recent years. Now, they’re remaking that department. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) While the big-league team had a day off on Wednesday, Eduardo Rodriguez stayed on schedule in minor-league action. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) What do we make of the...
Mar 22, 2017
World Baseball Classic 2017 Final Open Thread: U.S.A. vs. Puerto Rico

World Baseball Classic 2017 Final Open Thread: U.S.A. vs. Puerto Rico

It all comes down to this. The Red Sox have their only off day of the spring today, but that doesn’t mean we’re without baseball today. Tonight at 9:00 PM ET in Los Angeles, Team U.S.A. will participate in its first ever World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico. While the Puerto Rican team has played in a final before, it is looking for its first title. Here are the lineups. United States Ian Kinsler, 2B Adam Jones, CF Christian Yelich, LF Nolan Arenado, 3B Eric Hosmer, 1B Andrew McCutchen, RF Brandon Crawford, SS Giancarlo Stanton, DH Jonathan Lucroy, C Starting...
Mar 22, 2017
Sandy Leon’s slow spring

Sandy Leon’s slow spring

Sandy Leon hasn’t hit well at all this spring, and that’s fine.. Spring training has been going on for what seems like forever at this point (seriously, can the regular season just start already?), but there haven’t really been any major storylines based on Grapefruit League performance. Sure, there have been guys like Sam Travis and Marco Hernandez who have lit the world on fire, but outside factors are possibly (likely in Travis’ case) going to leave them off the Opening Day roster. Sure, Pablo Sandoval has been encouraging, but it’s not like he’s been notably good or...
Mar 22, 2017
Tyler Thornburg ready to return to game action

Tyler Thornburg ready to return to game action

Tyler Thornburg got some good news on Tuesday, but he’s not out of the woods just yet. It’s flown by, but spring training is getting pretty close to wrapping up. Today is March 22 (for those of you without calendars) which means we have only 12 more days until the Red Sox start their season. That, in turn, means pitchers only have a couple more outings before they are to be expected for Opening Day. So, if anyone isn’t throwing right now, they probably won’t be ready to take on the Pirates on April 3. We’re already seeing it with David Price, who still isn’t ready to throw and...
Mar 22, 2017
WBC 2017 Roundup 3/21: U.S.A advances to the final

WBC 2017 Roundup 3/21: U.S.A advances to the final

It’ll be Team U.S.A. versus Team Puerto Rico on Wednesday to decide it all. United States 2, Japan 1 United States Andrew Miller: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K Eric Hosmer: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K Adam Jones: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 CS Ian Kinsler: 1-4, 1 2B Sam Dyson (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K Japan Ryosuke Kikuchi: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K Nori Aoki: 0-2, 2 BB Seiji Kobayashi: 1-2, 1 K Kodai Senga (L): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K The WBC has almost come to a close, and despite some less than ideal performances Team U.S.A. has hung tight when it counts and is going to be playing in the final. To...
Mar 22, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Abad

Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Abad

Today’s links look at some updates on injured pitchers, the staff’s ability to avoid barrels, and Blake Swihart’s status. David Price still isn’t ready to begin throwing, meaning his target return date of late April is looking more and more unrealistic. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) In brighter news, Drew Pomeranz threw a bullpen on Tuesday and reported that things felt golden. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) The Red Sox pitching staff was successful last season, and a large part of that was avoiding ideal contact on a regular basis. (Chris Teeter; BP Boston) Blake Swihart would like to...
Mar 21, 2017
Red Sox 4, Yankees 2: Chris Sale is pretty good

Red Sox 4, Yankees 2: Chris Sale is pretty good

I think I like watching Chris Sale pitch. The Red Sox travelled to take on the Yankees for an evening game on Tuesday, and we got our first glimpse at the dominant version of Chris Sale. Welcome to the Red Sox, Chris Sale Tuesday evening wasn’t our first glimpse of Sale in a Red Sox uniform, as he had made a few spring starts prior to this one against the Yankees. This was the first time we saw exactly why Dave Dombrowski was willing to deal Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, among others, for the lanky lefty. To say Sale was on his game versus New York’s lineup would be an...
Mar 21, 2017
Red Sox vs. Yankees lineups: The losing team (sort of) has to travel

Red Sox vs. Yankees lineups: The losing team (sort of) has to travel

Chris Sale gets his first start against the Yankees on Tuesday. Every year towards the end of camp, the Red Sox split the team into two and have the two sides complete an obstacle course of sorts. It’s a team-building exercise that the players actually care about because the losing team has to get on the bus to travel for the next game. This year, that game is in Tampa to face the Yankees, and the losing team was headed by Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez. However, neither Pedroia nor Ramirez will be making the trip. Smh. #FireFarrell. Here are the players who are making the...
Mar 21, 2017
Red Sox outfield graces the Sports Illustrated cover

Red Sox outfield graces the Sports Illustrated cover

The Killer B’s are now cover models. Sports Illustrated is releasing their MLB preview issues soon, and on Tuesday they revealed who would be on the cover. This year, they are going with three different covers. One features last year’s National League MVP and World Series champ Kris Bryant. Another features last year’s American League MVP and the best player in baseball Mike Trout. Then, there’s a third that features not just one player but a trio of them. I think we can agree this is the best one. The Killer B's of the @RedSox outfield are featured on one of three covers as part...
Mar 21, 2017
The Monday (or Tuesday) Flyby - Who Were Our Faves?

The Monday (or Tuesday) Flyby - Who Were Our Faves?

The community has spoken, we had three FanPosts, and four staff responses (and one from me, as well). Can we field a full team of OTM non-Sox all-stars? This past week, I experimented with something to mix things up and get more people interested, and I’m hoping next week I’ll see the results. While it isn’t a requirement, and I’d never pretend it was, I’m hoping to get responses from staff members where possible, even if it’s short. My feelings are that by getting the staff involved in interacting, more people will want to share their opinions. The prompt this past weekend was...
Mar 21, 2017
2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Can Jalen Beeks stick as a starter?

2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Can Jalen Beeks stick as a starter?

Jalen Beeks has some talent, but can he prove he’s consistent enough to stick as a starter? We’re back to nail-biters as there are a seemingly infinite number of equally matched Red Sox prospects at this point in the voting. Despite the close vote, we narrowly avoided the tie yet again with Jalen Beeks taking 17 percent of the vote and winning by one vote. Beeks, a southpaw, was taken by the Red Sox back in 2014 with their 12th round pick. The Arkansas University product wasn’t exactly a highly-regarded prospect at the time, but he’s worked his way up the system well since joining...
Mar 21, 2017
WBC 2017 Roundup 3/20: Puerto Rico advances, Xander heads back home

WBC 2017 Roundup 3/20: Puerto Rico advances, Xander heads back home

Puerto Rico wins a thrilling semifinal matchup, partially thanks to dumb rules. Puerto Rico 4, Netherlands 3 Puerto Rico Mike Aviles: 0-1, 1 K Carlos Correa: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB Francisco Lindor: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R T.J. Rivera: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI Edwin Diaz (W): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K Netherlands Xander Bogaerts: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB Wladimir Balentein: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K Andrelton Simmons: 2-5, 1 K, 1 CS Loek Van Mil (L): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K This was the matchup I was most hoping for throughout this whole tournament, as these two infields are just...
Mar 21, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Sam Travis, Tyler Thornburg, Steve Selsky

Daily Red Sox Links: Sam Travis, Tyler Thornburg, Steve Selsky

Sam Travis and Steve Selsky are having great springs and have a chance to make the MLB roster. Meanwhile, pitching injuries are hurting the Sox. If Hanley Ramirez can’t play first base because of a shoulder injury, could that open the door for Sam Travis to earn a roster spot as a platoon partner for Mitch Moreland? (Christopher Smith; MassLive) The Red Sox vaunted starting pitching depth has taken hit after hit. If they need to trade for some help, would the Dodgers make a good partner? (Gabe Burns; Dodgers Nation) It’s not just the rotation that has injury issues. The bullpen is...
Mar 20, 2017
Red Sox 7, Orioles 4: Better late than never

Red Sox 7, Orioles 4: Better late than never

Pablo Sandoval is finally starting to heat up. With spring’s approach blissfully upon us, the Red Sox went boom on the Orioles thanks to some hot hitting from two high-priced Sox, both of whom have had rocky roads to get here. Here comes Pablo Sandoval Two days after hitting two homers, Sandoval was at it again, hitting two doubles to raise his preseason average to .349. While probably it’s a little early to declare him a Comeback Player of the Year candidate, the expectations with Sandoval have hit John Lackey-in-2013 levels, which means anything good will look absolutely great by...
Mar 20, 2017
Red Sox vs. Orioles lineup: It would be cool if our pitchers stopped getting hurt

Red Sox vs. Orioles lineup: It would be cool if our pitchers stopped getting hurt

True story! Yeah so the Red Sox are down to five viable starting pitchers, the fifth of whom — Kyle Kendrick — is set to start today. Our fearless editor says not to panic, but he’s headed out to the Grand Canyon and can’t tell us what to do. Candy for dinner? Candy for dinner. Anyhow, Sam Travis was scratched from today’s lineup after taking a pitch the knee yesterday, meaning the following starting nine for today’s 1:05 p.m. tilt at JetBlue Park (WEEI): Marco Hernandez, 2B Pablo Sandoval, 3B Mookie Betts, RF Hanley Ramirez, DH Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Allen Craig,...