It’s a stretch to suggest any Red Sox minor-leaguer is untouchable heading into the offseason. But Michael Kopech might be as close as it comes.

The 20-year-old starred at the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game Saturday, cruising through two innings while retiring three of his six batters on strikeouts. According to MLB.com, Kopech touched 100 mph five times.

It’s a stretch to suggest any Red Sox minor-leaguer is untouchable heading into the offseason. But Michael Kopech might be as close as it comes.

The 20-year-old starred at the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game Saturday, cruising through two innings while retiring three of his six batters on strikeouts. According to MLB.com, Kopech touched 100 mph five times.

“Pitching against the best guys in Minor League Baseball, it’s fun to compete with them and see how your stuff matches up,” Kopech told MLB.com. “I tried to mix in some changeups, mix in some sliders, change eye levels. Most guys try to sit on my fastball, so I tried my other pithes in early to throw them off and keep them off my fastball.”

Kopech leads the AFL with a strikeout rate of 11.6 K’s per nine innings. In four outings for the Suprise Saguaros, the righty has allowed three runs in 14 innings, striking out 18 while walking just one.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

You probably had an idea it was coming.

What’s the logical progression after winning your first world championship in 108 years? Go on Saturday Night Live.

That’s exactly what at least three of the Cubs — Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler — did Saturday night, appearing in two skits. One of the appearances featured the trio with former SNL cast member Bill Murray for a rendition of “Go Cubs Go,” complete with back-up singers.

The other instance the three Cubs appeared was in a sketch portraying them as strippers.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

At this rate, everything in Boston is eventually going to be named for David Ortiz.

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

At this rate, everything in Boston is eventually going to be named for David Ortiz.

According to the Associated Press, Gate No. 34 at Logan Airport will be renamed in Ortiz’s honor by JetBlue. The announcement was made by a JetBlue employee during a party honoring the retired star in the Seaport District on Friday.

‘”You mean I’m going to have my own gate at the airport?” Ortiz said at the party. “You’re [messing] with me, aren’t you?”

Ortiz was named the best hitter in the American League after an historic walk-off season that saw him hit .315 with 38 homers and 127 RBIs.

Ortiz retires after 14 seasons with the Red Sox, who picked up his 2017 option, even though he has made it clear he’s not coming back.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Thanks to David Ross, and the Players’ Tribune, we now know what it’s like to be cheered for by five million people.

Ross wore a GoPro camera during the Cubs world championship celebration Friday, with the video being put on display by the Web site. Here you go …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

There likely hasn’t been a bigger parade to celebrate a world championship in this area than the one celebrating the Red Sox’ 2004 World Series win.

Evidently, in this case, Chicago has topped Boston.

There likely hasn’t been a bigger parade to celebrate a world championship in this area than the one celebrating the Red Sox’ 2004 World Series win.

Evidently, in this case, Chicago has topped Boston.

Cubs president, who experienced the championship parades after guiding the Red Sox to world championships in both 2004 and ’07, weighed in on where they ranked compared to the one he just went through with the Cubs Friday.

Thanks to Duck Boats carrying players on the Charles River, the 2004 parade was certainly one of the most unique celebrations. Chicago’s answer this time around was dye in the river.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Torey Lovullo is finally getting his chance.

According to a major league source, Arizona Diamondbacks have named Lovullo to become their next manager. Lovullo had been the bench coach for the Red Sox since John Farrell was hired prior to the 2013 season.

Torey Lovullo is finally getting his chance.

According to a major league source, Arizona Diamondbacks have named Lovullo to become their next manager. Lovullo had been the bench coach for the Red Sox since John Farrell was hired prior to the 2013 season.

It is the first full-time major league managing job for the 51-year-old, who filled in for Farrell on an interim basis in the final 49 games of the 2015 regular season, going 28-21.

Lovullo has managed in the minor leagues with both the Indians and Red Sox organizations.

He had previously interviewed for major league managing jobs with the Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, Astros, Rangers and Twins.

Arizona sports radio station 98.7 FM was first to report the news.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford