red sox http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/1/www.weei.com/weei.com/weei.com/redsox en Seventy-one pages that helped define Dave Dombrowski http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/09/01/seventy-one-pages-helped-define-dave-dombrows <!--paging_filter--><p><img alt="Dave Dombrowski penned the beginning of his baseball journey in a 71-page theses almost 37 years ago.</p> <div class="columnist_subtitle_bottom"> <div class="social-option"> <script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script> <div class="fb-share-button" data-href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/09/01/seventy-one-pages-helped-define-dave-dombrows" data-width="50" data-type="button_count"></div> </div> <div id="twitter-button" class="social-option"> <a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-count="horizontal" data-via="weei">Tweet</a> </div> <div id="plus-one" class="social-option"><g:plusone size="medium"></g:plusone></div> <div id="email" class="social-option"> <a href="mailto:"><img src="/sites/all/themes/weei/images/social/mail.png" />&nbsp;Email</a> </div> <div class="social-option bubble left"> <a href="#comments"><fb:comments-count href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/09/01/seventy-one-pages-helped-define-dave-dombrows" /></a> </div> </div> <div class="columnist_newsletter_block"> <iframe width="100%" scrolling="no" height="220" frameborder="0" src="/sites/all/modules/bullpen/bullpen_navigation/templates/tabs/daily-mash-large.php"></iframe> </div> <div id="related_container"> <div id="related_main"> <h3>You might also like...</h3> <div class="OUTBRAIN outbrain-MB_1" data-src="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/09/01/seventy-one-pages-helped-define-dave-dombrows" data-widget-id="MB_1" data-ob-template="entercom" ></div> <div class="clb"></div> </div> </div> <style> .node .outbrain-FT_1{ position:absolute; } #related_main .MB_1 .strip-img {width:100%;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_container_recs .item-container {width:138px;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_container_recs .item-container.ob-recIdx-3 {padding-right:0;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_what {padding-top:25px;} #outbrain_widget_0 { clear: both; padding-top: 0 !important; } </style> <div class="OUTBRAIN outbrain-FT_1" data-src="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/09/01/seventy-one-pages-helped-define-dave-dombrows" data-widget-id="FT_1" data-ob-template="entercom" ></div> <p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/09/01/seventy-one-pages-helped-define-dave-dombrows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> red sox Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:11:09 +0000 Rob Bradford 1490166 at http://www.weei.com Craig among four promoted by Red Sox http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211490151/craig-among-those-promoted-red-sox <!--paging_filter--> <p>With the roster expanding for the final month of the regular season, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> will add four players to their clubhouse prior to Tuesday&#8217;s game against <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm" class="r_lapi">the Yankees</a> at <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm" clas</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211490151/craig-among-those-promoted-red-sox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> red sox Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:35:25 +0000 Rob Bradford 1490151 at http://www.weei.com Allen Craig among those promoted by Red Sox http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/allen-craig-among-those-promoted-red-sox <!--paging_filter--><p><div id="attachment_90920" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Craig_Allen-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Allen Craig" width="150" height="204" class="size-full wp-image-90920" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Allen Craig</p></div>With the roster expanding for the final month of the regular season, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> will add four players to their clubhouse prior to Tuesday&#8217;s game against <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm" class="r_lapi">the Yankees</a> at <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/fenway-park.htm" class="r_lapi">Fenway Park</a>.</p> <p>Included in the group who will promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket are first baseman Allen Craig, pitchers Ryan Cook and Noe Ramirez, and catcher Sandy Leon.</p> <p>For Craig, it will be his first trip back to the major leagues since he played in a May 9 loss to Toronto. In 24 games with the Red Sox, the 31-year-old hit just .135 with a .430 OPS.</p> <p>While with Triple-A Pawtucket, Craig was hitting .274 with a .718 OPS. He managed four home runs and 14 doubles in 93 games.</p> <p>Both Ramirez and Cook figure to get semi-regular action of the Red Sox bullpen, with interim manager Torey Lovullo suggesting before Monday night&#8217;s win over the Yankees that any player called up would be relied on to contribute for the final month.</p> <p>Leon returns the Red Sox after playing in 26 games with the PawSox, having been sent down to Triple-A after clearing waivers. The backstop had been designated for assignment by the Sox on July 20.</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:34:07 +0000 1490156 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox deal De Aza to Giants for lefty pitcher http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211490096/red-sox-deal-de-aza-giants-lefty-pitcher <!--paging_filter--> <p>Alejandro De Aza will have his shot at playing in the postseason.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211490096/red-sox-deal-de-aza-giants-lefty-pitcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> red sox Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:22:06 +0000 Rob Bradford 1490096 at http://www.weei.com Red Sox trade Alejandro De Aza to Giants for lefty pitcher Luis Ysla http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/red-sox-trade-alejandro-de-aza-giants-lefty-pitcher-luis-ysla <!--paging_filter--><p><div id="attachment_96870" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/De-Aza_Alejandro-Red-Sox-head-15.jpg" alt="Alejandro De Aza" width="150" height="218" class="size-full wp-image-96870" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Alejandro De Aza</p></div>Alejandro De Aza will have his shot at playing in the postseason.</p> <p>The <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> and <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/san-francisco-giants.htm" class="r_lapi">Giants</a> narrowly beat Monday night&#8217;s midnight waiver trade deadline, with the Sox dealing De Aza, along with cash considerations, to San Francisco for minor league lefty pitcher Luis Ysla.</p> <p>The Red Sox will pay the Giants $650,000 in the deal, with De Aza owed $930,000 the rest of the season. When the Sox dealt for the outfielder from the Orioles June 4, however, they only took on $1 million of De Aza&#8217;s $5 million for the 2015 season, meaning San Francisco&#8217;s financial commitment in acquiring the 31-year-old is virtually nothing.</p> <p>The Giants are 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/national-league.htm" class="r_lapi">National League</a> West, and five games out of the final wild card spot.</p> <p>De Aza, who is eligible for free agency after this season, proved a valuable player for the Red Sox. The lefty hitter finished his stint with the Sox hitting .292 with an .831 OPS in 60 games.</p> <p>In return the Red Sox are getting an intriguing prospect.</p> <p>The numbers for the 23-year-old Ysla while playing for San Jose of the California League (Single A) haven&#8217;t been encouraging, with the southpaw totaling a 6.33 in 33 outings (9 starts). He has, however, struck out 95 batters in 79 1/3 innings, walking 41.</p> <p>Ysla finished 2014 as the Giants&#8217; 21st-ranked prospect, having turned 6-7 mark with a 2.45 ERA in 23 starts for Single-A Augusta in the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/south-atlantic-league.htm" class="r_lapi">South Atlantic League</a>. That season he also managed an impressive strikeout rate, fanning 115 in 121 1/3 innings.</p> <p>The Venezuela native was identified by Baseball America as having the SAL&#8217;s best changeup after his &#8217;14 campaign. 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The station and the Red Sox have been under fire since news broke that Orsillo wouldn&#8217;t return to the broadcast booth for a 16th season next year. He&#8217;ll instead by replaced by WEEI&#8217;s lauded play-by-play man Dave O&#8217;Brien.</p> <p>A petition calling for Orsillo&#8217;s reinstatement has garnered over 50,000 signatures.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:01:59 +0000 1490021 at http://www.weei.com Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/jackie-bradley-jr-player-game-interview-8-31-15-0 <!--paging_filter-->Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.<br/><br/><b>[0:00:01]</b> ... This when they could have gotten away so many times in the <b>Red</b> <b>Sox</b> made it big plays with a double plays when they have to and then of course the last stop but that. Tell us about the ball. I'm with a <b>bases</b> <b>loaded</b> in the fourth inning that else Berry hit the double play that resulted. Yeah he hit the ball really well. Not kind ... <br/><b>[0:01:12]</b> ... the outfield much ground you can call birdies they put Jackie in <b>left</b> <b>field</b> this. There's almost a waste of what he can do within nights like tonight you realize what a powerful hormone felt there ... <br/><b>[0:02:14]</b> ... of perseverance and it's easily grinding and working hard. Now when the <b>ground</b> <b>ball</b> was hit the first with bird did you think he was gonna come home when you were on third bomb. No I ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Pre/Post Game red sox Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:25:00 +0000 1489896 at http://www.weei.com Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/jackie-bradley-jr-player-game-interview-8-31-15 <!--paging_filter-->Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.<br/><br/><b>[0:00:00]</b> ... congratulations history when they could've gotten away so many times in the <b>Red</b> <b>Sox</b> made the big plays with a double plays when they have to and then of course the last stop but that. Tell us about the ball. I'm with the <b>bases</b> <b>loaded</b> in the fourth inning that else Berry hit the double play that resulted. Yeah he hit the ball really well. Not Donovan ... <br/><b>[0:01:12]</b> ... outfield how much ground you can call birdies they put Jackie in <b>left</b> <b>field</b> this. There's almost a waste of what he can do within nights like tonight you realize what a powerful almost felt there ... <br/><b>[0:02:14]</b> ... of perseverance and it's usually grinding and working hard. Now when the <b>ground</b> <b>ball</b> was hit the first with Bert did you think he was gonna come home when you were on third mum. No I ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio red sox Other Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:12:00 +0000 1489891 at http://www.weei.com Closing Time: David Ortiz hits career home run No. 495, Mookie Betts also goes deep to lift Red Sox past Yankees http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/closing-time-david-ortiz-hits-career-home-run-no-495-mookie-betts-also-go <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_99324" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Bradley-Jackie-Red-Sox-08.31.15.jpg" data-id="99324"><img class="size-medium wp-image-99324" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Bradley-Jackie-Red-Sox-08.31.15-400x222.jpg" alt="Jackie Bradley (right) celebrates with interim manager Torey Lovullo after scoring Monday. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)" width="400" height="222" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jackie Bradley (right) celebrates with interim manager Torey Lovullo after scoring Monday. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>With the season over from a standings perspective, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> are left with three reasons to play out the schedule &#8216;€“ seeing how young players develop, determining who should be here in 2016, and watching <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/david-ortiz.htm" class="r_lapi">David Ortiz</a>&#8216;s chase for 500 home runs.</p> <p>Monday night&#8217;s 4-3 victory over <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm" class="r_lapi">the Yankees</a> hit on all three categories.</p> <p>Youngsters Mookie Betts (2-run homer), Jackie Bradley (3 hits, runner thrown out at plate), and even starter Eduardo Rodriguez (5-plus 2-run innings despite subpar command) gave the Red Sox something to feel good about for the present and future. Beleaguered reliever Junichi Tazawa started a beautiful 1-6-3 double play to end the eighth. And Ortiz blasted career homer No. 495.</p> <p>Add it all together, and not a bad night for a team going nowhere.</p> <p>Let&#8217;s actually start with Ortiz. Forget about 500. At this rate, three years from now we&#8217;re going to be talking about homer No. 600.</p> <p>Continuing a second-half surge that has restored his place among the most feared sluggers in the game, Ortiz&#8217;s solo homer to left proved the winner and left him just five long balls shy of becoming the 27th player in history to reach 500. His 29th homer of 2015 also left him one shy of his ninth 30-homer season, which would break a tie with <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/ted-williams.htm" class="r_lapi">Ted Williams</a> for most in Red Sox history.</p> <p>Ortiz&#8217;s homer made a winner of Rodriguez, who was lifted after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth. He allowed seven hits and three walks in his five innings, but he continually managed to avoid massive innings.</p> <p>It helps that he erased one run at the plate on a comebacker, and that Bradley cut down another with yet another tremendous throw, this time from left field on a would-be sacrifice fly to erase Greg Bird at home.</p> <p>The Yankees struck quickly in the first, with <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/jacoby-ellsbury.htm" class="r_lapi">Jacoby Ellsbury</a> reaching on catcher&#8217;s interference and <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chris-young.htm" class="r_lapi">Chris Young</a> getting aboard on a Pablo Sandoval error. An <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/alex-rodriguez.htm" class="r_lapi">Alex Rodriguez</a> single and <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/carlos-beltran.htm" class="r_lapi">Carlos Beltran</a> single had the Yankees positioned for a big inning, but Rodriguez limited the damage to one run by popping out <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/brian-mccann.htm" class="r_lapi">Brian McCann</a> and striking out Chase Headley.</p> <p>The Red Sox took the lead in the third on Betts&#8217; two-run homer into the Monster seats, scoring Bradley, but the Yankees answered right back in the top of the fourth with a run of their own. It could&#8217;ve been worse, since the Yankees opened the frame with a walk and three straight singles, but Rodriguez and Bradley erased runs at the plate.</p> <p>That set the stage for Ortiz, who went the other way and just snuck a home run into the first row of Monster seats. Within seconds, someone had flipped the nearby flags marking his career homers from No. 494 to 495, and it was officially a good night at Fenway.</p> <p>That didn&#8217;t mean it ended cleanly. Closer Jean Machi walked in a run in the ninth before striking out Greg Bird and getting Didi Gregorius to fly to the fence in right to end it.</p> Blog red sox Other Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:55:02 +0000 1489771 at http://www.weei.com A-Rod on playing 1B: 'Lot more challenging' http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211489321/rod-playing-1b-lot-more-challenging <!--paging_filter--> <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Rodriguez_Alex-Yankees-head-15.jpg" data-id="91652"></a> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/hanley-ramirez.htm">Hanley Ramirez</a> isn&#8217;t the only former shortstop trying to transition to first base.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211489321/rod-playing-1b-lot-more-challenging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> red sox Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:43:01 +0000 John Tomase 1489321 at http://www.weei.com Video: Red Sox prospect Logan Allen allows 2 runs over 4 innings in Florida Gulf Coast League championship http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/video-red-sox-prospect-logan-allen-allows-2-runs-over-4-innings-florida-g <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Contributor Erin Lashley was at JetBlue Park for Game 1 of the best-of-three Florida <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/gulf-coast-league.htm">Gulf Coast League</a> championship between the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> and Blue Jays with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> taking Game 1, 3-2. <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> 2015 eighth-round pick Logan Allen started the game and went four innings, allowing two runs to pick up a no-decision.<br /> </em></p> <p><em>Below are videos from the start. To read more about Allen, <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2015/08/27/red-sox-minor-league-notebook-how-anderson-espinoza-is-like-pedro-martinez-logan-allens-decision-to-sign/">check out last week&#8217;s Red Sox minor league notebook</a>.</em></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kPofQ0xXV00" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span id="more-99317"></span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MZyWyGgM2oo" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/34-6I3Qlb9M" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:29:49 +0000 1489181 at http://www.weei.com A-Rod on shifting to first base: ‘This is a lot more challenging than people give it credit for’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/rod-shifting-first-base-%E2%80%98-lot-more-challenging-people-give-it-credit-for%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_91652" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Rodriguez_Alex-Yankees-head-15.jpg" data-id="91652"><img class="size-full wp-image-91652" src="http://fullcount.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Rodriguez_Alex-Yankees-head-15.jpg" alt="Alex Rodriguez" width="150" height="224" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/alex-rodriguez.htm" class="r_lapi">Alex Rodriguez</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/hanley-ramirez.htm" class="r_lapi">Hanley Ramirez</a> isn&#8217;t the only former shortstop trying to transition to first base. Across the field in <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/new-york-yankees.htm" class="r_lapi">the Yankees</a> dugout, Alex Rodriguez is doing the same thing, and he wants to make something abundantly clear: it&#8217;s not easy.</p> <p>Rodriguez has played two games at first in his 21-year career and started exactly one &#8216;€“ on April 11 this season against the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> following a marathon 19-inning loss. Rodriguez booted a <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mike-napoli.htm" class="r_lapi">Mike Napoli</a> grounder for an error and looked remarkably uncomfortable for a two-time Gold Glover at short.</p> <p>&#8220;It felt uncomfortable,&#8221; Rodriguez said on Monday before the Sox and Yankees opened a three-game series. &#8220;I thought I was terrible at it. I had one of the ugliest games I&#8217;ve seen. Like I told some of you guys, this is a lot more challenging than people give it credit for.&#8221;</p> <p>Rodriguez is in a different place in his career than Ramirez. He just turned 40, has spent the entire season at designated hitter, and is coming off a 2014 season that he missed to suspension. The risk of injury weighs more heavily on him.</p> <p>&#8220;Honestly, your guess is as good as mine, because I&#8217;ve never had to do this before,&#8221; Rodriguez said when asked about getting hurt. &#8220;I wish I had some experience on it, but I don&#8217;t. My guess is as good as yours.&#8221;</p> <p>Yankees manager <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/joe-girardi.htm" class="r_lapi">Joe Girardi</a>, who has loaned Rodriguez a mitt, said Rodriguez might play first during this series. The Yankees are scrambling to fill the position with starter <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/mark-teixeira.htm" class="r_lapi">Mark Teixeira</a> injured and rookie  Greg Bird inexperienced.</p> <p>Rodriguez doesn&#8217;t want to cost the team a game in a pennant race.</p> <p>&#8220;No question,&#8221; he said. &#8220;The stakes are much higher. The risk-reward &#8216;€¦ spring training is one thing. Even earlier in the season, you take April and May, it can be kind of a more trial-by-error kind of thing. It&#8217;s kind of a different story now.&#8221;</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:04:51 +0000 1489176 at http://www.weei.com Hanley says hasn't been right since hand injury http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211489031/hanley-says-hasnt-been-right-hand-injury <!--paging_filter--> <p>Interim <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> manager Torey Lovullo said he would feel comfortable playing Hanley Ramirez in a game at first base if his health was up to par.</p> <p>Now Ramirez and the Red Sox have to figure out if his body will cooperate.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211489031/hanley-says-hasnt-been-right-hand-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> red sox Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:19:01 +0000 Rob Bradford 1489031 at http://www.weei.com