Fans are talking about the possibility, so why not the players.

Appearing on the Bradfo Show podcast, Cubs catcher David Ross isn’t hesitant to admit that the idea of meeting his former club, the Red Sox, in the World Series has been the topic of conversation among at least a portion of the Wrigley Field home clubhouse.

David Ross (WEEI.com)

David Ross (WEEI.com)

Fans are talking about the possibility, so why not the players.

Appearing on the Bradfo Show podcast, Cubs catcher David Ross isn’t hesitant to admit that the idea of meeting his former club, the Red Sox, in the World Series has been the topic of conversation among at least a portion of the Wrigley Field home clubhouse.

“This season has been a dream come true for me in so many ways, but to end it playing the Red Sox, that would be the storybook,” Ross said. “I love all those guys. I’m rooting those guys on all the time. I’m in constant contact with a bunch of those guys, coaches included. I miss those guys. I’m always pulling for them. Getting me and David in the World Series would be pretty neat.

“For sure, because we’re always following it. We have such a connection with the city and the organization, that comes up all the time. We’re talking about David and what he’s doing and what is going on there and all the success that’s happening in Boston. Heck yeah, we’ve talked about it. I think the storybook is the Red Sox and Cubs. Two of the oldest franchises in the game. The two best stadiums, in my opinion, in all of baseball. We think about it all the time. If that’s the goal there wouldn’t be a better place to be than Boston and Chicago.”

Heading into Tuesday, the Red Sox and Cubs owned the best records in their respective leagues, with Chicago having already clinched the National League’s best record with a 100-56 mark. The Red Sox are 1/2-game up on Texas for the top mark in the American League at 92-64.

The Cubs, of course, are littered with players, coaches and members of the front office who are tied to the Red Sox organization, with Ross joining fellow Cubs Jon Lester, John Lackey, Anthony Rizzo, Tim Federowicz, Eric Hinske, Darnell McDonald among those who had previously worn a Red Sox uniform but now call Chicago home.

Speaking of Lester, Ross had high praise for the Cubs’ lefty.

Lester has totaled a 19-4 record and 2.28 ERA this season, with the Cubs going 24-7 in his starts. In his last eight starts, he has a 0.64 ERA, allowing just four runs in 56 1/3 innings.

“I would say he’s at that spot where he was rolling in Boston,” the catcher said. “He was rolling before we went into the playoffs in ’13 and kept on rolling and dominated just about every outing when he toed the rubber. That’s where he’s at right now. He’s very, very good. He’s got more pitches. He can do more with the baseball, so he’s a more complete pitcher. I would say he dominates the game the same way. I would say he’s better than he was there as far as the complete pitcher goes.”

Among some of the other topics discussed by Ross on the podcast are his retirement tour this season, and the unique tribute given by Cubs manager Joe Maddon Sunday night.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
David Price

David Price

With their magic number to clinch the AL East at one, the Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to open a three-game series. David Price will take the ball for Boston, while the Yankees will counter with rookie Luis Cessa.

Price is 17-8 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP in 33 starts. In his last start on Thursday, the southpaw threw seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Orioles.

“This is the time of year you want your team to get on a roll in the way we have,” Price said (via MLB.com). “That’s what we’ve done and just continued to bring the same attitude to the field every day.”

Price is 14-9 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.344 WHIP in 35 career games (34 starts) against the Yankees. In four starts this year against New York he is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.714 WHIP. Price last saw the Yankees on Sept. 17. He went six innings, allowing five runs, nine hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 6-5 Sox win.

Luis Cessa

Luis Cessa

Cessa is 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.142 WHIP in 15 games (seven starts). The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A in early August and made his first career start on Aug. 20. In his last start on Thursday he threw six innings, allowing two runs, six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to the Rays. One of the two runs that Cessa surrendered was a solo home run in the sixth inning. In 58 2/3 innings of work, he has given up 15 home runs.

“He gave up two runs in six innings; most of those games, we’re going to win,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said (via MLB.com). “I thought he pitched a really good game tonight. The first run, it was questionable if that should have scored. He was not the problem. We didn’t score any runs; that was the problem.”

Against the Sox, Cessa is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.857 WHIP in two games (one start). The 24-year-old native of Mexico last saw Boston on Sept. 16. In that start, he went five innings, allowing three runs, six hits and no walks with one strikeout in a 7-4 Sox win.

Red Sox vs. Cessa (RHP)

Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-4.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-3.

David Ortiz is 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.

Travis Shaw is 1-for-3 with 1 double.

Mookie Betts is 1-for-2.

Sandy Leon is 0-for-2.

Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-2 with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.

Chris Young is 0-for-2.

Aaron Hill is 0-for-1.

Yankees vs. Price (LHP)

Jacoby Ellsbury (78 plate appearances): .342 AVG./.385 OBP/.521 SLG, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts

Mark Teixeira (77): .214/.286/.386, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts

Brett Gardner (51): .220/.327/.268, 1 triple, 4 RBIs, 7 walks, 8 strikeouts

Chase Headley (31): .367/.387/.500, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Brian McCann (30): .345/.367/.655, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Aaron Hicks (21): .278/.381/.389, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts

Didi Gregorius (20): .444/.474/.556, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Billy Butler (19): .250/.316/.250, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Austin Romine (13): .364/.417/.545, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Starlin Castro (12): .455/.500/.636, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Rob Refsnyder is 0-for-6 with 4 strikeouts.

Eric Young is 2-for-4.

Gary Sanchez is 1-for-3 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 1 strikeout.

Donovan Solano is 1-for-3 with 1 home run, 3 RBIs and 2 strikeouts.

Ronald Torreyes is 1-for-3.

Blog Author: 
John Hand
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The Red Sox had a good night Monday.

Even though the Sox were enjoying their last off day of the regular season, they came away in a better spot than when John Farrell’s team left St. Petersburg, Fla. As the Red Sox head into their three-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx Tuesday, their magic number now stands at one.

The Red Sox had a good night Monday.

Even though the Sox were enjoying their last off day of the regular season, they came away in a better spot than when John Farrell’s team left St. Petersburg, Fla. As the Red Sox head into their three-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx Tuesday, their magic number now stands at one.

The Red Sox can clinch the American League East with either a win over New York Tuesday, or a Blue Jays loss against the Orioles. That was made possible because of Toronto’s 7-5 loss to the Yankees Monday night.

The matchup between Toronto and New York included two bench-clearing incidents.

Another positive development for the Red Sox was the loss by the Rangers to to Milwaukee, putting the Sox in lone possession of the best record in the American League by 1/2 game, with Texas possessing one more loss.

The Indians did gain a 1/2 game on the Red Sox with their 7-4 win over Detroit and now reside one game behind Boston.

In the Wild Card race, the Blue Jays still possess the top spot, with the Orioles holding onto the other postseason berth. The Tigers are two games in back of Baltimore.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.

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Sunday was a tragic day in the world of baseball as Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning in Miami. Before the Rays-Red Sox game there was a tribute to Fernandez on the video board where Ortiz was seen getting emotional.

Sunday was a tragic day in the world of baseball as Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning in Miami. Before the Rays-Red Sox game there was a tribute to Fernandez on the video board where Ortiz was seen getting emotional.

On Monday, appearing on Dale & Holley, Ortiz offered how he will remember Fernandez and also explained how difficult Sunday was for him.

“That hit home for me big time,” Ortiz said. “I knew Jose a little bit. Great kid. Unbelievable person. Face of the game, definitely. He had so many years in front of him to do things — special things. Then this tragedy happened. All I could think about yesterday was him and his family. He’s got a baby on the way. His mom, his grandmother. The story behind being from Cuba. Yesterday during the game I couldn’t stop think about that. It’s something that we’re all feeling, especially when a good guy goes down like that. I come back to his family and all his friends around the world, Major League Baseball. I was super sad.

“I started thinking about it and I remember during the All-Star game he came up to me and was like ‘Hey, Papi.’ He was a very happy guy. ‘I’m going to have one jersey at my house and it’s yours. Your my favorite player.’ We started talking: ‘Hey, if I face you in this game, I am going to throw you my best fastball. Let’s see if you can hit it.’ We joked about it and talked about things. Very happy. Very humble kid. Sweet guy. In Miami, I talked to my fiends down there and everyone down in Miami is in absolute shock with his situation. It was hard, man. You know how they had the ceremony for me for the retirement, they asked me and I was like, ‘Man, it’s all about Jose today.’

“… It wasn’t a good day. It wasn’t a good day. By the time we were having the ceremony for Jose and when they were showing the stuff about him on the screen, I couldn’t help it. It was so sad. It was something — man, it hit me.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable