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Rob Bradford
March 22, 2018 - 12:27 pm
A catcher as a team's primary pinch-running threat? "I'm not the typical catcher, you know that," said Blake Swihart. Fair enough. And that is why the Red Sox are leaning toward using Swihart, who is in line to make the Opening Day roster as the team's third catcher/utilityman, as their best option...
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Rob Bradford
March 21, 2018 - 12:16 pm
The first Sunday of the Red Sox' regular season could offer some added intrigue. Talking to reporters Wednesday morning, Alex Cora suggested there was a chance Eduardo Rodriguez could make his first start of the season in the Sox' series finale against the Rays. Such a move would be well ahead of...
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Rob Bradford
March 21, 2018 - 11:31 am
Decision time is coming. With the Red Sox' opener residing eight days from Wednesday, it's crunch-time for a few select candidates to make the first 25-man roster. In a nutshell, the team needs to figure out who is going to be their utility infielder and final reliever (or two). Here is the latest...
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Rob Bradford
March 20, 2018 - 4:46 pm
There will be plenty of surprises in the coming weeks for the Red Sox. This was not one of them. After the Red Sox' 12-6 win over the Pirates Tuesday, manager Alex Cora announced Chris Sale would be his Opening Day starter. Sale will go up against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. March 29. It will...
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David Price
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John Tomase
March 20, 2018 - 4:40 pm
Forget about the numbers. Let's ask David Price how he feels. The answer should make Red Sox fans optimistic. "I guess today is the 20th," Price said after beating the Pirates. "This is the best I've felt on March 20th in spring training. I want to continue this trend up until my first game. That's...
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J.D. Martinez
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John Tomase
March 20, 2018 - 12:51 pm
J.D. Martinez earned $110 million from the Red Sox for his home run ability. But his clubhouse impact matters, too, and in this area, manager Alex Cora offers rave reviews. Martinez has integrated seamlessly in a fashion perhaps best summarized by the words of 1980s songwriter Terry Cashman: talkin...
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John Tomase
March 20, 2018 - 12:29 pm
With more infielders than spots on the Red Sox roster, something has to give. According to a report, it could be either Brock Holt or Deven Marrero. Per Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal , the Red Sox are shopping the two infielders. Marrero is out of options and would likely be claimed by a...
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Alex Reimer
March 20, 2018 - 11:39 am
David Ortiz played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and says he's never experienced any racism in Boston. In a recent interview on The Big Lead’s “Glass Half Empty” podcast, Ortiz said he thinks Boston is unfairly maligned for its racist reputation. “My career was great in Boston," he said. "I never saw...
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Chris Sale
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John Tomase
March 19, 2018 - 4:43 pm
The home run was sub-optimal, but Chris Sale can live with it. What drives him crazy is when he just gives bases away. On Monday against the Phillies, Sale didn't look like himself. The big blow was a three-run homer off a hanging slider to Aaron Altherr. But Sale found himself far more chafed by...
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Craig Kimbrel
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John Tomase
March 19, 2018 - 12:34 pm
Here's all that matters to Craig Kimbrel: doctors believe his daughter, Lydia, is going to be OK. For the last four and a half months, Kimbrel and his wife, Ashley, have lived every parents' nightmare after their daughter was born with a heart defect that has already required two surgeries, with...
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