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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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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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John Tomase
March 19, 2018 - 11:07 am
Remember Eduardo Rodriguez's pitch-tipping problems? Alex Cora is here to declare them a thing of the past. The new Red Sox manager is well aware of the issues Rodriguez had tipping his fastball in both 2015 and 2016, depending on the position of his glove as he came set. "It got to a point a few...
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John Tomase
March 18, 2018 - 2:02 pm
Drew Pomeranz is in familiar territory. A year ago, Pomeranz opened the season the DL, missed one start, and then produced the best numbers of his career, going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 32 starts. This year, Pomeranz has been slowed by a mild flexor strain in his left elbow, which caused him to...
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John Tomase
March 18, 2018 - 1:48 pm
Craig Kimbrel planned to rejoin the Red Sox in Fort Myers on Sunday after his newborn daughter's condition improved following heart surgery. Kimbrel left the team nearly three weeks ago to attend to his daughter, Lydia Joy, who was born in November with a heart defect that required surgery at...
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John Tomase
March 17, 2018 - 5:19 pm
Sam Travis struggled to hit for anything resembling power last year. On Saturday, he continued making tremendous strides in that regard. Travis blasted a three-run homer over the 44-foot Green Monster in JetBlue Park, leading the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Rays. A year after hitting only six...
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Steven Wright (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
John Tomase
March 17, 2018 - 4:56 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Steven Wright isn't ruling out making the opening day roster. The Red Sox knuckleballer threw three innings of live batting practice on Saturday and felt so good that he's aiming big. "If I keep progressing the way I have been, there's definitely a good chance that I'm going to...
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Rick Porcello
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John Tomase
March 16, 2018 - 9:29 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With so much focus on the raggedy back of the Red Sox rotation, it's easy to lose sight of the pitcher who could make or break the team's chances. Right-hander Rick Porcello is two years removed from a Cy Young Award and one year removed from the opposite of a Cy Young Award. He...
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