Boston Red Sox: Five takeaways of the week

A couple of interesting notes, observations, and stats that I’ve picked up on over the course of the week for the Boston Red Sox. Let’s get into it. Duel in Chi-Town The final game of the series against the Chicago White Sox featured a battle of two south paws as Red Sox’ ace Jon Lester went up against the lanky Chris Sale. If you’re an old school kind of baseball fan like...
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It’s Fenway And That Ain’t So Bad

I’m not a Red Sox fan, much less a Yankees fan.  Hell, until my Astros finally found their way into the Series, I never even gave a flying weasel about the American League.  However, I am fascinated by historic ballparks.  If the Yankees came to my home bearing free beer, I would call the cops.  But I pined for a chance to go to the House that Ruth Built.  Their new palace...
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Jackie Bradley establishing self in center for Red Sox

getty images Jackie Bradley Jr. is starting to take ownership of the starting role in center field for the Boston Red Sox. The Red So have been moving Grady Sizemore around from left to right field without considering him at center. Manager John Farrell spoke positively of Bradley’s play in center this season. “Jackie has solidified the defense in center field for us,” said...
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Boston Red Sox and the importance of Shane Victorino

It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox’ offense is sputtering right now. For a squad that led the majors in runs a season ago, they currently sit 24th in MLB in runs scored (60) this season and 23rd in the league in team batting average (.236). The good news? Help is on the way. Shane Victorino, who posted a slash of .294/.351/.451 last year with Boston, began his rehab assignment...
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John Lackey Gives Mike Napoli A Head Rub During Saturday’s Red Sox Game (GIF)

Close friendships between teammates have become a defining characteristic of the Boston Red Sox. Team chemistry was even a huge factor in their 2013 World Series run. So maybe John Lackey was just trying to strengthen that chemistry when he took the time to give Mike Napoli a pretty strong head rub in the dugout during the bottom of the third inning in Saturday’s game against...
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David Ross Chalks Up Red Sox-Orioles Altercation As ‘Baseball Stuff’

BOSTON — Red Sox catcher David Ross suffered two concussions last season and missed more than two months. So when a couple of pitches whizzed by his head in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, he understandably was a bit flustered. Orioles starter Bud Norris threw two high-and-tight fastballs as Ross attempted to drop down a sacrifice bunt with...
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Return of the Flyin' Hawaiian: Upcoming Red Sox Roster Moves

Shane Victorino comes back to Boston soon. His rehab assignment has already begun and he’s eligible to return anytime. We'll probably see him in the line-up later this week. To make room on the roster, who will go? Assuming that the Red Sox cannot go to a smaller bullpen, and considering their limited depth already at infield and catcher, here are some options...
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WATCH: Red Sox, Orioles benches empty after chin music

BOSTON — The benches cleared in the seventh inning of Saturday’s Red Sox-Orioles game at Fenway Park. Red Sox catcher David Ross and Orioles starter Bud Norris were at the center of the incident, which occurred when Ross attempted to drop down a sacrifice bunt following a leadoff walk by Mike Carp. No punches were thrown, and each team quickly returned to its respective dugout...
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John Lackey Rubs Mike Napoli’s Head, Building Team Chemistry While Ruining My Lunch

If you take nothing else from today’s Red Sox/Orioles game (which is still in progress), know that this was the day that John Lackey massaged Mike Napoli’s head in a manner so odd that even had Jerry Remy was pushed to suggest, “That’s almost too much for TV.” It’s actually not all that bad. But it does recall a similarly baffling scene a few years back when Julian Tavarez...
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Xander Bogaerts deletes twitter account after posting photo of woman in thong

After posting a photo of a woman in a thong, Xander Bogaerts has deleted his twitter account. One can only assume that Bogaerts meant to send the photo as a direct message but sent it out publicly. Xander Bogaerts had an interesting post-game tweet last night — John Feitelberg (@JFeitelberg) April 17, 2014 It really should not...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL Update: Six In Ten Still Want To Cut Carp

Updated voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows a continued—though significantly lessened—preference for dropping Mike Carp when the Red Sox need to cut someone from their overcrowded outfield—upon Shane Victorino's return from the DL. As the table shows, 61% now say Carp should be the one to go (down from 84% in the initial reading), while Jonny Gomes is the second...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Indians scouting veteran closer Hanrahan

The Indians were one of nearly 20 teams that were on-hand to watch free-agent right-hander Joel Hanrahan's showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The All-Star closer is 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery, but scouts attending the showcase said Hanrahan looks to be ahead of schedule, already throwing 87-93 MPH. The Indians will...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

FN POLL: Majority Still Call For Carp To Be Cut

The latest round of voting in our  FenwayNation Poll shows a somewhat reduced, but still overwhelming, preference for letting Mike Carp go when the Red Sox need to cut someone from their soon-to-be six-man outfield. As the table shows, 68% now say Carp should be the one to go, while 14% now name Jackie Bradley, Jr. as the next preferred candidate to be cut. Eight percent each think...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Will Throw For Sox And Empire

Hanrahan At FenwayA bevy of major league scouts—including those from the Red Sox and Yankees—will witness a workout today by former Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan. While Boston seems to have found their closer answer in Koji Uehara, his recent health scare (not to mention the circumstances that led to Koji last year) suggests that 'more is more' in today's bullpen...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts wants to be the next US Airways social media manager

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is off to a bit of a slow start on the field this season, but don’t let that slow down his game off the field.  According to Hall of Very Good, Bogaerts had only tweeted once since Christmas before Wednesday night.  He returned to social media with a bang though, doing what any 21 year old professional athlete might do… Accidentally tweeting...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

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