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Dustin Pedroia defends Jacoby Ellsbury on Big Show

01.12.11 at 4:18 pm ET
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show for his weekly “Laser Show” segment on Wednesday. Pedroia has been training for the coming season, and after a broken foot limited him to 75 games last season, he feels he’ll be fine to do his normal regiment in spring training.

“Once I get to spring training I start my in-season program and I continue that throughout the season lifting-wise,” Pedroia said. “I don’t think  there’s going to be a problem with anything. I’ll go out there, take my normal ground balls, and that’s about it. I should be normal.”

On the subject of Jacoby Ellsbury, who was criticized by fans in a 2010 season that was derailed by a rib injury, Pedroia said the outfielder is misunderstood and defended his quiet demeanor.

“He was hurt. Jacoby wants to win more than anybody,” Pedroia said. “Just because he doesn’t  sit in front of his locker, answer questions and talk trash and act stupid like I do, he’s a great guy and wants to win.

“Jacoby goes out there and plays hard. Look at how he got hurt. He’s flying to a ball in foul territory, and he goes full-speed and lays out and Adrian Beltre’s knee goes through his ribs. I don’t think that’s a guy that wants to be traded and is playing for himself or holding out for the last dollar.  That’s not that guy.”

To listen to the complete interview, click here.

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Peter Gammons previews Hot Stove Cool Music

01.12.11 at 4:11 pm ET
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Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons appeared on The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon. As an admitted outsider to the proceedings, he discussed his perspective on the verbal volleys that the Jets have been lobbing at the Patriots.

“I’€™ve never heard of a football coach saying it’€™s between him and another coach,” said Gammons, referring to Jets coach Rex Ryan‘s proclamation that Sunday’s game would be decided by him and Patriots counterpart Bill Belichick. “I’€™m absolutely astounded. It’€™s comical.”

Gammons also previewed the Hot Stove Cool Music events that will be taking place this weekend as fundraisers for The Foundation To Be Named Later. A roundtable conversation will take place on Friday night that will include Sox GM Theo Epstein, farm director Mike Hazen, trainer Mike Reinold, team psychologist Bob Tewksbury, former Sox pitching coach John Farrell and former Sox pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Curt Schilling. The panel will discuss the development of pitching.

The Hot Stove Cool Music concert will take place on Saturday night, featuring The Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, Kay Hanley, American Hi-Fi, The Candles, Arroyo, Gammons and others.

The details are below. To purchase tickets, visit foundationtobenamedlater.org: Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox pegged for several ESPN Sunday Night games

01.12.11 at 3:49 pm ET
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ESPN released its first-half schedule of Sunday Night Baseball games, and the Red Sox are currently scheduled to be featured more often than any other team in the majors. The Sox have four Sunday night games: On April 10 when hosting the Yankees, on May 15 when visiting the Yankees in New York, on May 22 when hosting the Cubs at Fenway Park and on July 17 at Tampa Bay. The Yankees are featured three times on Sunday night.

For the complete lineup of Sunday night games through July 17, click here.

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A prelude to the big Dustin Pedroia vs. Rob Bradford showdown

01.12.11 at 12:38 pm ET
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Check out a sample of what transpired when Dustin Pedroia challenged WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford to undergo the torture chamber that is the second baseman’s offseason workout. The complete feature on the endeavor will be unleashed in the coming days:

Red Sox announce ticket voucher giveaway and anthem contest

01.11.11 at 2:36 pm ET
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The Red Sox issued the following press release announcing the 2011 Red Sox Road Trip across New England:

As the Boston Red Sox prepare to launch the 2011 regular season general ticket on-sale on Saturday, January 29, the team will host the 2011 Red Sox Road Trip presented by Coca-Cola with stops in all six New England states from January 18 through January 24. The team will distribute vouchers redeemable for each respective 2011 regular season State Day game at Fenway Park, with a total of 6000 vouchers to be given out ‘€“ 1000 in each state.

The 2011 Red Sox Road Trip presented by Coca-Cola will also feature the first-ever ‘€œSing Your Way to Fenway’€ contest where fans of all ages will have the opportunity to audition to perform the National Anthem at Fenway Park. The first 100 fans at each stop will be guaranteed the opportunity to audition, with additional attendees to be viewed based on time constraints. The top two winners from each state will be invited to compete in the ‘€œSing Your Way to Fenway’€ finals at Fenway Park, which is scheduled to be held at Fenway Park on February 9. The grand prize winner will be selected to perform the National Anthem at a 2011 regular season Red Sox game. For more information on the ‘€œSing Your Way to Fenway’€ contest, please visit www.redsox.com/roadtrip.

Vouchers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to fans that visit to the Road Trip stops. Coupon holders will have a chance to purchase tickets in advance of the general on-sale, which begins on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Tigers sign Brad Penny

01.11.11 at 10:33 am ET
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According to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Brad Penny. The veteran right-hander posted a 3-4 record with a 3.23 ERA for the Cardinals in nine starts in 2010. He missed four months of the 2010 season with a right shoulder strain.

This is a return to the American League for Penny, who struggled for the Red Sox in 2009, recording an ERA of 5.61 in 24 starts before being released by the club in August.

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Red Sox hire Rich Gedman, Chili Davis, Hal Morris in flurry of personnel moves

01.10.11 at 4:41 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced the following moves in their baseball operations department, which included the hiring of former Sox All-Star catcher Rich Gedman as the hitting coach of the Lowell Spinners, former big league slugger Chili Davis as the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket and longtime Reds standout Hal Morris as a pro scout:

Major League Personnel

Mike Murov has been named Assistant, Baseball Operations after joining the Red Sox as an intern in the baseball operations department last season. He also served as a baseball operations intern with the Reds (2009) and Marlins (2008).

Amateur Scouting

Tom Allison joins the organization as a Regional Crosschecker for the Midwest. He spent the past four years as Director of Scouting for Arizona (2007-10) following seven seasons as a Scouting Crosschecker for Milwaukee (2000-06) and 10 years in the New York Mets organization as an Area Scouting Supervisor (1996-99) and Assistant Scouting Director (1995-96). Allison played as an infielder and coached in the Mets minor league system from 1990-94.

Jon Adkins has been hired as an Area Scout for the Ohio Valley. The former right-handed pitcher concluded a 10-year professional playing career in the Chicago White Sox organization last season and spent parts of six Major League campaigns with the White Sox (2003-05), Padres (2006), Mets (2007) and Reds (2008).

Chris Pritchett joins the Red Sox as an Area Scout for Canada. Primarily a first baseman, he played parts of four Major League seasons with the Angels (1996, 1998-99) and Phillies (2000) and spent 13 total seasons in the minor leagues (1991-2003). He served as hitting coach for Oakland’€™s Single-A Vancouver affiliate in 2007.

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Red Sox lose Max Ramirez to Cubs on waivers

01.10.11 at 3:10 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced that catcher Max Ramirez had been claimed on waivers by the Cubs. Ramirez, who was claimed from the Rangers last week, was placed on waivers in order to clear a spot on the team’s 40-man roster for reliever Hideki Okajima, whose deal became official on Monday.

Ramirez spent the majority of the 2010 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .286/.373/.381 in 56 games. He hit .217/.341/.348 in 28 games for Texas. Ramirez has hit .298/.396/.476 in the minors over his seven-year career between Braves, Indians, and Rangers affiliates. The 26-year-old was out of options, so the Sox would have had to expose him to waivers had he not stuck with the major league roster out of spring training.

Okajima, 35, had a 4.50 ERA in 56 appearances last year. He joined Dick Radatz as the only Sox pitchers ever to make 50 or more appearances in each of their first four major league seasons.

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Source: Okajima will make $1.75 million in 2011

01.10.11 at 1:20 pm ET
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The Red Sox‘ deal for left-hander Hideki Okajima is official, according to a major league source. Under terms of the contract, Okajima will receive a base salary of $1.75 million, with incentives that could push the value of the deal to $2.3 million.

Okajima will receive $50,000 if he pitches 70 innings (a plateau he has not reached in the majors). He will receive $125,000 each for appearing in 60 games (a threshold he’s reached in three of his four big league seasons) and another $125,000 if he pitches in 65 games (something he’s done twice with the Sox). If he sets a career-high by appearing in 70 games, he would receive $250,000.

The deal was first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

Okajima, an All-Star in 2007 and a key member of the Sox bullpen from 2007-09, had a career-worst 4.50 ERA in 56 appearances for the Sox last year, struggling with injuries at various points of the 2010 season before a strong September. That led the Sox not to make him a free agent rather than tender him a contract that would have made him arbitration eligible. In doing so, the Sox were able to negotiate his contract down from the $2.75 million he received last season.

For a closer look at Okajima, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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Full slate of Red Sox offseason fan events

01.08.11 at 1:25 pm ET
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It’s one month until Truck Day, when the Red Sox will load team equipment for Fort Myers to signal the end of the season of baseball dormancy and the imminence of games. But the coming weeks will feature plenty of reminders that the baseball season is fast approaching.

January is filled with a busy slate of Red Sox organizational events throughout New England. Those looking to whet their baseball appetites can attend the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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