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Jerry Remy on D&C: ‘You have to go for the production’ from Josh Reddick

07.22.11 at 9:44 am ET
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NESN color commentator Jerry Remy checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Remy called Felix Hernandez, the Mariners‘€™ starting pitcher Friday night, ‘€œone of the top pitchers in all of baseball.’€

‘€œIf he’€™s on his game, it could be a very tough night for Red Sox hitters,’€ Remy said.

Remy said that John Lackey, Hernandez’€™s opponent, is trying to pitch with consistency and string together multiple quality starts.

‘€œHe’€™s facing a club tonight in Seattle that’€™s a poor offensive ball club, so hopefully that works in the Red Sox’€™ favor,’€ Remy said.

Remy also said that, based on his recent play, Josh Reddick should continue to play every day.

‘€œYou hate to sit veterans like [J.D.] Drew, but there comes a time when you have to go for the production,’€ Remy said. ‘€œThe production right now is with Reddick, and I don’€™t see any reason why [Terry Francona] won’€™t put him in the lineup tonight against Hernandez.”

Remy credited Reddick’€™s success to his increased plate discipline and ability to hit the ball to all areas of the field. He added that Reddick’€™s performance might decrease the Red Sox’€™ interest in Carlos Beltran.

Said Remy: ‘€œI don’€™t think they’€™re going to give up the house to get Beltran. … If the team is healthy, they’€™ve got enough as it is to do what they want to do.’€

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The big Friday Nuggetpalooza!

07.22.11 at 9:39 am ET
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I’ve got 16 nuggets for you today. But if you factor in the humidity, it SEEMS like 22!


* – The Red Sox have now hit multiple home runs in eight of their last 11 games, clubbing a total of 25 bombs in that span. The Padres have hit multiple homers in a game just nine times all season.

Note this: Boston has 35 games with 2+ home runs this season, third most in the majors behind the Rangers (39) and the Yankees (38).


* – After 28 games, the Red Sox run differential was minus-1 and they went 14-14 in that span. Over the last 68 games, their run differential is plus-119 and they’ve gone 45-23.


* – Jacoby Ellsbury on Wednesday became the fifth Red Sox player since 1950 to hit multiple home runs from the leadoff spot more than once. Johnny Damon did it five times, Nomar Garciaparra four, Bernie Carbo three, and Wade Boggs had two such games.


* – Wednesday was the third time this season that the Orioles have allowed 15 or more baserunners and two or more home runs but wound up allowing four runs or fewer (non-extra innings games only). They had only five such games in the previous 11 seasons combined.


* – David Ortiz‘ .998 OPS against left-handed pitchers would be a career high for any season where he’s had 100 or more plate appearances vs. southpaws. He currently leads all AL lefty batters in OPS vs. lefties (min. 100 such PA):

.998 – David Ortiz, BOS
.940 – Curtis Granderson, NYY
.909 – Robinson Cano, NYY

Note this: Ortiz is bidding to become the fourth Red Sox left-handed batter to lead the AL in OPS vs. lefties since 1974. He would be joining Wade Boggs (1987, .948), Mo Vaughn (1997, 1.047), and the 2006 version of Big Papi (.988).

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Friday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: John Lackey vs. Felix Hernandez

07.22.11 at 9:00 am ET
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The Red Sox aren’€™t in Baltimore anymore.

Under literally any scenario, that would mean that they would face tougher pitching than the Baltimore staff that ranks dead last in the majors in ERA. But when the Sox face the Mariners for a three-game set starting Friday night, they’€™ll find themselves facing a staff that’€™s at the other end of the spectrum. Seattle ranks second in the AL and seventh in the majors with a 3.39 team ERA, thanks to All-Star performances by Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda, who will take the hill Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Red Sox will counter the M’€™s 2010 Cy Young winner with John Lackey to start the series.

Lackey’€™s struggles (7-8, 6.70 ERA) are well-known to anyone who has listened to sports radio, picked up a newspaper or watched TV in the Boston area over the last three months. But there are some encouraging signs heading into Friday night’€™s start. The big right-hander shook off a difficult first inning (three runs allowed on four hits and an error by Marco Scutaro) in his outing last Saturday against the Rays to eventually last 5 2/3 innings of the 9-5 win. For the second start in a row, he had a season-best strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7:1 and now has only allowed three free passes over his last four starts after walking four on June 22.

In his lone start against Seattle this season on April 30, Lackey allowed just two runs in six innings but racked up his third loss when the Red Sox offense put up a goose egg on the Fenway Park scoreboard. Friday night, he will face Ichiro Suzuki for the 101st time, the most he’€™s seen any major leaguer.

Hernandez (8-8, 3.26 ERA) hasn’€™t faced any big leaguer that much, never mind anyone on the Red Sox, but he does have some experience against this Boston squad. On May 1, he held the powerful Sox offense to just two runs over seven innings and retired as many as 12 consecutive hitters at one point. But like Lackey, Hernandez’€™s win total was not a beneficiary of that performance as the M’€™s totaled just two runs before Carl Crawford hit a walk-off single up the middle to give the Sox a 3-2 victory. The hard-throwing All-Star would seemingly be used to such a scenario, however. The Seattle offense averages just 3.61 runs in Hernandez starts, and believe it or not, that number is actually higher than its MLB-worst average of 3.24 runs per game regardless of who is on the mound.

The Red Sox offense itself may have its own struggles though with Hernandez pitching. Every Red Sox hitter with substantial experience against the righty has struck out multiple times with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and J.D. Drew leading the way with 7 K’s each. However, expect Drew to be playing in right field Friday because his .360 average, 1.067 OPS and two home runs against Hernandez are team-highs.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Trade Deadline: Yankees reportedly interested in Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie

07.22.11 at 8:57 am ET
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Add the Yankees to the list of teams interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, at least according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman on Twitter. Guthrie, a 32-year-old right-hander, is 4-13 with a 4.35 ERA.

Some of Guthrie’s appeal may have come from his last start, in which he held the Red Sox to two runs over seven innings and picked up his first win in July. He also shut out the Red Sox over six innings in April and held the Rays scoreless over eight in April as well. Guthrie is 2-4 with a 3.64 ERA against the AL East this season.

Heyman added in his tweet that while the Yankees may want Guthrie, they also know that Orioles owner Peter Angelos will not trade with them.

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Trade Deadline: Jason Isringhausen latest Met getting looks

07.21.11 at 5:54 pm ET
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Reliever Jason Isringhausen joins Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and even R.A. Dickey as Mets who have been rumored to be potentially on the trading market as July 31 fast approaches. FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi tweeted that the Reds and Diamondbacks have expressed some desire in trading for the right-hander while the Cardinals also seem interested in bringing him back to St. Louis, where he played from 2002-08.

However, there are some conflicting reports on just how available Isringhausen is on the trade market. Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jon Heyman tweeted earlier in the day that New York has “decided to keep” the reliever and use him as a teacher for 26-year-old Bobby Parnell. That would mean he’d join Reyes and Dickey as Mets who will probably stay in the Big Apple after the trade deadline comes and goes.

Regardless of where he’s playing come the end of the day on July 31, the 38-year-old will definitely provide some value given his age. In 38 starts in 2011, Isringhausen has a 2.76 ERA, his lowest ERA over the course of a full season since 2007 when he had a mark of 2.48 and saved 32 games for St. Louis.

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Trade Deadline: Jason Giambi garnering some interest

07.21.11 at 5:14 pm ET
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No, this is not the 2001-02 MLB offseason. This story is actually coming from the 2011 trade deadline rumor mill.

FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rockies are “drawing interest” from potential suitors in first baseman Jason Giambi. The former MVP and five-time All-Star quietly has a  nice line of .278/.377/.667/1.044 while working mostly as a pinch-hitter for Colorado this season. With those numbers, he could certainly be enticing to an American League team looking for an upgrade at the designated hitter spot in the lineup.

Rosenthal reports that Giambi would rather stay in Colorado rather than be traded and that because of his unwillingness to leave, the team would “consult him before making any move.”

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Trade Deadline: Tigers reportedly scouting Jeremy Guthrie

07.21.11 at 4:43 pm ET
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When you think Tigers pitching in 2011, Justin Verlander is probably the first name that comes to mind, and rightfully so. But that would cloud your vision of a starting rotation that ranks ninth in the AL with a 4.06 ERA this season, despite Verlander’s 2.29 mark. So it may not come as a surprise that Detroit is targeting starting pitching this trading season. One of the team’s targets appears to be Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie, who the Tigers scouted earlier this week, according to a tweet from FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.

That Detroit scout probably liked what he saw from the righty as he shut down the Red Sox Tuesday night to the tune of just two runs allowed over seven innings of work. Guthrie owns a 4.35 ERA this season but also lugs a a 4-13 record, with the 13 losses being the most in the majors by any pitcher, no thanks to a Baltimore offense that has averaged just 3.54 runs in his starts.

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Trade Deadline: R.A. Dickey reportedly staying with the Mets

07.21.11 at 3:21 pm ET
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Yes, there is another knuckleballer in the major leagues, and he is actually pitching quite well.

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has a 3.80 ERA this season and is 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA since the start of June, leading one American League contender to put in a call to the New York front office according to a tweet from MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons.

The answer though, as Gammons notes, was of the negative variety. Dickey put together his first sub-4.00 ERA last season when he ranked seventh in the NL with a mark of 2.84 and could be on his way to such a stat this season if he can maintain his numbers of late. That performance must give the Mets enough comfort that he can continue to toss quality outings for not only the remainder of the season but beyond. Dickey is under contract for $4.25 million in 2012 and has a $5 million club option for 2013.

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Trade Deadline: Mike Adams says he hasn’t been told he’s staying put

07.21.11 at 2:58 pm ET
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This is the beauty of the trade deadline rumor mill, isn’t it?

First, a report had emerged that Padres reliever Mike Adams was told by Padres owner Jeff Moorad, “You’re not going anywhere.” Now, Adams himself told Marty Caswell, a reporter for XX1090 Sports Radio in San Diego, that he has received no such news.

If he is indeed still available on the trade market, the Padres would put a hefty price tag on any potential deal for his services. His 1.23 ERA is third-lowest in the NL among relievers with at least 35 appearances, and if that wasn’t enough to make him attractive, his relatively cheap contract ($2.53 million in 2011, arbitration eligible in 2012) would certainly do the trick.

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Trade Deadline: NL East foes scouting Carlos Beltran

07.21.11 at 1:57 pm ET
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The Phillies and Braves are among the teams  giving the longest looks at Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to a report by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. On the flipside, the team from Queens is increasing its own efforts to scout the minor-league systems of both of those NL East rivals.

Rubin reports that on the Braves front, the Mets would try to get either Randall Delgado or Arodys Vizcaino, starting pitchers who were ranked the third and seventh best prospects respectively in the Braves organization by Baseball America before the season. That may be too rich for Atlanta’s blood, but the report includes thoughts from an NL East executive who thinks that a trade within the division would bring a heftier price than one that sends Beltran away from the NL East, as is the custom with most trades.

“I think any deal within the NL East will carry some sort of premium — not necessarily one that is prohibitive, but something more than if sent elsewhere,” the executive told Rubin.

Both the Phillies and Braves, who lead the NL East and Wild Card races respectively, rank right in the middle of the pack when it comes to runs scored and could use a little extra offense as they collectively push toward the postseason.

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