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Red Sox spring training tickets going on sale on Saturday

01.06.11 at 4:39 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced that spring training tickets will go on sale this coming Saturday, Jan. 8, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be sold at the City of Palms Park box office, on the team’s website or by calling 888-REDSOX6. Handicap accessible seating is also available by calling 877-REDSOX9. Hearing impaired patrons may call the TTY line at 617-226-6644.

For patrons in Fort Myers, there will be festivities from noon to 3:00 p.m. at City of Palms Park.

The Sox begin exhibition games on Feb. 26 with a doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern.

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Report: Rangers to pass on Rafael Soriano, boding well for Red Sox draft

01.06.11 at 12:30 pm ET
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According to FoxSports.com, the Rangers won’t pursue free agent closer Rafael Soriano this offseason. The team’s agreement with Adrian Beltre on a six-year, $96 million deal represented its run prevention upgrade. Soriano, meanwhile, “isn’t a target of the Rangers right now,” according to the report.

That is potentially good news for the Red Sox, since Soriano is the only remaining Type A free agent on the market who received a higher ranking from the Elias Sports Bureau than Beltre. As such, if the Rangers sign Soriano, Texas’ first-round pick would go to the Rays as compensation for the loss of Soriano, with the Sox getting the Rangers’ second-round pick, around the No. 80-85 pick in the draft.

But, so long as Soriano lands somewhere other than Texas, the Sox will get the Rangers’ top pick, the No. 26 overall selection in a draft that is considered to feature exceptional depth of potential impact players, particularly in terms of the quality of college pitchers.

There are still three unsigned Type A free agents who are unsigned: Soriano, Carl Pavano and Grant Balfour. But Beltre had a higher Elias rating than either Pavano or Balfour, according to this list compiled by MLBTradeRumors.com.

The Sox are also currently positioned to receive the first-round pick from the Tigers (No. 19 overall) thanks to Detroit’s signing of free agent Victor Martinez. Though Detroit has not been connected to Soriano this offseason, Soriano was also rated higher in the Elias ratings than Beltre, meaning that if the Tigers signed the 2010 AL leader in saves, their first-round selection would go to the Rays, with their second-rounder going to the Sox.

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Statement from Red Sox about not moving in right-field fence

01.06.11 at 9:35 am ET
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The following is the statement released by the Red Sox regarding the news first reported by WEEI.com that the team would not be moving in the right-field fence:

“The Red Sox recently sent a letter to the Secretary of State’€™s office withdrawing a request to consider expansion of the right field bullpen area this off-season. As we moved through the review process over the last several months, issues arose regarding implementation that required additional discussion and consideration of other design possibilities.  Given the tight construction timeline we are operating on to have the ballpark ready for Opening Day 2011, and the fact that we’€™re already deep into the off-season, plus the impact any work on the bullpen area would have on other work currently being done on the right field seating bowl, we decided to take this project off the table for 2010-2011 off-season.  We are going to review the feedback received during this process, and determine the next best steps.  It is still on our radar screen, but there is no immediate timetable for this project and, as we do on an annual basis, we will review all potential off-season projects as we get closer to the end of next season.”

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Red Sox won’t be moving in the right-field fence

01.05.11 at 7:43 pm ET
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According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have withdrawn their request to the office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State to undergo construction that would bring in the right field fence at Fenway Park as much as nine feet. The move, which would have expanded the width of the Fenway bullpens fro 21 to 27 feet, had to approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission and the Massachusetts Historical Society. The proposal was met with some resistance from the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com in October that part of the impetus for any alteration would be to provide increased safety in the bullpens. ‘€œThey’€™re among the narrowest in baseball, if not the narrowest,” Lucchino said. “It makes it hard for two guys to warm-up. It does have other effects in terms of reducing the depths of right field, which is among the deepest in baseball.’€

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Red Sox claim catcher Max Ramirez, DFA Matt Fox

01.05.11 at 5:24 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have claimed catcher Max Ramirez from the Rangers and designated pitcher Matt Fox for assignment. Ramirez, 26, had nearly been acquired by the Red Sox last offseason in exchange for Mike Lowell, but concerns over Lowell’s hip led to deal’s collapse. MLB.com’s TR Sullivan was the first to report the Sox’ acquisition of Ramirez.

The Rangers had designated Ramirez for assignment after signing free agent pitchers Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes. In adding Ramirez, the Sox now have five catchers on their 40-man roster: Jason Varitek, Luis Exposito, Ramirez, and former Ranger Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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.

Fox, 28, made three appearances with the Sox last season after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed a pair of runs.

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Eleven Red Sox prospects to participate in Rookie Program

01.05.11 at 5:21 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced Wednesday that 11 prospects will participate in the team’s 2011 rookie program beginning on Jan. 10. Designed to give youngsters an idea of what to expect in the major leagues, the program will last two week.

Robert Coello, Stephen Fife, Stolmy Pimentel, Jason Rice, Alex Wilson, and Clevelan Santeliz will make up the pitchers in attendance, while Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway will be the only two catchers. Infielders Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda, as well as outfielder Juan Linares will also take part in the program.

Among the individuals addressing the group of young players will be manager Terry Francona, coaches Dave Magadan and Curt Young, president/CEO Larry Lucchino, general manager Theo Epstein, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

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Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

01.05.11 at 2:45 pm ET
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Second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association on Wednesday.

Alomar, a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner, hit .300/.371/.443 over 17 major league seasons. Blyleven, meanwhile, picked up 287 wins and tossed 242 complete games over his 22-year career. His 3,701 strikeouts are the fifth-most of all time.

The 523 votes (a 90-percent plurality) that Alomar received were the third-most ever, while Blyleven received 463 votes (79.7 percent).

Alomar and Blyleven will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y. Executive Pat Gillick, writer Bill Conlin, and announcer Dave Van Horne will also be honored.

The voting went down as follows:

Roberto Alomar 523 (90.0%), Bert Blyleven 463 (79.7%), Barry Larkin 361 (62.1%), Jack Morris 311 (53.5%), Lee Smith 263 (45.3%), Jeff Bagwell 242 (41.7%), Tim Raines 218 (37.5%), Edgar Martinez 191 (32.9%), Alan Trammell 141 (24.3%), Larry Walker 118 (20.3%), Mark McGwire 115 (19.8%), Fred McGriff 104 (17.9%), Dave Parker 89 (15.3%), Don Mattingly 79 (13.6%), Dale Murphy 73 (12.6%), Rafael Palmeiro 64 (11.0%), Juan Gonzalez 30 (5.2%), Harold Baines 28 (4.8%), John Franco 27 (4.6%), Kevin Brown 12 (2.1%), Tino Martinez 6 (1.0%), Marquis Grissom 4 (0.7%), Al Leiter 4 (0.7%), John Olerud 4 (0.7%), B.J. Surhoff 2 (0.3%), Bret Boone 1 (0.2%), Benito Santiago 1 (0.2%), Carlos Baerga 0, Lenny Harris 0, Bobby Higginson 0, Charles Johnson 0, Raul Mondesi 0, Kirk Rueter 0.

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