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Jared Remy brags to investigator about attacking fellow inmate

04.08.14 at 2:17 pm ET
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According to a criminal complaint released Tuesday, Jared Remy attacked a fellow inmate last Thursday at the Cambridge Jail by throwing hot coffee in his face and then striking him several times with a plastic chair and punching him.

The investigator’s report indicates that video surveillance shows Remy, son of NESN Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, throwing hot coffee at Jemery Hodges, then throwing a bar of soap at him before striking him with a chair six times and punching him.

“I was watching TV and minding my own business when Remy threw hot coffee in my face,” Hodges told the investigator. “I never had any words with Remy, and I don’t know who he is.”

Remy made it clear he had no regret about the attack.

“I did what I had to do,” he told a jail employee. “I got a child molester. I hit him [with] a chair and threw hot coffee on him.”

Remy later told the investigator that he “picked on the biggest guy there” to make a statement to other inmates, and because he thought Hodges was a child molester who was “parading around like a homo.”

Said Remy: “I had a plan and I did it. I took hot water, boiling hot water and threw it in the guy’s face. I took a piece of soap and threw it at his face and hit him with a chair. Once I slipped I punched him in the face.”

Hodges was taken to the medical unit with burn marks on his face and multiple superficial cuts on his left hand.

Remy, who faces murder charges for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death last August, will face nine assault charges, including eight felony counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, in the new incident when he is arraigned April 24.

“There is a constellation of circumstances that may be at the bottom of this incident, and I expect to investigate the matter fully and prepare an adequate defense,” Remy’s attorney, Edward P. Ryan Jr., told the media.

Also according to the criminal complaint, Remy was attacked March 31 by another inmate but refused to press charges, saying: “I’d rather take a punch in the face every day living on the tiers earning respect than living in protective custody.”

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Mike Napoli on M&M: Barack Obama ‘has a lot more things to worry about than my last name’

04.08.14 at 1:46 pm ET
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Mike Napoli's 3-run homer in the third put the Red Sox back in the game Saturday against Milwaukee. (AP)

Mike Napoli is off to a strong start offensively this season. (AP)

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday as the Red Sox prepare to play the Rangers in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

The Red Sox had a rough weekend series against the Brewers, dropping three straight to match their longest losing streak of 2013. There has been some talk that Friday’s lengthy ring ceremony — coming three days after a visit to the White House to celebrate the 2013 World Series championship — might have taken some of the team’s focus and energy away from the games.

“Me personally, I wasn’t tired or anything. I don’t think we played really good baseball,” Napoli said. “It’s been a long week, but hopefully we get our feet under us and start playing some good baseball.”

With the ceremonies done, the Sox are ready to have their attention solely on the 2014 campaign.

“We talked about it once, we talked about, ‘Let last year be last year,’ and focused on this year. I think we’ve done a good job with it,” he said. “We had Opening Day here, we got our rings, and that was kind of the final straw of it. We’re focused on this year and we’re ready to go.”

Napoli has had some early success at the plate (.321/.406/.571), including a couple of opposite-field hits with two strikes.

“I’m just trying to put the ball in play, especially with two strikes,” he said. “Trying to shorten up, shorten up my leg kick a little bit and just really see the ball to contact. I’m going to strike out, I’ve done it my whole career. I’m trying to minimize it a little bit but also have an aggressive swing to try to put the ball in play somewhere.”

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Red Sox minor league roundup: Christian Vazquez, game-changer behind the plate; Craig Breslow says he’s ready; Salem silently streaks towards history

04.08.14 at 10:37 am ET
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Christian Vazquez looks for opportunities to throw out runners. (AP)

A brief look at the limited action in the Red Sox system on Monday:



– Catcher Christian Vazquez, who had been batting seventh in his first three games of the year, was moved up to the second spot in the batting order. The upward drift did not go seamlessly, as Vazquez — who was 5-for-11 in his first three games — went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. The whiffs represented something of an aberration, given that Vazquez has very good hand/eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills. He hadn’t struck out three (or more) times in a game since July 28, 2012, when he was in High-A.

Of course, on a day when he struggled offensively, Vazquez (who has currently caught two of the six runners trying to steal on him) once again underscored why he has emerged as such a promising prospect. His positive impact on the game still resonated for the PawSox, as he caught one runner attempting to steal second and picked off another from first.

“I want to throw everybody out. … It’s like, I want to walk everyone so they go to second base. Go! Go! I want to throw you out,” Vazquez said in spring training. “I love [the responsibilities of being a catcher. There are eight people in front of you. You need to call a good game to win. You have a lot of responsibility there. It’s exciting to be that man, be that leader in the field. I love it.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Martin Perez

04.08.14 at 8:22 am ET
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After posting their first home win of 2014 on Monday night, the Red Sox will play their second game against the Rangers, sending Felix Doubront to the mound against fellow Venezuelan left-hander Martin Perez on Tuesday evening.

Doubront, along with John Lackey, are the only Red Sox starters to have recorded a win in 2014. Doubront picked up the win in the finale of the series at Baltimore on Thursday, as he went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs (all earned) on six hits while striking out four and walking one.

“Overall, pretty good,” Doubront said after the game. “My delivery was good. For the first game, it was good.’€™’

The 26-year-old Doubront has faced the Rangers six times in his career, including three starts in 2010, 2012 and 2013. The southpaw has an 0-3 record with an 11.40 ERA and a 2.6 WHIP over 15 innings of work, allowing 31 hits, 21 runs (19 earned) and one home run, striking out 15 and walking eight. He also picked up a save against Texas in 2010.

Doubront’€™s worst outing against the Rangers came in 2011, when he came out of the bullpen and allowed three runs (all earned) on two hits and two walks while only managing to get one out.

Perez has only faced the Red Sox once, back in 2012. The 23-year-old got the start that day and went six innings, giving up a run on five hits, striking out one and walking two. Despite pitching well, Perez got a no-decision and the Red Sox won the game in the ninth inning.

The southpaw got his first start of the season against the Phillies on April 1, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits, striking out seven. While the Rangers won the game, 3-2, Perez did not get the decision, as Joakim Soria picked up the win in the ninth inning.

Rangers vs. Doubront (LHP)

J.P. Arencibia (13 plate appearances): .167 AVG/.231 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Elvis Andrus (10): .333/.400/.333, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Alex Rios (9): .111/.111/.111

Adrian Beltre (6): .667/.667/1.000, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Prince Fielder (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Martin Perez

Martin Perez

Shin-Soo Choo (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mitch Moreland (4): .750/.750/.750, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Jim Adduci, Robinson Chirinos, Michael Choice, Leonys Martin, Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson have not faced Doubront.

Red Sox vs. Perez (LHP)

Jonny Gomes (6): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia had no hits in three plate appearances vs. Perez

Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mike Carp, Jonathan Herrera, Brock Holt, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross and Grady Sizemore have not faced Perez.

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After ‘rough, long week,’ A.J. Pierzynski relieved to contribute to victory

04.08.14 at 1:09 am ET
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A.J. Pierzynski had more hits on Monday (3) than he had in the season entering the contest. (AP)

A.J. Pierzynski had more hits on Monday (3) than he had in the season entering the contest. (AP)

If you’€™ve been discouraged watching A.J. Pierzynski over the first week of regular season games, you’€™re not alone. He’€™s been just as frustrated at the plate as fans may have been watching him.

But Monday night was a turnaround of sorts for Pierzynski, who went 3-for-4 and was pivotal in the production of the team’€™s first three runs of the evening.

“€œIt was nice to contribute something,” Pierzynski said. “It’€™s been a rough, long week, a frustrating week.”

Pierzynski’€™s approach certainly differs from the philosophy of recent Red Sox teams. The club led the majors in pitches seen in 2013, averaging four pitches per plate appearance. Pierzynski is more of an aggressive hitter who doesn’€™t wait around to swing. Of the 62 pitches he’€™s seen over his 24 at-bats, Pierzynski has swung the bat at all but 10 of them. He’€™s currently averaging about 2.6 pitches per plate appearance after sitting around 3.3 last season.

So the club’€™s new starting backstop doesn’€™t quite share the same offensive philosophy as the majority of the members of the lineup. Pierzynski has been playing in the major leagues for 17 years, shis approach is unlikely to change now.

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An ‘aggressive’ John Lackey is a good John Lackey

04.08.14 at 12:07 am ET
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John Lackey was zoned in Monday night as he won his second game in as many starts. (AP)

John Lackey was zoned in Monday night as he won his second game in as many starts. (AP)

When it comes to taking the mound every fifth day, John Lackey has learned that he’s best when he doesn’t mess around.

Sporting an early season repertoire that has included more fastballs and less curves, Lackey has been getting ahead in the count and sending a message to hitters — get me early or don’t get me at all. Lackey was efficient, and at times dominating, allowing just five hits and one run, while walking two and striking out five in seven innings as the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 5-1.

“It’s been a lot of fastball action early on. So far, my arm has been feeling pretty good,” Lackey said. “I’ve been challenging guys and trying to get ahead in the count, and A.J. [Pierzynski] called a great game again for me tonight. I was able to get ahead and dictate some at-bats and it makes things go a little bit faster.

“I definitely want to pound the strike zone. I want them to know that I’m going to throw strikes. If you’re going to get me, you better get me quick [in the count] because I’m coming after you for sure. It can work both ways, if you’re not locating well, you can give it up pretty quick, too, that way. Just have to continue to locate and hopefully keep pitch counts down and get deep into games.”

After going six solid innings (90 pitches) in Baltimore on April 2, leading the Red Sox to their first win of the season, Lackey took the hill Monday at Fenway, the same mound that he stood on while clinching Game 6 of the 2013 World Series. Ironically, it was also the last time the Red Sox had won at Fenway after being swept by the Brewers in the home opening series over the weekend.

But if there’s anyone on the staff that knows something about stopping a losing streak, it’s Lackey. He’s been an ace longer than Jon Lester. And on Monday night, the Red Sox needed a pitcher to take the mound who could give the Red Sox a chance to avoid their first four-game losing streak since losing eight straight to end 2012.

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A.J. Pierzynski: Jackie Bradley Jr. has ‘the ability to be a great player’

04.07.14 at 11:52 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr. (AP)

Jackie Bradley Jr., pictured here with then-Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski, matched his career high with three hits Monday. (AP)

Off the bat, Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski knew that teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. had a chance. Yes, the ball hit by Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia had no business being playable, but Pierzynski saw his right fielder taking flight towards the corner and recognized a player with uncommon defensive skill who had a chance to make the play. And so, Pierzynski was thoroughly impressed but not shocked when Bradley made a running catch in the far reaches of right field, just as he’d appreciated yet hadn’t been baffled by Bradley’s ability to make a sliding catch on a Donnie Murphy liner to right-center.

‘€œI tell you what, he gets some amazing jumps in the outfield,” said Pierzynski. “I just see the jumps he gets. For me, one good thing about being catcher is you get to see jumps on balls hit, and see how quickly they react, I saw him react not only that one but one [Donnie] Murphy hit too, got him coming in. just gets incredible jumps on balls. I don’€™t know if he’€™s fastest guy in world but jumps he gets on balls , gets to top speed right away is impressive.”

On Monday, those plays were pivotal. The Murphy hit would have scored a run with two outs; Arencibia’s ball would have been at least a double had it landed. And so, Bradley played a key role in the dominant line posted by John Lackey, while his offense — three hits, including a pair of RBI singles and a bunt single — contributed directly to four runs.

It was the sort of performance that Bradley has rarely delivered in the big leagues, but one that teammates like Pierzynski believe are within reach of the 23-year-old. While Bradley’s performance hasn’t always aligned with his prospect hype, Pierzynski suggested that his talent remains significant.

“He’€™s a great player — he’€™s got the ability to be a great player,” said Pierzynski. “You don’€™t understand how hard this game is until you actually do it every day and play and get out there and try to understand what it’€™s like to compete against the other guys because the other guys are really good too. Sometimes we try to put people in places ahead of when they’€™re ready to be where they’€™re supposed to be at and Jackie tonight had a great game, had three huge hits for us. It’€™s good for him to get those hits and get confidence and make plays in the outfield like he made, and do some things. It’€™s fun to watch because he has all the ability in the world to be a special player and hopefully this is the start to something special all year.’€

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