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On night of many firsts, Mookie Betts shows type of impact he can have

07.03.14 at 3:18 am ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

It was a night of many firsts for Mookie Betts on Wednesday. First major league home run and RBI, first hit at Fenway Park, even his first major league strikeout. But in a weird coincidence, there was a little bit of familiarity for Betts as well.

The 21-year-old deposited a 2-1 high changeup from Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva into the Monster seats for his first big league homer, and strangely enough, the man who caught Betts’€™ inaugural long ball is someone Betts had played against in summer league baseball during his high school days in Tennessee. And as if the story wasn’t unbelievable as it is, Betts’€™ former high school opponent was at Fenway randomly, and not to watch Betts play.

It’€™s quite a small world.

While Betts’€™ two-run home run came in the fifth inning of a 16-9 drubbing at the hands of the Cubs, his play stood out as one of very few highlights from an otherwise ugly rout.

The display of power is still somewhat new to Betts, who didn’t hit a home run until his second professional season. Since then, though, he’€™s hit 23 over the course of 204 games at four different levels in the minors. He hit a pair in 106 plate appearances with Pawtucket before being promoted. Betts wasn’€™t sure he got all of the pitch he smacked out of the park on Wednesday, as evidenced by his sprint out of the box. It took him just over eight seconds to reach second base, and he trailed A.J. Pierzynski, who was on base, by just feet as they neared home plate.

“I don’€™t think I’€™m a home run hitter, so any time I hit it, I’€™m going to take off sprinting,” Betts said. “When I touched home plate I kind of startled A.J. because as soon as he turned around, I was right there. It all happened so fast, I got around the bases so fast that it didn’t really hit me until I was in the dugout and I got to kind of sit and think, ‘€˜I got my first one.’ ”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jerry Remy loses tooth during NESN Red Sox broadcast

07.03.14 at 12:48 am ET
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It wasn’t a good night at Fenway Park on Wednesday for the Red Sox, who fell to the Cubs, 16-9, completing a three-game sweep. The Sox players weren’t the only ones having issues, as on the NESN television broadcast, live on the air, Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy lost a tooth during the fourth inning.

See for yourself:

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Closing Time: Red Sox pitching falters as Cubs sweep Red Sox at Fenway, 16-9

07.02.14 at 11:31 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox were swept by the Cubs Wednesday night. (AP)

Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox were swept by the Cubs Wednesday night. (AP)

Heading into Wednesday’€™s game, the Red Sox had built up an impressive record at Fenway Park: holding opponents to three runs or less in their last 14 home games — the longest such streak in franchise history.

However, in a move that only a sport as unpredictable as baseball could generate, the Cubs — who were 28th in baseball in runs scored (307) heading into Wednesday’€™s game — became the team to break Boston’€™s streak.

By the end of the game, 16 Chicago baserunners crossed home plate, as the Cubs defeated Boston by a score of 16-9 to earn a series sweep at Fenway Park.

It was the first time that the Cubs reached double-digit figures in runs since May 12 — a stretch of 45 games.

Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, who compiled an impressive 2.65 ERA in 17 innings at Fenway going into Wednesday’€™s action, struggled mightily, allowing six earned runs before being pulled after just four innings of work.

While Boston’s offense certainly wasn’t lifeless — scoring more than two runs at Fenway for the first time since June 13 — the team had plenty of opportunities to eat away at Chicago’€™s lead, leaving 14 men on base.

One of the few bright spots for the Red Sox offensively was rookie Mookie Betts, who took a 2-1 offering from Carlos Villanueva into the last row of the Green Monster seats for a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his first career hit at Fenway.

Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, like Workman, was ineffective on the hill, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while walking four over 3 2/3 innings of work.

With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 38-47 on the year.

Here’€™s what went right (and wrong) for Boston.


–  Xander Bogaerts‘€™ struggles at the plate continue to snowball. The 21-year-old third baseman finished the game 0-for-4 and stranded six runners. Bogaerts, who is 0 for his last 23, did manage to reach base with a walk in the third inning, which was just his second walk since June 14.

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Red Sox slugging prospect Rafael Devers gets promoted to Gulf Coast League

07.02.14 at 11:03 pm ET
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Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers went 0-for-3 for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox on Wednesday, in what amounted to his best day of the year for reasons that had nothing to do with the contest in which he played.

According to an industry source, the 17-year-old — the jewel of the Red Sox‘ 2013 international amateur free agent class — will report to Fort Myers on Thursday to join the Red Sox’ Rookie Level Gulf Coast League affiliate. While the GCL Sox represent the lowest rung of the minor league ladder in the States, the fact that Devers is advancing to that level of competition before the end of his first pro season speaks volumes about how impressive he’s been.

In 28 games, the third baseman hit .337 with a .445 OBP and .538 slugging mark with a dozen extra-base hits (six doubles, three triples, three homers), 21 walks and 20 strikeouts. All but one of those extra-base hits came for the left-handed hitting Devers against right-handed pitching, which he pulverized for a .372/.467/.593 line.

In advancing to the GCL, Devers is moving more aggressively than did Xander Bogaerts and Manuel Margot, among other recent top international amateur prospects. But Devers’ offensive dominance (albeit as a corner player — unlike Bogaerts and Margot, who were athletic up-the-middle players) separated him from virtually all offensive performers for the Sox’ DSL affiliate in recent years.

Devers’ middle-of-the-order potential gives him as high a ceiling as virtually any position player in the Red Sox system, even though he remains years away from the big leagues.

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Red Sox pregame notes: Personnel changes ‘not in the cards’ for the Red Sox; John Farrell ‘hasn’t noticed’ attention in clubhouse regarding Jon Lester’s contract talks

07.02.14 at 6:31 pm ET
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The Red Sox offense has been one of baseball’€™s biggest enigmas this season.

While Boston is currently third in the big leagues in walks (298) and sixth in the AL in times on base (1,026), the team is dead-last in the league in runs scored (312).

The struggle has been frustrating for all parties who are living through it. Yet Red Sox manager John Farrell remained stout in his stance that the team has been creating opportunities to score all season, and added that he doesn’t see a forthcoming roster shakeup to spark the offense.

“I don’€™t think that we’€™re going to make wholesale changes with [our] personnel,” Farrell said. “€œThat’€™s not in the cards. My answer remains fairly consistent, and that is: We continue to create opportunities for ourselves. The elusive base hit is the difference. … We have to stay with a consistent, relentless approach that these guys have done and have a long track record of.”

Of course, the team also is relying heavily on the contributions of players without track records. In what has been a recurring theme all season long, the Red Sox rookies — foremost third baseman€“ Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. – continue to search for answers at the plate. During the month of June, both players combined for just 29 hits in 173 at-bats while driving in 10 runs.

Despite Bogaerts and Bradley’€™s lack of contributions in the lineup, Farrell defended both players and added that it’€™s too early judge their seasons as a whole.

“I look at it as how are the young players’€™ mental strength going to allow them to endure the challenges that they’€™ll face,” Farrell said. “€œThat’€™s what will continue to give you confidence and give them the opportunity and you feel like they’€™re going to handle some of the downturn and maybe some of the focus and the attention that maybe some struggles will generate. On the flip side, you don’€™t say that by X number of games, he’€™s going to be an established big leaguer. That’€™s pretty difficult to project.” Read the rest of this entry »

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John Farrell on D&H: ‘Opportunities are created’ for Red Sox offensively

07.02.14 at 4:01 pm ET
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Red Sox manager John Farrell checked in with Dale & Holley on Wednesday to discuss the state of his team. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

The Red Sox had another tough night at the plate Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to the Cubs. The Sox were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

“We’ve had some moving parts in our lineup, there’s no question about that,” Farrell said. “We’ve integrated four rookies in the lineup, last night was probably the first time in quite a while the Red Sox have done that. That’s not to say or point the finger at a certain group of guys as the reason why we’ve struggled to score runs consistently.

“The one thing I continue to focus on and will remain focused on is the opportunities are created. Yes, we left another 10 men on base last night, we’re in situations where there’s bases loaded, two-out opportunities and seemingly the one thing that jumps off the page for me is the two-out RBI situations. And that’s the one thing that can make or break a given night and we have been on the short end of that probably a little too much.”

Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn returned to Fenway Park on Monday night less than a month after a brain aneurysm forced him to leave the Red Sox clubhouse for some time. Farrell said his absence is not an excuse for his team’s struggles offensively.

“I think anytime that you have continuity there’s familiarity, there’s a consistent and a familiar voice,” he said. “When you remove a guy who has been so hands on in a daily routine, there’s going to be an adjustment, there’s going to be change.

“But even when Greg is here, he’s not in the batter’s box with them as well, so our guys are well aware of what their daily work routine is and how they prepare each and every night. So to say our preparation has changed, it’s changed in the matter of it being a different voice, but the same information is used.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox promote shortstop Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket

07.02.14 at 3:26 pm ET
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Red Sox shortstop prospect Deven Marrero, amidst a strong season in Double-A that suggested considerable offensive progress from a year ago, was promoted from Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. Marrero, 23, is hitting .287 with a .368 OBP, .429 slugging mark, five homers and 26 extra-base hits in 68 games, representing statistical improvement by every hitting measure over his first full pro season, in which the 2012 first-rounder hit .252/.338/.317 with two homers and 22 extra-base hits in 104 games between High-A and Double-A.

He’s also an extremely polished defender who projects to offer well above-average defense at shortstop, with some evaluators likening his defense to the steadiness of Stephen Drew but with greater range and the potential for more spectacular plays. He projects as a first division major league starting shortstop.

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