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David Ortiz back in Red Sox lineup to face David Price 07.25.14 at 4:14 pm ET
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David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox‘ lineup, allowing he and David Price to renew their rocky relationship Friday night in the first game of a three-game set against the Rays in St. Petersburg.

Ortiz had tweaked his back on a checked swing Thursday in an 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays and left the game mid-at-bat.

Price and Ortiz have made headlines for their on-field and off-field feuds this season, with Price hitting Ortiz back in May and the two exchanging words about one another through the media since.

Boston’€™s lineup is as follows:

1. Brock Holt, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Johnny Gomes, LF
6. Shane Victorino, RF
7. Xander Bogaerts, 3B
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. David Ross, C
SP ‘€” Lester

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‘Miracle at Fenway’: 10 years later, Red Sox’ historic 2004 season recalled fondly in new book 07.16.14 at 1:26 pm ET
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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Red Sox‘ 2004 World Series championship team that ended an 86-year title drought, local author Saul Wisnia has come out with a new book, “Miracle at Fenway.” The book focuses on the building of the ’04 squad — following the heartbreak of the ’03 season — and recounts the memorable ’04 postseason from the viewpoint of fans, players and front-office personnel.

Miracle at Fenway book coverFollowing is an excerpt from the book, a section about Dave Roberts‘ steal in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees that ignited Boston’s unforgettable comeback.

“Running Man”

The first thing he thought about was Maury Wills.

In this, the biggest moment of his baseball life, Dave Roberts was trying to focus on the topic at hand. It was the ninth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox trailed, 4-3, and Roberts stood on first base representing the tying run.

If the Sox lost, their season was over; the Yankees led the best-of-seven series three games to none, and were set to celebrate on the Fenway Park grass after just three more outs. They had the right man on the mound to get those outs in Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of his or any generation.

The home fans were abuzz, urging on a Boston rally, but Roberts could not hear them. Inserted into the game moments earlier as a pinch runner for Kevin Millar, whose leadoff walk against Rivera had raised the masses to their feet, Roberts knew it was his feet that everybody in the ballpark and millions of TV viewers were now watching.

He was a reserve outfielder who had not played in a week, and he had been put in here for one reason: to steal second base and give the Red Sox a chance to tie the game on a single. The crowd knew it, the TV and radio analysts were pontificating on it, and the cameras were bracing for it — zoomed in and ready to capture the moment.

Roberts could feel the sense of urgency, could anticipate the eyes upon him. Still, poised on the grandest of stages, he had the clarity to think back 10 months to moments in a near-empty ballpark 3,000 miles away. Moments spent with Maury Wills.

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Jenny Dell, Will Middlebrooks engaged 07.14.14 at 11:50 pm ET
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Former NESN reporter Jenny Dell and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks are engaged to be married, Dell revealed on Twitter Monday.

Dell tweeted the following photo and added a video of a surprise party that followed the two getting engaged.

 

Dell had served as NESN’s Red Sox on-field reporter, but after it was learned that they were living together and the couple announced their relationship, she was reassigned. She recently left the network to become a reporter for the NFL on CBS.

Listen to WEEI’s Trade Deadline Show Thursday 10 p.m. to midnight: Rob Bradford and Alex Speier with Royals GM Dayton Moore and other baseball insiders 07.10.14 at 10:56 am ET
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hublogoTune in to WEEI’s Trade Deadline Show, hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier, on Thursday night, sponsored by Hub New England Insurance. (Click here for more information.)

Guests will include Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore and other baseball insiders.

There will be plenty of talk about the Red Sox‘ changed outlook on 2014 going forward, what that means for the trade deadline, who might get moved, the state of the team’s youth movement and where the Red Sox can turn to find power (and at what cost), among other topics.

The fun begins at 10 p.m. and runs until midnight.

Red Sox designate A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, call up Christian Vazquez 07.09.14 at 2:57 pm ET
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A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski

The Red Sox have designated A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, manager John Farrell confirmed to Dale & Holley Wednesday afternoon. In a corresponding move, the team has called up Christian Vazquez, who will get the start behind the plate Wednesday night.

“It’s at that point in the season where you start to look to invest in young players and take advantage of the games remaining for us,” Farrell said. “We look to players who might be here beyond this season, and in that case it’s Christian Vazquez.”

Pierzynski has posted a .254/.286/.348 line with four home runs and 31 RBIs this season. The team had signed him to a one-year, $8.25 million deal before the season.

Pierzynski’s designation opens up a spot for Vazquez, considered one of the organization’s top prospects. In 66 games in Pawtucket this season, Vazquez has posted a .279/.336/.385 line with three homers and 20 RBIs. His best asset, however, is his defense, which is viewed as potentially Gold Glove-caliber. He’d thrown out 40 percent of would-be base stealers this year.

Farrell said the move has nothing to do with any character issues involving Pierzynski, but instead is simply a move to give a younger player a shot.

“No, not at all,” Farrell said when asked about any personality issues. “This has been a matter of us taking a look internally at, what are the players we’re going to continue to build forward with? And we’ve started with what’s taken place behind the plate.

“We’re turning the page in terms of investing in young players. … I wouldn’t say that the white flag is being waved, because inside our clubhouse, I can honestly tell you that feeling does not exist.”

Some background on Vazquez:

Christian Vazquez thinks he’s ready (July 2014)

Future bet with Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts (podcast, June 2014)

How catchers Christian Vazquez and Dan Butler forced their way to prospect status (podcast, March 2014)

The making of Christian Vazquez, Catching prospect (March 2013)

 

Rubby De La Rosa to start Wednesday; Brandon Workman optioned to Pawtucket 07.08.14 at 10:54 pm ET
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Rubby De La Rosa

Rubby De La Rosa

The Red Sox will call up Rubby De La Rosa to start Wednesday, John Farrell announced after Tuesday’s game. In a corresponding move, Brandon Workman has been optioned to Pawtucket.

In five starts in Boston this season, De La Rosa has posted a 2-2 record with a 2.51 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. In his last two starts on June 16 and June 21, he surrendered just five hits and one run over 14 innings.

Workman went seven innings in Tuesday’s loss to the White Sox, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out five and walking two. After conceding just 10 earned runs over his first five starts of the season, Workman has now given up 12 over his last three.

“It’s not ideal,” Workman said about getting sent down. “It’s not what I was hoping to hear after the game. It’s part of it. I just have to keep getting my work in, keep getting better.”

Listen to Trade Deadline Show, tonight, 10-midnight: Rob Bradford with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, baseball insiders 07.03.14 at 11:24 am ET
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hublogoRob Bradford will be hosting the first edition of this month’s Trade Deadline Show, sponsored by Hub New England Insurance. (Click here for more information.)

Bradford’s guests will include Toronto Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulos, Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich, WEEI.com’s Alex Speier and other baseballl insiders.

Included in the discussion will be whether or not the Red Sox should be buyers and sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and it they are in the position to sell should Jon Lester and Koji Uehara become priorities to move.

The fun begins at 10 p.m. and runs until midnight.

 

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