|Photos: Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45||07.28.15 at 8:06 pm ET|
Tim Wakefield, Curt Schilling, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek were among the many current and former Red Sox who joined Martinez on the field for the ceremony. Check out all of our photos from the ceremony here.
|David Ortiz, Rob Gronkowski release 3rd music video of summer titled, ‘Me Estoy Enamorando’||07.21.15 at 1:25 pm ET|
What do you think of this one compared to the other two?
|Red Sox still eyeing Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels||07.20.15 at 5:14 pm ET|
Even though the trade deadline isn’t for another 11 days, the rumors are just getting started.
According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox still have an interest in pitchers Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto.
The top priority for the Sox is a young pitcher under team-control, but the issue remains the lack of teams that are willing to start prioritizing beyond this season, which leaves Hamels and Cueto as the two top coveted pitchers at this year’s deadline.
Hamels, 31, has struggled of late, but for the season he’s 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA. Executives from two organizations who have had conversations with the Phillies in regards to Hamels tell Bradford that even with the lefty’s recent downturn, Philly hasn’t come off what has been an aggressive asking price.
The left-hander is signed through 2018 with a team-option for 2019 and hasn’t pitched for another team besides the Phillies in his 10-year pro career.
As for Cueto, his situation is a little different. According to Bradford, Cueto would most likely enter into serious Red Sox consideration if the price was right, but because his contract is up at the end of the year and the 29-year-old is due for a big pay day, the price likely won’t be.
But, if the Red Sox were willing to part ways with top prospects in order to make a late season run at the postseason, Cueto would be an interesting name. If the Red Sox believe they have a minor league surplus and a chance to win this season, Cueto is certainly in play.
Cueto is 6-6 with a 2.79 ERA this season and he too has only pitched for the Reds in his eight-year pro career.
For more on Hamels and Cueto, check out Bradford’s column from earlier today.
|Live Chat: Talk Red Sox, everything else in sports with John Tomase at noon||07.16.15 at 7:29 am ET|
Join John Tomase for a live chat Thursday at noon where he will discuss not only the Red Sox, but all sports. Get your questions in now!
|Live blog: Red Sox seeking fourth straight win taking on Blue Jays in Toronto||07.01.15 at 12:24 pm ET|
The Red Sox will be going for their fourth straight win Wednesday afternoon in Toronto on Canada Day. Rick Porcello will be opposed by left-hander Mark Buehrle with Hanley Ramirez back in the Red Sox lineup.
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|Red Sox live blog: Eduardo Rodriguez goes for win No. 4 in series finale vs. Orioles||06.25.15 at 12:31 pm ET|
The Red Sox and Orioles will finish their three-game series Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park with both teams winning a game so far. The Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound as he will look to win the fourth game of his major league career.
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|Woman hit by broken bat at Fenway Park upgraded to fair condition||06.08.15 at 4:04 pm ET|
Tonya Carpenter, the 44-year-old woman who was struck by a broken bat at Fenway Park Friday night, has been upgraded to fair condition, according to a statement released by her family.
Initial reports indicated that Carpenter had suffered life-threatening injuries, and her family said she was in a serious condition in a statement released Saturday. Fortunately, her condition has since improved.
“Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair,” her family said in a statement, according to NECN. “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially the fans at Fenway Park, first responders, Boston EMS, Boston Police and her care team at Beth Israel Deaconess.”
The incident occurred in the second inning of Friday night’s game when Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie‘s bat shattered, sending a piece flying into the stands. The game was delayed for several minutes as Carpenter was carried off the field on a stretcher.
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval sit against left-hander Scott Kazmir||06.05.15 at 3:27 pm ET|
David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval, who have both struggled mightily against left-handed pitchers this season, will start Friday night’s game on the bench as the Athletics send Scott Kazmir to the mound.
Here’s the complete Red Sox lineup:
For complete batter vs. pitcher matchups for Friday night’s game, click here.
|Closing Time: Red Sox no-hit into sixth inning, lose behind rough outing from Wade Miley||05.30.15 at 10:09 pm ET|
The Red Sox dropped their second straight Saturday night as both their starting pitching and offense failed in an 8-0 loss to the Rangers.
Wade Miley allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits over four-plus innings of work, with a four-run fourth inning proving to be predictably costly on a night in which the Red Sox managed just five hits.
Boston’s bats were stifled by a rookie, as Rangers starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez was making his major league debut in the game. Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before David Ortiz, who made his return to Boston’s lineup, doubled.
The 22-28 Red Sox will look to even the series Sunday afternoon in Arlington.
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WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– Miley was coming off his best outing in a Red Sox uniform, as he held the Angels to one run on four hits over eight innings last week. Saturday was a different story, as he allowed at least one hit in each of his four-plus innings before being yanked with the bases loaded and no out in the fifth.
Miley is now 4-5 on the season.
– Throwing home isn’t always a good thing. With the Rangers having already scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to three, Brock Holt threw home on a grounder to shortstop with runners on second and third with one out. The throw wasn’t great, allowing Martin to score.
On the next play, DeShields bunted to Miley, who threw the ball away in an attempt to get the lead runner at home. All runners advanced on the play as the Rangers built their lead to 5-0.
– The Ortiz Laboratory does not focus on baserunning. After doubling to lead off the top of the sixth and advancing on a Hanley Ramirez groundout, Ortiz was caught in a rundown on a ground ball back to the mound from Pablo Sandoval. Gonzalez quickly threw to third, initiating a rundown in which Ortiz was tagged out in short order. Read the rest of this entry »
|Former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden on MFB: ‘[John] Farrell is right on the money’ with wanting approved pitching substance||05.28.15 at 1:46 pm ET|
Former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden joined Middays with MFB Thursday to discuss getting substances approved for pitchers to use on the mound in games, like pine tar for batters. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier in the week he would like to see a substance approved for all pitchers to help get a better grip. “I would like to see an approved substance that pitchers can use,” Farrell said in Minnesota.
This comes after Orioles reliver Brian Matusz was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Marlins for having a substance on his right arm, becoming the second MLB pitcher in a week to be disciplined for using an illegal substance on the baseball. Braden agrees with Farrell.
“[John] Farrell is right on the money because he understands,” Braden said. “There are guys in the league that yeah, 97-98 (mph), we’re talking hundo (100 mph) and they don’t have a clue where it’s going sometimes. So, from the hitters perspective they would love to be able to dig in against a guy like that and being confident that [they] are not going to get drilled and get pained one knee high away on the black. [They’d] like to have a comfortable at-bat. Well, a guy like me — so, for a guy that throws 95 or above, it’s a safety issue, but for a guy like me who does it, now I am a cheater? Not so much. These are things that have been going on, that go on and that will continue to go on in the game of baseball …”
He added: “We don’t need to go and try and reinvent the wheel here. There’s a substance already out there and it’s called pine tar. This is what I think about — when [a batter] is in the on-deck circle and he has his batting gloves on, holding a weighed bat, with a weighed doughnut on it, he’s applied pine tar to his bat, he has pine tar on his helmet, he’s rubbed down the bat with the [stick] just before he goes up to the plate. I’ve got a bag of chalk on the back of the mound to get moisture off of my hand. That’s what [a pitcher] is working with and that’s what [a batter] has?
“Give me a pine tar rag. I don’t need to have you go to NASA and come up with some space-sticking goo to stick on my fingers, I’m good with pine tar. I’ve made that abundantly clear. For me, what I haven’t come across was, ‘Oh, I can use rosin and I can shield my sensitive fair skin from ultraviolet rays and this is actually going to come up with a nice sticky substance. That’s a win for me. Sorry about it, but sorry I am not sorry.'”
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