|Live Blog: Follow action (tweets) as Red Sox take on Twins at Target Field||05.25.15 at 10:41 am ET|
|Video: David Ortiz serves customers at Dunkin’ Donuts||05.20.15 at 8:57 am ET|
In an effort to raise awareness for Dunkin’ Donuts charitable promotion that raises money for New England children’s hospitals, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz donned an apron and served customers at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Salem, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.
Ortiz, sporting a “Big Papi” name tag, made an iced coffee for a drive-through customer and greeted other surprised patrons.
|Hanley Ramirez returns to Red Sox lineup||05.09.15 at 12:17 pm ET|
Boston’s lineup for Saturday is as follows:
|John Farrell on Brock Holt: ‘He’ll be on the field (Sunday)’||04.25.15 at 5:46 pm ET|
John Farrell has no intentions of leaving Brock Holt on the bench for long.
The super sub, who blasted a game-winning three-run homer on Friday to boost his average to .424, was not in Saturday’s starting lineup against the Orioles. Xander Bogaerts returned to action at shortstop, while Allen Craig filled in for Shane Victorino in right field.
Fans clamoring to see Holt shouldn’t have long to wait. Farrell told reporters in Baltimore that Holt will get the start in Sunday’s series finale.
“Yeah, he’ll be on the field (Sunday),” Farrell told reporters. “I don’t know where, but he’s going to be on the field. He comes up big multiple times for us. With a left-hander on the mound, every guy is important to us. We’re trying to get Allen Craig going, trying to get Bogey going. At the same time, yeah we’re trying to win every night we go on the field, but it’s going to take each and every guy on our roster and I can’t look past that.”
Holt, who bats left-handed, hit lefties better than righties last year, batting .293 with a .763 OPS against the former and .274-.682 against the latter. Baltimore is starting left-hander Wie-Yin Chen on Saturday night.
|Mike Napoli, Pablo Sandoval remain flipped in Red Sox order against Orioles||04.24.15 at 4:26 pm ET|
The Sox lost two of three in Tampa to the Rays, including Thursday night’s walkoff defeat. For the third straight game, first baseman Mike Napoli will bat fifth and Pablo Sandoval sixth, in an effort to keep teams from bringing in a left-handed reliever to face David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, and Sandoval.
Also, with Shane Victorino battling a sore hamstring, Daniel Nava gets the start in right field. Click here for a series preview, and also read up on why Porcello has been questioning his pitch selection of late. Here’s the lineup.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Hanley Ramirez in ‘position to be embarrassed’ in left field||04.22.15 at 9:27 am ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday to discuss the Boston Marathon and how the Red Sox look in the early weeks of the season. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Among the topics discussed was Hanley Ramirez‘ defense. While the free agent acquisition leads the Sox with five homers and 12 RBI, his play in left field has not been promising after spending the vast majority of his career as a shortstop.
Schilling said Ramirez’ struggles are not for lack of trying and credited the 31-year-old for not making a stink out of his situation.
“It’s hard, and I’m not making excuses, but at this point in your career, bravo that he hasn’t said boo about moving,” Schilling said. “But he’s putting himself in a position to be embarrassed and playing as hard as he can play. There’s nothing you can do about that.
“There’s nowhere else in my mind to put him defensively, because, for me, left field in Fenway — and I say this because it’s the only word I can come up with — might be the easiest outfield position because there’s so much less ground to cover. You’ve got to figure out the wall, you’ve got to figure out angles and the ladder, but that doesn’t take that long. And you’ve got one of the best defensive coaches in the game in Brian Butterfield, so I’m hoping he gets that left field thing because I’m not sure there’s options there.”
“Manny was actually – when he wanted to be – was very, very good,” Schilling responded.
The Red Sox sit atop the AL East with a 9-5 record, making them the only team in their division currently above .500. Schilling said the first impression hasn’t surprised him, but that the team’s starting pitching hasn’t been where he’s expected it to be.
“I don’t feel any different,” he said. “The first three weeks, four weeks, first month, I always try to sort it out and look and decide. Their starting pitching, which I expected to be better, hasn’t been, which is something that’s probably a little worrisome.”
Four of the team’s starters have ERAs of 5.74 or higher, with Rick Porcello sporting a team-worst 6.63 mark.
“When you bring contact pitching into the American League East, I’ve always found it works less than you’d like it to,” Schilling said. “[Wade] Miley, he did alright last night, and Porcello, but it’s tough. It’s tough to be a guy who relies on defense to get outs in this division.”
|Live Blog: Following Red Sox, Boston Marathon through Twitter||04.20.15 at 10:06 am ET|
|Photos: Red Sox 2015 home opener vs. Nationals||04.13.15 at 4:27 pm ET|
The Red Sox welcomed fans back to Fenway Park with a memorable home opener ceremony that featured, among others, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, Pete Frates and Jane and Henry Richard. Check out all our photos from throughout the day here.
|Live Blog: Red Sox take on Nationals in Fenway Park opener||04.13.15 at 2:21 pm ET|
|Poll: What was the biggest positive in Monday’s 8-0 Red Sox win?||04.07.15 at 11:12 am ET|
The Red Sox couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2015 season, beating the Phillies 8-0 and hitting five home runs in the process.
Besides two homers apiece from Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez, Clay Buchholz went seven innings, not allowing a run and struck out nine. Mookie Betts also hit a home run in his first Opening Day start.
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