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Xander Bogaerts gets off to good start at WBC as Netherlands beats South Korea 03.07.17 at 9:43 am ET
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While his teammates were sleeping, Xander Bogaerts helped Team Netherlands beat Team South Korea, 5-0 in their first game in the WBC Tuesday morning.

Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a triple, while playing third base. He hit third in the order behind Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar.

The Netherlands scored two runs in the first inning and didn’t look back. They are in Pool A with South Korea, Chinese Taipei and Israel.

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Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox would like to have Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts for long time, but aren’t in rush to extend them 02.23.17 at 10:59 am ET
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Dave Dombrowski isn't in a rush to extend Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski isn’t in a rush to extend Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are two Red Sox players who are potential superstars and obviously the team would like to have them part of their long-term future.

Bogaerts is a free agent after the 2019 season, while Betts is a free agent after 2020.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Thursday morning, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the organization would like them to be with them for a long time, but aren’t in any rush to strike a deal.

“We would like them to be Red Sox for a long time,” Dombrowski said. “But, I have also learned throughout the years any time you have contract negotiations with players they are best kept between you and the player. That is how I have always handled those types of situations.”

Bogaerts is a Scott Boras client and he’s been known not to sign contracts before a player hits free agency. Dombrowski noted he’s been able to strike deals beforehand with Boras clients on a few occasions and sometimes it is up to the player to overrule Boras and make a decision on their own.

“I think first of all, let’s just use those two because they are specific, there’s not a rush per se,” Dombrowski said regarding an extension. “It’s not like they are [free agents] at the end of this year. I’ve run into those scenarios. You can occasionally still throw out that we have interest. I think what’s interesting throughout the years, I’ve dealt with Scott Boras many, many times for 30 years basically, and ultimately it is the player’s life. They need to step up at times and make their decisions and I have had players that Scott will say, ‘We’re really not interested,’ and he will talk to the player and at one point he may come back and the player may say, ‘I want to make this decision.'”

Dombrowski also noted that Bogaerts seems to enjoy being a member of the organization.

“I think Xander likes it here a great deal,” he said. “I think he is in a position where he would like to be a Red Sox. He appreciates the organization and the way he’s been treated. You never can tell what can happen with those things.”

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Curt Schilling on K&C gives thoughts on early Hall of Fame ballot returns, including his own chances 12.29.16 at 11:49 am ET
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Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling filled in on Kirk & Callahan Thursday morning with Christian Arcand and Andy Hart and a big topic of discussion was the Baseball Hall of Fame and who should get in, including Schilling himself.

On Twitter, @NotMrTibbs tracks Hall of Fame ballots that are posted online to get an idea of how the votes are going. As it stands now, Schilling has 53 percent of the vote, but many voters have publicly stated they will not vote for Schilling because of his outbursts on social media and political bias.

“I’m either going to be in the Hall of Fame or not based on the people who vote,” he said.

The former pitcher noted he hasn’t done anything wrong legally, so doesn’t believe it should impact how people vote, but also he doesn’t get offended when people disagree with him politically.

“I’ve never hit my wife. I’ve never driven drunk. I’ve never shot anyone. I’ve never shot myself. All the things that people are in the news for, I haven’t done those things,” Schilling said. “It doesn’t mean I haven’t made some major mistakes, but 99.9 percent of mine are my mouth because I am passionate about the things I believe in. I don’t get offended by people who don’t believe in my [views].”

Schilling also gave his thoughts on some players who are receiving votes:

Jeff Bagwell (93.2 percent): “Good. He should be [in].”

Sammy Sosa (10.6 percent): “Sammy Sosa hit 60-plus homers three years in a row. The writers are clearly telling you they think he is a fraud, but there are other guys that cheated, who are getting voted in.”

Ivan Rodriguez (84.8 percent): “I don’t know. He was a Canseco guy. Canseco is like WikiLeaks, never been wrong. I think he was a phenomenal player. I don’t know. That’s the tough one because it gets back to the point — where do you draw the, if you’re going to draw a line where do you draw it and how do you draw it? I don’t know. I love Pudge, which there is a personal piece to that, but I don’t know. I think he’s the best defensive catcher I ever saw.”

LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT BELOW TO GET SCHILLING’S COMPLETE THOUGHTS

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David Ortiz teases Red Sox fans with Instagram post hinting of rethinking retirement following Chris Sale trade 12.06.16 at 8:19 pm ET
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The news of the Red Sox trading for Chris Sale quickly spread around baseball on Tuesday, including to David Ortiz.

The former Red Sox designated hitter posted a picture on Instagram from the Red Sox’ account of Sale with the caption: My god my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking ?

Ortiz officially retired on Nov. 15 after the Red Sox exercised his $17.2 million option for 2017 earlier in the month.

My god my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking ?

A photo posted by David Ortiz (@davidortiz) on

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Hot Stove Show: John Farrell talks contract, managing DH spot, 8th inning guy 11.17.16 at 10:57 am ET
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John Farrell. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Making his first radio appearance since the Red Sox were eliminated from the postseason via a three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians in the American League Division Series, John Farrell touched on a variety of topics when appearing on the Hot Stove Show Wednesday night.

In an interview with Mike Mutnansky, John McDonald and Rob Bradford, the Red Sox manager explained his thoughts on his contract status, the plan to replace David Ortiz, and a variety of other topics.

ON HOW HE WAS TOLD HE WOULD BE COMING BACK FOR THE 2017 SEASON (THE LAST GUARANTEED YEAR OF HIS DEAL)

My contract is what it is. The terms, it’s not like it needed to be negotiated. It’s in place, and continues to be in place. My focus has always been our team and what goes on on the field. Once you sign a contract you’re out trying to do the best job you can.

DID HE EXPECT THE CONVERSATION WOULD INCLUDE PICKING UP 2018 OPTION?

It wasn’t an option, and it was if I was coming back. And when you win the AL East, you log 93 wins, we had a number of challenges as a team throughout the course of the year, so, again, I thought there probably would be a point and time when the season was over … You’re always going to have dialogue with your general manager and Dave and I have had daily conversations over the course of the year and we still do now. Our conversations are frequent. I thought there would be a time once the final our was recorded, whenever that was going to be, that we would have that type of discussion. The fact that it happened in the manner it was, knowing he was probably going to be hit once I walked out of the room, that’s the way it happened.

HOW HE PLANS ON MANAGING THE DESIGNATED HITTER SPOT

If you don’t have a DH of David Ortiz caliber you would like to be able to rotate guys through to get them off their feet while you keep their bat in the lineup just to keep guys fresh. I think a lot of people might point to Hanley as the guy who would assume or take over David’s role. But Hanley has done a very good job at first base. He’s still got a lot of years ahead of him just from a defensive standpoint. We have to pick our spots to get Hanley off his feet, but we’re not talking about somebody who is hampered in any way. He’s still capable of playing 140-plus games at first base. So we would like to keep that flexibility open and rotate guys through.

The one thing we don’t know is how the market is going to unfold … Personally, Pablo Sandoval, the work that he’s put in, I think he has a chance to impact our club in a strong way next year, and we need him to. This is a guy who has three years remaining with us and we need to make Pablo a productive player again. So the flexibility with the DH role, that would be an advantage for us.

WHAT HE IS LOOKING FOR IN AN 8TH-INNING RELIEVER

Ideally you have a guy who has the capability of closing games out. That doesn’t mean he’s been a front-line closer all ready. … When you have an eighth-inning guy that means he has put-away stuff, and he likely has a strikeout pitch … Where this pitcher comes from, it remains to be seen.

ON JOE KELLY AS A LATE-INNING RELIEVER

I think the role fits his personality.

ON WHO MIGHT PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

I think we’re going to have a pretty good number of guys. (Went on to mention Eduardo Rodriguez, Sandy Leon, Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez, Criag Kimbrel, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, David Price, and Rick Porcello as possibilities.)

ON RICK PORCELLO

He’s the most prepared pitcher I’ve ever been around.

Click below to listen to the entire interview with John Farrell

Jenny Dell congratulates husband Will Middlebrooks on Twitter for new deal with Rangers 11.11.16 at 6:15 pm ET
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Will Middlebrooks’ hometown team is taking a chance on him.

The native of Texarkana, Texas has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers with an invitation to major league spring training.

Middlebrooks most recently had been with the Brewers organization, hitting just .111 in 27 at-bats with the big league club. He hit .286 with 10 homers and an .816 OPS in 68 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The 28-year-old’s wife, former NESN sideline reporter Jenny Dell, took to Twitter to congratulate her husband.

Middlebrooks, who has played four infield positions, was traded by the Red Sox to San Diego prior to the 2015 season for catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Source: Gary DiSarcina to be new Red Sox bench coach 11.11.16 at 11:57 am ET
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It didn’t take long to fill the Red Sox’ vacant bench coach position.

According to Gerry Callahan of the Kirk & Callahan show, the Red Sox will hire Gary DiSarcina to be their new bench coach. The position was open after Torey Lovullo left to manage the Diamondbacks last week.

DiSarcina is no stranger to the Red Sox as he managed the Lowell Spinners from 2007-09 and was the organization’s infield coach in 2010. The former big leaguer then went out West to be a GM assistant with the Angels, the team his spent his entire 12-year major league career with, from 2011-12 before coming back to Boston to manage the PawSox in 2013.

The Massachusetts native has spent the last three season on-field with the Angels, as he was their third base coach in 2014 and 2015, before shifting to first base this past season.

Having managed the PawSox in 2013, he’s familiar with a few of the Red Sox’ young players, including Xander Bogaerts.

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Former Red Sox Anthony Rizzo, David Ross join Bill Murray for Saturday Night Live appearance 11.06.16 at 8:22 am ET
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You probably had an idea it was coming.

What’s the logical progression after winning your first world championship in 108 years? Go on Saturday Night Live.

That’s exactly what at least three of the Cubs — Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler — did Saturday night, appearing in two skits. One of the appearances featured the trio with former SNL cast member Bill Murray for a rendition of “Go Cubs Go,” complete with back-up singers.

The other instance the three Cubs appeared was in a sketch portraying them as strippers.

David Price takes subtle shot at Boston fans after Twitter postseason criticism 10.31.16 at 10:07 am ET
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David Price once again didn’t take kindly to social media criticism.

Responding to a tweet referencing Price’s struggles in the postseason, the Red Sox pitcher responded, taking a thinly-veiled shot at the negative nature of Boston fans in the process.

Price struggled in his American League Division Series start against Cleveland this season, giving up five runs over 3 1/3 innings in the Game 2 outing. For his career, the lefty is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA as a starter in the playoffs.

Photos: Red Sox lose to Indians, David Ortiz says goodbye 10.10.16 at 10:48 pm ET
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In what was David Ortiz’s last-ever game, the Boston Red Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in Game 3 of the ALDS. The Red Sox were swept, and a Hall of Fame career came to an end. Check out photos from the game here.

For a complete recap, click here.

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David Ortiz returned to the field after the game for a final goodbye to Red Sox fans. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

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