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Red Sox introduce new digital ticket initiative for upper bleacher seats 01.27.12 at 7:04 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced today a brand new digital ticket initiative as well as information for tomorrow’s general ticket sale. Below is the full release from the Red Sox:

BOSTON, MA – As part of an ongoing effort to provide fans and families with more opportunities to purchase the most affordable seats at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox today introduced a new “Digital Ticket Initiative” that would help prevent the lowest priced seats at Fenway Park – the Upper Bleacher seats priced at $12 – from being sold on the secondary market at significantly higher prices.

For select high-demand games during the 2012 season, most seats in the Upper Bleacher area of the ballpark will only be offered as “digital tickets” rather than printed tickets, and require the credit card used by the primary purchaser to be swiped at the gate in order to gain entry into the Park on game day.

“Over the past 10 years, we have intentionally held the price of the Upper Bleacher seating category at $12 per seat in order to provide family-friendly pricing options for Red Sox fans,” said Red Sox SVP/Ticketing Ron Bumgarner. “The downside of keeping these low price points is that these tickets sometimes end up on the secondary ticketing market at significantly marked up prices. By requiring the primary purchaser of the tickets to attend the game through this Digital Ticketing Initiative, our hope is to gradually eliminate those purchasing these specific tickets solely for the purpose of resale, and instead get these tickets into the hands of fans and families all over New England.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hot Stove: Marlins out on Albert Pujols, but not done spending 12.07.11 at 6:30 pm ET
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The Marlins have spent a ton of money this offseason, and they may not be done.

After committing a total of $191 million to Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, the Marlins are still in on the C.J. Wilson sweepstakes, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Miami gave Buehrle a four-year, $58 million deal Wednesday, the same day they were reportedly told by Albert Pujols’ agent that they were not a finalist to sign the free agent first baseman.

Wilson, 31, went 16-7 last season for the Rangers with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts. According to a tweet from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have made a five-year offer to retain the lefty. The Marlins’ offer to Wilson is reportedly for six years.

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Hot Stove: Angels after Albert Pujols? 12.06.11 at 11:24 pm ET
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Albert Pujols has three massive offers on the table, and while two of them are known to be from the Cardinals and Marlins, the third team remains unknown.

What is known at this point, however, is that the Angels are among the teams interested in the free agent first basemen. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Tuesday night that the Angels are pursuing the slugger and that the two sides are having “ongoing conversations.”

An ESPN report earlier Tuesday evening stated that the Marlins, who have already signed former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, are expecting a decision from Pujols before Wednesday morning.

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Hot Stove: Albert Pujols to sign soon? 12.06.11 at 9:45 pm ET
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Will Albert Pujols leave St. Louis? (AP)

Albert Pujols is reportedly close to signing a very, very rich contract, and the baseball world may soon know where this winter’s biggest free agent will call home for the next several years.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, three different teams have extended 10-year offers to Pujols that would pay the free agent first baseman in excess of $200 million.

The Cardinals and the Marlins are the two teams that are currently known, while the third team is unidentified. Nightengale lists the Mariners, Rangers, Nationals and Orioles as possibilities for the third team.

ESPN’s Buster Olney writes that the Marlins expect to hear of Pujols’ decision prior to Wednesday.

In Pujols’ 11-year career, the first baseman has hit .328/.420/.617 with 445 homers and 1,329 RBI.

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Hot Stove: Mariners the favorites to land Prince Fielder? 12.06.11 at 4:21 pm ET
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According to a tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the Mariners are the front-runners to land free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. Bowden notes that the Brewers, Cubs and Blue Jays are all seeking shorter-term deals for Fielder.

WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reported Tuesday that the Mariners, who may have seemed a logical suitor for David Ortiz, are not pursuing the free agent designated hitter.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters Tuesday that his team has not talked to Fielder, who hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 homers and 120 RBI last season.

In his career, Fielder, 27, has hit .282/.390/.540 with 230 homers and 656 RBI. The son of former Tigers first baseman Cecil Fielder was named an All-Star for the third time in his career last season. He was named MVP of the All-Star game and picked up his second career Silver Slugger.

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Red Sox 2012 Spring Training Schedule 11.21.11 at 3:59 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced their 2012 preaseason schedule, which will be the inaugural season at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. The Sox will play 18 games at their new spring training stadium, beginning with a day-night doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College. They will also play their final exhibition game in Washington D.C. on April 3 against the Nationals.

Tickets go on sale on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. with prices at JetBlue Park ranging from $5 to $46. fans can purchase tickets at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, FL, online at redsox.com, and by phone at 888-REDSOX6.  Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call 877-REDSOX9.  Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.

Here’s the schedule with home games in bold:

March 3: Northeastern, 2:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 3: Boston College, 7:05  p.m. JetBlue Park
March 4: Minnesota Twins, 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 5: Baltimore Orioles 7:05 p.m. JetBlue Park

March 6:  Minnesota Twins, 1:35  p.m. Hammond Stadium
March 7:  Toronto Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m. Dunedin
March 8: St. Louis Cardinals, 1:05  p.m. Sarasota
March 9:  Pittsburgh Pirates 7:05 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 10:  Tampa Bay Rays 7:05 p.m. JetBlue Park

March 11:  Baltimore Orioles 1:05 p.m. Jupiter
March 12:  Miami Marlins 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 13:  New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tampa
March 14:  Off Day
March 15:  St. Louis Cardinals 2:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 16: Minnesota Twins 7:05 p.m. JetBlue Park

March 17: Baltimore Orioles (SS), 1:05 p.m. Sarasota
March 17: Baltimore Orioles (SS) 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 18: Tampa Bay Rays, 1:05 p.m. Port Charlotte
March 19: Minnesota Twins 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 20: Toronto Blue Jays 7:05 p.m. JetBlue Park

March 21: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m. Bradenton
March 22: New York Yankees 7:05 p.m. JetBlue Park

March 23: Baltimore Orioles  1:05 p.m. Sarasota
March 24: Miami Marlins (SS) 1:05 p.m. Jupiter
March 24: Philadelphia Phillies (SS) 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 25: Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m. Dunedin
March 26: Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 p.m. Clearwater
March 27: Tampa Bay Rays 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 28: Off Day
March 29: Toronto Blue Jays 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
March 30: Minnesota Twins 1:05 p.m. Hammond
March 31: Tampa Bay Rays 1:05 p.m. Port Charlotte
April 1: Minnesota Twins 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
April 2:  Washington Nationals 1:35 p.m. JetBlue Park
April 3:  Washington Nationals, 6:05 p.m. Nationals Park
(SS)—Split Squad

Poll: Who should be next Red Sox manager? 11.18.11 at 12:18 pm ET
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Who should be the next Red Sox manager?

  • Bobby Valentine (37%)
  • None of the above (30%)
  • Sandy Alomar Jr. (19%)
  • Torey Lovullo (12%)
  • Gene Lamont (2%)
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