|Source: No-trade wouldn’t impact Red Sox’ chances of landing Asdrubal Cabrera||12.03.12 at 2:21 pm ET|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A source confirmed to WEEI.com Monday that the Red Sox are one of six teams on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s no-trade list. However, the source indicated the clause would not be an impediment to any deal and that shortstop would be open to a trade.
Cabrera’s limited no-trade clause simply represents a form of leverage in the event that a deal involving the 27-year-old were to be struck. The list consists of the Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Nationals, Giants and Mets.
An All-Star in each of the last two seasons, the switch-hitting Cabrera hit .270/.338/.423 last season with 16 homers, 68 RBI and nine stolen bases.
|Sunday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Jon Lester vs. Corey Kluber||08.12.12 at 9:37 am ET|
In his last outing, the 28-year-old threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers. Lester (5-10, 5.36) is on a two-game losing streak. The Red Sox have lost six of his last seven starts.
Boston defeated the Yankees when Lester pitched six innings and allowed four runs in late July. The lefty has not won a start since June 27, when the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 10-4. Lester pitched seven innings of four-run baseball in that game.
Lester hasn’t pitched against the Indians since May 25, when he allowed zero runs through six innings in a Red Sox victory.
Corey Kluber, who will be starting for the Indians, has never faced the Red Sox in his career. In two years in the majors, Kluber (0-0, 6.10) has pitched in five games. He has started twice in his career, both times this season.
Both of Kluber’s starts ended in losses. In his last outing, the 26-year-old allowed one earned run in six innings as the Indians lost to Minnesota. In his first start of the season, on Aug. 2, Kluber allowed six runs through 4 1/3 innings to the Royals. Read the rest of this entry »
|Daniel Bard regrets shaking off Salty and watching his streak come to an end||08.02.11 at 12:21 am ET|
Daniel Bard hasn’t gotten this far in his big league career and had the success he’s had without paying attention to the little details.
That’s why Monday’s game might stick in his craw just a little longer than normal.
He threw a pitch – that in hindsight – he had no reason to throw since recent history dictated that you don’t sneak a slider down and in on Asdrubal Cabrera.
And the last thing Bard wanted was to have his career-best 26 1/3 scoreless innings streak end and have it end costing the Red Sox a game. But that’s what happened Monday night when he gave up a two-run homer to Cabrera in the eighth inning, leading the Indians to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox at Fenway.
Ironically, it was Cabrera who last got to Bard for an RBI hit when he doubled off the Sox reliever on May 23 with two outs to help the Indians to a 3-2 win in Cleveland. Between that May 23 appearance and Monday night, when he shook off Jarrod Saltalamacchia and went to a slider to Cabrera, Bard had gone 25 straight outings without allowing a run.
The second Cabrera homer of the night came on a 1-2 pitch, a slider that Bard was trying to sneak past Cabrera. Instead, it was blasted like a rocket to right, caroming off a fan’s left knee and flying back out to right fielder Josh Reddick. After ruling it initially a single, the umpires went back in and looked more closely. Verdict: Ball struck the fan sitting down clearly on the other side of the fence and in fair territory.
‘Apparently, hit a lady in the knee,” Bard said after seeing the stitches from the ball leave a mark in the woman’s left knee. “From my perspective it looked like it stayed in the park but it looks like they got it right. The pitch to Cabrera I thought was a pretty good pitch and I didn’t realize Lackey had thrown him quite of few of those same sliders down and in. I think he was probably sitting on that one. So I probably should’ve stayed hard with him there. Read the rest of this entry »
|Transcript of Terry Francona on The Big Show: ‘When [Daniel] Bard’s in the game, Bard’s pitching’||05.24.11 at 4:12 pm ET|
Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined The Big Show Tuesday afternoon to talk about the injury status of Dustin Pedroia and Daisuke Matsuzaka. He also addressed his decision to let Daniel Bard pitch to Cleveland’s red-hot Asdrubal Cabrera in Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Indians. Boston had a 2-1 lead heading into the eighth, but Bard (1-4) gave up two runs in the inning and took the loss. Cabrera’s RBI double proved to be the game-winner.
“When Bard’s in the game, Bard’s pitching.” Francona said. “The reason we took him out is we lost the lead and we’re trying to minimize his workload. But we never match up Bard with lefties or righties or take him out for a lefty. I think last year he led the league vs. lefties, so he’s almost like having a lefty. That right there for me, it’s not an option.
“I actually don’t mind facing [Cabrera] — and again I know Cabrera is hot right now — but having the open base sometimes can really be an advantage. Bard, if you look back at the at-bat, he threw [Cabrera] a breaking ball that I don’t know how he fouled off and kept himself alive. I think if I’d have [intentionally walked Cabrera], it would have been more for me to maybe cover my backside and I wouldn’t have agreed with it, so I really don’t want to do something like that.”
Francona also said that Bard has not performed as well as he did last season.
“What he did last year was probably hard to duplicate. He was on such a run for such a long period of time,” Francona said. “I don’t think his command at times is exactly what it was last year, because when he throws the velocity is tremendous. I think there’s times when the life through the zone isn’t quite the same. Not always, just sometimes. Because you see right now like last night when he makes a mistake, he got hit, and we didn’t really see that last year. Now saying that, it’s obvious how much confidence I have in him because we go to him almost every time somebody’s on base or the game’s on the line because of the amount of confidence we have in him.”
Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page.
How’s [Pedroia] doing today?
You know what? He’s OK. He popped his head in about an hour ago kind of gave me a thumbs up. I think he gave us all a scare last night, including himself. He went around the bag [Monday night against Cleveland] and kind of slipped. It was wet and he turned an ankle and he’s got that screw in there and gave him a little zinger, kind of a bolt of lightning going up that leg. We obviously needed to get him out of there because of that.
The doctors came over right away and looked at him and he’s OK, and again he got the feeling back real quick. I was kind of thinking about giving him today off anyway, because we’ve got the noon game tomorrow, and that kind of clinched it after that.
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