Boston Red Sox and the importance of Shane Victorino

It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox’ offense is sputtering right now. For a squad that led the majors in runs a season ago, they currently sit 24th in MLB in runs scored (60) this season and 23rd in the league in team batting average (.236). The good news? Help is on the way. Shane Victorino, who posted a slash of .294/.351/.451 last year with Boston, began his rehab assignment...
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David Ross Chalks Up Red Sox-Orioles Altercation As ‘Baseball Stuff’

BOSTON — Red Sox catcher David Ross suffered two concussions last season and missed more than two months. So when a couple of pitches whizzed by his head in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, he understandably was a bit flustered. Orioles starter Bud Norris threw two high-and-tight fastballs as Ross attempted to drop down a sacrifice bunt with...
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Red Sox, Orioles benches empty after chin music

BOSTON — The benches cleared in the seventh inning of Saturday’s Red Sox-Orioles game at Fenway Park. Red Sox catcher David Ross and Orioles starter Bud Norris were at the center of the incident, which occurred when Ross attempted to drop down a sacrifice bunt following a leadoff walk by Mike Carp. No punches were thrown, and each team quickly returned to its respective dugout...
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John Lackey Rubs Mike Napoli’s Head, Building Team Chemistry While Ruining My Lunch

If you take nothing else from today’s Red Sox/Orioles game (which is still in progress), know that this was the day that John Lackey massaged Mike Napoli’s head in a manner so odd that even had Jerry Remy was pushed to suggest, “That’s almost too much for TV.” It’s actually not all that bad. But it does recall a similarly baffling scene a few years back when Julian Tavarez...
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Xander Bogaerts Gets Day Off In Red Sox’s Matinee Showdown With Orioles

BOSTON — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has started all 17 games this season. He’ll receive a day off Saturday. Jonathan Herrera (shortstop) and Brock Holt (third base) will man the left side of the Red Sox’s infield for Boston’s matinee showdown against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Holt, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, will bat seventh and...
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Xander Bogaerts deletes twitter account after posting photo of woman in thong

After posting a photo of a woman in a thong, Xander Bogaerts has deleted his twitter account. One can only assume that Bogaerts meant to send the photo as a direct message but sent it out publicly. Xander Bogaerts had an interesting post-game tweet last night — John Feitelberg (@JFeitelberg) April 17, 2014 It really should not...
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POLL Update: Six In Ten Still Want To Cut Carp

Updated voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows a continued—though significantly lessened—preference for dropping Mike Carp when the Red Sox need to cut someone from their overcrowded outfield—upon Shane Victorino's return from the DL. As the table shows, 61% now say Carp should be the one to go (down from 84% in the initial reading), while Jonny Gomes is the second...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Indians scouting veteran closer Hanrahan

The Indians were one of nearly 20 teams that were on-hand to watch free-agent right-hander Joel Hanrahan's showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The All-Star closer is 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery, but scouts attending the showcase said Hanrahan looks to be ahead of schedule, already throwing 87-93 MPH. The Indians will...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

FN POLL: Majority Still Call For Carp To Be Cut

The latest round of voting in our  FenwayNation Poll shows a somewhat reduced, but still overwhelming, preference for letting Mike Carp go when the Red Sox need to cut someone from their soon-to-be six-man outfield. As the table shows, 68% now say Carp should be the one to go, while 14% now name Jackie Bradley, Jr. as the next preferred candidate to be cut. Eight percent each think...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts Tweets Picture Of Half-Naked Woman, Deletes Account

The Red Sox pulled off a hard-fought, 14-inning victory against the Chicago White Sox on the South Side of the Windy City last night. The night prior, the Sox lost a tight game in the ninth inning thanks to a throwing error by rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts, so it’s understandable that Bogaerts would want to celebrate Thursday night’s big win. How did he do so, you ask? By...
Via Next Impulse Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Will Throw For Sox And Empire

Hanrahan At FenwayA bevy of major league scouts—including those from the Red Sox and Yankees—will witness a workout today by former Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan. While Boston seems to have found their closer answer in Koji Uehara, his recent health scare (not to mention the circumstances that led to Koji last year) suggests that 'more is more' in today's bullpen...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts wants to be the next US Airways social media manager

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is off to a bit of a slow start on the field this season, but don’t let that slow down his game off the field.  According to Hall of Very Good, Bogaerts had only tweeted once since Christmas before Wednesday night.  He returned to social media with a bang though, doing what any 21 year old professional athlete might do… Accidentally tweeting...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why should Red Sox manager John Farrell be fined because MLB can’t get the replay right?

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell,is being fined for the comments he made about the replay system, in major league baseball. Why should MLB fine Farrell because of their lack of consistency? It’s a joke, when they can’t get a call right after reviewing it on film. They went to replay, so mistakes wouldn’t happen. Then when one of their managers speaks his mind, they reach...
Via USA Sports 360
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia avoids fractured wrist

Boston Red Sox shortstop Dustin Pedroia received great news on Monday when an exam revieled no structural damage or break in his ailing left wrist, a source has confirmed to Pedrioa, who was was scratched from the lineup Sunday against the New York Yankees, just has inflammation from an injury he sustained on a takeout play at second base against the Brewers during the...
Via Sports-Glory
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Keenan Thompson spoofs David Ortiz on SNL

"Saturday Night Live" pulled off a hilarious Weekend Update skit on the David Ortiz-Samsung controversy. Watch SNL's video here.
Via Gamedayr
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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