Craig Kimbrel finding balance and dominating again

Following his most recent outing — a nine-pitch save that included two strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians on May 22 — the following stat about Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is quite notable: Kimbrel has allowed 1 hit since April 24th. It's May 22. — Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) May 22, 2016 That’s pretty good. Kimbrel has come a long way in his first two months...
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Bill “Spaceman” Lee is running for governor of Vermont

Former MLB pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee had a strange career in the majors. He was an outspoken, bizarre individual that epitomized the 1970s. The 69-year old (obligatory “nice” reference) is back in the news with the announcement that he plans on running for governor of Vermont, and Lee’s platform may be best described as “unique”. The ex-Red Sox and Expos pitcher...
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Sox Suffer Huge Blow: Carson Smith To Get Tommy John

The Red Sox have announced that relief pitcher Carson Smith—relied upon to be a key part of a late-inning bridge to Craig Kimbrel—will undergo Tommy John surgery and be lost for the year. This raises multiple questions about how Boston  goes forward—whether they rely on a combination of overworked set-up mean like Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara—or make a trade for a Smith...
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Tommy John surgery for Red Sox reliever Smith

Red Sox right-hander Carson Smith is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in New York City.
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10 eye-popping stats from David Ortiz’s dominant 2016 season (so far)

David Ortiz’ 2016 season has been electrifying. Ortiz has been consistently great, posting a .408 on base percentage on the season. He’s had breakout moments, like his 4-for-4 performance on Sunday, which came just short of the cycle. He’s been clutch, as evidenced by a walk-off double in the Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Astros on May 14. He’s been […] The post 10...
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Wake Up With Wilbur: All Eyes on Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. brings a 27-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s series opener vs. Colorado. On today’s Wake Up With Wilbur, columnist Eric Wilbur labels Bradley an MVP candidate. Who are the Red Sox’ all-time statistical leaders?  The post Wake Up With Wilbur: All Eyes on Jackie Bradley Jr. appeared first on
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Fenway’s Future: Bryce Brentz, Andrew Benintendi, Trey Ball and More

In this week’s Fenway’s Future we look at a pitcher and outfielder at Triple-A who are stuck in line on the depth chart and a pitcher at Double-A who has been dominating opponents. Additionally, we’ll dive into a potential turning point for a top-draft-pick at High-A, and a top prospect outfielder at Low-A who needs to improve his contact tool. Triple-A Pawtucket: Roenis Elias...
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It's Time to Vote for your Many Red Sox All-Stars

(May 13, 2016 - Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)Evan MarinofskyContributing WriterToday is May 23, our Boston Red Sox are tied for first place in the AL East with a record of 27-17, and it's time to start thinking about the All Star Game. The MLB has wanted you to vote since the end of April, but I think starting right about now is a good time to start thinking about...
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Wouldja Please Make David Ortiz an Offer He Can’t Refuse and End This “Retirement” BS

For more than a decade, whenever hope seemed lost or we needed some kind of magic at the zero hour, David Ortiz has been the go-to guy with a capital G. I’ve honestly lost count of the many times he’s pulled our asses from the fire, but his propensity for doing it on the big stage is unrivaled in the franchise’s history. Down three games to none in the 2004 ALCS against the...
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Rick Porcello Is Figuring Out His Fastballs

For one month early in the 2015 season, Rick Porcello, traditionally a sinkerballer whose fastball sits at 91, led with the four-seam. It was only the second month in Porcello’s career in which the sinker’s position as his primary pitch was usurped by the four-seam, and unlike the first instance of this happening, the magnitude of the shift was noticeable. It was the beginning...
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Xander Bogaerts Is Also Putting Together A Solid Streak

(Boston Herald Photo)As MassLive.COM's Jen McCaffrey points out, there are two important active hitting streaks by Red Sox hitters. The obvious one is Jackie Bradley, Jr.'s 27-game streak—which is just 8 shy of breaking the all-time Red Sox record of 34 (held by Dom DiMaggio). But, somewhat under the radar, Xander Bogaerts has put together a 16-game streak (a career best for Bogie...
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Assessing the Red Sox’s Pitching Staff

The story of the Red Sox’s season has quickly become about the offense, and with good reason. The Sox have scored the most runs in baseball and are near the top in most offensive categories. David Ortiz has yet to age, Xander Bogaerts is becoming a star, Jackie Bradley Jr. is impossibly hot and the lineup is as deep as it’s been in years. There’s plenty to feel good about over...
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Recap - David Ortiz Lead Red Sox 12-Hit Attack Against Cleveland

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterDavid Ortiz was a triple short of the cycle, Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak and Rick Porcello provided another good outing as the Red Sox beat Cleveland 5-2 on Sunday at Fenway Park.The win gave Boston another series win and put them ten games over .500.Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesOrtiz (pictured) singled, homered and doubled twice...
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Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Hitting Streak Will Probably Go On Forever

I’m sorry if I just jinxed him with that headline, but I am embracing JBJ mania with both hands. After two seasons in the cellar and the bad taste of the Jon Lester departure and the Pablo Sandoval arrival still lingering, the JBJ rebirth is a feel-good story to rival the citywide uplift of the 2013 World Series championship. A mere one year ago, Jackie Bradley Jr. was chasin’...
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Joe Kelly flirts with no-hitter in return from DL to lift Red Sox over Indians

BOSTON — Joe Kelly clearly showed he was ready to come back.Kelly pitched no-hit ball for 6 2/3 innings in his first start since a month on the disabled list, Mookie Betts had a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Saturday."I just felt super strong out there," Kelly said. "All the work I've been putting in since I went out on the...
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Red Sox Notes: Mookie Betts Breaks Out; Eduardo Rodriguez Makes Rehab Strides

BOSTON — With the way Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts have been hitting, it’s easy to forget about Mookie Betts sometimes. But it was impossible to ignore the Red Sox right fielder Saturday at Fenway Park. That’s because Betts was a one-man wrecking crew against the Cleveland Indians, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and a career-high five RBIs to...
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Kelly takes no-hitter 6 2/3, Betts 2 HRs in Boston's win

BOSTON (AP) Joe Kelly pitched no-hit ball for 6 2/3 innings, Mookie Betts had a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Saturday. Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his majors' best hitting streak to 26 games with an infield single. Dom DiMaggio owns the Red Sox record with a 34-game string in 1949. Kelly (2-0) came off the 15-day disabled...
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Report: MLB agrees to raise strike zone, make intentional walks automatic

Major League Baseball could see more dramatic rule changes as early as next season. The league’s competition committee agreed at owners meetings this week to raise the bottom of the strike zone to the top of the hitter’s knees and to allow pitchers to issue automatic intentional walks without throwing a pitch, sources told ESPN’s Jayson Stark. The changes, which still would...
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Red Sox Notes: Blake Swihart Looks Comfortable In MLB Outfield Debut

BOSTON — It took all of four pitches to indoctrinate Blake Swihart as a left fielder at Fenway Park. Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana led off Friday’s game against the Red Sox with a shot off the Green Monster in left. Swihart, starting his first major league game in the outfield, saw the ball bounce over his head on the return carom before center fielder...
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'Clay Pigeon' Falters Again, Red Sox Lose to Tribe, 4-2

(Getty Images)Once again, his teammates provided him a lead. And, once again, Clay Buchholz coughed it up. Staked to a 2-0 advantage, Buchholz hung a cupcake that turned into a three-run HR and sealed Boston's fate in an eventual 4-2 loss to The Tribe. The tall Texas righty is now 2-4 with a 5.92 ERA. Can AAA be far behind? The loss overshadowed Jackie Bradley, Jr. extending his...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

What Jackie Bradley Jr. Figured Out

Jackie Bradley Jr. has been doing amazing things. To be absolutely clear, they’ve all been doing amazing things. Every last one of them. That 91 mile-per-hour sinker outside? Amazing. That opposite-field roller past the shortstop? Amazing. The reason we bother to pay attention in the first place is because everything that happens out there is amazing, performed by amazing players...
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Xander Bogaerts’ Continued Evolution

A little over a year ago, our fearless leader Ben Carsley asked the BP Boston staff and some other writers around the interwebs whether they preferred Xander Bogaerts or Mookie Betts. It’s a really interesting question, and one that I still think about often. At the time, I picked Bogaerts and didn’t really need to think too much about it. Since then, things have certainly changed...
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The emergence of Jackie Bradley Jr. for the Boston Red Sox

When the Boston Red Sox drafted Jackie Bradley Jr. they knew he could play great defense but his offense was a question mark. In his first three seasons where he played around 240 games, he struggled batting. He never had a batting average higher than a .249. Give credit to the Red Sox because they were very patient with Bradley and allowed him to get adjusted to playing in the Major...
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John Farrell ejected for arguing balls and strikes (Video)

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected from Tuesday night's game against Kansas City for arguing balls and strikes.It happened in the top of the seventh inning with one out as Mookie Betts had just taken a first pitch for a called strike. Home plate umpire Bill Miller must have heard some grumbling from the Red Sox dugout before the next pitch was thrown, because the next...
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David Ortiz Retirement to Hurt Boston Red Sox in MLB Future

For as long as baseball fans can remember, David Ortiz has been the hero, and the face of the Boston Red Sox. The 40-year-old power hitter announced he would be enjoying his last year of MLB action in 2016, but that didn’t mean he was going to embrace a farewell tour without fireworks, right? The off-field leader has been ever-present both and off the field, and although he has...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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