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Red Sox Recall Rusney Castillo; Option Jackie Bradley Jr. To Triple-A

May 22, 2015 5:38 PM

The Red Sox have recalled Rusney Castillo, who's batting eighth and playing right field Friday against the Rangers.

To make room for Castillo on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox sent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. down to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Yoan Moncada Makes Professional Debut For Red Sox

May 19, 2015 7:36 AM

Yoan Moncada made his professional debut for the Boston Red Sox on Monday, playing for the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Moncada grounded out twice, reached on an error, walked and scored twice. The 19-year-old Cuban, who batted sixth and played second base, also committed an error, whiffing on a ground ball.

"I enjoy it. I love it. I think it's part of the job. I've always enjoyed it," Moncada said. "I love playing in front of a lot of people, a lot of fans. That was one of the things about Fort Myers that was driving me crazy.

"I became a little desperate [to start playing with a full-season affiliate], but I understand it's part of the process, and the important thing is I feel I got better. Now I'm here, and I feel I'm ready for this next challenge."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Allen Craig Clears Waivers, Red Sox Outright Him

May 18, 2015 4:46 PM

The Boston Red Sox announced on Monday afternoon that Allen Craig has cleared waivers and been outrighted.

Craig is no longer on Boston's 40-man roster. Had a team claimed him on waivers, they would have had to pay Craig the $25.2 million remaining on his contract. He is signed through the 2017 season.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bobby Valentine Looking Forward To Fenway Return

May 18, 2015 7:50 AM

Bobby Valentine will return to Fenway Park on Wednesday for the first time since he was dismissed as manager of the Boston Red Sox following the 2012 season.

Valentine will serve as an ESPN analyst for the network's airing of a Texas Rangers-Red Sox game.

The 65-year-old is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

"I'm very excited about it," he said of a return. "It will be good to see the fans. The fans were always very good to me there."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Hitting Major League-Worst .206 In May

May 18, 2015 7:35 AM

A lot has been made of the pitching struggles of the Boston Red Sox, but they haven't hit well in the month of May.

They are hitting .206 as a team this month, the worst average in the Major Leagues.

Boston has hit 12 home runs in May, just two more than Bryce Harper. They've scored an average of 2.2 runs per game and have struggled mightily with runners in scoring position.

At .201, they rank at the bottom of the AL with RISP, and only Cincinnati has a lower average in the NL.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Red Sox Prospect Moncada To Make Minor League Debut

May 17, 2015 7:16 PM

Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban who represents a $63M investment by the Red Sox, will make his minor league debut Monday night for the Class A Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League.

"He did as well as expected with his transition on and off the field - a hard worker and eager to learn,'' Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett confirmed Sunday.

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Cherington Denies Red Sox-Mariners Trade Rumor

May 15, 2015 2:28 PM

Ben Cherington says there is no truth to the rumor that the Boston Red Sox offered Jackie Bradley, Jr. to the Seattle Mariners for Charlie Furbush this spring.

The report indicated that Seattle turned down the offer.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Joe Kelly Still Learning To Pitch Without Yadier Molina

May 15, 2015 8:04 AM

Joe Kelly, who has a 5.58 ERA and 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio through seven starts for the Boston Red Sox, is still adjusting to life without catcher Yadier Molina.

Kelly has thrown more 98 mph-plus pitches than any Major League starter in 2015.

However, he has struggled since the Red Sox acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals at last July's non-waiver trade deadline.

Kelly is still adjusting to life away from the Cardinals, where Molina called all of his pitches. Kelly is being asked to call his own pitches in Boston as rookie catcher Blake Swihart gains Major League experience.

"Probably recognizing hitters and pitching," Kelly said when asked what part of living the life of a starting pitcher he has improved on the most. "When I was in St. Louis I didn't have to think. Yadier just threw out a sign and I threw it. It was great. But now I'm actually better at reading games, knowing situations, I do my own scouting and I do my own video. I did a little bit of it in St. Louis, but it's more of me trying to read and watch. My stats don't show, but I feel like I'm better at it."

Kelly had a 2.81 ERA in the 49 games that he threw to Molina in St. Louis.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Rejected Bradley-For-Furbush Offer From Red Sox

May 15, 2015 7:37 AM

The Boston Red Sox offered to trade Jackie Bradley, Jr. to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Charlie Furbush this spring, but the Mariners declined.

Furbush is on a one-year, $1.3 million deal and still has two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Offering Bradley up for a good, but not elite, reliever would have been unthinkable just a year ago when he was considered one of the best young outfield prospects in baseball.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cherington Downplays Traveling On Road With Red Sox

May 14, 2015 10:23 AM

Ben Cherington joined the Boston Red Sox in Oakland on Monday, usually a signal of internal strife or roster instability, but the general manager has downplayed his presence.

"You try to do it about once a month and I tend to take all the New York ones, because it feels like it's the right thing to do," Cherington explained. "Personally I think it's probably best the GM isn't there all the time."

Cherington acknowledged that people might assume his presence carries a purpose.

"I know a couple of people do [think that], but I never know why. It's just part of the schedule," he insisted. "If something is going I need to be there for I'll go, but 99 percent of the time it's just what is scheduled. As GM, I don't remember ever being with the team on the road where it just hasn'€™t been part of the schedule."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Red Sox Worried Masterson Is Hurting After Latest Outing
Justin Masterson failed to get through the third inning on Tuesday night as the Red Sox lost 9-2 to the Athletics.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Red Sox Not Ready To Shuffle Starting Rotation
Boston pitching coach Carl Willis started Sunday and the team wants to get his opinion on the group.

Peter Abraham/Boston Globe

Red Sox Send Allen Craig To Triple-A Pawtucket
Allen Craig is batting .135 in 24 games with the Red Sox this season.

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Red Sox Fire Pitching Coach
The club has not yet announced a replacement for Juan Nieves.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Hanley Ramirez Suffers Sprained Shoulder
Hanley Ramirez left Monday night's game with what the Red Sox are calling a sprained left shoulder, a joint he has had surgically repaired twice before.

Kyle Brasseur/ESPN

Yankees Complete First Sweep Of Red Sox Since 2006
The Yankees have won 13 of 16 games since starting the season 3-6.

Associated Press

A-Rod Ties Willie Mays With No. 660
Alex Rodriguez joined Willie Mays in the 660 home run club on Friday night.

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Red Sox Pitchers Held Meeting Wednesday Morning
Boston's starters haven't lasted deep into games, tiring out the bullpen.

Jen McCaffrey/Mass Live

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Phillies Send Manuel Out To Scout Red Sox
The Red Sox may still be the front-runners to land Cole Hamels in a trade with the Phillies.

David Murphy/Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies Trying To Sell Red Sox On Re-Acquiring Papelbon
The Red Sox have issues with their pitching staff, including the rotation and bullpen.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Red Sox Want To Draft, Develop More Versatile Players
Brock Holt can play multiple infield and outfield positions and hold his own offensively, something the Red Sox are starting to value.

Michael Silverman/Boston Herald

Protesters Cause Disturbance Near Camden Yards
Fans at Camden Yards were asked to remain in the ballpark in the ninth inning, but were allowed to leave after the Orioles won in the 10th-inning.

David Ortiz Suspended For Making Contact With Umpire
David Ortiz made contact with umpire John Tumpane during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against Baltimore.

Associated Press

Hanley Ramirez Exits Game With Illness
Hanley Ramirez was replaced by Allen Craig in left field at the start of the third inning on Monday afternoon.

Alec Shirkey/MLB

Red Sox, Nationals Discussed Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann, who will be a free agent this coming winter, will be on the mound for the Nationals against the Red Sox on Tuesday evening.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years
Jon Lester's throw to first on Monday night was errant, suggesting teams may test him more often and that he had a reason not to throw anywhere but home plate over the last two years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Market Didn't Influence Porcello's Decision To Accept Extension
Rick Porcello avoided having to go up against several top-tier starting pitchers in free agency by agreeing to an extension with the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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