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David Ortiz Insists He Hasn't Lost Bat Speed

Jul 1, 2015 6:43 AM

David Ortiz, who has hit seven home runs in his last 19 games, fired back at critics who questioned his bat speed earlier this season.

"I don't know why people go there," he said. "Why don't they throw me 96 miles an hour right down [the middle]. Tell all the pitchers to throw me fastballs 96 right down the [middle]. See if I lost bat speed.

"People like to criticize a lot about the game. I don't think people are sitting down watching the game. Oh, he lost bat speed? Why don't they throw me a fastball every pitch?"

Ortiz was unimpressed that some of the people who have said he is losing bat speed are scouts and other talent evaluators within the game.

"You know why they talk?'' he said. "They want to make noise. They want people to listen to them. There's a reason a guy who throws 97 throws me a 3-and-0 slider, because he knows what I can do with a fastball.

"I don't like the knowledge people have about the game today. They just want attention. When you say Papi's lost bat speed, you're just calling people's attention."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available

Jun 30, 2015 4:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

The Oakland Athletics, who eventually traded Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, told the Red Sox that Donaldson wasn't available.

Boston went on to sign Sandoval for five years and $95 million.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mike Napoli: Umpire Ejected Me For Not Picking Up Bat

Jun 29, 2015 7:44 AM

Mike Napoli says plate umpire Tripp Gibson tossed him because he didn't pick up his bat and tote it back to the dugout on Sunday.

Napoli was called out on strikes in the second inning and told Gibson he disagreed with the call. As he was walking away from the plate when Gibson threw him out.

"First of all, it was a ball," Napoli said. "I thought I walked. That's why I dropped my bat. And I had a conversation with him, told him I thought it was a ball. He said it was a good pitch, so I started taking off my batting gloves and started walking back toward the dugout."

Napoli had only taken a step or two when the umpire stopped him.

"He told me I forgot my bat," Napoli said. "I stopped a little bit, and [then] he told me to come back and pick up the bat. I pointed at the bat boy, who picks up our bats, and he tossed me. So then, when he tossed me, I told him how I felt."

Napoli gave an earful to Gibson, who is in his first season as a full-time major league umpire, before manager John Farrell pulled the player away and took up Napoli's cause for him.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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Red Sox Send Ramirez Back To Boston For MRI

Jun 28, 2015 1:03 PM

Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez, who will miss his fourth game Sunday since being struck in the left hand by a line drive off the bat of teammate Xander Bogaerts last Wednesday, is being sent back to Boston for an MRI exam.

Earlier tests had shown no structural damage, according to the club, but Ramirez will undergo further testing because he is "not progressing as we anticipated, particularly over the last 24 to 48 hours,'' manager John Farrell said.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Send Joe Kelly To Triple-A Pawtucket

Jun 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The Boston Red Sox made a number of roster moves on Thursday, sending Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket in the process.

Justin Masterson has been chosen to take Kelly's spot in the rotation.

Kelly has a 5.67 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 74.2 innings (14 starts) this season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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Red Sox Show Interest In Trading Clay Buchholz

Jun 25, 2015 9:49 AM

The Boston Red Sox have shown interest in trading Clay Buchholz, according to sources.

The non-waiver trade deadline is a little more than a month away and Boston is 9 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East.

Buchholz has pitched well as of late, which has increased his value. His contract also allows for team options in 2016 ($13 million) and 2017 ($13.5 million).

As far as the right-hander is concerned, he will remain with the Red Sox.

"Yeah, unless something crazy happens I expect to be here," he said. "I've always called this place home. [Trades] happen, and it's happened to a lot of guys, where they walk in and they're told their somewhere. That's the business part of it and I think everybody understands that.

"I would love to be here throughout the next couple of years and everything goes well sign another extension. That's sort of how I look at it."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Red Sox Unlikely To Drop Porcello From Rotation

Jun 23, 2015 6:39 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello both insist the pitcher is healthy, which make his struggles this season all the more frustrating.

The Red Sox put a lot of pressure on Porcello when they signed him to a four-year, $103.63 million contract extension before he ever threw a pitch for the club.

Porcello has been a victim of big innings many times this season. John Farrell "has expressed no inclination to drop Porcello from the rotation; he will be given every opportunity to work his way out of the slump," writes Gordon Edes.

The right-hander has allowed five or more earned runs five times in 14 starts this season; he allowed five earned runs or more just six times in 32 starts last season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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Hanley Ramirez Has 'Irked' Members Of Red Sox

Jun 22, 2015 1:17 PM

Some members of the Boston Red Sox have grown tired of Hanley Ramirez, according to a report.

Ramirez's attitude "has irked some respected members of the Red Sox's clubhouse," writes Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports in his latest column.

Jeff Passan was a guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Monday to discuss Ramirez.

"What's going on with Hanley Ramirez is the same thing that's gone on with Hanley Ramirez when he was in the minor leagues with the Red Sox, the same thing that's gone on with Hanley Ramirez in the major leagues while with the Marlins, and the same thing that happened last year with the Dodgers," Passan said.

"His effort bothers people, and his seeming lack of effort sometimes [bothers people]. Some days he looks like Manny Ramirez, and other days he looks like Sam Horn;just an out of shape, can't-hit-very-well Red Sox. It's the inconsistency that bothers people," Passan added.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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Justin Masterson Won't Ask Red Sox To Trade Him 'Right Now'

Jun 22, 2015 8:07 AM

Justin Masterson's role with the Boston Red Sox isn't guaranteed. He wants to start and isn't sure if he's ready to overhaul his approach to come out of the bullpen.

Masterson is signed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal.

"Still trying to work through it, talk, see what they truly want, what I truly want," he said. "It's one of those where I think what I'd ultimately like to do, and what would be great for all, is to go start, but guys have been doing great and that's understandable that that's not open at this point in time."

If the Red Sox can find a team that is willing to take a chance on him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, a trade may be an option.

"I don't know if it's in my nature to do that, to say, 'Beat it guys, trade me or put me in [the rotation],'" he said. "No, I don't think that's the time right now. Especially the way I see this team going and the way I believe in this team too.

"I'd like to be a part of it in some way shape or form. You can never have too much pitching, especially starting. So if I could be that avenue of guys coming in where maybe guys need a break, or something were to take place, that might be it. Those are the thoughts bouncing through my head as we talk about it. And we have a few days to work through it and see what exactly needs to be done.

"In the end I feel great, so that's the thing for me personally, I feel good and we'll figure something out."

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

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Big Papi Moves Into 29th On Career HR List

Jun 21, 2015 7:41 PM

David Ortiz launched his 476th homer to move past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell, and the Red Sox banged out 13 extra-base hits Sunday in a 13-2 win over the Royals.

Ortiz homered leading off the fourth to move into 29th place on the career list.

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Red Sox Claim Erik Kratz Off Waivers From Royals
Catcher Erik Kratz was designated for assignment by the Royals on June 11.

Press Release

Red Sox Lose Pablo Sandoval, Blake Swihart To Injuries
Pablo Sandoval left Saturday's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left ankle sprain.

David Ortiz Won't Accept Trade From Red Sox
"No chance," Ortiz said of a trade. "This is the team I'll be with the rest of my career."

Boston Globe

Sandoval Benched For Liking Instagram Photo While In Bathroom
Pablo Sandoval liked a pair of photos from his Instagram account during the Red Sox's loss to the Braves on Wednesday.

Jen McCaffrey/Mass Live

Dustin Pedroia Out With Sore Knee
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had started 64 of the team's first 65 games.

Dustin Pedroia Expects Red Sox To Start Winning
Dustin Pedroia expects the Red Sox to begin playing "winning baseball," even if the "only people who think we can do this are the 25 guys in here."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

John Farrell Subtly Criticizes Hanley Ramirez's Baserunning
Farrell never mentioned Ramirez by name, but he pointed out a situation in which the left fielder was easily doubled off second after Xander Bogaerts hit a line drive.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Pablo Sandoval Listed Day-To-Day
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Saturday's game with tightness in his right quad.

Farrell, Miley Downplay Argument In Boston Dugout
Both men said the cause of the argument was John Farrell's decision to lift the left-hander after the fourth inning.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Xander Bogaerts Utilizing Opposite Field More
Xander Bogaerts continues to mature as a Major League hitter this season.

Owen Watson/Fangraphs

Hanley Ramirez Has No Intention Of Moving Back To Infield
Hanley Ramirez has struggled playing left field, especially at Fenway Park, but has no intention of moving back to the infield.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Red Sox Aren't Looking To Trade Jackie Bradley
Jackie Bradley is hitting .338 at Triple-A and is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, but the plan isn't to promote him to Boston anytime soon.

David Laurilla/FanGraphs

Fan Hit By Broken Bat Expected To Survive
A woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park on Friday night is expected to survive the injuries.

Woman Injured At Fenway Park Remains In Serious Condition
A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands on Friday night is in serious condition at a Boston hospital.

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