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Red Sox Place Andrew Benintendi On DL With Knee Sprain

Aug 26, 2016 7:56 AM

The Boston Red Sox have put Andrew Benintendi on the disabled list with a left knee sprain.

Benintendi was injured on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays while trying to avoid a tag while running toward second base.

John Farrell said team doctors were evaluating the results of an MRI exam on Thursday. The team later said that tests were inconclusive, with more to follow Friday.

The Red Sox are hopeful that the rookie will return before the season ends.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

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David Ortiz Becomes Oldest Player To Have 30-Home Run Season

Aug 25, 2016 7:43 AM

David Ortiz became the oldest player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in a season in the Boston Red Sox's extra-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Ortiz, 40, hit the first pitch he saw from Matt Andriese in the first inning for a two-run homer.

He is the only player with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of the past four seasons, and he is the first Red Sox player to drive in 100 runs 10 times.

"We need that, we need offense," Ortiz said. "We've had a good offense this year, and that's what's keeping us alive, so hopefully it continues."

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Stats

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Red Sox Haven't Closed Door On Signing Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 24, 2016 4:16 PM

The Boston Red Sox are still open to signing Jonathan Papelbon to fortify their bullpen.

Dave Dombrowski suggested that Boston still has interest in an interview with MLB Network Radio.

Dombrowski says "[Papelbon] has to decide what he wants to do."

MLB Network Radio

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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Red Sox Unlikely To Reunite With Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 22, 2016 8:05 AM

The Boston Red Sox are unlikely to reunite with Jonathan Papelbon, who was released by the Washington Nationals last weekend.

Papelbon hasn't pitched in two-plus weeks and there is concern within the organization that he won't have enough time to prepare for the rest of the season even if he is signed.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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Jonathan Papelbon Continues To Assess Options

Aug 18, 2016 2:06 PM

Jonathan Papelbon remains unsigned as he continues to assess his options as a free agent.

It had been reported that Papelbon would decide on a team by Wednesday night.

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have been linked to Papelbon, while the Texas Rangers aren't going after the right-hander.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor

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Tigers Deny Foul Play On Start Time Against Red Sox

Aug 18, 2016 2:03 PM

The Detroit Tigers insist the decision to deny the Boston Red Sox's request to push back Thursday's 1:10 p.m. start time was not a vindictive one.

The Red Sox played in Baltimore on Wednesday night.

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski, who was dismissed as GM by the Tigers last season, revealed this week that his old club declined to honor the scheduling change.

"Every team in baseball, at some point ... has some type of schedule issue. They get in late. They have another game. It happens to every team, every year," Brad Ausmus said. "It's not ideal. The baseball schedule is hard. If I were the Red Sox, would I not like it? Absolutely, I wouldn't like it. But there's nothing vindictive going on here. We've played Thursday day games all year long."

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox

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David Ortiz: Red Sox Would 'Welcome Back' Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 18, 2016 7:27 AM

David Ortiz says Jonathan Papelbon would fit in just fine with the Boston Red Sox.

"I don't know what happened there at the [Washington] Nationals, but he was a great guy and we would welcome him back with open arms," Ortiz said. "And we need help in the bullpen. We definitely do."

Papelbon requested and received his release from the Nationals last Saturday, making him a free agent.

The Red Sox have expressed interest in bringing back the 35-year-old, who pitched for them from 2003 to 2011.

"He started here and the fans love him," Ortiz added. "Jonathan is like a brother to me. He's a great guy and an amazing teammate. His teammates were always first to him. It would be fabulous to have him back."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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Jonathan Papelbon To Pick Team By Wednesday Night

Aug 17, 2016 7:29 AM

Jonathan Papelbon is drawing "strong interest" from multiple clubs and expects to make a decision on his next team by Wednesday night, according to a source.

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have both been linked to Papelbon, who was released by the Washington Nationals.

Papelbon ranks ninth in Major League history with 368 career saves in 12 seasons with the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and the Nationals.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor

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Jon Lester Endorses Cubs Potential Acquisition Of Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 15, 2016 11:52 AM

If the Chicago Cubs sign Jonathan Papelbon, former teammate Jon Lester is on board.

“He is crazy," Lester said of Papelbon, who was his teammate for several seasons with the Boston Red Sox. "But he's no crazier than the rest of us. He just gets a bad rap for what happened in the dugout. Knowing Papelbon, I've always had good things to say about him as a teammate, how he respects the game and how he goes about his business."

The Cubs may have interest in Papelbon after he was released by the Washington Nationals.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor

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Red Sox Place Steven Wright On DL; Hanley Ramirez On Bereavement List

Aug 14, 2016 7:54 PM

One week after jamming his right shoulder while diving into second base as a pinch runner, pitcher Steven Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list, the Red Sox announced Sunday.

Wright missed a start last week but had said he was "50-50" to make his next one, scheduled for Thursday night in Detroit, depending on the outcome of a bullpen session Monday. But with the inflammation in Wright's shoulder not subsiding as quickly as he hoped, the team decided to shut him down for a few days. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 8, leaving Wright eligible to pitch as soon as Aug. 23.

The Red Sox also announced first baseman Hanley Ramirez will be placed on the three-day bereavement list.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

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David Ortiz 'Doing Much Better' After Fouling Pitch Off Leg
David Ortiz was helped off the field in the ninth inning on Wednesday, unable to put weight on his right foot.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Have No Plans To Honor Alex Rodriguez
The Red Sox paid great respect to both Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2014) in recent years.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox May Begin Playing Andrew Benintendi More Often
The Red Sox are already considering more playing time for Andrew Benintendi, who made his Major League debut last week.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Red Sox To Promote Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi was a first round pick in 2015 and has been playing at Double-A Portland.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Brad Ziegler To Close For Red Sox
Brad Ziegler, 36, had 18 saves for the Diamondbacks.

Brendan Hall/ESPN

Red Sox, Twins Have Held Trade Talks In Recent Weeks
The Twins and Red Sox have held trade talks in recent weeks, but so far the teams "aren't a great match at this point," according to a source.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

MLB 'Looking Into' Big Papi Breaking Tampering Rules
After Tuesday night's All-Star Game, David Ortiz lobbied for the Red Sox to go after Jose Fernandez and Edwin Encarnacion.

Red Sox Acquire Drew Pomeranz From Padres
The Red Sox have acquired Drew Pomeranz from the Padres in exchange for 18-year-old prospect Anderson Espinoza.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Jose Fernandez Hopes To Groove Fastball To David Ortiz
Jose Fernandez would love to pitch to David Ortiz during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, going as far as to say that he'd love to groove a fastball to the retiring slugger.


David Ortiz Has Baseball's Most Popular Jersey
David Ortiz, who is playing his final Major League season, has baseball's most popular jersey.

Cash Kruth/MLB

The World Beats U.S. In All-Star Futures Game
Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada helped the Word beat the United States 11-3 on Sunday.

Craig Kimbrel To Undergo Knee Surgery
Koji Uehara will now be the Red Sox's primary closer.

Red Sox Trade Two Prospects To D-Backs For Brad Ziegler
The D-Backs receive Luis Alejandro Basabe and Jose Almonte who were both playing at Class A Greenville.

Red Sox Have Scouted Jeremy Hellickson Recently
Jeremy Hellickson is one of many rotation options the Red Sox are considering, according to sources.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Brewers Trade Aaron Hill To Red Sox For Two Prospects
The Brewers acquire infielder Wendell Rijo and pitcher Aaron Wilkerson from the Red Sox.

Angels Rout Red Sox 21-2 At Fenway Park
C.J. Cron went 6-for-6 to lead the Angels to a 21-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

David Ortiz Celebrates 2,000th Hit, 522nd HR
With his 522nd career home run, David Ortiz now is in sole possession of 19th place on the all-time list.

Red Sox Lose 5 Prospects, International Signing Rights
The Red Sox have been banned from signing any international players during the international signing period that starts Saturday and they had five of their international teenage prospects from Venezue

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Red Sox Could Face Significant International Signing Penalties
The results of Major League Baseball's investigation into the 2015 international signing class of the Red Sox appear to be nearing a conclusion.

Ben Badler/Baseball America