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Yankees Complete First Sweep Of Red Sox Since 2006

May 4, 2015 8:25 AM

The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday night to claim their first sweep of their rival since 2006.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits and was also hit by a pitch and walked to reach base a career-high six times. Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees, who have won 13 of 16 games since starting the season 3-6.

The Red Sox lost for the eighth time in 11 games to fall below .500 for the first time this season.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Stats

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A-Rod Ties Willie Mays With No. 660

May 2, 2015 12:57 AM

Alex Rodriguez joined Willie Mays in the 660 club Friday night at Fenway Park, and he did it in dramatic fashion, lining a 3-0 pitch from Junichi Tazawa into the seats above the Green Monster in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 3-2 win, according to an ESPN.com report.

The home run ties Rodriguez with Mays for fourth place on baseball's all-time career list.

ESPN.com

Tags: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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Red Sox Pitchers Held Meeting Wednesday Morning

Apr 30, 2015 8:44 AM

The Boston Red Sox pitching staff, both starters and relievers, held a meeting before taking on the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

A few hours later, Rick Porcello allowed just one run over seven innings.

"We all talked, the pitching staff, me, (manager) John (Farrell)," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "Kind of trying to command the fastball to both sides of the plate, up and down, in the zone. That was game plan. We talked about working toward pitching in more, pitching out more, getting in better counts and all those things worked tonight.

"I think guys have been a little frustrated with how things have gone obviously but I still have a lot of confidence in all of these guys. These guys are quality guys we just have to make a little adjustment and tonight was the first step in that."

Boston's starters haven't lasted deep into games, tiring out the bullpen.

"We've had some struggles, looking behind us now," Porcello said. "We need to get better. We need to get better fast. Every day is a step in the right direction and we can build some momentum off that."

Jen McCaffrey/Mass Live

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

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 Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Phillies Send Manuel Out To Scout Red Sox

Apr 29, 2015 3:22 PM

The Boston Red Sox may still be the front-runners to land Cole Hamels in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies have sent Charlie Manuel, former manager and current executive, to Salem, Virginia to look at Boston's Carolina League club. Manuel Margot, a 20-year-old center fielder, is coming off a breakout season.

Margot is listed by Baseball America's No. 72 prospect.

A package built around Margot and a highly-touted pitching prospect -- Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson -- may be enough for the Red Sox to land Hamels.

David Murphy/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies Trying To Sell Red Sox On Re-Acquiring Papelbon

Apr 27, 2015 4:31 PM

The Boston Red Sox have issues with their pitching staff, including the rotation and bullpen.

Closer Koji Uehara's velocity is down about 3 miles per hour this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to engage in trade talks with Boston, "trying to hook the Red Sox on bringing back Jonathan Papelbon."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Want To Draft, Develop More Versatile Players

Apr 27, 2015 8:10 AM

Brock Holt can play multiple infield and outfield positions and hold his own offensively, something the Boston Red Sox are starting to value.

The Red Sox want to begin drafting and developing more versatile players.

"Not everyone can do it — there are guys who are good players and talented but have a harder time staying productive if they're moving around in the field a lot and there are other guys who seem able to do it, and Holt's one of those guys, clearly," general manager Ben Cherington said.

"(Holt's skillset) has always been important, but with the challenges everyone faces of keeping teams and players healthy through a season and getting through the grind, those guys are becoming more and more important."

Michael Silverman/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Protesters Cause Disturbance Near Camden Yards

Apr 26, 2015 2:20 AM

Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts.

Two people were hurt in the mayhem, and at least a dozen were arrested. The problems happened near Camden Yards, where the Orioles game against the Red Sox went on as scheduled, only fans were told toward the end of the game to stay in the stadium because of public safety worries. 

The protesters blocked an intersection near the stadium for several hours and had a tense standoff with police Saturday night. The protesters were eventually cleared.

An announcement was made to the crowd at Camden Yards in the ninth inning asking fans to remain in the ballpark until further notice because of an "ongoing public safety issue." They were allowed to leave after a walk-off home run gave the Orioles a win in 10 innings.

ESPN.com

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Legal, Misc Rumor

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David Ortiz Suspended For Making Contact With Umpire

Apr 21, 2015 4:55 PM

David Ortiz has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball.

Ortiz made contact with umpire John Tumpane during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Boston Red Sox designated hitter was ejected by Tumpane after the batter was upset that third-base ump Jerry Meals called a swing on an attempted check of a 1-1 pitch.

Ortiz is hitting .220/.340/.390 in 12 games this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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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

Masterson Only Red Sox Starter Without Long-Term Deal
Now that the Red Sox have signed Rick Porcello to a long-term contract, Justin Masterson is the only member of the starting rotation not under control for several seasons.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox, Porcello Agree To Extension Through 2019
The deal is worth $82.5 million, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Porcello, Red Sox Won't Negotiate During Season
Rick Porcello will be eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Victorino Expected To Start In Right For Red Sox
The decision, which John Farrell all but confirmed, would put Rusney Castillo in limbo.

Glenn Miller/ESPN

Red Sox Get Sandy Leon From Nationals
The Red Sox are in need of a catcher. They placed Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list on Monday with a right elbow sprain.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Clay Buchholz To Start Red Sox Opener
The Opening Day start for Clay Buchholz will be the first of his nine-year career.

ESPN.com

Christian Vazquez Likely To Miss Opener
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will get a second opinion on his throwing elbow on Wednesday.

ESPN.com

Ortiz Defends Past, Says No Player Is Tested More
David Ortiz has written a first-person essay for The Players' Tribune, defending his past and candidacy for the Hall of Fame.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Released Linebacker To Try Out For Red Sox
Brandon Magee, who was cut by the Buccaneers on Wednesday morning, is headed to spring training with the Red Sox.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Koji Uehara Could Miss Opening Day
The Red Sox closer is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Jackie Bradley Calls Swing 'Work In Progress'
The Red Sox are expected to send Jackie Bradley to Pawtucket to begin the season after he hit .198 last season despite playing excellent defense.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Red Sox Considering Extension For Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts is enjoying a great spring and won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2017 season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig
They have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Joe Kelly Leaves Start With Biceps Tightness
Joe Kelly felt some tightness in his right biceps as he was warming up Monday, which led him to leave his start in the third inning.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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