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Red Sox Move Clay Buchholz To Bullpen

May 28, 2016 2:16 AM

Clay Buchholz's early-season struggles have cost him his spot in the Red Sox starting rotation.

Boston manager John Farrell announced today that the veteran right-hander will be moved to the bullpen, with Eduardo Rodriguez scheduled to step into the rotation and start Tuesday against the Orioles.

"This is something that's been done for a lot of years. A starter scuffles, they go to the bullpen to work things out. That's what we're doing with Clay," Farrell said.

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Red Sox Could Remove Clay Buchholz From Rotation

May 27, 2016 7:22 AM

With Eduardo Rodriguez nearing his return from the disabled list, the Boston Red Sox could remove Clay Buchholz from the starting rotation.

John Farrell admitted that Buchholz's spot is in jeopardy after another poor performance on Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies.

"I'm here to pitch. If I don't have a spot, that's part of it," Buchholz said. "If I don't like it, pitch better. I'm not demoralized. The team's still winning. I'm basically the only one that's struggling."

The Red Sox have a $13.5 million option on Buchholz's contract for 2017.

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Jackie Bradley's 29-Game Hit Streak Ends

May 27, 2016 7:04 AM

Jackie Bradley's 29-game hit streak ended in the Boston Red Sox's 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.

Bradley went 0-for-4 after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season. It marked the first time anyone besides Mookie Betts led off a game for the Red Sox.

"It happens," Bradley said. "I feel like I put some pretty good swings on the ball and they got caught."

Associated Press

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Boston's Carson Smith Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

May 25, 2016 7:59 AM

Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, the club announced.

The Red Sox acquired Smith from the Seattle Mariners over the winter.

Smith, 26, had missed the start of the season with what was diagnosed as a flexor strain, but returned to throw 2 2/3 scoreless innings before landing back on the disabled list.

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Ground-Rule Double Costs David Ortiz Chance At Cycle

May 23, 2016 6:58 AM

David Ortiz hit a ground-rule double on Sunday afternoon that cost him a chance at the first cycle of his storied Major League career.

"I was going to let it fly if the ball stayed in," Ortiz said.

The 40-year-old also launched his 514th home run in the game, moving into a tie with Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th on the all-time doubles list (603) and surpassed Gary Sheffield for 27th in RBIs (1,678).

"When I hit it, it wasn’t on my mind, but when I went around first base and I saw everybody going crazy, I was like, 'Oh, I better get going.' But things happen for a reason," he said. "I don't need to hit a triple. Take a minute. You don't want to try to overdo things and then all of a sudden something happens."

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Rick Porcello Isn't Happy With MLB's PED Policies

May 19, 2016 4:08 PM

Rick Porcello has some strong opinions about Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policies.

The collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of this year, so there is a chance that changes can be made.

"It better be realistic because obviously what's going on right now isn't getting it done," Porcello said.

Justin Verlander, a former teammate of Porcello's, recently came out against rules allowing suspended players to play during the appeal process.

"I have an absolute problem with them playing under the appeal or due process because you're taking a guy who has tested positive for something," the Boston Red Sox right-hander said. "Clearly playing with that advantage at that particular time, and he's impacting games. The whole idea behind the system is to prevent guys who tested positive have an unfair advantage in a game, then why would they be allowed to play during the appeal process when they clearly have that in their system. To me, that doesn't make sense.

"You break down the season and you look at all the years it comes down to one or two games, and you have a player out there playing with that advantage, just because it's in April or May and not late in the year, doesn't mean that one game isn't important. If he goes out there and outperforms the other team or does something huge in that game to win and your club gets edged out by a game at the end of the season, that guy who is playing with the banned substance in his system had a direct impact on his team and the season. I don't think that’s right. It's not the same as appealing a suspension for getting thrown out of a game or something like that. We're talking about two completely different things."

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David Ortiz: Red Sox Are In Good Hands

May 16, 2016 7:21 AM

David Ortiz has been highly productive in what he says is his final season. Some have suggested he should reconsider retirement, but the 40-year-old says the Boston Red Sox are in good hands.

"We play every game like it is going to be the last," Ortiz said. "Continue coming in with the same approach. I'm super impressed by all of the young kids. They have a great future. I watch them and they are like a group of veterans."

Ortiz said the young stars have helped inspire his fast start.

“I just like watching all these young kids being so mature. Watching the way they handle their business is something that has been unbelievable this year," he said. "A guy like me, that's really good motivation. These kids are coming in and out every day, they just try to get better. It's something I love seeing."

Ortiz is hitting .320/.405/.695 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 34 games this season.

"We are talking about Mookie [Betts], Jackie [Bradley] and Xander [Bogaerts]," he said. "The A's catcher told me the other day that Bogaerts might be the best hitter in the game. He said that to me as I was walking to the plate. He got a two-strike base hit up the middle and he says that to me. When you hear things like that and think back to a guy who two years ago was trying to make it at the major league level. We are talking about guys in their 20s and not even in their mid-20s. The future is in good hands."

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Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75

May 15, 2016 2:43 PM

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75.

The funeral home handling the arrangements said Ellis died Friday in Temple Terrace, Florida. It didn't provide details on his death.

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Buchholz To Remain In Red Sox Starting Rotation

May 15, 2016 1:13 PM

Clay Buchholz will remain in the Red Sox rotation, manager John Farrell announced Sunday, one day after the right-hander again had early-inning struggles.

Buchholz gave up five runs -- all in the first two frames -- in six innings in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Astros as his ERA spiked to 6.11 through eight starts.

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Red Sox On Pace To Have Historic Offense

May 13, 2016 7:58 AM

The Boston Red Sox have scored 51 runs in their last four games, pushing their runs per game average to 5.91 entering the weekend.

They are on pace to score more than 957 runs, which would rank as the third-highest total in franchise history behind only the 2003 team (961) and the 1950 club led by Ted Williams (1,027).

What is unique about this season's outburst is the current offensive environment in baseball. Using wRC+, which which considers a team's offensive statistics, ballpark factors and the league run-scoring environment, and then scales it so 100 is a league-average offense, the 2016 Red Sox have the best offensive in baseball history.

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Report: MLB Looking Into Red Sox's International Signings
The investigation is centered on the Red Sox's 2015 international signings of multiple Venezuelan players.


John Farrell Won't Be Suspended For Returning After Ejection
John Farrell won't be suspended for returning to the dugout and field following his ejection during Friday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees, according to a source.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Don't Have Insurance On Pablo Sandoval's Contract
The Red Sox did not take out an insurance policy on Pablo Sandoval's contract, Tom Werner told WEEI's Ordway, Merloni & Fauria this week.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

David Ortiz To Play Himself In "Patriots Day"
David Ortiz will appear in the upcoming movie, "Patriots Day," a film that will revisit the events of the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Pablo Sandoval Could Miss Rest Of Season After Surgery
The Red Sox have announced that Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this week after the third baseman received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

A-Rod Gives Home Run Bat To Young Fan At Fenway Park
David Moss, 8, attended the game with his mother and sister and was welcomed at Fenway by multiple members of the Red Sox.


Xander Bogaerts Leaves Game With Tight Left Quad
Xander Bogaerts left Wednesday night's 7-3 victory over the Rays with tightness in his left quadricep.

Brendan Hall/ESPN

Red Sox Place Joe Kelly On DL With Shoulder Impingement
Joe Kelly didn't feel right leading up to Tuesday night's start against the Rays.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Steven Wright Sends Gift To Chris Colabello After Beaning
Steven Wright sent a gift to Chris Colabello after the pitcher plunked the first baseman with a fastball to the helmet on Sunday.

Associated Press

Dombrowski: Sandoval's MRI Shows 'Great Deal Going On'
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will meet next week with Dr. James Andrews.

Rusney Castillo Optioned To Triple-A Pawtucket
The Red Sox are happy with their outfield depth and don't feel the need to replace Rusney Castillo on the roster with another outfielder.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Red Sox Courted Chris Davis Before He Re-Signed With Orioles
Chris Davis told the Boston Herald that the Red Sox showed interest in him before he re-signed with the Orioles this offseason.

Chris Mason/Boston Herald

Red Sox Place Pablo Sandoval On DL With Shoulder Strain
There is significant mystery surrounding the injury given Pablo Sandoval's tumultuous start to the season.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Could Turn To Christian Vazquez At Catcher
The Red Sox have considered activating Christian Vazquez from the disabled list, according to John Farrell.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Red Sox Have No Plans To Demote Rusney Castillo
Rusney Castillo was the favorite to be the team's starting left fielder, but ultimately lost the job to Brock Holt and Chris Young.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

David Ortiz Passes Eddie Murray On Home Run List
David Ortiz homered on Wednesday night, his second in as many games.

Ian Browne/MLB

David Ortiz Slugs Fifth Opening Day Home Run
David Ortiz hit the fifth Opening Day home run of his Major League career on Tuesday in his final season opener.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Have $48.1M Committed To Bench Players
The Red Sox have made tough decisions to put Travis Shaw and Brock Holt into the starting lineup over Pablo Sandoval and Rusney Castillo entering the season.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Red Sox Going With Travis Shaw Over Pablo Sandoval At Third
The Red Sox will start Travis Shaw at third base on Opening Day, a decision that sends Pablo Sandoval to the bench.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

A.J. Preller Downplays Possibility Of Trade With Red Sox
The Padres reportedly sent a scout to watch Pablo Sandoval, but A.J. Preller has downplayed the possibility of a trade with the Red Sox.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune