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Matt Barnes Gets Four-Game Ban For Throwing At Manny Machado

Apr 25, 2017 8:44 AM

Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a fastball past the head of Manny Machado on Sunday.

Barnes is appealing, meaning he can pitch for the Boston Red Sox until the appeal is heard.

"I would never intentionally throw at someone's head. That's kind of a line you don't cross," Barnes said.

On Friday night, Machado made a late slide that injured Dustin Pedroia, who is day-to-day after visiting doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital.

John Farrell defended Barnes, saying Sunday that the pitch "got away from him."


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

David Price To Throw 45-50 Pitch Bullpen Session

Apr 24, 2017 7:53 AM

After throwing 30 pitches during a bullpen session in Baltimore on Friday, David Price is scheduled to throw 45-50 times on Monday in Boston.

A recent bout of soreness in his injured left elbow slowed his rehabilitation progress.

"I don't think [the soreness is] a complete surprise when you begin to ramp up the intensity and the volume, you've got to monitor and adjust based, in this case, on what David is feeling and his feedback," John Farrell said. "So we're back on track."

There is no plan in place yet for Price to throw to live hitters.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Matt Barnes Ejected For Throwing Pitch Past Manny Machado's Head

Apr 24, 2017 12:18 AM

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes was ejected in the eighth inning of Boston's victory Sunday at Camden Yards when his pitch sailed past the head of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

Machado had spiked Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday night sliding into second base. Machado apologized with a text message on Friday night, but that evidently wasn't the end of it.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Mookie Betts Strikes Out For First Time In 129 PAs

Apr 20, 2017 7:41 AM

Mookie Betts struck out against Francisco Liriano of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, ending a streak of 129 regular season plate appearances without a punch-out dating back to last September.

The streak was the longest in Major League Baseball since Juan Pierre went 147 plate appearances without a strikeout in 2004.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Stats

Hanley Ramirez Leaves With Cramp, Will Be 'Fine' To Play

Apr 17, 2017 7:48 AM

Hanley Ramirez left Sunday's game with a cramp in his left hamstring but said he'll "be fine" to play Monday.

The Boston Red Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.

Ramirez suffered the injury rounding second base on Mitch Moreland's go-ahead single in the seventh inning.

"I'll be fine," he said. "I'll be in there tomorrow."


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Buck Showalter Insists He Wasn't Needling Red Sox With Flu Talk

Apr 13, 2017 7:46 AM

Buck Showalter says he wasn't trying to get under the skin of the Boston Red Sox by needling them about the contagious flu that has taken over their clubhouse.

Showalter said multiple teams have had to cope with the flu and praised his players for "not broadcasting it to the world."

Since the final week of spring training, the Red Sox have seen Mitch Moreland, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Robbie Ross Jr., Joe Kelly and at least two coaches miss time because of the flu.

"Am I trying to needle the Red Sox? No, that's ridiculous," Showalter said. "But I appreciate you trying to go down that road. That's typical. What else?"

The Minnesota Twins asked that the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park be fumigated after the Red Sox left Detroit on Monday night. The home clubhouse at Fenway received the same treatment before the Sox began a seven-game homestand Tuesday night.

"The Red Sox are the only ones who have it, huh? I didn't know that," Showalter said. "Nobody else has it? The whole league's got it. It seems to get broadcast more here."

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Jackie Bradley Jr. Has Sprained Knee Ligament

Apr 10, 2017 1:54 AM

Jackie Bradley Jr. was diagnosed Sunday with a sprained ligament in his right knee, the result of losing his footing while rounding first base in the ninth inning one day earlier. The knee appeared stable upon an initial examination by doctors at Comerica Park, but after he woke up Sunday with swelling and stiffness, Bradley went for an MRI that revealed inflammation on the outside of the knee capsule and the sprained ligament.

The Red Sox plan to have Bradley see team physician Dr. Peter Asnis in Boston on Monday before deciding if he will need to go on the 10-day disabled list.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Jackie Bradley Jr. Awaits Test Results On Right Knee

Apr 9, 2017 1:42 PM

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is awaiting the result of tests to determine the severity of his right knee injury.

Bradley lost his footing and twisted his knee as he rounded first base on a fly out in the ninth inning Saturday. His knee appeared to be stable during an initial examination by on-call doctors at Comerica Park, and Bradley expected to "absolutely" be able to play Sunday. But the plans changed when Bradley's knee stiffened and swelled up overnight.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

David Price Throws Off Mound For First Time Since Injury

Apr 6, 2017 12:25 PM

David Price threw off a mound to a standing catcher on Wednesday for the first time since he woke up with a stiff arm following a Feb. 28 bullpen session.

"Got on the mound for an additional 25 throws, not with the catcher down, just more for David to feel the slope of the mound under his feet, to throw the ball downhill a little bit more," John Farrell said. "The most encouraging thing is each throwing session he goes through, he comes out feeling good physically. And we’ll look to do the same tomorrow with maybe a little bit more distance to the long toss.

"I think it's important to categorize it as, it was not to the catcher -- just to feel the slope under his feet."

Price played long toss at Fenway Park from 100 feet as well. The Red Sox previously said Price needed to get out to 120-150 feet before throwing off the mound.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Predict Cubs To Win World Series

Apr 1, 2017 10:09 PM

The Cubs have already broken the curse and won a World Series.

Now, oddsmakers in Las Vegas predict the team will become only the third in almost 40 years to win it a second straight time.

The city's sportsbooks like the team to win it all, with some making the Cubs a 7-2 favorite. Other favorites are the Indians, Red Sox and Dodgers.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Sit Down Tyler Thornburg
The Red Sox scratched Tyler Thornburg from a scheduled appearance Monday against the Orioles because of a spasm in his upper right trapezius.

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David Price Probably Out Until At Least May
The Red Sox are confident that David Price will recover from the elbow injury that has sidelined him this spring, but it seems as though he won't return to action until May at the earliest.

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Drew Pomeranz Leaves Start With Left Triceps Tightness
The left-hander told reporters he didn't think the injury was serious, but the Red Sox will be careful.

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David Price Likely To Begin Season On DL
The Red Sox received good news when they determined that David Price won't require surgery on his sore left elbow, but he is still expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

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David Price: Elbow 'Best It's Been'
After throwing for the third straight day on Monday, David Price said he was surprised how good his sore elbow felt.

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Farrell: Price Makes 'A Positive Step' Throwing Baseballs
Red Sox pitcher David Price threw 25 light throws against a net on Saturday.

David Price Relieved To Avoid Elbow Surgery
David Price's elbow soreness should subside without the need for surgery.

David Price Won't Need Surgery Of Any Kind
The Red Sox have announced that David Price won't require surgery on his sore left elbow.

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David Price Getting Second Opinion On Sore Elbow
David Price underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday and intends to get a second opinion, according to the Red Sox.

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Anthony Rizzo: Cubs Won't Be Hated Like Yankees, Red Sox
Anthony Rizzo doesn't think the Cubs' success will make them villains much like the Red Sox and Yankees.

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Hanley Ramirez Hopes To Fill Leadership Void Left By David Ortiz
Hanley Ramirez hopes to help the Red Sox fill the leadership void left behind by David Ortiz, who retired after last season.

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Andrew Benintendi Thought He'd Be Part Of Trade For Chris Sale
When Andrew Benintendi first heard news that the Red Sox would trade for Chris Sale, he worried that he'd be sent packing to the White Sox.

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Pablo Sandoval Arrives Early, Draws Praise From Teammates
Pablo Sandoval was seen taking swings from both sides of the plate at JetBlue Park and looked noticeably slimmer than he has in the past.


Red Sox To Sign Carlos Quentin
The Red Sox will sign Carlos Quentin to a Minor League deal, but he will begin the season in Triple-A without an invite to Major League camp.

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Red Sox To Retire David Ortiz's No. 34 In June
The Red Sox will retire David Ortiz's No. 34 before their June 23 home game against the Angels.

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Pedro Martinez Thinks David Ortiz Will Play Again
Coming off a spectacular final season, David Ortiz has insisted that his decision to retire will remain final.

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Yankees Wouldn't Give Up Gary Sanchez In Trade For Chris Sale
Brian Cashman knew the White Sox wanted a lot in a trade for Chris Sale and the Yankees weren't willing to part with potential superstar Gary Sanchez.

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Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts Not Yet Seeking Long-Term Deals
Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts aren't ready to consider signing long-term contract extensions that would buy out at least the remainder of their arbitration years and possibly a few years of free a

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Red Sox Sign Kyle Kendrick To Minors Deal
The Red Sox have signed Kyle Kendrick to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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David Ortiz Insists He'll Remain Retired
Despite rumors to the contrary, David Ortiz says he's happily retired from baseball and has no plans for a return.

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