Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Mookie Betts leaves game with sore right knee

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox lost another important player to injury Friday night, but they’re hoping to have dodged a bullet this time. All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts left Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning with knee soreness, something Sox manager John Farrell told the..." July 23

  • Craig Kimbrel to throw off mound for first time since surgery

    Boston Herald "Maybe the 3-6 week estimate for Craig Kimbrel's absence will prove to be on the shorter side. The rehabbing Red Sox closer on Sunday or Monday is to throw his first bullpen since undergoing surgery on his left knee. A second bullpen would follow and if all goes well, could lead into a rehab..." July 23

  • Ken Griffey Jr. says David Ortiz 'absolutely' belongs in Hall of Fame

    ESPN "As Ken Griffey Jr. prepares to enter the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee, he's throwing his endorsement behind another left-handed slugger who played for the Seattle Mariners' organization in the mid-1990s. Griffey said that Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who broke into..." July 23

  • White Sox taking calls on Sale, Quintana, with Red Sox among suitors

    Today's Knuckleball "The White are being inundated with calls of interest in ace Chris Sale, who may be the best pitcher in the American League, and All-Star left-hander Jose Quintana on the day after it became public that they are contemplating a serious sale. The Red Sox, who already have made four trades, are..." July 23

  • Uehara expects to miss a month with pectoral strain

    The Score "The news keeps getting worse for the Boston Red Sox bullpen. One day after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain, Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara told Japanese media that he expects to be out a month with the injury, according to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham." July 22

  • Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Miguel Sano played the unlikely hero Friday night at Fenway Park. Sano entered the night in an 0-for-9 slump, but collected three hits -- including the decisive RBI double -- as the Minnesota Twins edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1. "He's got some hits, but he hasn't shown the..." July 22

  • Clay Buchholz believes he’s going to be traded

    WEEI Boston "This might not be the last time Clay Buchholz pitches on the Fenway Park mound, but it sure is starting to feel like his run in Red Sox home whites is facing its finale. Part of the vibe came from the obvious observation as to what Buchholz’s lot in life has become, as he finally pitched for..." July 22

  • Drew Pomeranz learned of trade to Red Sox on TV

    Larry Brown Sports "If the San Diego Padres continue to sell off their major league talent as we approach the Aug. 1 trade deadline, starting pitcher Andrew Cashner could be the next to go. The right-hander is not concerned about it, however, because he doesn’t expect the team to keep him in the loop anyway. After..." July 22

  • Hanley hammers 3 homers as Red Sox top Giants

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- If the Tuesday game between the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants served as a World Series preview, baseball fans are in for quite a treat. On a night that featured big hits, stellar defense and an raucous crowd for a game between two of the game's best teams, the Red Sox..." July 21

  • Red Sox roll over visiting Twins

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Steven Wright has proven to be a tired bullpen's best friend this season. A night after the Boston Red Sox used five relievers, the knuckleballer held down the fort for eight innings as the bats did the rest in a 13-2 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Fenway..." July 21

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Brad Ziegler named Red Sox closer

    NESN "Despite being bitten by the injury bug, the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen still is in a pretty good position. Interim closer Koji Uehara was the latest to hit the disabled list on Wednesday after exiting Tuesday’s game having thrown just seven pitches with a right pectoral strain. He joined All-Star..." July 21

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • David Price and Sonny Gray Building a Bromance That Transcends the Game

    Bleacher Report "Theirs is a friendship based on curveballs, Commodores and chip shots. Maybe one day, these two Vanderbilt University alums and Tennessee neighbors will be teammates, too. For now, David Price is the $217 million anchor in a sketchy Boston rotation as the Red Sox take aim at another World..." July 20

  • Ortiz homers as Red Sox shut out Giants

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Jake Peavy guided the Boston Red Sox to another victory Tuesday night. The only problem? He hasn't pitched for them in two years. Peavy served up a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot by David Ortiz, as the Red Sox blanked the league-leading San Francisco Giants 4-0..." July 19

  • Rick Porcello slams MLB’s ‘failed’ drug-testing program

    New York Daily News "Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello knows what it's like to experience baseball heartache and have a postseason berth hinge on one game, when his previous team, the Tigers, lost a one-game playoff to Minnesota in 2009, and were sent packing with no playoff baseball to show for their efforts. Such..." July 19

  • Yankees win series finale against Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Following another frustrating loss on Saturday, manager Joe Girardi didn't hesitate to place his label on the next game. "This is probably as important (a) game that we've had in July in a long time tomorrow." Those were Girardi's words as the Yankees faced the possibility..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Girardi: Sunday's game with Red Sox a must win

    The Score "The New York Yankees' ship is sinking and manager Joe Girardi acknowledges a potential series sweep Sunday at the hands of the Boston Red Sox could deal the decisive blow to their season. "It's got to turn around (Sunday)," Girardi told reporters following Saturday's 5-2 loss. "This is probably..." July 17

  • Many teams stunned by Red Sox trade for Brad Ziegler

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox recently swung a trade for Arizona closer Brad Ziegler, and it reportedly caught a lot of teams off guard. According to Peter Gammons, while many teams knew Ziegler was available and were pursuing him, the Red Sox gave up much less than other teams were willing to." July 17

  • Wright pitches Red Sox past rival Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Steven Wright described his inability to make a play on Alex Rodriguez's fifth-inning slow grounder near the mound as "do or die". The same description can be used for how the sixth unfolded for the knuckleballer. Wright retired the first 14 hitters and gave up all three..." July 16

  • Leon's career day powers Red Sox past Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Sandy Leon could not remember the last time he put so much force into a swing and drove it over 400 feet. "I don't remember, maybe never," Leon said. The next time the topic comes up in conversation, Leon will have a better memory of the occasion. Leon highlighted a..." July 16

  • Clay Buchholz back to bullpen, but maybe not for long

    Providence Journal "John Farrell has seen little in the way of continuity of names on the Red Sox pitching staff this season. He doesn't expect that to change in the coming days. He's used to it. What the Red Sox manager would like to see is continuity of performance, something of which he's seen little..." July 16

  • Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Transferred to 60-day disabled list

    CBS Sports "Rutledge (knee) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. With the trade for San Diego's Drew Pomeranz now official, the Red Sox needed to clear a spot on their 40-man and 25-man rosters. " July 15

  • Traded Red Sox prospect once called 'a young Pedro'

    The Score "For the second time in less than a year, the Boston Red Sox traded away one of their top prospects to the San Diego Padres. Hopefully for Boston's sake, this one doesn't turn out to be a future Hall of Famer. On Thursday, the Red Sox dealt 18-year-old pitcher Anderson Espinoza, one of the..." July 15

  • Dombrowski: Pomeranz ready for increased workload

    The Score "Dave Dombrowski understood the risks associated with trading for Drew Pomeranz. After all, the newest Boston Red Sox starter is entering uncharted territory as the season kicks into high gear: His 102 innings pitched this season is already the highest total of his big-league career, and at 17..." July 15

  • Ortiz on tampering allegations: 'I can say what I want'

    Boston Herald "Big Papi’s a big talker and that’s not changing. David Ortiz laughed off the possibility he might have committed a form of tampering when he said at the All-Star Game that he wants Jose Fernandez to join the Red Sox this year and Edwin Encarnacion the next. “Tampering, I don’t write no..." July 15

  • Report: MLB to send Ortiz letter warning him of tampering

    The Score "David Ortiz is going to have to keep some of his feelings to himself. The Boston Red Sox slugger should expect a letter from Major League Baseball warning him not to tamper, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Ortiz recently lobbied for the Red Sox to sign Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter..." July 15

  • David Ortiz on why he's definitely retiring, no matter how well he hits

    SI "David Ortiz is having the greatest exit season ever (except for the 1920 campaigns of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, who were thrown out of the game that year, in their primes, for their roles in the previous year's Black Sox scandal). Ortiz could break the records in a final season for..." July 15

  • Red Sox close to signing top draft pick Jason Groome

    Boston Globe "After a month-long courtship, the Red Sox nearly have their Groome. According to multiple major league sources, Jason Groome, the team’s first-round selection (No. 12 overall), is nearing an agreement to terms with the Red Sox in advance of Friday’s deadline to sign. Terms of the bonus are not..." July 14

  • Padres agree to trade Pomeranz to Red Sox

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres have agreed to trade left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox, sources told the Union-Tribune on Thursday. The return is currently unclear, though it is believed to include one of the Red Sox's better prospects. Pomeranz, 27, has seen his value skyrocket in his first season..." July 14

  • MLB to examine Ortiz's Encarnacion comments for tampering

    The Score "David Ortiz's public comments on his preferred replacement may have gotten him in a bit of trouble with Major League Baseball. The league is reportedly expected to look into the Boston Red Sox slugger's post-All-Star Game comments where he openly lobbied for Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter..." July 14

  • Edwin Encarnacion ideal successor for David Ortiz in Boston

    USA Today "While holding court with news reporters after departing from his final All-Star Game on Tuesday, David Ortiz explained why he’s retiring, then briefly turned his attention to the player he sees as his ideal successor as the Boston Red Sox designated hitter. “The Red Sox know they need to bring..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • Pete Rose calls David Ortiz 'borderline' Hall of Famer

    Sporting News "Pete Rose isn't known to sugarcoat anything, so when asked if David Ortiz was worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his answer was stinging. “Borderline,” Rose said before the All-Star Game Tuesday, via NESN . “Because of how many hits he has. But if he plays a couple more years,..." July 13

  • For David Ortiz, All-Star finale a joyous end to 'a couple wonderful days'

    USA Today "The typically intense pitcher-batter confrontation takes on a different mien when a retiring legend is playing in his final All-Star Game, especially a player as beloved as David Ortiz. So it was that Ortiz’s two plate appearances in Tuesday’s showcase, which the American League won 4-2 to..." July 13

  • Ortiz: Red Sox should sign Encarnacion, trade for Fernandez

    The Score "With only a few months left in his illustrious career, David Ortiz continues to lobby the Boston Red Sox to replace him with Edwin Encarnacion after he retires. Following his early departure from Tuesday's All-Star Game at Petco Park, Ortiz reiterated that the Red Sox should go out this winter..." July 13

  • David Ortiz says he's definitely not going to un-retire

    Fox Sports "David Ortiz announced that the 2016 MLB season would be his last in November of 2015. Now 40 years old in his 20th season in the majors, Big Papi is in the middle of a career year, hitting .332 at the All-Star break, with a career high in slugging percentage (.682). Ortiz can clearly still be a..." July 13

  • Jose Fernandez wants to give up a home run to David Ortiz in the All-Star Game

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will play in the 10th and final All-Star Game of his Hall of Fame career. He's in the middle of a remarkable season but insists he will not change his mind and come back for another year. Marlins righty and fellow All-Star Jose Fernandez is a big fan..." July 12

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Kimbrel Has Left Knee Surgery, Likely Back In September

    Fenway Nation "On Monday, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel had a "left knee arthroscopy and partial medial meniscectomy" at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The Red Sox continue to estimate a 3-6 week recovery—although most neutral observers (not affected by the team's "spin") recognize that Kimbrel will..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • Mike Trout doesn't believe David Ortiz will retire

    NESN "Since his announcement last fall, David Ortiz has made one thing very clear to everyone who asks: He’s absolutely retiring at the end of this season. The Boston Red Sox’s legendary DH has been peppered with “Are you sure?” questions all season long thanks to the incredible numbers he’s putting..." July 12

  • Travis Shaw cashed in catching flies at 2001 HR Derby

    WEEI Boston "Travis Shaw knows what it’s like to be in the MLB’s All-Star Home Run Derby. While he has obviously never participated in the event as a hitter, he has been thrust in the middle of the competition in another capacity. Shaw was one of those kids shagging the fly balls back in the 2001..." July 11

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Eduardo Rodriguez to start Friday in New York; Clay Buchholz back in starting rotation

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox will get two starting pitchers back in their rotation coming out of the All-Star break — Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz. Rodriguez will start Friday night in New York, as he’s appeared in two games with the PawSox since being sent back down in late June. He threw seven shutout..." July 10

  • Red Sox beat Rays as Price shuts down former team

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- David Price saved his best stuff for his former team Sunday afternoon. The one-time Tampa Bay Rays ace spun a gem against them, striking out 10 over eight scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox coasted to a 4-0 victory at Fenway Park. "Whenever you can go out there and put..." July 10

  • Aaron Sanchez Replaces Craig Kimbrel on 2016 AL All-Star Roster

    Bleacher Report "Changes keep coming to the 2016 All-Star Game, with Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez replacing injured Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel on the American League squad. Major League Baseball confirmed Sanchez's addition to the roster on Twitter. Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner..." July 10