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  • MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox dealing Mookie Betts to Cardinals or Braves?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Cue the hysteria in Boston. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, one of baseball’s brightest young stars, could soon be on his way out of Fenway Park. With just one full year remaining on his deal, Betts is a logical name to include in trade rumorswhen the..." August 21

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • Red Sox to 'reassess' how they handle pitchers after Chris Sale injury

    NBC Sports Boston "The Boston Red Sox boast the third-best offense in baseball. So, why are they currently six games out of a Wild Card spot? You can blame the starting rotation, which owns a collective 5.05 ERA and sustained another blow this week when ace Chris Sale received a PRP..." August 21

  • US Authorities Chasing Dominican Drug Lord 'El Abusador' Rumored to Have Targeted David Ortiz

    12 Up "More troubling news out of the Dominican Republic. As Red Sox legend David Ortiz continues to recover from a shocking shooting incident in his native country that nearly claimed his life, more reporting continues to pour in shedding light on some of the dangerous activities..." August 21

  • Why Roger Clemens won’t run for Congress

    New York Post "Roger Clemens has thrown heat and taken heat during his MLB career, but he wants no part of the heat that would come with running for Congress. Clemens, who had been encouraged to run as a Republican candidate in Texas, said he was honored but had “no interest” in running..." August 21

  • Bryce Harper on Mookie Betts' Next Contract: 'I Hope' He Passes My $330M Deal

    Bleacher Report "Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper said Tuesday he's rooting for Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts to eclipse his 13-year, $330 million contract. Harper told John Tomase of NBC Sports Boston he's always been a fan of..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21

  • Mookie Betts ‘loves’ Boston despite rumors of departure

    Larry Brown Sports "Mookie Betts’ future with the Boston Red Sox may be murky, but it doesn’t appear to be on account of the city. Betts affirmed to WEEI on Tuesday that he “loves” Boston, calling it his second home despite lingering rumors that his long-term future may lie..." August 21

  • Red Sox Clearly Jumped the Gun Giving Chris Sale Massive Contract Extension

    12 Up "At the time of Chris Sale's extension, Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox were still riding their World Series high. They were just a week away from the start of the season and still had dreams of repeating as champions. However, their grandiose imaginations of capturing the..." August 20

  • Chris Sale expects to be fully healthy in 2020: 'I know who I am'

    Mass Live "Chris Sale said he has no damage or tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He only has elbow inflammation, he said. Sale underwent a PRP injection Monday in Pensacola, Fla., where he was examined by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. He’ll rest for 4-6 weeks,..." August 20

  • Dave Dombrowski surprised he's on hot seat: Boston's a 'tough market'

    USA Today "We are sitting in Section 31 at Fenway Park, in the dark blue wooden grandstand seats down left field, watching the Boston Red Sox take batting practice. It’s a gorgeous day, hours before the Red Sox would become the latest team to clobber the Baltimore Orioles, and..." August 20

  • Several home run records will fall this season

    Beyond The Boxscore "51 was a foreign number to me. At the age of seven, an emboldened 51 on the back of a baseball card simply didn’t belong in the home run column. It was absurd and grotesque. Hitting 50 bombs was something I read about in baseball history books (yeah, I was a weird second grader). It..." August 20

  • MLB players are smashing home run records, but Devers and Castellanos are also chasing doubles history

    CBS Sports "Though we're constantly talking about history this season when it comes to home runs -- and rightfully so -- let us not ignore the two-bagger. Doubles are fun and they are happening in a big way this season, despite certain groups of people bemoaning how it's just "home..." August 20

  • Each MLB Team's Most Boneheaded Decision of 2019

    Bleacher Report "With trade season over and the postseason still a good distance in the future, now is a perfect time to second-guess decisions Major League Baseball teams have made in 2019. Specifically, we've attempted to pinpoint each team's most boneheaded choice since the season properly..." August 20

  • 10 active MLB players who would make great managers after they retire

    CBS Sports "It's no secret that active managers and coaches are getting younger each and every year. Most recently, front-offices have become more open to hiring recently retired players to lead their clubs. With a higher reliance on analytics and less dependency on the Xs and Os, the..." August 20

  • The Best Young Starters Of 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the..." August 20

  • Red Sox's Chris Sale to miss rest of MLB season with elbow injury

    USA Today "The Boston Red Sox received a major blow to their playoff hopes Monday with the news that ace left-hander Chris Sale will likely miss the rest of the season due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. Sale underwent a plasma injection and will be re-evaluated in six weeks by..." August 20

  • Dangerous Heat Forecast For Boston, Especially For Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski "Today's forecast for Boston is for a record-tying 92 degrees, which will be the hottest day this year in August. The forecast for Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski is also for record heat, especially after the most recent news about Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. On Saturday,..." August 20

  • Chris Sale had injection in elbow, will be reevaluated in six weeks

    Larry Brown Sports "Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale got some good news about his ailing elbow when he visited with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, but it sounds like the left-hander is unlikely to pitch again in 2019. The Red Sox released a statement updating Sale’s health, and president of baseball..." August 19

  • Sources: Chris Sale likely avoids Tommy John

    ESPN "Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery after a second opinion on his injured left elbow from Dr. James Andrews confirmed a previous diagnosis of inflammation, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. Sale, who was placed on the 10-day injured list..." August 19

  • MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

    USA Today "The game is still played with the pitchers’ mound 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, the bases 90 feet apart, three outs per half inning and nine innings in a regulation game. Those are about the only constants resembling the game of baseball as we once knew..." August 19

  • Can this Rafael Devers kid save the Red Sox' season?

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox won Sunday. They swept the Orioles. There were still plenty of sad trombones to go around. The guy David Dombrowski signed up to be the top-of-the-rotation ace for the next five years, Chris Sale, was packing his bags to visit Dr. James Andrews. Another..." August 19

  • Red Sox star Rafael Devers joins Ted Williams in elite company

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox did not get off to the best of starts Sunday against a horrible Baltimore Orioles squad at Fenway Park. In fact, Baltimore found itself up 6-0 heading into the bottom of the third. Things changed rapidly. Boston put up three in the third and fourth innings combined..." August 18

  • Chris Sale to get 2nd opinion on injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews

    The Score "The Boston Red Sox's postseason hopes took a major hit on Saturday when the team announced left-hander Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to Aug. 14. After striking out 12 against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Sale felt..." August 18

  • Red Sox Place Chris Sale On 10-Day IL With Elbow Inflammation

    Yahoo! Sports "The Boston Red Sox were already struggling to stay afloat in the American League playoff race. Saturday’s news probably won’t be a buoy for them. Red Sox ace Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, dreaded words for any pitcher. " August 17

  • Rick Porcello's Red Sox career is likely winding down, so let's salute what he has meant to the team

    NBC Sports Boston "Let's just get this out of the way -- under no circumstances should the Red Sox make Rick Porcello a qualifying offer. He'd be crazy not to sign the one-year, $18 million tender on the spot, in his own blood if he has to, and the team desperately needs to upgrade his spot in..." August 17

  • Each MLB Team's Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Star in 2019

    Bleacher Report "As we head into the dog days of summer and toward the MLB stretch run, it's as good a time as any to examine every team's worst bang-for-your-buck star. This isn't an exact science. But we'll consider each player's 2019 salary (per Spotrac) versus..." August 16

  • Minor league options can be a major league headache, but it beats the alternative

    SB Nation "Watch any major league game these days, and you’ll probably see both managers make several trips out to the mound to make a pitching change. Heavy reliance on relief pitchers lends itself to roster churn, a near-constant replenishing of bullpen arms. It’s created a class..." August 16

  • 12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning..." August 16

  • The time Red Sox resisted trading Rafael Devers

    WEEI Boston "Rafael Devers has become one of the best hitters in the major leagues this season. Thanks to some hard-line trade talk by Dave Dombrowski a few years ago the third baseman is doing his thing as a member of the Red Sox. Talking to John Tomase of NBC Sports Boston, Dombrowski..." August 16

  • 6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this..." August 16

  • Rafael Devers Ready to Be Face of Red Sox If Mookie Betts Is Traded Away

    Bleacher Report "Rafael Devers is the most exciting young player on the Boston Red Sox. Soon, he may take on another title: the face of the franchise. After going 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, the 22-year-old third baseman is hitting .327 with..." August 15

  • Predicting 2020 Landing Spots for Each Top MLB Free Agent Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone, up next on the list of things to look forward to are the stretch run of the regular season and, of course, the postseason. But let's skip right past those and look ahead to free agency. We have fresh..." August 15

  • Every MLB contender's most important player for the playoff race

    USA Today "With just six weeks left in the regular season, baseball's playoff races are heating up. Several divisions are still in play, which trickles down to the wild-card races, particularly in the National League with seven teams within 4 ½ games. Here's a..." August 15

  • Red Sox exec on Mookie Betts: 'If he wants to stay in Boston, we'll pay him'

    NBC Sports Boston "As the penultimate year of Mookie Betts' contract nears its end, the 2018 American League MVP's future in Boston still lacks clarity. Many expect Betts to get "Mike Trout money" if he hits the open market following the 2020 season, so it makes sense the..." August 15

  • Who Else Could Hit Outright Waivers In August?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have made a pair of claims already, nabbing Kevin Gausman from the Braves and Freddy Galvis from the Blue Jays. While the Cincinnati organization still hasn’t manage to make a run into clear postseason contention, it’s in shouting distance and obviously..." August 14

  • Red Sox lefty Chris Sale becomes fastest pitcher to 2,000 strikeouts in MLB history

    USA Today "Of all the pitchers who have played major league baseball, no one has ever reached 2,000 career strikeouts faster than Chris Sale. The Boston Red Sox left-hander fanned Cleveland Indians rookie Oscar Mercado on an 81 mph slider to end the third inning Tuesday night to reach the..." August 14

  • Starter-turned-reliever Eovaldi could open for Red Sox vs. Indians

    The Score "Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi could take on a new role with the club. Again. "There's a good chance that Nate will open up tomorrow (against the Cleveland Indians)," manager Alex Cora said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio. Cora added that with an off..." August 13

  • 15 pitchers who may be approaching an innings limit, including Mike Soroka and Chris Paddack

    CBS Sports "We're inside seven weeks to go in the 2019 season, which means every pitcher has about 8-9 starts and maybe 45-50 innings remaining. That is, if they're allowed to use them. Innings limits are a fact of life. When a guy's workload enters uncharted territory, you..." August 13

  • What if Xander Bogaerts didn't sign? The shortstop reflects

    WEEI Boston "In a season that has seen so much go wrong for the Red Sox, this was something that prevented things from getting even worse. Xander Bogaerts agreeing to his contract extension has subtly become a hugely important piece of keeping some optimism in the Red Sox' corner going..." August 13

  • Michael Chavis placed on the injured list

    Over The Monster "The Red Sox have made some roster moves prior to Monday’s series opener in Cleveland. Earlier today we passed along news from Masslive’s Chris Cotillo that Ryan Weber was to be optioned down to Pawtucket, presumably to bring back a fresh arm for the bullpen. That indeed..." August 12

  • Red Sox Move Andrew Cashner To Bullpen

    NESN "Andrew Cashner is on his way to the Red Sox bullpen. Boston manager Alex Cora announced the move Monday afternoon, saying he sees the righty as more of a short-stint guy, per MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. Cora said Cashner understands the decision. Cora said the Sox have..." August 12

  • Alex Cora drawing inspiration from red-hot Mets

    Sportsnaut "There isn’t a hotter team in MLB right now than the New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is hoping his team can make the same kind of run. Speaking to members of the media on Monday, Cora explained why he is drawing inspiration from the Mets: “You..." August 12

  • Top takeaways from MLB's 2020 schedule release

    ESPN "Good news if you're a Tigers, Orioles, Mariners or Royals fan: You can start prepping for 2020! MLB released its 2020 schedule and here are some key dates to know. Opening Day, March 26: All 30 teams will open up on a Thursday in late March. At least MLB did a better job of..." August 12

  • MLB unveils 2020 schedule with 30-team Opening Day set for March 26

    The Score "Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2020 season, which will officially begin with all 30 teams playing Thursday, March 26.  MLB Communications cataloged some noteworthy contests on next season's calendar, including the first game at the Texas..." August 12

  • Alex Cora plans to get creative with Red Sox rotation -- good luck with that

    NBC Sports Boston "Alex Cora keeps dropping hints that the Red Sox rotation is about to undergo changes. He suggests that five off days between now and Sept. 2 -- plus a continuation vs. the Royals that will start in the 10th inning -- could generate opportunities to be creative. I'm all for..." August 12

  • Red Sox flop Andrew Cashner not helping Dave Dombrowski

    Boston Herald "Better hurry if you plan to say hello to Andrew Cashner, the cherry on top of Dave Dombrowski’s quarter-billion dollar garbage plate, because soon it will be time to say goodbye. The same could be true for the man who brought Cashner to the first, ahem, pennant race of his..." August 12

  • 2020 Vesting Options Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "With over two-thirds of the 2019 season in the books, let’s check in to see how seven players are progressing towards possible vesting options in their contracts.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a vesting option is an agreed-upon threshold within a player’s contract..." August 12

  • Red Sox' J.D. Martinez doesn't pay attention to his stats during MLB season

    NBC Sports Boston "Could you imagine being one of the best hitters in baseball and not know your stats during the season?  According to a story by Jen McCaffrey of the Athletic, J.D. Martinez doesn't pay attention to his numbers at all.  I honestly don’t even know my stats...." August 11

  • Alex Cora suggests struggling Red Sox are pressing

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox lost their 11th game in the last 14 on Sunday, dropping them seven games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL wild card spot. Understandably, panic is starting to set in among Red Sox Nation, and it seems the team is feeling it too. Manager Alex Cora..." August 11