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Friday March 27, 2015

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    Thursday Mar 19, 2015 | 6:17 am

    Opener three weeks away; Ellsbury out; the Yard Goats?

    The Portland Sea Dogs open their 2015 season at home three weeks from today. Have you seen Hadlock Field lately. It looks nothing like this photo taken earlier this month.   I stopped by Wednesday and saw the snow cleared. We’ll have more about the Dogs’ upcoming season in this Sunday’s column. Minor League spring training games began Wednesday in Fort Myers. Jake Seiner of milb.com stopped by the Sea […]

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    Wednesday Mar 18, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Red Sox send Coyle, Shaw and others to the minors

    With minor league spring training games scheduled to begin Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox began thinning out its major league spring training camp, sending six players to the minors. First baseman Travis Shaw and infielder Sean Coyle were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Pitchers Miguel Celestino, Keith Couch and Noe Ramirez, along with first baseman/outfielder Bryan LeHair, were sent to minor league camp. The distinction made for Shaw and Coyle – […]

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  • Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 | 8:44 am

    If Joe Kelly is down, options begin with Wright, Rodriguez

    Joe Kelly started Monday for the Boston Red Sox, but left with a sore biceps muscle. Kelly downplayed it after the game, saying it has happened before and it doesn’t last too long. But Kelly’s early exit quickly created speculation on who would replace him if he wasn’t ready to begin the season. The guesses began with knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, 30, who has pitched in 10 major league games […]

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  • Friday Mar 13, 2015 | 6:23 am

    Moncada announcement today, Portland-bound later?

    Yoan Moncada, the Boston Red Sox new $63-million investment, will be officially announced as a member of the organization today. Moncada began spring training drills with the Sox on Thursday. He is expected to begin the season in Class A (either in Greenville, South Carolina, or in Advanced Class A Salem, Virginia). How well get adjusts to American pro ball will determine how soon he reaches Portland, to join the […]

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  • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 | 9:09 am

    The best half-million-dollar outfielder in baseball

    The Boston Red Sox let Jacoby Ellsbury go to the Yankees last year. He makes $21-million a year and will do so until at least 2020. The Red Sox, no cheapskates themselves, have an outfield consisting of Hanley Ramirez ($19-million), Shane Victorino ($13-million) and Rusney Castillo ($10.5-million). So who is turning heads in spring training? Center fielder Mookie Betts ($514,000). “An exciting player. His at-bats are consistent. he hits the […]

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  • Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Yeah, it’s only spring, but it’s still the Yankees

    Big game today! Well, it is only spring training, but it is still fun when the Red Sox and Yankees get together. This afternoon, they will be playing in Tampa. The Red Sox are bringing a few of their young starters (Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez), with Joe Kelly starting on the mound. The lineup: Betts CF, Holt SS, Craig DH, Brentz LF, Nava RF, Vazquez C, Cecchini 3B, Shaw […]

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  • Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 | 6:24 am

    Do Red Sox keep Barnes in the pen for now?

    Wade Miley got the start for the Red Sox and threw three scoreless innings. That was the best pitching news for Boston on Monday, but scan down the boxscore and see another pitcher. Matt Barnes: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. 13 pitches, 13 strikes. Intriguing. Barnes, a first-round draft pick in 2011, was one of the Portland Sea Dogs star starters in 2013, along with […]

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  • Sunday Mar 08, 2015 | 9:30 pm

    Bogaerts growing into role with Red Sox

    Xander Bogaerts is a good baseball player. Sure, he batted .240 (.660 OPS) last year and his defense at shortstop was considered limited by some. But he is only 22. And, unless so many scouts and baseball evaluators are wrong, Bogaerts is only going to get better. So far in 2015, so good, after another home run in Sunday’s game (insert here the disclaimer that spring training stats do not […]

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  • Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 | 8:11 am

    A brief history of Yankees-Red Sox off-season battles (hint: the winner doesn’t always win)

    So the Red Sox outbid the New York Yankees for 19-year-old Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada, paying him a bonus of $31.5-million (which includes a tax of the same amount because Boston has overspent on its international free agents). See today’s story. But be careful Boston fans about gloating to your Yankees friends. These off-season “victories” don’t always work out. Remember these off-season wars: Jose Conteras, the Cuban pitcher who […]

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