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Saturday December 27, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Monday Nov 24, 2014 | 8:44 am

    Hanley Ramirez and Sandoval? Then what?

    The reports keep coming in that the Boston Red Sox are stockpiling offensive players. Hanley Ramirez is reportedly ready to sign for $90-million over five years. And Pablo Sandoval, a.k.a. The Panda, is set for five years and $100-million according to’s Jon Heyman (although’s Alex Speier reported that Sandoval’s agent is saying his client has not agreed with any team). If Boston has indeed landed both free agents, […]

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  • Tuesday Nov 04, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Red Sox make moves; bigger ones ahead?

    It was interesting to see who received qualified offers Monday and which free agents will pursue the big bucks (more on that later). But there were other transactions on a smaller scale. The Boston Red Sox made a series of roster moves, including two unannounced transactions that will play an important, if not underappreciated role in Boston’s minor league system. On the major league level, the Red Sox removed two […]

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  • Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Half of the Eastern League’s top 10 were Sea Dogs

    Baseball America announced its top 20 Eastern League players Tuesday and half of the top 10 played for the Portland Sea Dogs. In all, six Sea Dogs made the top 20. Harrisburg outfielder Michael Taylor was the top-ranked prospect. He batted .313 with 22 home runs, reaching the majors with the Nationals in August. Mookie Betts was the first of the Sea Dogs ranked, at No. 2. Betts, a second […]

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  • Friday Oct 10, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Shields an option for Boston

    James Shields will lead the Kansas City Royals into the American League Championship Series. Tonight, the Royals. Next year, the Red Sox? According to a story in the Kansas City Star, Boston has emerged as the frontrunner for landing Shields next year. No attribution is given and the story mentions that “plenty of other clubs should be in the mix” for the pitcher who will be a free agent. The […]

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  • Thursday Oct 02, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Bumgarner example of homegrown success

    After Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout Wednesday night for the San Francisco Giants, former Sea Dogs infielder Ryan Khoury sent out a tweet: “Watching Bumgarner dominate big leaguers on a consistent basis makes me feel better about him making me look stupid in AA.” It was May 23, 2009, at Hadlock Field. Bumgarner was 19, pitching for the Connecticut Defenders, then the Giants’ Double-AA affiliate. As your observant Press […]

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  • Sunday Sep 28, 2014 | 5:21 am

    Three key races, and a fourth; Rusney; ex-Dogs honored

    When Major League Baseball tweaked its playoff format two years ago, it placed an emphasis on winning the division, while also adding another wild card team. That has prompted extra interest in two division races and one wild card battle, which comes down to today. AL Central: Detroit (89-72) and Kansas City (88-73) NL Central: St. Louis (89-72) vs. Pittsburgh (88-73) AL Wild card: Oakland (87-74) and Seattle (86-75) So […]

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  • Thursday Sep 25, 2014 | 5:00 am

    Betts too good to trade; Red Sox won’t “enable” Middlebrooks

    A good night for Boston Red Sox rookies Wednesday at Fenway Park, with Mookie Betts continuing to lead off. Meanwhile, another one-time sensation continues to be unavailable. Boston started seven rookies in its 11-3 win over the Rays. That’s the most rookies to start a game for the Red Sox in 43 years. The seven: Pitcher Anthony Ranaudo: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (no home […]

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  • Sunday Sep 21, 2014 | 8:11 am

    De La Rosa sinking in the polls; Flaherty on the rise

    Last week we looked at the prospects for Boston’s pitching prospects for 2015. We put Rubby De La Rosa at the top of the list. On second thought … When we wrote that, De La Rosa was on a bit of a slide. And the slide continues. After yesterday’s 7-2 loss, in which De La Rosa allowed four runs in four innings, he is 4-8 with a 4.50 ERA. Consider […]

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  • Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 5:31 am

    Buchholz, Betts on; Owens off

    So Mookie Betts is not done with second base, after all. The Red Sox have been trying (successfully) to get Mookie Betts comfortable in the outfield, since they already have a second baseman. But with Dustin Pedroia done for the season after hand surgery, and with uber-utility player Brock Holt out with concussion-like symptoms, Boston manager John Farrell said that Betts will get playing time back at second base. Maybe […]

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