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  1. Tigers avoid arbitration with Alex Avila

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal for 2014 worth $4.15 million. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 worth $5.4 million with a $200,000 buyout clause. Sherman adds that the option vests if Avila…

  2. Not everyone is happy about home plate collisions being taken away

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is not a fan of the new rule banning home plate collisions. Indeed he’s so incensed that he decided to mock the idea of protecting athletes whose health and career are put at risk as a result of them: One of the game’s biggest stars — Buster Posey —…

  3. Report: Red Sox agree to one-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    a.j. pierzynski getty

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Pierzynski’s one-year deal is worth $8.25 million. 8:57 a.m. ET: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Pierzysnki will get a one-year deal. He’ll essentially function as a stopgap option with the Red Sox, as prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart aren’t too far away from the big leagues. 8:23 a.m.…

  4. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington voted Sporting News Executive of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Ben Cherington Getty

    After being the architect of a team which went from worst to first in the American League East and scored an eventual World Series victory over the Cardinals, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has been voted as the Sporting News Executive of the Year. The award was voted on by a panel of 31…

  5. Red Sox considering free agent A.J. Pierzynski

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

    a.j. pierzynski getty

    The Red Sox are known to have interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann, but they’ll be competing for his services against some of the richest teams in baseball so backup plans are being put in motion. Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Boston front office has reached out to free agent backstop A.J.…

  6. Report: Rockies among as many as 15 teams interested in Tim Hudson

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson Getty

    We learned yesterday that the World Champion Red Sox have strong interest in Tim Hudson, but they are going to have plenty of competition. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies are among “as many as 15 teams” who have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Luring free agents to pitch at…

  7. David Ortiz, Shane Victorino, the bullpen cop and “one lucky fan” will shave on Monday

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    I just got an email from a P.R. person about some event Gillette is putting on Monday in which some of the Red Sox’ beards will be shaved: Following the World Series victory, Gillette is helping champions, MVP David Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan and one lucky bearded fan trim down and…

  8. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  9. Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew come up big in possible Fenway finales

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    As the Red Sox celebrate their third World Series victory in a decade Wednesday, the likelihood exists that several key players won’t be back in 2014. Red Sox free agents this winter include Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ellsbury and Drew in particular delivered big games on Wednesday, with Ellsbury reaching…

  10. David Ortiz gets World Series MVP honors

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    It wasn’t exactly a shocker, but after batting .688 with two homers, David Ortiz was named World Series MVP following Boston’s Game 6 victory over the Cardinals. Ortiz tied World Series and postseason records with four walks and three intentional walks in the Game 6 victory. He came around to score after two of them.…

  11. World Series, Game 6: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 30, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Lineups for Game 6 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday DH Allen Craig C Yadier Molina 1B Matt Adams 3B David Freese CF Jon Jay SS Daniel Descalso SP Michael Wacha With a right-hander on the mound Cardinals manager Mike Matheny goes back to his usual lineup,…

  12. World Series Game 6 Preview: John Lackey gets the biggest start of his life

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    BOSTON — It’s certainly the biggest start of Michael Wacha‘s life too, but Wacha is 22 years-old and kids, God love ‘em, tend to think that they’re going to have the sun shining on them forever. John Lackey is 35 and has pretty much seen it and done it all. He’s been that kid winning…

  13. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny not doing his team any favors

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    World Series Red Sox Cardinals Baseball

    It started with the lineup: Mike Matheny chose to go with Shane Robinson in center field in Game 5 and had him bat second, with Carlos Beltran dropping into the cleanup spot. On the surface, it didn’t seem like a great move. Maybe it would have turned out better had leadoff man Matt Carpenter gotten…

  14. Jon Lester’s mastery, efficiency carry Red Sox to edge of glory, push Cardinals to brink

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    ST. LOUIS — We thought of Game 1 as a battle of aces. It didn’t turn out that way. Game 5, however, gave us what we had been expecting. Adam Wainwright vs. Jon Lester and this time they were both on their game. But Jon Lester was better than Wainwright and, just as importantly, was…

  15. Red Sox score two in seventh to take lead over Cardinals in Game 5 of World Series

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    David Ross Getty

    Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester have been dealing for most of the night, but the Red Sox have retaken the lead in Game 5. Wainwright struck out Daniel Nava to begin the top of the seventh inning, but then allowed a single to Xander Bogaerts and a walk to Stephen Drew. This set up a…

  16. World Series, Game 5: Red Sox-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Lineups for Game 5 at Busch Stadium … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury 2B Dustin Pedroia 1B David Ortiz LF Jonny Gomes RF Daniel Nava 3B Xander Bogaerts SS Stephen Drew C David Ross SP Jon Lester Shane Victorino is out of the lineup again with a back injury, so Daniel Nava replaces him in…

  17. Red Sox tie up Game 4 at 1-1 on Stephen Drew’s fifth inning sacrifice fly

    Oct 27, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    David Ortiz seems to be the only consistent source of offense for the Red Sox thus far in the World Series. He led off the fifth inning of Game 4 with a double to right-center, their first extra-base hit of the night against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. Lynn started to unravel, walking Jonny Gomes, and…

  18. Shane Victorino has been pulled from the Red Sox lineup in Game 4

    Oct 27, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has been pulled from manager John Farrell’s starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series due to lower back tightness, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. As a result, Daniel Nava will move from left field to right field, and Jonny Gomes will enter into the lineup and play…

  19. World Series Game 4 lineups

    Oct 27, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Busch before Game 4

    ST. LOUIS — Less than 24 hours after a crazy, exhausting game ended they strap it on again in a few hours and play another. To quote Earl Weaver for the second time today: This ain’t a football game. They do this every day. For the Red Sox, the only real change is the exile…

  20. The million fluky things that go into winning a World Series game

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    - Allen Craig, hobbled by a painful foot injury that nearly ruled him out for the postseason, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday on the first ever obstruction call to end a postseason game. – Craig scored because Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whom manager John Farrell forgot to take out of the…

  21. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having the worst of weeks

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Don’t blame Will Middlebrooks for the fluky obstruction call that ended Game 3. Don’t blame umpire Jim Joyce, who made the gutsy choice to call it and give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory. Blame the guy who made the bad throw in the first place: Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The struggling Saltalamacchia shouldn’t have even been in…

  22. World Series, Game 2: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    Lineups from Game 2 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina DH Allen Craig 3B David Freese CF Jon Jay SS Daniel Descalso SP Michael Wacha Carlos Beltran tested his injured ribs during pregame batting practice and apparently felt good enough to…

  23. Carlos Beltran robs David Ortiz of a grand slam but then departs World Series Game 1 with a rib contusion

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Boston leads Game 1 of the World Series 5-0 after just two innings, but it could have been even worse for the visiting Cardinals. Watch as St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran robs Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz of a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the second (courtesy of HBT’s…

  24. World Series, Game 1: Cardinals-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 23, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    Lineups for Game 1 at Fenway Park … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday DH Allen Craig C Yadier Molina 3B David Freese 1B Matt Adams CF Shane Robinson SS Pete Kozma SP Adam Wainwright As expected Allen Craig is in the lineup at designated hitter, playing for the first time…

  25. Cardinals manager and former catcher Mike Matheny supports a ban on home plate collisions

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Earlier, D.J. Short informed us that Major League Baseball is considering banning collisions at home plate in an effort to better protect catchers. There have been quite a few incidents that have been the impetus of the call for change, most notably when Buster Posey and Scott Cousins collided on May 25, 2011. Posey was…

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