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  1. 2014 Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: Have the Red Sox taken the steps necessary to avoid a post-championship decline? No…

  2. Red Sox close to signing Chris Capuano

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

    chris capuano getty

    Free agent left-hander Chris Capuano is on the verge of signing with the Red Sox, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that a deal could be completed as soon as today. Boston’s need for rotation help increased following Ryan Dempster‘s decision to sit out the season and Capuano represents a cheap…

  3. Ryan Dempster will sit out the 2014 season

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

    ryan dempster getty

    Ryan Dempster posted a disappointing 4.57 ERA in 171 1/3 innings last summer for the Red Sox and did not get a postseason start, but he was still expected to open the 2014 campaign in Boston’s rotation. That is no longer going to happen. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the veteran right-hander announced Sunday…

  4. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  5. Henry Blanco wants to play one more season

    Nov 20, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Free agent catcher Henry Blanco wants to play one more season in the big leagues before calling it a career, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Blanco, now 42 years old, spent the 2013 season between the Blue Jays and Mariners, appearing in 50 games total. He was only able to muster a .474…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Felix Doubront comes up big in Game 4 win

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

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

    These last few weeks couldn’t have been easy for Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront. With Clay Buchholz back and ready to pitch in the postseason, Doubront was sent to the pen at the end of the regular season after going 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA in his 27 starts. He didn’t want to make the…

  9. Red Sox roll to 8-1 victory in World Series Game 1

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    jon lester getty

    There was a party Wednesday night at Fenway Park. And the Cardinals were merely serving the cocktails. Jon Lester threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox offense tagged the vaunted St. Louis staff early and late as Boston captured Game 1 of the World Series in an 8-1 rout. The only Cardinals run…

  10. Has John Farrell learned his lesson now?

    Oct 17, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Red Sox manager John Farrell allowed Clay Buchholz to give up five runs to the Tigers in Sunday’s ALCS Game 2, only to be bailed out by one swing from David Ortiz‘s bat. On Wednesday, there was no such rescue after Jake Peavy was allowed to surrender seven runs in three-plus innings in what turned…

  11. Are there any holes to be punched in these Red Sox?

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    With the ability to start David Price twice and Alex Cobb once in the next four games, the Rays aren’t sunk after dropping Game 1 to Boston on Friday. The Red Sox, though, seemed pretty unbeatable today with the offense in sync despite four days off and Jon Lester limiting the damage besides a couple…

  12. Red Sox rout Rays to take 1-0 lead in ALDS

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    After falling behind 2-0 after four innings, the Red Sox scored 12 unanswered runs in support of Jon Lester to emerge victorious in Game 1 of the ALDS. Lester had surrendered two solo home runs, one in the second inning to Sean Rodriguez and one in the fourth inning to Ben Zobrist. But the Red…

  13. Red Sox’s turnaround more about incumbents than newcomers

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v San Francisco Giants

    We’ve heard it a million times now: the Red Sox changed the clubhouse culture for the better when they brought in Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Dempster over the winter. And that’s certainly true. I imagine this has been the best Red Sox team to cover in several years, and they do,…

  14. Ryan Dempster willing to serve as playoff reliever for Red Sox

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Ryan Dempster has a bunch of relief experience from early in his career and has been mediocre at best as a starter this season, so the Red Sox are thinking about shifting him to the bullpen for the playoffs. Dempster hasn’t relieved since closing for the Cubs in 2007, but told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com:…

  15. Larry Lucchino to go after Randy Levine if a Sox-Yankees brawl breaks out tonight

    Sep 5, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Larry Lucchino

    He was joking, sadly, but how much money would you pay for the team presidents of the Yankees and Red Sox to throw down on national television? I’d personally pony up $47 for it: Lucchino just said on @DandCShow on @WEEI said if any brawl breaks out with Yankees he’s going after Randy Levine —…

  16. Ballplayers don’t think A-Rod is History’s Greatest Monster

    Aug 26, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    ESPN The Magazine conducted a survey of a handful of MLB players and asked their attitudes about A-Rod, his suspension and the whole drama with Ryan Dempster plunking him last week.  You may be surprised at the results. Go read the specific questions asked, the breakdown and some select quotes from the anonymous respondents, but…

  17. David Ortiz doesn’t think Ryan Dempster should have thrown at Alex Rodriguez

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    On August 18, a Sunday night game nationally broadcast on ESPN, Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster attempted to hit Yankees third baseman and embattled drama magnet Alex Rodriguez with a series of fastballs. On the first pitch, the right-hander threw it behind the slugger’s legs, the next two pitches weren’t inside enough, and the fourth…

  18. Let’s leave the frontier justice in the past, OK?

    Aug 22, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Don’t give me garbage for ripping on another writer here. The writer in question, Gregg Doyel of CBS, invited me to. Indeed, we talked about it on Twitter like civil gentleman. Turns out we both live in Ohio too, and we’re gonna meet for lunch sometime. It’ll be quite the scene. We’ll talk about why…

  19. Cardinals minor leaguer suspended

    Aug 22, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Rachel Leigh Cook

    From the blotter: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that St. Louis Cardinals Minor League outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez has received a 50-game suspension without pay for his violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Gonzalez, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Johnson City (TN)…

  20. Ryan Dempster’s first post-suspension start is August 30

    Aug 21, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Ryan Dempster will return from his five-game suspension for throwing at Alex Rodriguez and start next Friday, the Red Sox announced. Because the Red Sox have off days tomorrow and Monday the suspension didn’t really force them to juggle the rotation a whole lot. Without the suspension Dempster would have been in line to start…

  21. Ryan Dempster declines to appeal five-game suspension

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    While still maintaining his innocence Tuesday, Ryan Dempster decided not to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by MLB. He started serving the penalty with Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Dempster insisted Tuesday that he was just trying to pitch inside when, in the second inning of Sunday’s tilt between the Yankees and Red Sox,…

  22. MLB decides not to suspend Stephen Strasburg

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    On the same day that MLB suspended Ryan Dempster for throwing at Alex Rodriguez in a game he wasn’t ejected from Stephen Strasburg has avoided a suspension for throwing at Andrelton Simmons in a game he was ejected from. No official announcement has been made yet, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Nationals manager…

  23. Ryan Dempster suspended five games, Joe Girardi fined following the A-Rod plunking

    Aug 20, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Major League Baseball did what it had to do: the league just announced that the Red Sox Ryan Dempster has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the top of the second inning of Sunday night’s game. If it hadn’t suspended Dempster, the league…

  24. Ryan Dempster almost certainly to get a suspension today

    Aug 20, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    It’s taken Major League Baseball a good while to decide on punishment — or not — for Ryan Dempster following his clearly intentional plunking of Alex Rodriguez on Sunday night. But Joel Sherman reports that it’s gonna happen today: MLB decision on Dempster coming later today and hear he is almost certain to get suspension…

  25. So, Jeff Pearlman: how do you really feel about Alex Rodriguez?

    Aug 19, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    a-rod getty yankees

    Jeff Pearlman writes today that Ryan Dempster is a hero for throwing a baseball at Alex Rodriguez. But I’m not quite sure how strongly he feels about it. Please judge for yourself: F**k you for cheating. F**k you for stealing paychecks. F**k you for influencing the outcomes of games. F**k you for lying. F**k you for dragging us all…

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