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POLL: Panda Inches Ahead As 'Most Pleasant Surprise'

In a see-saw battle, Pablo Sandoval has nudged ahead of Kyle Kendrick as the most pleasant surprise of the Red Sox spring. As the chart shows, The Panda now draws the support of 34% of readers—marginally ahead of Kendrick at 33%. Far behind the two leaders are Marco Hernandez at 11%, Sam Travis at 10%, Mitch Moreland at 7%, Blake Swihart at 3% and Brandon Workman at 1%. You can...
Via FenwayNation
3 hours ago

The Importance of Being Eduardo

It’s funny how things change. You look at the world and expect the future to conform based on what you see, then when the time comes for that to happen, something completely unexpected occurs instead. That’s what is happening to Eduardo Rodriguez right now. Chris Sale’s acquisition made Rodriguez the sixth man in a five-man rotation, and, as the only one with minor league options...
Via BP Boston
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yoan Moncada developed Twinkie obsession when he came to US

If you ever see Yoan Moncada in the sweets aisle at the grocery store, chances are he’s looking for the Twinkies.The former Boston Red Sox prospect apparently developed quite the sweet tooth when he came to the United States, as he once had 85 Twinkies in a week, according to his agent David Hastings in Eli Saslow’s recent ESPN the Magazine article on the Chicago White Sox third...
Via NESN.com
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wright adds to spotless spring in latest outing

Steven Wright has put concerns about his right shoulder to rest while regaining the type of knuckleball that led to him becoming an All-Star last season. In Thursday's 10-7 win over the Pirates at JetBlue Park, Wright cruised through 4 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Via RedSox.com
19 hours ago

Bogaerts ahead of schedule after circling globe

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts traveled the world these last few weeks, from Korea to Japan to Arizona to Los Angeles. But that long and winding road took him back to the Red Sox on Thursday, where he started at shortstop and went 1-for-4 in a 10-7 win over the Pirates.
Via RedSox.com
20 hours ago

Boston Red Sox: Setting Sale with a formidable staff

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Leon Named Red Sox Opening Day Starting Catcher

Red Sox manager John Farrell today essentially locked in a decision to make Sandy Leon the Opening Day starting catcher—and the receiver for the bulk of the Boston rotation. It appears that Christian Vazquez will be the back-up—and be the primary catcher for knuckleballer Steven Wright. Blake Swihart, who has been red hot this Spring, still has minor league options and will head...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago

Farrell: Mookie may be best suited in 3-hole

With the idea of getting his most dynamic hitter to the plate more often, Red Sox manager John Farrell is leaning toward hitting Mookie Betts third instead of fourth to start the season.
Via RedSox.com
1 day ago

The 'Wicked Big' Achilles Heel For The 2017 Red Sox

As documented by The New York Post's Joel Sherman, the 2017 Red Sox—despite an impressive roster—have a major concern with their starting rotation. Only two pitchers—Chris Sale and 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello—are 100% healthy. Everybody else is MASH Central. 'Porcello And Sale and pray for hail' is not exactly a solid foundation for a championship team. So, is Kyle...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago

From BP: Red Sox Team Preview

Between now and Opening Day, we’ll be previewing each team with a focus on answering the question: “How will this team be remembered?” For the full archive of each 2017 team preview, click here. PECOTA Red Sox Projections Record: 87-75 Runs Scored: 749 Runs Allowed: 690 AVG/OBP/SLG (TAv): .272/.335/.431 (.263) Total WARP: 35.4 (16.0 pitching, 19.4 non-pitching) The 2016 Red...
Via BP Boston
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mound is a microcosm of the disparity between the Yankees and the Red Sox

"Everybody in camp, everybody associated with the Boston Red Sox wants to win — bad."
Via Boston.com
1 day ago

Projecting the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was Truck Day at Fenway South on Wednesday. Only this time, workers were loading up equipment to be shipped back to Fenway Park in preparation for the season. The Sox have only 10 days and 11 games remaining in spring training. They leave Florida on March 30 then play games […]
Via Boston.com
1 day ago

Boston Red Sox: Jess' Player to Look Out For in 2017 - Drew Pomeranz

There hasn’t been a lot of positive Drew Pomeranz chatter in the recent past. Was he worth the top pitching prospect? Should the Red Sox have given him back to the Padres? Will he ever be healthy? For all these reasons, Pomeranz is my player to watch for in 2017.
Via CLNS Radio
1 day ago

What to expect for the Boston Red Sox without Big Papi?

With spring training winding down, the start to the MLB season is nearing. This season will bring a very different feel to the Boston Red Sox and their organization. For the first time in 14 years, David Ortiz will not be on the opening day roster. Fans and players alike are wondering just how this will affect the coming season and production within the clubhouse. There are many...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Weak elbow could sideline David Price into May

If you exhaled after learning David Price won’t need surgery this season, you might want to start holding your breath again.The Boston Red Sox pitcher got good news at the beginning of the month, when he learned after seeking a second opinion that only treatment and medication would be needed to heal his sore throwing elbow. But apparently his status has taken a turn for the worse...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox lefty Pomeranz pulled with tightness in triceps

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz exited Sunday's start after two innings because of tightness in his left triceps, the latest setback for Boston's staff in spring training. The Red Sox said Pomeranz, in competition for a spot in the rotation, was pulled against Minnesota as a precaution. ''I don't think it's anything serious,'' the lefty said. The AL East...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins score 13 runs to top Red Sox

TWINS 13, RED SOX 8 Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz was forced to leave the game early due to triceps tightness. He lasted two innings and allowed three earned runs. The left-hander said he didn't think the trouble was anything serious. Hanley Ramirez hit his third homer for Boston and Mitch Moreland went 3 for 3. Ben Paulsen had a solo homer and three hits for Minnesota, while Joe...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What Could Go Wrong: 2017 Red Sox Edition

The 2017 Red Sox are probably going to be good. Very good, even. The gamblers at OddsShark have the team’s over/under pegged at 92.5 wins, tied with the Indians for the highest total in the American League and trailing just the Nationals and Cubs across the majors. Obviously, however, this is sports we’re talking about. You play the game on the field, not on paper, or something...
Via BP Boston
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Gillespie and Andriese help Rays tie Red Sox

RAYS 3, RED SOX 3, 9 INNINGS Boston said AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello will be its opening-day starter against Pittsburgh, the third in three years for the Red Sox after Clay Buchholz in 2015 and David Price last year. Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow, and Porcello was chosen over Chris Sale, acquired from the Chicago White...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Iconic Citgo sign staying near Fenway Park after sides reach deal

Don’t worry, Fenway Park hitters: You still can “C-It-Go.”The Boston skyline came dangerously close to losing the iconic Citgo sign near Fenway Park after Boston University sold the building it is on top of to Related Beal. But the two sides came to an agreement Wednesday to keep the historic sign right where it is, thanks in part to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.“The Citgo...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 3/14: The calm before the March Madness storm

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome the YB Box Score, what we're reading while downgrading the latest snow storm to endless sleet.Happy birthday to Larry Johnson, Steph Curry and Simone Biles.On this date in 1987 Boston Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper beaned Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets resulting...
Via Yardbarker
10 days ago  |  Discuss

A 5-year-old Red Sox fan not only receives a new heart but finds out he may go to Fenway

Everybody could use a heartwarming story to read, and here is a great one to soothe some frayed nerves.Five-year-old Ari Schultz was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome when he was in the womb, which even not knowing exactly what those two diseases are, they sound fairly awful. He has been waiting for a new heart ever since he was...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

David Price has full range of motion in elbow, will throw soon

The news on David Price appears to be encouraging.Price experienced soreness in his left elbow after making his spring training debut and underwent an MRI. The good news was that the MRI was inconclusive, and Price was directed to just shut things down for a brief time.Price was expected to potentially throw Friday or Saturday, but that has been delayed. However, the good news is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello thought Tim Tebow was a bat boy

Tim Tebow’s appearance with the New York Mets in a Grapefruit League spring training game on Wednesday was a forgettable one.Tebow played with a Mets split squad team against the Boston Red Sox and batted eighth as the DH. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, grounded into a double-play, and he got hit by a pitch. But he was picked off after being hit.Not only did Tebow show that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow to play in two spring training games, start at DH Wednesday for Mets

The New York Mets will have 14 players on different rosters at the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The void leaves space in the team’s Major League camp. One player who will fill that void is Tim Tebow.According to Joel Sherman of The New York Post, Tebow will play on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox and Friday against the Houston Astros.Per ESPN’s Scott Lauber, manager...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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