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MRI on Pedroia comes back clean

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 3:12 pm

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will apparently avoid a trip to the disabled list after an MRI taken on his ailing left wrist revealed no fractures or structural damage, MLB.com reported Monday.

Pedroia did not play in Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees in New York due to the injury, instead returning to Boston for a medical exam. The four- time All-Star initially hurt the wrist during the Red Sox’ home series against Milwaukee from Apr. 4-6.

The injury has caused Pedroia to struggle at the plate as of late, as he’s gone just 6-for-40 over his last nine games after beginning the season on a 7- for-15 tear.

Pedroia’s status for Boston’s three-game set against the White Sox in Chicago, which begins Tuesday, has yet to be determined.

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After Surprising 2013 Worst-To-First World Championship The Sox Are Back!

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Published on 1:04 pm

By Tim Scott
Red Sox Nation rejoiced again late last October by surprising MLB in making an amazing turnaround from worst-to-first in less than 1 year. Owner John Henry,  General Manager Ben Cherington, Tom Werner and Company were congratulated by players and fans alike in achieving a job well done!
Manager John Farrell will be put the challenge again for this 2014 season in doing something that the baseball world has not seen done in a long while….. that challenge is repeating as World Series Champs in back-to back seasons!!
While Red Sox Nation will have to wait until Fenway Park’s home Opener on Friday April 4 to see their hometown baseball heroes(with many players returning including scheduled Starter and proud Duckboat Purchaser Jake Peavy) get their World Series Rings!!!…When they do so…. the team will be spectacularly getting their 3rd Championship rings and banner in the past 10 years. And let us not forget….. this is all after an all too painful drought of 86 years beforehand!!!! In the between time of this monumental event …the 2014 regular baseball season schedule is due to start on March 31!
Jon Lester will once again be named the Red Sox starter followed by Lackey and Doubront and most likeley rounded out by Peavy and Bucholz! It is yet to be seen who will win the CF starter job replacing Jacoby Ellsbury as both Jackie Bradley Jr. and new signee Grady Sizemore are both vying for the position and playing very well during Spring Training!!! Things are looking bright indeed for the Boston Red Sox!!! Red Sox Legend and rightful Hall of Famer DH David Ortiz signed an extension that will keep him in a Red Sox uniform for a few more years and possibly able to retire as a Red Sox player. Dustin Pedroia is signed for the next decade in a record deal… Young phenom Xander Bogaerts looks to transition into the tough Shortstop position….While Will Middlebrooks is back at third looking to steadily improve. Big Mike Napoli is enjoying his starting nod at first base while being healthy for the first time in years!! David Ross and A.J. Pierzynski look to share catching duties while handling an awesome pitching staff!!! Koji Uehara is looking and expected to continue to do his thing….which is to come out of the bullpen to pitch!!! Jonny Gomes will likely get many more games in left field platooning with sweet swinging Daniel Nava!!!!! And if all this doesn’t convince you that “Everything is Gonna Be Alright!”…. then perhaps Shane Victorino returning to play Right Filed again will!!!
The Red Sox are looking to be strong contenders again and every Red Sox fan will be eagerly awaiting to see how it all turns out this year! As the Season gets underway on Baseball’s Opening Day this Monday March … a day that should be a National Holiday :) …..The Red Sox will take to the field once again Anew and Ready to go!!!! And So we say…. Go Sox Go!
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VOTE: Your Boston Sports Mt. Rushmore

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Published on 4:23 pm

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Time to have a little fun. With all the recent excitement of athletes speaking about who would be on their Mt. Rushmore lets do our own Boston version. For those who are new to this concept all you do is pick who you think are the top 4 Boston sports players of all time. The 4 players that would go on your Mt. Rushmore if it were dedicated to Boston. Let’s do one for each team! Voting is below and final results will be announced in a few days. Ready… set… go!

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GameDay Deal Alert: Limited time Christmas Discount Coupon!

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Published on 9:14 pm

It’s that time of the year Boston sports fans! With the holidays right around the corner we are going to help you get your early or I guess you could say last minute shopping done… depending on whether you like to shop early or wait until the last minute!

We are offering 10% off everything in the store for a limited time. While this deal is going we will guarantee certain products in the store get to you BEFORE Christmas! If you have any concerns on whether the item you order will be delivered in time feel free to email us!

Use the promo code “earlyxmas” at checkout. Make sure you use all lowercase letters when entering the code where it says APPLY COUPON at checkout. This deal won’t last long so finish off your Christmas list sooner rather than later!

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Red Sox, Pierzynski agree to deal

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Published on 1:15 am

The Boston Red Sox have apparently signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

CBS Sports first reported the deal, which according to the Boston Herald is for one year and pending a physical.

After eight years with the Chicago White Sox, Pierzynski signed a one-year deal with the Rangers last offseason and appeared in 134 games for Texas, hitting .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI.

He also threw out base-stealers at a career-high 33 percent.

One of the most durable catchers in baseball, the soon-to-be 37-year-old Pierzynski is primarily known for his offense, but is one of the more respected game callers behind the plate and was selected to the American League All Star team in both 2006 and 2008.

Pierzynski broke into the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 1998 and in addition to the White Sox and Rangers, has also played for the Giants. He is a .283 lifetime hitter over the course of his 16-year career with 172 home runs and 800 RBI.

For his career Pierzynski is a .322 hitter at Fenway Park, but oddly enough has never homered there.

Minnesota and Toronto had also been linked to Pierzynski.

With Pierzynski on board it likely signals the end for free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia in Boston. Saltalamacchia, who is eight years younger than Pierzynski, hit .273 a year ago for the World Series champions with 14 home runs and 65 RBI.

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Ortiz among honorees at writers’ dinner

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Published on 4:29 pm

The New England Sports Museum has announced details of the 75th Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, to be held Jan. 23 at the Westin Copley Place.

Among the honorees will be David Ortiz and Jon Lester, chosen as the Red Sox MVP and pitcher of the year, respectively.

Tickets for the dinner are $200 apiece, and tables of 10 can be purchased for $2,000. For more information, call 617-624-1231 or visit the museum’s website.

Here is the complete list of award winners

David Ortiz, Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award (Red Sox MVP)
Jon Lester, Red Sox Pitcher of the Year
Jose Iglesias, Harry Agganis Memorial Award (Red Sox Rookie of the Year)
David Ross, Tommy McCarthy Memorial Good Guy Award
Koji Uehara, Red Sox Fireman of the Year
Jonny Gomes, Jackie Jensen Award (Spirit and Determination)
Craig Breslow, Unsung Hero Award
John Lackey, Comeback Player Award
Xander Bogaerts, Greg Montalbano Minor League Award
John Farrell, Manager of the Year Award
Miguel Cabrera, Ted Williams Award (Major League Baseball’s Outstanding Hitter)
Ben Cherington, Executive of the Year
Matt Harvey, Ben Mondor Award (New England Player of the Year)
Bill Ballou, Dave O’Hara Award (Long and Meritorious Service to BBWAA)

Additional Honorees to be Announced
Judge Emil Fuchs Memorial Award (Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball)
Former Red Sox Player Award
Tony Conigliaro Award (Spirit, Determination and Courage)
Tim Wakefield Award (Community Service)
Lou Gorman Award (Passion and Persistence)

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All the trimmings: Red Sox beards for sale

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Published on 8:07 pm

Sox Beards
Now that the beards of some Boston Red Sox players have been trimmed, you can own what was once on their faces.

Gillette announced Thursday that it would auction off two hair balls — one that it shaved off World Series MVP David Ortiz and the other from Shane Victorino.

The beard hair comes in a case along with the razor that shaved it and an autograph of Ortiz and Victorino. All proceeds will go to Movember, a men’s health charity that encourages men to grow mustaches this month.

“We’ve never done anything like this,” Hooman Shahidi, senior brand manager for Gillette, said in a statement. “But their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.”

As of 2 p.m. ET, Victorino’s beard hair was going for $355, while Ortiz’s had drawn a high bid of $640.

The players had their beards shaved at Gillette’s Boston headquarters earlier this month after winning the World Series.

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Red Sox pitchers and catchers report Feb. 15

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Published on 8:05 pm

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox on Thursday set their schedule for spring training, announcing pitchers and catchers were due to report to Fort Myers, Fla. on Feb. 15, with the first game at JetBlue Park on Feb. 27.

In total, the Red Sox will play 33 games (including split squad games and the annual doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern), 17 of them played at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. The team will hold workouts from Feb. 17-26 that are open to the public free of charge.

Here are some key dates:

• Saturday, Feb. 8: Truck Day (equipment truck departs Fenway Park for Fort Myers).

• Saturday, Feb. 15: Deadline for pitchers and catchers to report.

• Monday, Feb. 17: First official workout for pitchers and catchers.

• Tuesday, Feb. 18: Deadline for position players to report.

• Thursday, Feb. 20: First full-squad workout.

• Saturday, Feb. 22: Free open house at JetBlue Park (billed as a celebration of the World Series and a chance to tour the park)

• Thursday, Feb. 27: Annual Red Sox doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College (1:05 p.m.).

• Friday, Feb. 28: First Grapefruit League game, against the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park (1:05 p.m.)

• Monday, March 17: Annual St. Patrick’s Day game at JetBlue Park against St. Louis Cardinals in World Series rematch (Sox also face the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. on March 5).

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Red Sox add three to 40-man roster

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Published on 12:50 am

The Red Sox added outfielder Bryce Brentz, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and third baseman Garin Cecchini to the 40-man roster on Wednesday, which was the deadline to do so in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The moves, which were expected, bring the team’s 40-man roster up to 39.

The 24-year-old Brentz hit .264 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs in 82 games with Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013. His 19 total homers (including two on rehab in the Gulf Coast League) were tied for most among Red Sox minor leaguers.

The right-hander Ranaudo, who spent most of 2013 with Double-A Portland before an August promotion to Pawtucket, had 11 wins and a 2.96 ERA, making 24 starts between the two levels. The 24-year old went 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA with 106 strikeouts and 40 walks over 19 starts with the Sea Dogs and was 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA with the PawSox. He pitched for the U.S. team in the 2013 All-Star Futures game.

The 22-year-old Cecchini hit .322 with 7 homers and 61 RBIs in 129 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2013. He led all minor leaguers with a .443 on-base percentage.

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Dustin Pedroia Has Surgery on Left Thumb

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Published on 8:38 pm

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ESPN News Services

BOSTON – Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had surgery on his left thumb Wednesday.

The operation to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb was performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Pedroia hurt his hand diving into first base on opening day and played the rest of the season with the injury. The 2008 AL MVP appeared in 160 games, batting .301 with 42 doubles and 84 RBIs while helping the Red Sox win the World Series for the second time in his seven-year career.

 

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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