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Tuesday
Feb242015

Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Yoan Mancada

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Red Sox have signed 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, according to his representative.

The Red Sox will pay the switch-hitting Moncada a signing bonus of $31.5 million dollars, once he passes a pair of physicals. The team will also have to pay Major League Baseball an additional $31.5 million as a tax for surpassing the international bonus money allotment.

Last season, Boston signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a six-year, $72.5 million dollar contract.

Moncada is expected to begin his career in the minor leagues with the Portland Seadogs, Boston's Double A affiliate. 

Additionally, the Red Sox have signed Moncada's close friend, 26-year-old Carlos Mesa, according to Moncada's agent, David Hastings.

"He would have gone with Yoan even if the Red Sox had not signed him," Hastings said Monday night. "Carlos will help Yoan with his transition. He speaks English as well as Spanish."


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Monday
Feb232015

Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell

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(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox have extended the contract of manager John Farrell through the 2017 season, the team announced Saturday at the beginning of its spring training camp.

"I'm ecstatic to have the extension," Farrell said. "This is a very special place and to be able to be here for a number of years that are in place, we don't take for granted one moment what the expectations are and how we have to deliver on those expectations."

Coming off a 71-91 season the team also announced that it will also extend general manager Ben Cherington past the 2015 season. The exact duration is unknown.

Farrell also addressed several concerns about position players leading into the season; notably Shane Victorino and new third basemen Pablo Sandoval.

"If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he is our right fielder," Farrell explained. "He was one of the best right fielders in the game two years ago. When you come back from injury, you shouldn't have lost your job because of an injury."

After pictures surfaced showing Sandoval with a large protruding gut, some questioned the fitness of the former San Francisco Giant.

"His body type hasn't changed since signing with us," Farrell said. "He's a guy that converted from a catcher to third base position. He's transitioned successfully at it a number of years ago. His body works for him."


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Friday
Aug222014

Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year deal worth approximately $72 million. 

The heavily backloaded deal reportedly is a record dollar amount for a free-agent amateur. Castillo is en route to Boston and has a physical scheduled for Saturday, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

An impressive defensive player with good speed, Castillo has spent the last five years playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba's top league. The 27-year-old is highly regarded as a base stealer and boasts an above-average bat. Even with all of the hype, Red Sox manager John Farrell knows how scouting reports can be.

"Above-average speed. Can play center field or right field. What kind of power? What kind of average?" pondered Farrell. "Obviously our scouts liked him enough, if the reports are true, that's a significant investment. It's an exciting, athletic player by all accounts."

Once officially with the club, Castillo is expected to play centerfield for Boston, next to countryman Yoenis Cespedes. 


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Saturday
May312014

Four Red Sox Ejected in Walk-Off Win

Winslow Townson/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a walk-off triple in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat Tampa Bay, 4-3, on Friday night. The game included four ejections, all against the Red Sox (25-29), and a pair of bench-clearing scuffles.

It all began in the bottom of the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz on the first pitch. That prompted warnings to be issued to both teams and for Boston manager John Farrell to be ejected. Price later hit Mike Carp in the forth, clearing the dugouts for the first time. When Price did not get tossed for hitting his second batter of the game, bench coach and interim manager Torey Lovullo expressed his displeasure by throwing his hat to the ground.

Red Sox starter Brandon Workman retaliated by throwing behind Tampa Bay's (23-32) Evan Longoria in the sixth. Both Workman and then-manager Brian Butterfield to also be ejected, making hitting coach Greg Colbrunn the fourth skipper of the day.

"When we have four people ejected and also have three people hit by pitches, and they have none, that's a hard one to figure out," said Farrell.

Boston would get the last laugh though. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Ortiz laced an RBI single to left before Xander Bogaerts doubled home the tying run in the seventh. It would remain scoreless until the tenth when Jonny Gomes walked ahead of Pierzynski's game-winning hit. It was the Red Sox fifth straight win after losing 10 in a row.


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Tuesday
May272014

Red Sox Beat Braves, Snap Skid

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- David Ortiz hadn't homered since May 14 and was hitting just .118 with no runs batted in in his last 10 games. Coincidentally, the Boston Red Sox had not won since May 14 and lost their previous 10 contests.

In the top of the sixth inning, trailing 6-3 at Atlanta, and with two runners on base, Ortiz launched a three-run homer to left center that tied the ballgame. He later drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh as the Red Sox (21-29) defeated the Braves, 8-6, to snap their longest skid in two decades.

"It's been too long since we last shook hands following a win," said Boston manager John Farrell. The Red Sox were in danger of tying the record for most consecutive losses by a defending World Series champion. The 1998 Florida Marlins dropped 11 in a row twice during their 1997 title defense. Boston had not lost 10 straight since the 1994 season.

An optimistic start for the Red Sox saw Jackie Bradley, Jr. drive in Grady Sizemore for the games first run in the third. However, starting pitcher Clay Buchholz walked a career high eight batters and did not make it out of the fourth inning. The Braves (28-22) scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to chase the righty.

"It seems to be snowballing on me right now," said Buchholz who allowed six runs on four hits before being lifted in the fourth without recording an out.

Boston rallied though, beginning with a two-run single by Dustin Pedroia in the sixth, which immediately preceeded Ortiz's game-tying blast off Atlanta's Ervin Santana. There was a near 90-minute rain delay before the inning was finally ended.

The Red Sox bats, and bullpen, finally came through when Ortiz lifted a fly ball to deep right field in the seventh that put Boston ahead, 7-6. A.J. Pierzynski then singled home another run while the bullpen held Atlanta off the boards for the final five innings.

Ian Thomas (1-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up the two runs in the seventh, while Edward Mujica (2-1) got the win for Boston. Koji Uehara earned his 10th save of the season, getting Andrelton Simmons to ground into a game-ending double play in the ninth.


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Wednesday
May212014

Red Sox Bring Back SS Stephen Drew

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  Stephen Drew is back with the Boston Red Sox.

Drew has agreed to a one-year deal with Boston after the shortstop rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the team during the offseason.  He had hoped to land a multiyear contract with another team, but it never came to fruition.

The deal will reportedly pay Drew $10.2 million for the remainder of the season if he passes a physical. He is currently in Boston and will undergo tests on Wednesday.

"We have the ability, provided all things work out, we've added a very good player to improve this team," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "That's the thing Ben (Cherington) and ownership have repeatedly shown: when a need exists, they'll do whatever is capable and whatever is available to improve the team.

"Stephen's return to us could very well do that. It will add stability to the left side of the infield."

If Drew passes his physical, he will need some time in the minor leagues before being able to play with the Red Sox. Once he is ready to return, he is expected to man the shortstop position with Xander Bogaerts moving to third base.

Drew hit .254 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Red Sox last season, helping them capture the 2013 World Series championship.


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Thursday
Apr242014

Pineda Ejected for Using Pine Tar

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images (BOSTON, Mass.) -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of his start against Boston on Wednesday night after being found with pine tar on his neck. The Red Sox would go on to win the game, 5-1 at Fenway Park.

The righty had trouble controlling his pitches in the first inning and when he returned for the second, was seen with a noticeable smear on his neck that was not previously there. Red Sox manager John Farrell then asked homeplate umpire Gerry Davis to inspect the pitcher and after finding the foreign substance, Davis ejected Pineda.

"I fully respect that on a cold night, you're trying to get a grip," said Farrell. "But when it's that obvious, something has to be said."

In his first start against Boston on April 10 at Yankee Stadium, Pineda was accused of having a foreign substance on his wrist. Pineda said after it was a combination of dirt and sweat he used to get a better grip of the ball. Following his ejection on Wednesday night, the 25-year old admitted to his mistake and apologized for his actions.

"I don't think he's trying to do anything to cheat, I think he's trying to go out there and compete," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "He used bad judgment tonight. He'll admit to that."

While there is no mandatory suspension for pitchers using a foreign substance, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta was forced to sit out eight games in 2012 for a similar incident. Major League Baseball has yet announce a decision, but both Girardi and Yankees GM Brian Cashman expect a suspension is coming.

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Monday
Apr142014

Red Sox Manager John Farrell Complains About Replay System

Mitch Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball's new replay system hasn't been universally received as positive, as Boston Red Sox manager made critical comments about the process.

Farrell was ejected during last night's game against the New York Yankees for disputing a play that was reviewed on replay after the umpires reversed their call on what would have been an inning-ending double play in the fourth inning.

The Yankees scored all three of their runs against the Red Sox in the fourth inning.

"It's hard to have any faith in the system," Farrell said after the game.

"There's going to be a learning curve," Farrell added. "But again you'd think video replay would be conclusive or there are plays where it would not be conclusive, which was tonight. We ended up on the wrong side both times."

Back in January, replay was approved for the first time by both Major League Baseball and the Player's Union.

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Friday
Mar282014

Sizemore Named Red Sox Starting Center Fielder

Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox named Grady Sizemore their starting center fielder for Opening Day.

Sizemore, 31, hasn't played since 2011 and has underwent seven surgeries since 2009.

Despite his past health issues, Sizemore has stayed healthy this spring hitting .333 with one home run in 39 at bats.

"He looks very good physically," Red Sox skipper John Farrell. "Left-handed and right-handed pitching, he had a good swing. He's in a good place."

Sizemore beat out youngster Jackie Bradley Jr., who will start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Sizemore is a three-time All-Star, with a .357 on-base percentage, 139 home runs and 439 RBIs through eight seasons of big league play.

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Sunday
Oct132013

Tigers Lose No-Hitter, Take 1-0 ALCS Lead on Red Sox

Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Anibal Sanchez was dominant and left with a no-hitter through six innings of work in the Tigers 1-0 ALCS win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Sanchez and the Tigers bullpen held Boston without a hit until the ninth inning.  Sanchez walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth before he struck out Stephen Drew to end the inning.

Al Alburquerque and Jose Veras did not allow a hit after Sanchez left.

Joaquin Benoit recorded the first out in the bottom of the ninth before allowing Daniel Nava's single to left.  Following the hit to Nava, Benoit got Drew to fly out and Xander Bogaerts to pop-up to the shortstop to end the game.

"No, not really," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said when asked if he was thinking about the combined no-hitter.  "You never feel comfortable; I wasn't really worried about a no-hitter.  It worked out fine for us."

Sanchez got the win and struck out 12, allowing six walks, with 116 pitches during six innings of work.

Jhonny Peralta drove in Miguel Cabrera with a single off Jon Lester in the top of the sixth for the only run of the game.

Lester pitched 6.1 innings and gave up the lone run with four strikeouts in the loss.

"I wouldn't say patience or working deep counts wasn't the reason we didn't get hit until the ninth inning," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of the effort by Sanchez and the Tigers bullpen.

Max Scherzer, who was 21-3 this season, will take the mound for the Tigers on Sunday night and the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound.

"We'll be ready to go tomorrow night," Farrell said of facing Scherzer on Sunday and putting the tough game 1 loss behind them.  "We have the ability to put tonight behind us; our guys will be ready to go."

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