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Alex Reimer
May 21, 2019 - 10:27 am
We may finally have an explanation for Chris Sale’s lousy April. The ace left-hander, who’s struck out at least 10 batters over his last four starts, started the season with a greatly diminished fastball and inability to put hitters away. It was theorized Sale was possibly still dealing with the...
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Ryan Hannable
May 19, 2019 - 10:17 am
Manager Alex Cora is trying something new as the Red Sox look to avoid a weekend series sweep to the Astros. With Andrew Benintendi getting a down day, Michael Chavis will play second base and lead off against Houston right-hander Brad Peacock. J.D. Martinez will play left field and Steve Pearce...
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Red Sox pitcher Hector Velazquez
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Ryan Hannable
May 18, 2019 - 10:47 pm
Injuries have not been kind to the Red Sox ’ starting rotation over the first 45 games of the season. David Price and Nathan Eovaldi are currently on the injured list, along with No. 6 starter Brian Johnson. This has forced the Red Sox to call upon Hector Velazquez to start seven games, and while...
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Ryan Hannable
May 18, 2019 - 3:35 pm
After sitting Friday night against right-hander Gerrit Cole, Jackie Bradley Jr. is back in the lineup Saturday as the Red Sox face Houston righty Corbin Martin. It's a standard lineup with Mitch Moreland at first base, Rafael Devers at third and Michael Chavis at second. In the outfield (from left...
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Ryan Hannable
May 18, 2019 - 6:00 am
Alex Cora preaches accountability with his players and in turn he's very accountable himself. Friday was one of those times, as he was particularly hard on himself following the Red Sox ' 3-1 loss to the Astros. Rick Porcello threw seven shutout innings and Cora took a chance by sending him out for...
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Ryan Hannable
May 17, 2019 - 10:11 pm
The Red Sox seemed to be in prime position to win Friday’s series opener against the Astros in a rematch of last year’s ALCS. The offense forced Houston starter Gerrit Cole from the game after five innings and then took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on a two-out single by Christian Vazquez. Not to...
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Ryan Hannable
May 17, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Jackie Bradley Jr. will start Friday night on the bench as the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Astros in a rematch of the ALCS. The Red Sox center fielder is batting .153/.257/.186 with seven RBIs on the year and his absence is interesting considering the Red Sox are facing a right-hander...
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Alex Reimer
May 17, 2019 - 2:34 pm
Dustin Pedroia’s interminable rehab stint is restarting. The Red Sox mainstay will play this weekend in Triple-A Pawtucket and be in the lineup Friday, where he is batting third and playing second base. From there, he could be called up to the big leagues in short order, if he can stay on the field...
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