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Rob Bradford
September 21, 2018 - 1:58 am
NEW YORK -- If it was always just this easy. Manager talks to his star player in the midst of a slump and star player gets out of his slump. There you have it. That is, after all, what happened with Red Sox skipper Alex Cora and Mookie Betts after Wednesday night's game. "He sat me down and told me...
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Rob Bradford
September 20, 2018 - 10:35 pm
NEW YORK -- Five Red Sox relievers were sitting around the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium late Tuesday afternoon, watching the rain pelt down while waiting to toss a few baseballs. The subject of who might win postseason awards came up. Rookie of the Year. MVP. Cy Young. They all spawned some...
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Rob Bradford
September 20, 2018 - 7:48 pm
NEW YORK -- At least it wasn't the knee. That certainly was what ran through the Red Sox' minds when Eduardo Nunez took himself out of Wednesday night's game after legging out an infield single. They knew the problem was not balky right knee, but rather a tight left hamstring. But until Alex Cora...
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Rob Bradford
September 20, 2018 - 6:06 pm
NEW YORK -- Some of the key Red Sox have altered their approach to hitting, and it's starting to make Alex Cora a little bit uncomfortable. It was a reality that truly took root with the Red Sox manager after seeing this tweet following his team's loss to the Yankees Wednesday night ... "I saw that...
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Josue Pavon
September 20, 2018 - 2:13 pm
The news of Jimmy Butler wanting out of Minnesota shook the NBA landscape Wednesday evening, but what does the All-Star's trade request mean for the Celtics? Butler, who will be finishing up the final year of his five-year, $92 million contract, is set to become a free agent next summer and has no...
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Alex Reimer
September 20, 2018 - 11:29 am
The double-standard in NFL disciplinary matters is well-documented. But it’s still worth pointing out the Patriots appear to be judged on a much stricter curve than their competition. The league announced Wednesday it is docking the Ravens $200,000 for violating the coach-to-player communications...
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Rob Bradford
September 20, 2018 - 1:27 am
NEW YORK -- As if the scoreboard wasn't bad enough. With the game already out of hand in what turned into a 10-1 Yankees win over the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez raced down the first base line while legging out an infield single. But upon arriving at the bag Nunez determined it was time for a pinch-...
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Rob Bradford
September 20, 2018 - 12:52 am
NEW YORK -- By the time you read this the Red Sox could be showering themselves in champagne, owners of the American League East title. At this writing, a few hours after the Red Sox' 10-1 shellacking at the hands of the Yankees, there was still no celebration. But it is coming. Whether it is...
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Rob Bradford
September 19, 2018 - 7:38 pm
NEW YORK -- Alex Cora suggested in his introductory press conference he would be using Craig Kimbrel outside the ninth inning. And he has, with the closer coming in prior to the ninth inning seven times entering Wednesday night. But forays into the eighth have come so few and far between, it has...
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Rob Bradford
September 19, 2018 - 5:39 pm
NEW YORK -- After some confusion Tuesday, Alex Cora used Wednesday's pregame meeting with the media to clarify what the plan was for Chris Sale over his final two regular season starts. Cora noted that Sale would be pitching Friday in Cleveland against the Indians and then again Wednesday at Fenway...
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