Matt Barnes

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Rob Bradford
April 30, 2019 - 7:24 am
Alex Cora wasn't about to overreact, and he shouldn't have. The Red Sox won Monday night thanks in large part to a six-run third inning. In the big picture, it was a step the right direction, little more. "It’s just one game, you know," Cora said after the 9-4 win over the A's at Fenway Park. "I’m...
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Nick Friar
April 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
Chris Sale’s disappointing outing on Tuesday overshadowed the fact Alex Cora brought Matt Barnes, the Red Sox semi-closer, semi-super reliever, in the ninth inning despite it being a non-save situation. Under his watch, the Blue Jays added to their 6-5 after Barnes drilled Billy McKinney and gave...
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Rob Bradford
April 04, 2019 - 4:08 am
OAKLAND -- Matt Barnes had just finished what has become his daily postgame treadmill session, still donning a headband and a fair amount of sweat. This time, however, the media gathered around the reliever wasn't there to talk about closing out a game. This was simply about coming in. After...
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Rob Bradford
March 30, 2019 - 3:23 am
SEATTLE -- Most of the players had already headed to the team hotel when Matt Barnes finally emerged at his locker. Covered in sweat, the appearance was strikingly similar to what Craig Kimbrel had projected after such nights after punctuating a Red Sox' win with another save. This time it was...
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Rob Bradford
March 24, 2019 - 9:08 am
The Red Sox have their Opening Day bullpen. Matt Barnes. Ryan Brasier. Heath Hembree. Brandon Workman. Brian Johnson, Colten Brewer. Hector Velazquez. Tyler Thornburg. Thornburg is the highest-paid member of the group at $1.7 million despite not proving to be an effective big leaguer since 2016...
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Rob Bradford
March 18, 2019 - 5:23 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's not exactly an unwritten rule, but sometimes it certainly seems illegible. When a pitcher is tipping his pitches it's time to break out the code. That's exactly what happened after Matt Barnes revealed Monday afternoon that his problems against the Twins at Hammond Stadium...
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Rob Bradford
March 10, 2019 - 11:21 pm
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Another day, more questions about the Red Sox bullpen. Alex Cora is putting a brave face on with about 2 1/2 weeks until Opening Day in Seattle, but there has to be some uneasiness when it comes to trying to have his relievers hit the ground running. Sunday offered little in...
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Rob Bradford
February 26, 2019 - 9:07 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The question was a straightforward one: Why could you be the closer for the Red Sox? Matt Barnes' answer was just as direct. "Over the last few years, I’ve learned a lot about the league and about myself and how to best utilize myself," Barnes said on the Bradfo Sho podcast. "I’...
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John Tomase
February 13, 2019 - 11:40 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dave Dombrowski admits he's old-fashioned. He likes having a closer. Whether that man will be Craig Kimbrel or not remains to be seen. Dombrowski reiterated on Wednesday that he's happy with the internal options to replace Kimbrel, an All-Star closer who remains unsigned as...
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Rob Bradford
November 01, 2018 - 4:06 pm
The Craig Kimbrel question isn't coming out of the blue. Kimbrel has always figured to be one of the tougher decisions when he hits the free agent market, which will be in the coming weeks. He's a closer who is likely in line to set a record for largest contract given to a player at his position,...
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