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Mike Petraglia
June 10, 2015 - 11:32 am
WALTHAM -- Pat Connaughton didn't lack confidence when he was setting school records at St. John's Prep in Danvers, and he didn't lose that swagger while leading the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to within a breath of the Final Four this spring. The Arlington resident always has had a swagger about...
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Pat Venditte Friday at Fenway Park became MLB's first switch-pitcher since 1995. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Mike Petraglia
June 05, 2015 - 9:47 pm
Red Sox manager John Farrell can certainly appreciate being part of history, even if it means standing in awe of the opponent. On Friday night at Fenway, Oakland's Pat Venditte became the first major league pitcher since Greg Harris on Sept. 28, 1995 to pitch with both arms in a major league game...
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Fenway security officials stand in the unprotected area where a female fan was struck Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Mike Petraglia
June 05, 2015 - 7:22 pm
After Friday's horrific bat accident in the stands behind the A's on-deck circle, the scrutiny of controversial maple bats is likely to intensify. But Brett Lawrie , the A's batter whose bat shattered in the top of the second inning and struck a woman two rows deep in the box seats, sees a much...
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Mike Napoli tosses his bat aside after crushing his second homer of two homers Saturday night against C.J. Wilson. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Mike Petraglia
May 23, 2015 - 8:18 pm
When C.J. Wilson is paying Mike Napoli a compliment, you know he means it. The two rivals from their bitter tweet dust-up of 2012 met again Saturday night, and safe to say, Napoli got the last laugh. He homered twice off the pitcher who took offense to Napoli proclaiming that he can't wait to make...
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David Ortiz
Mike Petraglia
April 20, 2015 - 12:33 pm
David Ortiz has a bone to pick with Jim Palmer. The hall of fame pitcher and long time Orioles broadcaster criticized David Ortiz on Twitter Sunday after he flipped his bat and dropped it at the plate after a check-swing that was call strike two by third base umpire Jerry Meals. Meals yelled at...
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Shane Victorino
Mike Petraglia
April 18, 2015 - 11:24 am
Looks like Shane Victorino did pay a price for going after that fly ball in right field Friday night. Victorino was scratched an hour before Saturday's game with sore ribs. He was replaced in right field by Daniel Nava, batting seventh. The Victorino situation appeared encouraging at the start of...
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Brock Holt
Mike Petraglia
April 18, 2015 - 9:56 am
John Farrell chose Saturday to give Mookie Betts his second off day of the season. Starting in center Saturday in place of Betts will be Mr. Super Sub, Brock Holt, getting his second start in center this season and leading off. In addition to two starts in center, Holt has started one game at short...
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Mike Petraglia
March 30, 2015 - 6:31 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As spring training games go, Monday night's 14-2 pummeling of the crosstown Twins was about as good as it gets for the Red Sox . Exactly one week before the season opener in Philadelphia, John Farrell rolled out a lineup that fans can expect to see against the Phillies (and...
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Mike Petraglia
March 30, 2015 - 9:40 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Give Brandon Magee this much: He's not afraid of failing. The linebacker who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week is vowing to give his full commitment to the Red Sox , the team that saw his talent on the other side of the field at Arizona State, as an outfielder. All...
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Mike Petraglia
March 29, 2015 - 6:58 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The young star catcher of the Red Sox is going to see the expert in elbows to get a second opinion. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Sunday morning that Christian Vazquez will make the trip north to Pensacola, Fla. to visit with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. "I don't...
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