Betts is headed to Los Angeles, and the Red Sox and their fans come away as obvious losers
They’re not good at this, but no one is, and every major successful baseball franchise has some sort of spiritual wart attached. The Cubs are owned by certified lunatics, the Dodgers have blacked out their fans for years, the Cardinals spied on the Astros, the Astros tanked egregiously to get to respectability, the Sox aren’t great people-people and the Yankees, well, everything. So just know straight off I’m not terribly concerned with the purity of the enterprise, in that I consider this to be game among and for thieves at every level including the field of play, where it’s much harder because everyone is watching.
Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was suspended 80 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Major League Baseball said Wright tested positive for growth-hormone-releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2).
The 2018 Boston Red Sox are a zombie. Just when you think they're finally down for good, they come back to life and create all sorts of chaos. It has been their M.O. all postseason and that was never more evident than it was in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. As has been the case pretty much all postseason, the Red Sox scored their four runs in Game 2 with two outs. Xander Bogaerts smashed a double off the Green Monster in the second inning, and Ian Kinsler brought him home with a two-out single to left to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Kinsler hasn't had a great postseason overall, but he did come through in that second inning.
Saturday night the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will meet in Game 7 of the NLCS at Miller Park. The loser goes home and the winner advances to take on the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Here's how you catch watch NLCS Game 7. The Red Sox beat the Astros in five games to clinch the American League pennant earlier this week. They'll spend these next few days resting up and preparing for the World Series, which begins Tuesday night at Fenway Park. One big question the Red Sox have to answer: What do they do with their lineup on the road without the designated hitter?
If a pitcher with 143 career wins in the majors, including 16 in 2018, needs a boost of confidence, maybe Alex Cora gave just that to David Price immediately following Game 4 of the American League Division Series when the Boston Red Sox eliminated the New York Yankees. "I did expect to make more starts for us in this year's playoffs," Price said Saturday before relaying the message he received from his manager. "Alex told me before we even got off the field that night. So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our postseason shirts that we get when we win, that was special."
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees both had franchise-altering offseasons, and with the slight benefit of hindsight, we can now say the Red Sox won the winter. That’s because the Red Sox also won the postseason series with the Yankees, sending New York packing with a 3-1 triumph in the American League Division Series. Going back to the winter, both teams made two very important moves, with New York hiring Aaron Boone as its manager while also acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins to insert into the middle of the lineup. The Red Sox also made a managerial change, hiring Alex Cora in addition to beefing up their lineup by signing J.D. Martinez.
The Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday, 4-3, to advance to face the Astros in the ALCS. The win took some crunch-time pitching from Craig Kimbrel, who quashed New York's bid to tie the game in a very tense and dramatic ninth inning. After the final out, it was time for the Sox to let loose and exhale ... and go celebrate in the clubhouse. Of course, this wasn't just any regular postseason win. Red Sox vs. Yankees is one of the premier rivalries in all of sports, as we all know, so there's a lot at stake.
The Boston Red Sox’s starters and relievers alike were stellar Wednesday night, and the offense made sure the effort wasn’t spoiled. A three-run ninth inning gave the Sox a 4-1 victory — their fourth straight — over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. David Price followed up Thursday’s solid outing with another quality showing Wednesday, allowing three hits while striking out a season-high nine batters over six innings in the no-decision.
Red Sox owner John Henry is ready to repeal a significant monument to his organization’s unfavorable history with race relations in Major League Baseball. Henry told the Boston Herald he’s ready to lead the charge for renaming Yawkey Way, the famous street outside Fenway Park, as a renewed light is placed on monuments and their inspirations around the country.
As we approach the trade deadline -- one week from today! -- this is supposed to be the time of year for analyzing trades. Instead it's been more about projecting prospects. First Yoan Moncada, and now 20-year-old phenom Rafael Devers. Chris Towers wrote about Devers on Sunday and made an excellent point about the power increase prospects are seeing when they reach the major leagues. That's pretty exciting for a player who has already hit 20 home runs and 20 doubles this season:
A first-place first half is nice but not enough for the Red Sox, who have three key moves to make if they want to achieve more than an AL East title.
David Price doesn't need surgery. That was the verdict Friday after the Boston Red Sox ace had his sore left elbow examined by prominent orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Price is expected to rejoin the Red Sox at their spring training camp Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida.
Chris Sale is 27 years old, averages 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings and will make an average of just $17.1 million over the next three seasons. Little wonder, then, that he was at the center of so much trade speculation once the Chicago White Sox deemed it wise to deal him.
Despite not receiving the most first-place votes, Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello was named winner of the 2016 AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday night. He received eight first-place votes, while Tigers righty Justin Verlander received 14. Porcello's huge edge in second-place votes (18-2) was the key to his win.
For nearly a century, the Yankees took top billing from the Red Sox. Then David Ortiz showed up. Now, as he plays his final series against the Yanks, we revisit his impact against his rival.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz might be in the midst of the best "retirement season" in baseball history -- or even in sports history. Jayson Stark makes the case for Big Papi.
Bradley struggled in his first few years with Boston, but he now owns one of the longest hitting streaks in Red Sox history.
As the A's and Astros can tell us, the Red Sox's offense is firing on all cylinders, and the stats say it could be MLB's best ever at its current clip.
Coming into the game with only two hits against lefties this season, Travis Shaw doubled that total with a double and a homer in Boston's 13-5 win.