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Mookie Betts: Legitimate American League MVP Candidate

The American League East race is turning into the best in baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays now lead the second place Boston Red Sox by one game and the Baltimore Orioles by 2 games. One of the reasons the Boston Red Sox have stayed close all season is the offensive output of Mookie Betts. Some pundits are even saying he deserves more than just a look as the AL MVP this season. At this time, the Red Sox slugger is hitting .317 with 28 home runs and 89 runs batted in. On Tuesday night, he hit a pair of home runs to go with three that he knocked out... 
 

Mookie Betts Leading For Last Spot in American League Outfield

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts moved into the lead for the third spot in the outfield of the American League for the All-Star Game. At the same time, Jose Bautista from the Toronto Blue Jays is making a big move up the board as well despite being placed on the disabled list due to a big toe injury on his right foot. Mike Trout leads outfielders in voting for the American League. The Angels outfielder has over 2.3 million votes, while Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. is in second with over 1.7 million. The two have been joined by Red Sox outfielder... 
 

Red Sox Scout Knew Xander Bogaerts Was Special

Mike Lord a pro baseball scout remembers well what Xander Bogaerts was like as a 16-year old. Lord arrived in 2009 on the island of Aruba. He traveled looking for possible baseball prospects and on the Caribbean island is where he first saw Bogaerts. He recalls that Bogaerts moved with ease at shortstop that someone at 16 did not usually do. Lord added that something else, an intangible separated Bogaerts from the rest of his peers. He believes it was Bogaerts’ smile, his laugh, the way he was made up and how much enjoyment he got by playing baseball. Bogaerts... 
 

Red Sox Offense Continues to Produce

The Boston Red Sox offense this season is setting a pace to become one of the best ever in franchise history. Earlier this week, the Red Sox swept the Oakland Athletics in three games while scoring 40 runs in the process. Boston before its Thursday night games against the Houston Astros had scored 196 runs over its first 34 games, which is an average of 5.75 per game that would project out to 934 on the season. However, the record for the team is 1,027 set in 1950 in just 154 games. Times are different now and run scoring has not been that great... 
 

2016 Boston Red Sox Preview, Projections and Question Marks

On paper, it appears that the Boston Red Sox have few holes. This is why they are projected by multiple media outlets and oddsmakers to win the American League East and even reach the World Series. A team’s appearance on paper in February does not guarantee a parade in late October, and the Red Sox do have their share of questions to answer as spring training nears. Here are five topics that will determine whether the club contends for the postseason or matches last year’s finish in the American League East basement: Hanley Ramirez,... 
 

Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski Stay the Course With Prospects

During a storied career that has seen him taste success as general manager of the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers, Dave Dombrowski has authored a history of trading high-profile prospects for impact veterans. When the Boston Red Sox named him vice president of baseball operations late last season, pundits wondered whether he would tap into the organization’s highly-rated farm system, or keep a bulk of the names who could be instrumental in the club’s long-term vitality. Dombrowski did ship a package of promising minor... 
 

Red Sox Reach Agreement With David Price, 7 Years $217 Million

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent left-hander David Price on a seven-year deal worth $217 million. Price is coming off a 2015 season where he pitched to a 2.45 ERA over 220 1/3 innings of work for the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays. Over his career, Price owns an ERA of 3.09 across parts of eight major-league seasons for the  Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays. Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012, and he has worked at least 200 innings in five of the past six seasons. The $217 million contract... 
 

Red Sox Trade Rumors: Cole Hamels Deal Could Work

Now that the Boston Red Sox have rebounded from an atrocious beginning to the 2015 campaign and are back in the American League East race, talk about the club landing a frontline starting pitcher by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is again percolating. A new set of trade chips in Boston’s deep farm system could be played to acquire that arm. Last offseason, trade chatter regarding the Red Sox and Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels centered around highly regarded young players like shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielder Mookie Betts and... 
 

Red Sox Looking for First Baseman, David Ortiz not the guy

Perhaps a sign that Father Time has tracked him down, David Ortiz is having his worst season to date since joining the Boston Red Sox before the 2003 campaign. On Sunday, that did not prevent manager John Farrell from starting the likely future Hall of Fame designated hitter at first base for the first time in a non-interleague game since 2006. It was an appearance that saw Ortiz make Major League Baseball history. According to Elias Sports, Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park marked the first time in Boston’s 17,867-game... 
 

Red Sox Pitching Finds Bright Spot In Eduardo Rodriguez

Now six games out of first place in the American League East after a 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox still have an unsettled starting rotation with Joe Kelly trying to find his way at Triple-A Pawtucket, inconsistent right-hander Justin Masterson sent to the bullpen after another erratic outing on Saturday and projected ace Rick Porcello struggling with a 4-6 record and a 6.09 ERA.  At least there is one reliable arm to accompany Clay Buchholz and his 3.27 ERA. That starter is 22-year-old rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red... 
 

Boston Red Sox Rumors: Games Before All-Start Break Will Decide Direction

Will the Red Sox buy or sell before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline? The likely answer to this widely discussed question across New England will become clearer in the club’s eight games leading to the All-Star break. As the season has reached the official halfway point of 81 games, they are 37-44 and six games behind first place Baltimore and New York in the American League East as well as six games out in the wild card standings. Boston opens a three-game series tonight against the surprising Houston Astros at Fenway Park before hosting... 
 

Red Sox Rumors, Buying or Selling, Clay Buchholz Drawing Interest

An atrocious start from Rick Porcello on Wednesday that saw him allow seven runs and seven hits in two innings at Toronto gives the Boston Red Sox another reason not to trade veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz, who is drawing interest from multiple teams. In his first five starts this season, Buchholz was 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. After an improved May, he logged a 4-0 mark, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over six outings in June. His last three starts? The 30-year-old right-hander has surrendered a total of two runs and 19 hits over 22 innings... 
 

Boston Red Sox Call Up Rusney Castillo

Wielding a hot bat at Triple-A Pawtucket while the woeful Red Sox lineup has struggled to score, Rusney Castillo likely knew that his 2015 Major League debut was inevitable. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter from Cuba, who was batting .365 (19-for-52) over his last 12 games after returning from the disabled list, was called up on Friday and is in the starting lineup. He is in the No. 8 spot and playing right field. After inking a seven-year, $72 million contract last year, Castillo worked his way to Boston and batted .333 with two home runs in... 
 

Castillo, Craig and Kazmir could bolster Red Sox

Considering the widely publicized pitching woes and the unexpectedly anemic offense, it could be worse for the Boston Red Sox. Almost a quarter of the 2015 regular season is complete, and the team favored by many pundits to win the American League East title is 19-20 and 2.5 games behind the New York Yankees. With the trade deadline still more than two months away, and most teams unlikely to execute trades since they still believe they are at least in the wild card race, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has little choice but to look within... 
 

Red Sox dismiss Nieves, DFA Mujica

Following Wednesday night’s debacle that saw Red Sox pitching issue nine walks in a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay, Boston general manager Ben Cherington made two moves to address a pitching staff that is last in the American League in most statistical categories, including a 4.86 ERA. The club dismissed pitching coach Juan Nieves. In addition, right-handed reliever Edward Mujica was designated for assignment, according to WEEI.com. Nieves, a former Major League pitcher who authored a respectable track record as bullpen coach with the Chicago White... 
 
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