COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- David Ortiz's complicated Hall of Fame case moved into the spotlight for a moment on Saturday, when Hall of Famer electee Ken Griffey Jr. endorsed the retiring Red Sox legend for a spot in Cooperstown.
"Do I think he's a Hall of Famer? Absolutely," Griffey said Saturday on the eve of his own induction. "The numbers that he's put up, three titles, the list goes on of the accomplishments that he's done on the field. You can't take that away from him."
BOSTON -- After Mookie Betts smacked his second straight leadoff homer for the Red Sox, it seemed it could be another long night for the Twins. Instead, right-hander Kyle Gibson settled in, tossing eight strong innings of two-hit ball, and was backed by a solo homer from Brian Dozier and an RBI double from Miguel Sano in a 2-1 win on Friday night at Fenway Park.
It wasn't easy for Minnesota after Gibson departed, however, as closer Brandon Kintzler loaded the bases with nobody out with David Ortiz at the plate for Boston. But Kintzler got Ortiz to ground into a double play, with the Twins getting the outs at home and first. Hanley Ramirez lined out to right to end the game, and it handed Kintzler his seventh save.
BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts exited Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Twins with right knee soreness in the fifth inning and is day to day. He was replaced by utility man Michael Martinez.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said the soreness was something Betts has been feeling since the All-Star break, but it didn't impact his ability to play until Friday.
BOSTON --The Red Sox's bullpen is finding some order again as the team activated right-hander Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and optioned righty Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The righty threw the eighth inning during Boston's 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Friday. He gave up back-to-back singles to Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano but got out of the inning scoreless.
BOSTON -- The legendary final season of David Ortiz added a new twist on Thursday night at Fenway Park when the slugger made more news with a home run he hit during batting practice than the one he smashed to ice a 13-2 victory over the Twins.
With all due respect to the two-run shot Ortiz mauled over the Boston bullpen and into the bleachers in right-center in the eighth, it had nothing over the bullet that dented part of the metal screen attached to Pesky's Pole.
BOSTON -- The front four in the Red Sox's batting order -- led by five hits from Dustin Pedroia -- overpowered the Twins in a 13-2 romp in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park.
Steven Wright was perfect for 4 1/3 innings while improving his record to 12-5. The knuckleballer allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) over eight innings, walking one and equaling a career high with nine strikeouts. The win allowed Boston to maintain a half-game lead over the Orioles in the American League East.
BOSTON -- During Thursday night's 13-2 victory against the Twins in which the Red Sox recorded 17 hits, Dustin Pedroia stood out with a feat of his own. The second baseman notched his fourth career five-hit game, going 5-for-5 for the first time since he did so in 2010.
No Red Sox player had gone 5-for-5 at Fenway Park since Victor Martinez, also in 2010. Pedroia is now tied for the second-most five-hit games in the Major Leagues since 2006.
BOSTON -- The Red Sox had hoped to get Blake Swihart on a Minor League rehab assignment by this weekend, but those plans have been scrapped. The left fielder has felt some recurring soreness in his left ankle as the activity increased.
"And as he's ramped up the intensity and the different cuts, his ankle is starting to talk back to him here," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "It's much like it was when he first started to initiate some movement. Then he got into a pretty good stretch where he was making good gains on it. But as that intensity has picked up, he's going through a phase now where he's got to quiet some things down."
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Papi's BP home run got stuck in Pesky's Pole
By Ben Cosman |
You think you've seen David Ortiz do all the cool stuff he could possibly do: His outfits, his speeches, his interactions with fans -- not to mention all the things he's doing on the diamond this season, in what might be the best final year by a batter, ever. There's a limit to how awesome a human can be, right?
And then Big Papi goes and hits a batting practice home run so hard on Thursday that it gets stuck inside Pesky's Pole at Fenway Park, and you remember that no, Ortiz will never stop doing mind-bogglingly cool things.
BOSTON -- Instead of getting mad, Hanley Ramirez got even. After Giants right-hander Albert Suarez drilled Ramirez with a fastball in the fourth inning, Ramirez had his fun with some old fashioned sweet revenge during the Red Sox's wild 11-7 win over the Giants on Wednesday.
In the sixth inning, Suarez gaped from the hill as Ramirez crushed his third two-run homer of the night. It was the first time in Ramirez's career that he hit three homers in one game.
BOSTON -- Fenway Park was the place to be Wednesday night, with the Red Sox and Giants engaging in a classic slugfest while wearing throwback uniforms and fans of both teams trying to shout each other down.
Ultimately, all that mattered was whose bat spoke the loudest, and that man was Hanley Ramirez, who belted three homers and collected six RBIs as the Red Sox prevailed, 11-7, and crept into the American League East lead by a half-game.
BOSTON -- In a seesaw battle between the Giants and Red Sox during Wednesday night's series finale at Fenway Park, the game reached a boiling point in the sixth inning when San Francisco loaded the bases with none out down by one run.
After the Red Sox jumped out to an early eight-run lead, the Giants countered with seven runs, only to come up empty-handed in the sixth after back-to-back singles by Brandon Belt and Buster Posey and a walk to Brandon Crawford. Following the missed opportunity, the Red Sox went on to win, 11-7.
Patriots' Day may have taken place back in April, but these past couple of days have seen a pair of New England football stars work visits to Fenway Park into their offseason activities.
Prior to the Red Sox's game with the Giants on Wednesday, wide receiver Julian Edelman showed up for some pregame batting practice fun. And judging by the videos that have surfaced, he's probably just as good at baseball as he is football.
Catching a baseball rocketing at high speeds off the bat of a professional athlete with your bare hand should not be easy. It should be hard. Some would recommend avoiding it. None would expect catching it.
This fan during the Red Sox 11-7 win over the Giants on Wednesday doesn't care for my or your amateur, foul ball opinions.
BOSTON -- Continuing to make this season a memorable one for themselves, Rick Porcello worked 6 1/3 innings to match a 38-year-old club standard and David Ortiz defied time by clobbering another home run Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rolled past the San Francisco Giants, 4-0.
Porcello (12-2) limited the Giants to four hits while improving to 9-0 at home and helping the Red Sox close to a half-game back of the division-leading Orioles. He became the first Boston pitcher to earn that distinction since Dennis Eckersley in 1978. Ortiz, who has insisted he'll retire after this season, drilled his 23rd homer of the season, a three-run drive in the fourth inning that padded Boston's 1-0 lead against Giants starter Jake Peavy (5-8).
BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz figured out his old teammate quickly. In his second at-bat against Jake Peavy on Tuesday night, on the fifth pitch he saw from Peavy, Big Papi hit his longest home run of the year. The three-run shot helped propel Boston to a 4-0 win over the Giants, putting the Sox within a half-game of first-place Baltimore.
"It's just those days when that wind is blowing in, whenever you hit a ball," Ortiz said. "Basically, when it's blowing in like it was today, it doesn't mess that up. But when it's a ball that's high like the one that I hit in my first at-bat, sometimes the wind plays with it. I put a good swing on that ball, too."
Pedroia is Red Sox's winner of Heart and Hustle Award
Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic
By Matt Kelly
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.
The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.
Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Moncada collects first multi-homer game
Red Sox's No. 1 prospect drives in four runs for Double-A Portland
By Mike Rosenbaum
Yoan Moncada's power surge continued on Monday night as the Red Sox's No. 1 prospect hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs to lead Double-A Portland past Trenton, 11-4.
Moncada, ranked No. 5 on the Top 100, was unable collect in a hit in his first three at-bats on Monday night, striking out twice, before connecting on a solo homer to the opposite field to lead off the seventh inning. The 21-year-old switch-hitter blew the game wide open in his next trip to the plate, when he blasted a three-run, tape-measure homer down the right-field line with two outs in the eighth. He finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Kopech among top prospect performers Monday
Braves' No. 1 prospect knocks in four runs, No. 2 hurls six scoreless
By Mike Rosenbaum
The future of the Atlanta Braves was on full display on Monday as Dansby Swanson tallied a career-best four RBIs and Sean Newcomb fired six scoreless frames to lead Double-A Mississippi in a 5-0 shutout over Jackson.
After hitting his second inside-the-park home run of the season on Friday, Swanson, the Braves' top-ranked prospect, cranked a two-run shot over the left field wall on Monday, giving him two home runs in his last three games for the M-Braves. The No. 6 overall prospect added a two-run single to finish 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
This week's Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week features a pair of Carolina League teammates and a pair of Futures Game participants who were opponents in San Diego. Three of this week's squad came from the 2015 Draft class, including a first-round pick just getting his pro career going in earnest.
NEW YORK -- Challenged in what manager Joe Girardi described as "probably as important a game as we've had in July," the Yankees responded behind six strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka to post a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, salvaging the finale of a three-game series.
Tanaka limited Boston to just three hits in an 87-pitch performance as he walked one and struck out seven to outduel David Price, who surrendered 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. All of New York's damage off Price came in a three-run fourth inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits by Starlin Castro, Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury.