Red Sox positioned for active Hot Stove season

Cherington has motivation, resources to obtain pieces for 2015 turnaround

Red Sox positioned for active Hot Stove season

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The conclusion of the World Series means the beginning of what will be a busy Hot Stove season for Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. A second last-place American League East finish in three seasons didn't sit well within anyone in the offices of 4 Yawkey Way, and Cherington will try to spearhead a turnaround.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox decline Breslow's option for 2015

Red Sox decline Breslow's option for 2015

BOSTON -- The Red Sox declined their $4 million option on reliever Craig Breslow on Friday and paid him a $100,000 buyout, allowing the veteran lefty to become a free agent.

A key component during Boston's run to the 2013 World Series championship, Breslow struggled mightily in '14, posting a 5.96 ERA over 60 appearances. In 54 1/3 innings, Breslow allowed 73 hits and opponents hit him at a .319 clip.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox sign Uehara to two-year deal

Closer, who turns 40 in April, to be paid $18 million over two seasons

Red Sox sign Uehara to two-year deal

BOSTON -- Perhaps it was fitting that the Red Sox announced a two-year extension with closer Koji Uehara on Thursday, considering it was the one-year anniversary of the righty striking out the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter for the final out of the clinching Game 6 of the World Series.

With Uehara back in the fold for a couple of more years, the hope is that he can once again be the last pitcher standing in October.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cherington hopes to meet with Lester

Cherington hopes to meet with Lester

BOSTON -- Starting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can negotiate with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back in July.

The rotation is one of the key areas of need for Boston this offseason.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Castillo may not play winter ball because of thumb injury

Red Sox outfielder sustained contusion during Arizona Fall League

Castillo may not play winter ball because of thumb injury

BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo's plan of getting a number of at-bats during the offseason has been derailed by a right thumb contusion he sustained while playing in the Arizona Fall League.

Originally, Castillo was supposed to play winter ball after he was done in the AFL, but there's now a chance he won't get any more at-bats until Spring Training.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Three-time All-Star Youkilis retires from baseball

Gritty infielder was a contributor to Red Sox's World Series titles in 2004, '07

Three-time All-Star Youkilis retires from baseball

Best known for his relentless at-bats and gritty style of play, Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday.

Youkilis, who played in Japan last season, made his announcement through his agency. Pro Star Management tweeted on Thursday afternoon: "15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. Been a great one! Love ya, Youk. #YOOOUUUK."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tiant among 10 on Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot

Boyer, Hodges, Howsam, Kaat, Minoso, Oliva, Pierce, Tiant also to be considered for election

Tiant among 10 on Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot

Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

The ballot's 10 candidates are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills. Howsam is being considered for Hall of Fame induction for his contributions as an executive, while the other nine are being considered for their on-field contributions as players.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Five Red Sox moments up for GIBBYs in 2014

Young stars, former greats nominated for MLB.com awards

Five Red Sox moments up for GIBBYs in 2014

BOSTON -- When you look back at the 2014 Red Sox highlight reel, perhaps the play that stands out the most was on June 12, when Jackie Bradley Jr. banged against the wall in center to make a great catch and then fired a bullet all the way back to first base to double off the Indians' Mike Aviles.

That is one of five Red Sox moments captured on video -- ranging from the spectacular to the quirky to the thrilling -- to be nominated for a 2014 MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox mourn loss of former Mayor Menino

Red Sox mourn loss of former Mayor Menino

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox today joined the entire Boston community mourning the loss of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The club extends its deepest sympathies to his beloved wife Angela, their two children, Tommy Jr. and Susan, their six grandchildren, and the entire Menino family. The club also sends it sympathies to his loyal, devoted staff members.

"The passing of Mayor Menino is a great loss for the City of Boston and for us personally," said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry. "His passion for this city was legendary; his passion for the Red Sox extraordinary. We were fortunate to learn from his wisdom when we arrived in Boston over a decade ago. His support and leadership in the preservation of Fenway Park was critical in saving this ballpark. We will miss his spirit, and we will miss his friendship."

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Young stars, free agents can help Red Sox rebound in 2015

Boston will try to repeat championship run after previous last-place division finish

Young stars, free agents can help Red Sox rebound in 2015

BOSTON -- It's always daunting for a last-place team to pick up the pieces and figure out how to regroup as quickly as possible. But the Red Sox are probably more comfortable than just about any other team in this predicament, considering they just went through it two winters ago and bounced back with a stunning World Series championship.

After going from worst to first to worst in the American League East, can the Red Sox get back to first again in 2015? Much of that will depend on what should be a highly eventful offseason for general manager Ben Cherington.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Army to honor Werner for Home Base Program

Red Sox chairman will be presented Thursday with Outstanding Civilian Award

Army to honor Werner for Home Base Program

BOSTON -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, who spearheaded the club's successful Home Base program in 2008 that has been a smashing success, will be presented with the Army's Outstanding Civilian Award on Thursday.

It is considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon civilians, and Werner will be presented with the award at the Pentagon by the United States Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Clincher in '04 a culmination of magical run

Red Sox end 86-year championship drought in commanding fashion

Clincher in '04 a culmination of magical run

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, concluding today with the 3-0 victory in the clinching Game 4 of the World Series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pedro's final start for Red Sox a memorable one

Legend's seven scoreless frames put Boston on the cusp of its first title in 86 years

Pedro's final start for Red Sox a memorable one

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. Manager Terry Francona's team went on to win its final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins -- with remembrances from key voices, continuing with the 4-1 victory in Game 3 of the World Series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Castillo, Scott named to AFL Fall Stars roster

Rosters for annual AFL event include 14 prospects from Top 100 rankings

Castillo, Scott named to AFL Fall Stars roster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Longtime Fenway employee Forester passes away at 91

Longtime Fenway employee Forester passes away at 91

Al Forester, the longtime Fenway Park employee who drove the cart carrying Ted Williams during the 1999 All-Star Game festivities in Boston, died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 91.

Forester spent 52 seasons with the Red Sox after joining the grounds crew in 1957 and shifting to the security department later in his career. Even after his 2008 retirement, Forester remained active within the organization.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Prospect Marrero finds rhythm in Fall League play

Red Sox's No. 10 prospect scores, hits two doubles to give Surprise a win

Prospect Marrero finds rhythm in Fall League play

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Pitching and defense ruled the day at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, when the Surprise Saguaros narrowly earned a 2-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions. There were no home runs, but the two teams combined to turn six double plays and record three outfield assists.

Surprise shortstop Deven Marrero, the Red Sox No. 10 prospect, had a hand in four of those double plays, and he doubled twice and scored one of the road team's two runs. Scottsdale scored in the first inning and was shut out the rest of the way, and Surprise tied the game in the fourth and pulled ahead for good in the fifth.

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Red Sox tab Davis to be new hitting coach

Farrell praises longtime big leaguer's personality in return to organization

Red Sox tab Davis to be new hitting coach

BOSTON -- By hiring Chili Davis, the Red Sox feel they've found a hitting coach with the type of enthusiasm and technique that players will feed off.

"It goes back to the person Chili is," said manager John Farrell. "You all will get to know him firsthand. This is someone that, setting aside a great playing career, it's someone that cares about the individuals that he's working with ultimately to make them better and to make us better.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Schilling's postseason magic kept Sox rolling in '04 WS

After bloody sock game in ALCS, righty could barely walk before Game 2 start

Schilling's postseason magic kept Sox rolling in '04 WS

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 6-2 victory in Game 2 of the World Series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox's Bradley, Pedroia, Cespedes finalists for Gold Glove

Red Sox's Bradley, Pedroia, Cespedes finalists for Gold Glove

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have three finalists for a Rawlings American League Gold Glove, including rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes are the other two finalists from the Red Sox.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Sox started 2004 Series with sense of inevitability

Boston unfazed by late Manny errors as Bellhorn hits go-ahead homer

Sox started 2004 Series with sense of inevitability

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first - and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 11-9 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Game 7 rout capped historic comeback in '04

Damon led charge with two HRs, six RBIs; Lowe stepped up on mound

Game 7 rout capped historic comeback in '04

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in MLB history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 10-3 victory in Game 7 of the ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox Arizona Fall League overview

Tremendous with glove, shortstop prospect Marrero aims to improve bat

Red Sox Arizona Fall League overview

Scouts have raved about Deven Marrero's defense for years. If he hadn't been so strongly committed to Arizona State, he might have been a first-round pick in 2009 out of American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla. His glovework with the Sun Devils made him a candidate for the No. 1 overall choice heading into '12, and still garnered him a $2.05 million bonus from the Red Sox when he slid to the 25th pick after slumping at the plate.

Marrero has continued to flash the leather in pro ball, showing excellent agility, range to both sides and the arm strength to make any throw from any angle. Managers rated him as having the strongest infield arm in the high Class A Carolina League in a 2013 Baseball America survey, and the Red Sox gave him their Minor League defensive player of the year award this season. He's sure-handed, too, having committed just 27 errors in 249 pro games, and he would have led the Carolina League last season and the Double-A Eastern League this year in fielding percentage if late-season promotions hadn't kept him from qualifying.

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Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history

Act of medical-science improv helped pitcher win Game 6 of 2004 ALCS

Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 4-2 victory in Game 6 of the ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ortiz's heroics, Nixon's grab kept '04 WS in sight

Red Sox rally to beat Yankees in 14 innings in Game 5 of ALCS

Ortiz's heroics, Nixon's grab kept '04 WS in sight

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 5-4, 14-inning victory in Game 5 of the ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Roberts' steal set amazing 2004 playoff run in motion

Three outs from being swept in ALCS, Red Sox stay alive with rally vs. Rivera

Roberts' steal set amazing 2004 playoff run in motion

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after dropping the first three. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com will do retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins, with remembrances from key voices, starting today with the 6-4, 12-inning victory in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep apnea

Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep apnea

After enduring a season riddled with minor injuries, Mike Napoli will reportedly undergo surgery on his jaw to address an ongoing problem with sleep apnea.

The Red Sox slugger told WEEI Radio in Boston that facial reconstruction surgery is scheduled for Nov. 4.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: Do Sox have assets for big-time trade?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers Boston fans' questions

Inbox: Do Sox have assets for big-time trade?

Welcome to an offseason edition of the Red Sox Inbox. These run on a weekly basis until Spring Training. There is certainly a lot to talk about this winter.

Just wondering if -- it's a big if, mind you -- the Marlins are willing to trade Giancarlo Stanton, would a package of Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig or Will Middlebrooks (possible Casey McGehee replacement) and Henry Owens be enough to get it done for Stanton? I think an outfield of Stanton, Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts is fantastic.
-- Ryan, New Windsor, N.Y.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game

Prospects Marrero, Coyle, Castillo put on display for Saguaros

Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game

The middle of the diamond had a distinctly Boston feel when Surprise was in the field Friday night.

For the second time in the young Arizona Fall League season, Saguaros manager Delino DeShields filled out his lineup card with Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle and Rusney Castillo, all members of the Red Sox organization, at shortstop, second base and center field, respectively.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox ponder Craig's future in Boston

Versatile player aims to rebound from disappointing 2014 season

Red Sox ponder Craig's future in Boston

BOSTON -- As the Red Sox plot their course for what figures to be a highly eventful winter of retooling, one big question they will have to ask themselves is this: What kind of season will Allen Craig have in 2015?

When general manager Ben Cherington dealt for the right-handed hitter back on July 31, he knew that Craig was having a decidedly down year. And it only got worse over the final two months with the Red Sox.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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