Cora in mix for Sox manager, but no decision

Cora in mix for Sox manager, but no decision

HOUSTON -- Astros bench coach Alex Cora has been linked to a number of open managerial jobs in recent weeks, and a report emerged Thursday saying that he could be named manager of the Red Sox as early as the conclusion of the American League Championship Series. And although Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed the team hasn't made a final decision on its next manager, there are still indications that Cora would end up with the job.

ALCS Game 6: Tonight, 8 ET/7 CT on FS1

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Hanley, Rodriguez have successful surgeries

Hanley, Rodriguez have successful surgeries

BOSTON -- With an eye toward a more productive 2018 season, Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez had an arthroscopy and debridement on his problematic left shoulder on Tuesday. The hope is that Ramirez will be back by Opening Day.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, however, is all but certain to open 2018 on the disabled list after undergoing a right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. Rodriguez should be ready to pitch again in six months, but he will need a ramp-up period to rebuild his endurance.

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Kimbrel a finalist for AL Reliever of Year

Giles, Kimbrel, Robertson in AL; Davis, Jansen, Knebel in NL

Kimbrel a finalist for AL Reliever of Year

The Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, both presented by The Hartford, are scheduled to be presented Oct. 28 at Game 4 of the 113th World Series.

Everyone knows how important bullpens are in Major League Baseball these days, but can everyone agree on which two relievers should receive this important hardware from those legendary closers at the big ceremony?

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Red Sox meet with Ausmus for manager role

Ex-Tigers manager was let go at end of season; Cora still touted as top target

Red Sox meet with Ausmus for manager role

BOSTON -- Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski interviewed his second managerial candidate in two days, but he didn't need a meet-and-greet for this one.

According to a baseball source, Monday's interview was with Brad Ausmus, who was let go by the Tigers at the end of the regular season.

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Boston's clear '18 goal is longer October run

Red Sox have 1-6 record in ALDS games in past two seasons

Boston's clear '18 goal is longer October run

BOSTON -- After back-to-back 93-win seasons and American League East Championships, the clear goal for the Red Sox heading into 2018 is to turn regular-season success into a deep October run.

The Red Sox have played just three home playoff games in the past two years, while producing a 1-6 record in the American League Division Series.

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Despite ALDS loss, Red Sox had strong 2017

Boston won consecutive AL East titles for first time

Despite ALDS loss, Red Sox had strong 2017

BOSTON -- The path to get there was much different, but the Red Sox matched their 93-win total from a year ago and won back-to-back American League East titles for the first time in club history.

Unfortunately, history also repeated itself in the postseason. After getting swept by the Indians in the 2016 American League Division Series, the Red Sox lost to the Astros in four games in the ALDS presented by Doosan this year.

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Hall of Fame exhibit to spotlight players with ALS

Hall of Fame exhibit to spotlight players with ALS

It's one of the most iconic speeches in American history. On YouTube, the countless videos of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech on July 4, 1939, have accumulated millions of views. And 78 years later, that moment has been replayed and analyzed every which way. But when Pete Frates watched Lou's moment shortly after receiving his ALS diagnosis in 2012, he had a different take.

"He studied the 'Luckiest Man' speech over and over again," Pete's father, John Frates, said. "He really showed us some profound moments in that speech. There was one in particular, where Gehrig, instead of accepting his trophy, had to guide it to the ground; he didn't have the strength to hold it up."

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Scott undergoes arthroscopic surgery on elbow

Left-hander expected to be ready for start of Spring Training

Scott undergoes arthroscopic surgery on elbow

BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Robby Scott underwent a left elbow arthrosocopy and debridement at Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

The 27-year-old Scott made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career in 2017 and pitched 57 games for the Red Sox, going 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

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5 to watch for Red Sox manager opening

Ausmus, Cora, Gardenhire, Alomar Jr., Varitek could all be in mix

5 to watch for Red Sox manager opening

BOSTON -- As Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski seeks a replacement for John Farrell, he will do it with the mindset that managing in Boston is not for everyone.

In a fishbowl market, there is around-the-clock scrutiny and constant expectations for success from fans and media. The second guessing starts on the first pitch of Opening Day and doesn't stop until whenever the season ends.

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Red Sox dismiss Farrell after five seasons

Decision to replace skipper, who won World Series, was a tough one, says Dombrowski

Red Sox dismiss Farrell after five seasons

BOSTON -- The decision to move on from manager John Farrell, who had guided the Red Sox to American League East titles the last two years, was not an easy one for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to make.

But after soliciting input from all key members of his staff, Dombrowski felt it was the right move.

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Price not expected to need surgery on elbow

Lefty, who pitched well against Astros, should be fine for 2018, Dombrowski says

Price not expected to need surgery on elbow

BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander David Price goes into the offseason healthy with no expectation that surgery will be necessary on his left elbow, said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Wednesday.

Price, 32, spent a majority of the season on the disabled list due to his left elbow and saw specialists during the season to determine if surgery would be necessary.

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Statement from John Farrell

Despite an end to this season that we all wanted to be different, I am proud of this ball club and the resiliency shown. I have enjoyed every moment of this job -- its peaks and its valleys. There are few, if any, positions in life that create so much passion on a daily basis.

I am grateful to an ownership group that gave me such a unique opportunity, and one that shared my desire to bring World Series championships to this great city. They supported me through a challenging and scary period in my own life, and I remain forever indebted.

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Pomeranz washes away bitter taste of loss

Lefty looks foward to building off career season

Pomeranz washes away bitter taste of loss

BOSTON -- If not for the jarring late-game swings by the Astros that ended the season for the Red Sox the day before, Drew Pomeranz likely would have spent part of Tuesday in the interview room at Minute Maid Park discussing his upcoming start in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

Instead, Pomeranz spoke in a far less exciting atmosphere at Fenway Park as he cleaned out his locker.

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Sox battle to end, but eliminated with G4 loss

Sox battle to end, but eliminated with G4 loss

BOSTON -- The celebration on the middle of the diamond of rainy Fenway Park on Monday afternoon was partly an exercise in tension release for the Astros.

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Fan's reaction to Sox's loss is heartbreaking

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Fan's reaction to Sox's loss is heartbreaking

The Red Sox and Astros battled it out for nine innings of intense drama on Monday during Game 4 of the ALDS presented by Doosan. One particular Red Sox fan saw Boston's 5-4 loss and postseason elimination from class, and could not hide his disappointment.

The matchup gave us a little bit of everything -- from a John Farrell ejection, to seeing Chris Sale and Justin Verlander in reliever roles and a historic inside-the-park homer by Rafael Devers. The final out came down to a Dustin Pedroia ground ball fielded by Jose Altuve, and this guy's reaction says it all:

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Postseason primes Red Sox for 2018 push

Sale: 'It's hard not to be optimistic about this team for a long time'

Postseason primes Red Sox for 2018 push

BOSTON -- The end of 2017 was abrupt and a bit painful for the Red Sox, with Monday's 5-4 loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan coming after the club couldn't protect a one-run lead with six outs to go.

But the one thing that cushioned the blow is that Boston's roster is stacked with cornerstone pitchers and position players who are in their prime or younger.

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Sale-Kimbrel closing plan goes awry in loss

Ace gives up two runs in 8th, closer allows 1 in ninth

Sale-Kimbrel closing plan goes awry in loss

BOSTON -- With a chance to push the American League Division Series presented by Doosan to the limit against the Astros, the Red Sox had their two best pitchers lined up to close it out.

There is no other way Boston would have wanted it than to have Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel entrusted with such pressure.

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Inside job: Devers electrifies fans with HR

Inside job: Devers electrifies fans with HR

BOSTON -- It may not have been the way the Red Sox envisioned their season ending, but Monday's 5-4 loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan showed the club's bright future.

That was especially apparent when Rafael Devers stepped to the plate with the Red Sox losing, 5-3, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Devers belted an 0-2 pitch off of the Green Monster in left-center field that rolled far away from center fielder George Springer.

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Loss -- and knee -- painful for Pedroia

Following ALDS elimination, second baseman considering possible procedure in offseason

Loss -- and knee -- painful for Pedroia

BOSTON -- The emotion of the moment -- and the season -- temporarily got to Dustin Pedroia, Boston's veteran leader, when he struck out looking on a close pitch in the second inning of Monday's 5-4 elimination loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

Pedroia was irate, and manager John Farrell swiftly rushed out to the plate to take over the argument with home plate umpire Marg Wagner. Farrell was ejected, and Pedroia stayed in the game.

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Red Sox tip caps to Astros' grit, attitude

Bogaerts: 'They fought back' to eliminate Boston in Game 4

Red Sox tip caps to Astros' grit, attitude

BOSTON -- In a hard-fought American League Division Series presented by Doosan that saw the Astros beat the Red Sox, 5-4, in Game 4 on Monday, Boston right fielder Mookie Betts may have summed up best what it was like facing Houston.

"We got down early a lot of the times, and when we did, they kept their foot on the gas," said Betts.

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Benintendi hits two-run homer off Verlander

Astros righty was making first career relief appearance

Benintendi hits two-run homer off Verlander

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander's first career relief appearance did not start off as the Astros had hoped, as the veteran right-hander surrendered a two-run, go-ahead home run to Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi during the fifth inning of Boston's 5-4 loss in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on Monday at Fenway Park.

Verlander entered the game with a runner on first and the Astros clinging to a 2-1 lead, but he hung a 2-2 slider to Benintendi, who crushed it to right field to put the Red Sox in front, 3-2.

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Farrell tossed for arguing called 3rd strike

Farrell tossed for arguing called 3rd strike

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the second inning of Boston's 5-4 loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on Monday at Fenway Park.

After Boston loaded the bases, home-plate umpire Mark Wegner rung up Dustin Pedroia on a called third strike on the inside corner from Houston starter Charlie Morton, drawing vehement protests from Pedroia. Farrell immediately ran onto the field to protect Pedroia and was tossed by Wegner. A visibly livid Pedroia continued to yell at Wegner, though he avoided an ejection and remained in the game.

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DYK? Facts, figures from Monday's games

DYK? Facts, figures from Monday's games

It was a busy day for playoff action with four games on the schedule Monday. Both the Astros and Dodgers punched their tickets to the League Championship Series by finishing off the Red Sox and D-backs, respectively.

The Cubs, meanwhile, gained a 2-1 edge over the Nationals with a come-from-behind win in Chicago, and the Yankees won in the Bronx to even their series against the defending American League champion Indians.

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ALDS Game 4: Farrell postgame interview

ALDS Game 4: Farrell postgame interview

Q. Obviously Sale and Kimbrel have been so good for you all season. How comfortable do you feel with them in the 8th inning with a one-run lead?
JOHN FARRELL: Very comfortable, especially the four innings Chris had pitched to that point. We take the lead on a big swing from Bennie, and as efficient as Chris was, just the command was there, and he gets a 2-1 changeup to Bregman, obviously we saw the result of it. But in a position with six outs to go, up a run, and Chris Sale who was still strong, still throwing the ball extremely well, I felt like we were in a good position.

Q. Kimbrel had been so good all year. What do you think happened with him today?
JOHN FARRELL: Even in some of the appearances we saw before the end of the regular season and in the inning of work down in Houston, they put up tough at-bats against him. Typically we're so accustomed to seeing a lot of swing and miss when Craig is on the mound. They fought off some good pitchers' pitches to get deep in counts and then were able to put some balls in play. I know he's trying to run a fastball in closer to Reddick on the 3-2 pitch that leaks back over the out half that's he's able to push a ground ball through the other side for the go-ahead run, but we had arguably our two best pitchers or two really good pitchers to close things out to get the final six outs, they got the job done.

Game Date Results Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 5 HOU 8, BOS 2 Watch
Gm 2 Oct. 6 HOU 8, BOS 2 Watch
Gm 3 Oct. 8 BOS 10, HOU 3 Watch
Gm 4 Oct. 9 HOU 5, BOS 4 Watch


Q. What did you say that led to the ejection and where did you spend the rest of the game watching it?
JOHN FARRELL: I went out to get Peddy away from Mark Wegner. Obviously it was a key moment. Peddy obviously disagreed with the call that was made. I did not argue balls and strike and yet that was a little surprising when I was ejected at that point. So for whatever reason, he felt like -- there was nothing derogatory or directed straight at him, I never argued balls and strikes, it was a really quick hook.

Q. So if you didn't argue balls and strikes, then what do you think?
JOHN FARRELL: The reason he gave me is I'm not going to have you stand here and yell at me.

I said I'm trying to get my player away from him. It was more important to me that Peddy remain in the game and the rest took care of itself.

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Fans react to Reddick's accidental homer gift

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Fans react to Reddick's accidental homer gift

A 10-3 win by the Red Sox over the Astros in Sunday's ALDS Game 3 presented by Doosan kept Boston's World Series dreams alive. Leading, 4-3, in the seventh inning, the Red Sox scored six runs to help put the game away. A big part of the rally came thanks to Jackie Bradley Jr.'s three-run homer that nearly wasn't -- Josh Reddick's attempt to catch the ball accidentally carried the dinger over the fence. Whoops. 

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Big 7th gives Boston crucial Game 3 victory

Big 7th gives Boston crucial Game 3 victory

BOSTON -- They had to win to avoid going home for the season, and the energized Red Sox relied on various resources to make sure Sunday was not the last game at Fenway Park this season.

From the bats of Hanley Ramirez (4-for-4, three RBIs) and Rafael Devers (homer, three RBIs) to the shutdown relief of David Price (four innings, four K's) and the glove of Mookie Betts, the Sox answered in a big way to down the Astros, 10-3, in Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan to avoid being swept in the first round for the second consecutive postseason.

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Price dominates, preserves Boston's bullpen

Veteran lefty fires four shutout innings to keep Astros at bay

Price dominates, preserves Boston's bullpen

BOSTON -- The Red Sox still have a season to talk about because David Price prolonged it with one of the dominant postseason relief outings in team history.

Don't let the final score -- Red Sox 10, Astros 3 -- in Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan fool you.

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Devers youngest to hit postseason HR for Sox

Devers youngest to hit postseason HR for Sox

BOSTON -- Rafael Devers made history on Sunday afternoon, becoming the youngest player to hit a postseason home run for the Red Sox with his two-run, go-ahead shot off Houston's Francisco Liriano in the third inning of Boston's 10-3 win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan at Fenway Park.

At 20 years and 349 days old, Devers surpassed Andrew Benintendi, who was 22 years and 92 days when he homered off Cleveland's Trevor Bauer in Game 1 of the ALDS last year. Devers is now the fifth-youngest player to homer in the postseason, after Andruw Jones, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Miguel Cabrera. Add in Mickey Mantle, and you have a list of all the players in MLB history to homer in a postseason game before turning 21.

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