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Chavis among AFL title game standouts

Chavis among AFL title game standouts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fall of Ronald Acuna concluded in appropriate fashion. The Arizona Fall League's best prospect and MVP led its best team to the championship Saturday afternoon, driving in four runs as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 8-2.

After the Braves outfielder lined out to third base in his first at-bat, he went down to get a breaking ball from Cubs right-hander Alec Mills and lined it into center field for a third-inning RBI single that tied the game 2-2. An inning later, Acuna fought off a high fastball from right-hander Jake Stinnett and dumping it into right-center for a two-run single that doubled Peoria's lead to 6-2. He later capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vazquez targets top role behind the plate

Vazquez targets top role behind the plate

BOSTON -- Though Christian Vazquez thrived while sharing the Red Sox's catching duties with Sandy Leon in 2017, he has a clear mission heading into next season: Vazquez wants to be the main guy going forward.

"I think I like to play," Vazquez said from Orlando, Fla., where he is training this offseason. "I don't like to be on the bench. That's something I'm looking at. I think I'd like to test my skills to play more than 100 games. That's the goal this year, and get back to October -- that's all."

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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.

Sale finishes 2nd in AL Cy Young voting

Sale finishes 2nd in AL Cy Young voting

BOSTON -- The American League Cy Young Award proved to be elusive for Red Sox ace Chris Sale once again on Wednesday, as the dominant lefty finished second to Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.

The 28-year-old Sale is in the middle of his prime and has an overpowering fastball, nasty slider and fierce competitiveness that could lead him to his first Cy Young as early as next season.

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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.

Brentz to see time in Red Sox outfield in 2018

Boston considering a lighter workload for ace Sale

Brentz to see time in Red Sox outfield in 2018

One thing the Red Sox likely won't be in the market for this winter is a replacement for fourth outfielder Chris Young, who is a free agent.

Instead, late-blooming prospect Bryce Brentz, who was recently added to the 40-man roster, will get the chance to prove that he can be the right-handed hitter that will start in the outfield against lefties.

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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.

Hall of Famer Doerr passes away at 99

Nine-time All-Star spent 14-year career with Red Sox

Hall of Famer Doerr passes away at 99

BOSTON -- Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, whose steady brilliance on the field was matched by an unflappable grace off of it, died Monday in Junction, Ore., at the age of 99.

Until his death, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer, as well as the oldest living former big league player.

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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.

Benintendi runner-up for AL ROY Award

Benintendi runner-up for AL ROY Award

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi's well-rounded rookie season could have been award-winning in many other years. But in 2017, he was going against Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who put together a historic display of power (52 homers).

It came as no surprise that Judge was announced as the unanimous choice by the Baseball Writers' Association of America voters Monday as the American League Rookie of the Year Award winner. That doesn't take anything away from the impressive 2017 campaign by second-place finisher Benintendi. Baltimore's Trey Mancini finished third.

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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.

Former Red Sox remember Doerr's legacy

Former Red Sox remember Doerr's legacy

BOSTON -- There were a batch of poignant remembrances released by the Red Sox following the death of 99-year-old Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

"I'm very saddened to hear about the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever met. Our bond started very earl,y because we both had loved ones who suffered from multiple sclerosis -- Bobby's wife and my sister. He will be dearly missed. Now Ted, Johnny Pesky and Bobby are together again. Rest in peace, my friend."
-- Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, Red Sox third baseman, 1982-92

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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.

Hanley may be first baseman for Sox in '18

Hanley may be first baseman for Sox in '18

It had been widely assumed the Red Sox would acquire a first baseman this offseason to replace free agent Mitch Moreland, who is likely to sign with another club.

But there's a chance the primary first baseman in 2018 could be the primary first baseman from '16.

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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.

Red Sox hire Bjornson to be bullpen coach

Red Sox hire Bjornson to be bullpen coach

BOSTON -- New Red Sox manager Alex Cora rounded out his coaching staff on Monday with the hiring of Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach.

That vacancy at bullpen coach was created last week, when Dana LeVangie was promoted from that role to pitching coach.

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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.

Cora does coin toss at alma mater, U. of Miami

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Cora does coin toss at alma mater, U. of Miami

Alex Cora has had a busy month of November. First, he won a World Series with the Astros as their bench coach. Next, he was officially named to his first managerial job, which means it was time once again to put on a Red Sox jersey.

Cora's ascent marked a milestone for his alma mater, too, as he became the first Miami Hurricane to ever be named a Major League manager.

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Betts bowls 'em over: Sox star rolls perfect 300

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Betts bowls 'em over: Sox star rolls perfect 300

Would you consider yourself "good" at your job? Success, pats on the back from the boss, and the respect of your peers? If so, congrats! That's awesome. You're living your best life.

Unless you're elite at two different endeavors, though, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has you beat. You know what he does on the diamond -- he's coming off a 2017 season that saw him post a 6.4 WAR, slashing .264/.344/.459 with 24 homers, 102 RBIs and assisting with some top-notch dancing routines in the outfield. 

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Inbox: Sox in running to acquire Stanton?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from fans

Inbox: Sox in running to acquire Stanton?

Are the Red Sox considering a trade for Giancarlo Stanton?
-- Chris F., Bellefonte, Pa.

This is the point of the offseason where the Red Sox are exploring all possibilities. In fact, the team is holding organizational meetings this week in preparation for next week's General Managers Meetings. Stanton is the game's premier power hitter and would bring a ton of excitement to Boston, particularly taking aim at the Green Monster.

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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.

Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series

Ivy League matchup opens 6-game slate at historic ballpark

Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series

Fenway Park transformed into a college football stadium Friday night for an Ivy League matchup between Dartmouth and Brown, kicking off the Fenway Gridiron Series.

Dartmouth defeated Brown, 33-10, in the first of six football games scheduled to be played at the Red Sox's home ballpark. The series continues Saturday with Massachusetts taking on Maine and Nov. 18 with Connecticut playing Boston College. The ballpark will also host three Boston-area high school matchups on Nov. 21 and 22.

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

Red Sox mourn loss of prospect Flores at 17

Ranked No. 5 in Boston's system, catcher passes away due to complications during cancer treatment

Red Sox mourn loss of prospect Flores at 17

BOSTON -- The Red Sox delivered some devastating news on Wednesday, announcing that 17-year-old Minor League catcher Daniel Flores has died due to complications during treatment for cancer.

Flores was Boston's top international signing from last July, as the club signed him to a $3.1 million deal with visions that he could one day be the team's No. 1 catcher.

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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.

Chavis belts walk-off home run for Peoria

Chavis belts walk-off home run for Peoria

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Michael Chavis propelled Peoria to a 5-4 win over Mesa with one big swing of the bat on Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League.

Chavis was 0-for-3 through nine innings, but needed just a trio of pitches to turn his day around as he launched a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fill-in for Pedroia? Red Sox have options

Veteran second baseman will begin next season on DL after knee surgery

Fill-in for Pedroia? Red Sox have options

BOSTON -- When the 2018 Red Sox play their first regular-season game at Tropicana Field on March 29, they will have someone other than Dustin Pedroia at second base on Opening Day for the first time since 2006.

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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.

Red Sox announce trio of coaching hires

Red Sox announce trio of coaching hires

BOSTON -- Rather than going outside the organization for their next pitching coach, the Red Sox instead rewarded long-time staff member Dana LeVangie by promoting him to that role.

LeVangie served as the club's bullpen coach/catching instructor for the last five seasons and has been with the Red Sox since 1991, when he was a Minor League player.

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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.

Betts wins second straight Gold Glove Award

Betts wins second straight Gold Glove Award

BOSTON -- Master of the spectacular catch and the strong throw, Mookie Betts joined some select company by winning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for American League right fielders for the second consecutive season.

Betts and Dwight Evans are now the only right fielders in Red Sox history to win multiple Gold Gloves. The only outfielders in Red Sox history to win multiple Gold Gloves? Evans, Betts, Fred Lynn and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

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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.

Cora confident as he takes Red Sox skipper job

Cora confident as he takes Red Sox skipper job

BOSTON -- Moments after he was formally announced as the 47th manager in the storied history of the Red Sox, Alex Cora tried on his No. 28 jersey in front of a wave of flashing cameras and joked, "I guess I put on some weight during the World Series."

As for the job itself -- the highly pressurized task of managing in Boston -- Cora feels that the fit is perfect.

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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.

Red Sox pass on qualifying offer for Moreland

Boston could still re-sign first baseman, Nunez, Reed for 2018

Red Sox pass on qualifying offer for Moreland

BOSTON -- The Red Sox declined to make a $17.4-million qualifying offer to Mitch Moreland, their starting first baseman in 2017.

Moreland was the only key contributor from Boston's 2017 team eligible to receive a qualifying offer, and he is now a free agent. He earned $5.5 million this past season, so it's hardly surprising he wasn't extended a qualifying offer.

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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.

Cora brings unique philosophical meld to Sox

Cora brings unique philosophical meld to Sox

BOSTON -- While Alex Cora's managerial tendencies and strategies won't truly be known until the 2018 season starts, the rookie manager of the Red Sox provided some glimpses of his beliefs in Monday's introductory news conference.

Here is a sampling.

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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.

De La Guerra comes up clutch in AFL

De La Guerra comes up clutch in AFL

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Chad De La Guerra isn't the biggest name on the loaded Arizona Fall League Peoria roster, but he did come up with the biggest hit in a 4-3 win over Glendale on Monday.

The Red Sox's No. 24 prospect finished 1-for-4, but his one-hit -- a two-run double in the sixth -- proved to be the difference as the Javelinas boosted their record to a league best 13-9.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox seeking power bat, setup man on market

Sox seeking power bat, setup man on market

BOSTON -- The free-agent frenzy is beginning across Major League Baseball, and the Red Sox should be right in the middle of the action. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski will be shopping for a power bat and possibly an impact arm to set up Craig Kimbrel in the bullpen.

Boston already has a strong core in place, and the goal this offseason will to make it championship-caliber.

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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.

Tiant on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

Garvey, John, Mattingly, Miller, Morris, Murphy, Parker, Simmons, Tiant, Trammell to be considered

Tiant on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox name Hyers hitting coach

Former Major Leaguer served as Dodgers assistant hitting coach the past two seasons

Red Sox name Hyers hitting coach

BOSTON -- With the goal of getting their offense back to an elite level, the Red Sox named Tim Hyers their new hitting coach and Andy Barkett as assistant coach on Saturday.

That means that pitching coach is the only opening left on new manager Alex Cora's staff.

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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.

Pedro's charity gala helps Puerto Rico relief

Martinez redirects fundraising to help hurricane-damaged island

Pedro's charity gala helps Puerto Rico relief

BOSTON -- Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez gathered some of his best friends in baseball Friday night to raise money for the many people in Puerto Rico who have been inflicted with historic damage from two recent hurricanes.

The event -- the second annual Pedro Martinez Charity Gala -- was planned many months ago. But Martinez and his wife, Carolina, repurposed the direction the fundraising would take in light of the recent natural disasters.

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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, Pedro rave about new Boston manager

Retired stars think Cora 'a perfect fit' to lead Red Sox

Papi, Pedro rave about new Boston manager

BOSTON -- David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez, two of the best players to ever wear a Red Sox uniform, are equally bullish on the selection of Alex Cora as the 46th manager in club history.

Ortiz won a World Series ring with Cora in 2007 and can't wait to see how his former teammate adapts as a first-year manager.

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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.