Monday, April 24, 2017
Matt Barnes has been fined and suspended by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for four games. The relief pitcher is appealing the decision. Barnes will continue pitching while his appeal is heard. The big right-hander threw a pitch near the head of Baltimore's Manny Machado a day after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia on a play at second base. Stay tuned.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
At some point this offense has got to go from hitting for high average to actually scoring runs. Last night, they mustered just six hits in a 2-0 loss to the Orioles—wasting a good (although way-too-high a pitch count) performance from Drew Pomeranz. Much more important than the game result is the likelihood that the team's heart and soul—Dustin Pedroia—may be lost for a time after being spiked by Manny Machado in the eighth inning. Stay tuned.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Xander Bogaerts is 'day-to-day' after injuring his left thumb on a slide into second base yesterday—after knocking in the go-ahead run in the 9th inning. After the game, he underwent tests on the thumb, but they were inconclusive enough that he may miss some time. Stay tuned.
Shaw is on an extra-base tear for The Brew Crew, despite hitting just .254. So far, he has five home runs, seven doubles and a triple in sixteen games. The entire Red Sox team has 7 HRs so far. His three-run HR last night propelled the Brewers to a 7-5 win. His 458-foot monster shot to RF is the 4th-longest by a Brewer in the 'Statcast™' era and the eighth-longest by any player since 2015. Impressive.
Thursday, April 20, 2017