Friday, May 27, 2016

Buchholz Does Not Pitch, Red Sox Lose Anyway, 7-5

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Joe Kelly pitched well enough to lose on Friday night—and, sure enough, his team did. After flirting with a no-hitter in his last outing, he was (once again) victimized by the Blue Jays in an ultimate 7-5 loss. Kelly put The Carmine Hose in a 5-2 hole, which Boston battled back from to gain a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning (on a two-run single by Christian Vazquez and a run-scoring single by Travis Shaw). But, Koji Uehara yielded a 2-run HR in the 9th to seal Boston's fate.

Red Sox Decide: Clay Buchholz Is Headed To The Bullpen

The Red Sox did indeed make a decision on Clay Buchholz today—he will work out of the bullpen for the foreseeable future. The assignment will take affect immediately, as the tall righty will be in that capacity tonight at Rogers Centre (AKA SkyDome). Eduardo Rodriguez will likely take over what would have been Buchholz's next start in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Help Award The Red Sox A Ninth World Series Title

The 1904 Red Sox
In 1904, the National League Champion New York Giants refused to play the upstart American League Champion Boston Red Sox in that year's World Series (you're surprised a New York team would pull something like that?). A year earlier, in 1903, the Red Sox had embarrassed the Senior Circuit by winning the first ever World Series. For years, we have battled this miscarriage of justice and advocated that Boston be awarded their ninth World Series Title—given the clear forfeiture by the National League. Now, you can sign a petition to MLB Commissioner Manfred to help right this wrong. You can sign HERE.

David Ortiz Has Friday Night Off, Red Sox Face Blue Jays

Here is tonight's Red Sox lineup at SkyDome (never to be referred to as "RogersCentre"): Mookie Betts RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Xander Bogaerts 3B, Travis Shaw 1B, Hanley Ramirez DH, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, Marco Hernandez 3B, Christian Vazquez C, Blake Swihart LF. Joe Kelly will take to the hill for The Carmine Hose.

POLL: Readers Still See Trade As Best Buchholz Option

Voters in our latest FenwayNation Poll continue to point to a trade as the best option to deal with the Clay Buchholz situation. As the chart shows, a plurality (39%) still opt for the trade route, followed by 21% who want to send the Texas righty to AAA Pawtucket. Almost one voter in five (18%) thinks he should be designated for assignment, while 12% think a trip to the bullpen would be the best thing for Buchholz. Just 9% would recommend giving Clay a case of 'The Fenway Flu' by putting him on the disabled list. One reader wants to keep him in the Red Sox starting rotation. You can still vote HERE.

David Ortiz 'Confronts' Some Empire Fans In The Bronx

POLL: Most Readers Want To Deal Away Clay Buchholz

Very early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that a plurality of readers (42%) would opt for the Red Sox trading away Clay Buchholz. As the chart shows, a little over one-quarter (27%) favor designating the righty for assignment, followed by 15% who favor demoting him to AAA. A little more than one reader in ten (12%) chooses putting Buchholz on the disabled list, while 4% would send him to the bullpen. Notably, no one has yet expressed the view of keeping Buchholz in the starting rotation. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

POLL: What Should Red Sox Do With Clay Buchholz?

What do we do with Clay Buchholz?

Which ONE option should Sox choose on Buchholz?

  Current Results

Dog Clay Afternoon: Buchholz Implodes Again, Sox Lose

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UPDATE: Decision could come today.
Sox honcho Dave Dombrowski and Manager John Farrell may be at a key decision point in the season. Do they let this offensive juggernaut be consistently derailed by Clay Buchholz starts—or do they bounce him from the rotation? Most think the latter option will prevail after the Texas righty gave up three 2-run HRs in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies. The first of the bombs wiped out an early 2-0 lead provided by a 2-run shot by David Ortiz. With the imminent return of Eduardo Rodriguez, the choice should be easy: Buchholz to the 'pen—or maybe even a worse fate. Stay tuned. In addition to the loss, Jackie Bradley, Jr.'s hitting streak was snapped at 29.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mookie Out, JBJ Leads Off In Tonight's Red Sox Lineup

Mookie Betts is out of tonight's Red Sox lineup (his first routine day off all year), and JBJ will be hitting lead-off in his quest to hit safely in 30 straight games. And, despite injuries suffered last night, both The Muddy Chicken and Bogie are playing. Here is tonight's full line-up: Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Xander Bogaerts SS, David Ortiz DH, Hanley Ramirez 1B, Travis Shaw 3B, Chris Young RF, Blake Swihart LF, Christian Vazquez C. And, Clay Buchholz takes to the hill in what could be a pivotal start for him.

Movement Begins To Erect David Ortiz Statue At Fenway

Don't get us wrong, we are among the biggest David Ortiz fans on the planet. Personally, I will never forget the moment in Game Four of the 2004 ALCS when he delivered the quintessential "keep-hope-alive" HR to smite The Evil Ones. I have never been more excited at a sporting event—ever. However, we're not so sure we need to erect a bronze statue of Ortiz outside of GATE B at Fenway Park quite yet. The guy is still playing for crying out loud! A website called "Sox Lunch" has launched a petition to erect such a monument to Big Papi—joining other Boston legends Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, 'The Teammates', Bobby Orr, Bill Russell, and Red Auerbach. If you really want to sign the petition, you can HERE.

Bradley, Jr. Setting Sights On Nomar And Tris Speaker

With a hit tonight, Jackie Bradley, Jr. will catch two Red Sox legends for the second-longest hitting streak in team history. Both Nomar Garciaparra and Tris Speaker hold 30-game streaks for The Carmine Hose—Nomah in 1997 and Speaker in 1912 (the year Fenway Park was opened). If JBJ connects tonight, he will be just four hits shy of catching the all-time Sox leader Dominic DiMaggio (34). You may have heard of Dom's brother Joe—who holds the major-league record of hitting safely in 56 straight games. Hey, one DiMaggio at a time!

Last Night's Red Sox Injury Scares Seem Non-Serious

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Whenever discussing Red Sox injury updates, a chill runs down The Nation's collective spine. As we all know, the team's crack "medical staff" is not exactly up for any AMA awards any time soon. But, maybe, just maybe, The Carmine Hose disposed of all their 'bad injury karma' with the Carson Smith surgery. Case in point: the three injuries suffered in last night's thumping of the Rockies seem to be extremely minor. First, Andover High School's Ryan Hanigan left the game with an "illness" (and not just a case of 'passed ball syndrome'). Next, Dustin Pedroia voluntarily pulled himself out of the game after hitting a double (an occurrence as rare as a Bernie Sanders appearance on Fox News). Third, Xander Bogaerts (perhaps the best all-around player right now in the American League) getting his thumbnail bent backward on a tag play at second. Again, all three seem minor—and (apparently) all three could be in tonight's lineup. We shall see.

Yawn: Red Sox Put Up Ten Runs Again, Beat Up Rockies

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Call them the 'Donald Thumps'. You know how a certain presidential candidate says, "We're going to win so much, you'll get tired of winning"? Well, that's how it's starting to feel around old Fenway Park. Boston put up another double-digit run tally, thrashing Colorado, 10-3. Both Jackie Bradley, Jr. (29 games) and Xander Bogaerts (18 games) extended their hitting streaks—and even Blake Swihart got in on the action by clouting two triples. The Carmine Hose were trailing 2-0 until 'Bogie' launched a towering HR to left to cut the deficit in half. From there, it was "Katy-Bar-The-Door". Steven Wright finally got some run support and went seven solid innings for his fourth win of the year. A very satisfying—and increasingly typical—win.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Anderson Espinoza Delivers Six Solid Innings Today

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Anderson Espinoza—the #4 rated Red Sox prospect by MLB.com—delivered six stellar innings today for the Single A Greenville Drive. The 18-year old Venezuelan righty gave up no runs on just two hits—while striking out three and walking none. While other prospects in the organization—most notably Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi—tend to get more ink, Espinoza could prove to be the most impactful player of the lot. Look for the kid to make a rapid rise through the organization. Stay tuned!

Jackie Bradley, Jr.'s 2B Extending Streak To 28 Games

David Price Rides Red Sox Offense To Seventh Win, 8-3

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David Price has certainly been the beneficiary of offensive support. Last night, he got eight more runs on his way to an 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. David Ortiz continued his 'Magical Mystery Farewell Tour' with four more RBIs—going 2-4 and raising his average to .333. Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 28 games by roping the first pitch he saw off the wall in left for a double. The "other" streak was also extended, as Xander Bogaerts went 2-4 to go to sixteen straight games with a hit. Dustin Pedroia also joined the 'hit parade' with a 3-4 night. Baltimore's loss put The Carmine Hose in sole possession of first place in the AL East—11 games over .500.