Shane Victorino scratched with sore ribs.
Boston Herald "When the Baltimore Orioles come to Fenway Park, there’s always a chance for drama. It might have been a hard slide, but Pablo Sandoval thought it was clean, the umpires had no problem with it and Ubaldo Jimenez plunked him anyway. The Orioles starter told reporters after the Red Sox’ 3-2..." April 18
MLB.com "The Red Sox signed right-hander Denny Bautista to a Minor League contract on Saturday, according to a report Baseball America. The club has not confirmed the signing. The 32-year-old Bautista last pitched in the Majors in 2010 with the Giants. During his seven year career, Bautista is 11-15..." April 18
Hardball Talk "Brandon Workman shows that not all visits to Dr. James Andrews result in surgery, as the Red Sox right-hander has been advised to rest and rehab his injured elbow rather than going under the knife. Workman received a platelet-rich plasma injection as part of his treatment and manager John..." April 16
CSN Washington "For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much better about..." April 16
Red Sox v. Gonzalez: Betts, Pedroia, Ramirez, Craig 3, Napoli 0, Victorino, Bogaerts, Holt 5, Leon, Miley.
Boston Herald "The Red Sox were taking batting practice off Stephen Strasburg last night and were on their way to crushing the second ace the Washington Nationals threw at them in as many days when target practice became the name of the game. The occasionally wild Justin Masterson, baseball’s hit-by-pitch..." April 15
NESN "Rusney Castillo’s injury woes continue. Castillo, who dealt with a thumb injury during the Arizona Fall League and an oblique injury during Red Sox spring training, will be sidelined indefinitely with a right shoulder injury he suffered over the weekend with Triple-A Pawtucket, Boston manager..." April 15
Sandoval has a bruise on his left foot the #RedSox announce.
Hardball Talk "Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hurt his right knee when he slipped rounding third base Monday night and now he’s headed for an MRI exam, the team announced. Brock Holt is starting at shortstop for today’s game against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals." April 14
Betts CF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Ramirez LF, Sandoval 3B, Napoli 1B, Nava RF, Hanigan C, Holt SS, Masterson RHP.
Boston Globe "Even on the occasions when there is no new banner to be revealed, no defending champion to be revered, the Red Sox annually get the mood and the moment right on Opening Day. There is room for pomp no matter the previous season’s circumstances. The first ballgame at Fenway is cause enough for..." April 14
Boston Herald "There was some thought during the offseason that Jordan Zimmermann would end up pitching for the Red Sox, not against them when the Washington Nationals arrived at Fenway Park this week. The 28-year-old right-hander is one of just five pitchers to throw at least 700 innings with an ERA of 3.00..." April 14
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan done on his right foot, and the exam came back negative. Farrell expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.
Hanley Ramirez fouls ball off back foot, stays in to draw a walk, then leaves for a pinch-runner still in some discomfort.
New York Post "And you were worried about the Yankees in general because of a senses-numbing, 1-4 start and Masahiro Tanaka in particular because of his initial awful effort. In what manager Joe Girardi labeled a “really important” game, the Yankees received an effective, although unspectacular, start from..." April 13
Hardball Talk "Per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager John Farrell said everything points to the club activating reliever Koji Uehara from the disabled list on Monday. Uehara suffered a strained left hamstring in mid-March and had a setback near the end of spring training. Sean McAdam of..." April 13
Rusney Castillo jammed his shoulder making a catch on Saturday. Out of the lineup today. #RedSox will get him checked out in Boston.
Farrell said everything points to Uehara being activated tomorrow.
Boston "oe Kelly did his part to make sure there was no ultramarathon in the Bronx. Less than 12 hours after his teammates outlasted the Yankees in an epic 19-inning affair, Kelly took the mound at Yankee Stadium and delivered a dominant one-hit outing in a 8-4 win for the Red Sox. Kelly, who was..." April 12
Boston Herald "Steven Wright knew he was in for a weird night when he looked around in the bullpen and he was the only one left. The knuckleballer was told a few days ago he might start for the Red Sox on Saturday, but after Joe Kelly was deemed healthy enough to make Saturday's start, Wright was sent to the..." April 11
Buchholz received letter from MLB informing him that he had stepped out of batter's box. Joked he might only have two more ABs this season.
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
CSN New England "The Red Sox seemed to bleed the Philadelphia Phillies to death Thursday night, taking full advantage of six walks and three errors by the home team while pounding out 11 hits -- all but one of them singles -- in an easy 6-2 victory. Justin Masterson pitched six strong innings, stumbling only in..." April 10
NESN "David Ortiz had a good laugh at Clay Buchholz’s disposal Friday. Buchholz received a letter from Major League Baseball regarding a batter’s box violation in the Boston Red Sox’s Opening Day win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander apparently stepped out of the batter’s box in his..." April 10
NESN "Jonathan Papelbon’s life, career and reputation changed forever after the 2011 season. Papelbon left the Boston Red Sox to sign a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s been a bumpy ride ever since despite the veteran closer still getting the job done between the..." April 10
CSN Philly "There is an unmistakable feel of gloom around this Phillies team. Nothing was done in the offseason to improve an 89-loss club and it’s not difficult to imagine the team pushing triple digits this season. But even as good seats go empty at Citizens Bank Park and fans count the hours until the..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Koji Uehara, meanwhile, will pitch Sat in Greenville. Might need only one rehab appearance, Farrell said, before being activated #RedSox
RT @GordonEdes Sox have switched to Joe Kelly for Saturday’s start. Liked what they saw in his bullpen session. Steven Wright back on hold.
Nava in right instead of Victorino. Napoli at first. Papi sits.
CSN New England "Even though the Boston Red Sox let Jon Lester walk, you certainly can't call them cheap. Over the last six and a half months the club has handed out big deals to Rusney Castillo, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Yoan Moncada and now Rick Porcello. Yes, the Sox are spending money. But are they..." April 08
Boston Herald "Joe Kelly's pursuit of the Cy Young Award will have to wait a few extra days. Rather than coming off the disabled list to make his season debut for the Red Sox on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Kelly will start a minor-league game for Class A Greenville, one final tuneup designed to hike his pitch..." April 08
Boston Herald "To say Clay Buchholz outdueled Cole Hamels in the Red Sox’ season opener yesterday would imply that the Philadelphia Phillies ace brought a sword to the fight. Buchholz won this one in a landslide, leading the Red Sox to an 8-0 win on their first-ever interleague Opening Day. The..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
Boston Globe "The anticipation surrounding the start of Yoan Moncada’s professional career is considerable, a breathlessness awaiting the official unveiling of the 19-year-old Cuban who received a $31.5 million signing bonus last month. The wait, however, will last a bit longer, as Moncada will open the year in..." April 07
Hardball Talk "Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the deal is worth $82.5 million. As for the contract details, Porcello will get a $500,000 signing bonus to go along with salaries of $20 million in 2016 and 2017 and $21 million in 2018 and 2019. The deal sets him up for another potential big payday after..." April 07
And so it begins: BOS at PHI: Betts CF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz 1B, Ramirez LF, Sandoval 3B, Victorino RF, Bogaerts SS, Hanigan C, Buchholz RHP.
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
Boston Herald "Never mind Cole Hamels. Maybe the Red Sox should trade for another Phillies pitcher. Maybe they should bring back Jonathan Papelbon. Sorry. Not happening. According to multiple major-league sources, it is highly unlikely the Sox would make a move for Papelbon, even if 40-year-old closer Koji..." April 06
WEEI Boston "While the announcement that Jon Lester and the Red Sox would not be negotiating a contract during the 2014 season was presented in a fairly formal fashion a year ago, the same can’t be said regarding similar news involving Rick Porcello and his new team. Porcello confirmed to WEEI.com that he..." April 06
Ortiz will start at 1B Opening Day. Napoli off the bench.
Koji Uehara and Joe Kelly on DL but could be eligible by April 11
Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes optioned to Pawtucket. Barnes as a starter. Workman as a reliever.
ESPN Boston "Good morning from the Fort, where over the next two days Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell will be engaged in that never-pleasant rite of spring, making the final roster cuts that will give the team its 25-man Opening Day alignment for Monday’s first game in..." April 02
Boston Herald "Curt Schilling knows a No. 1 starter when he sees one, and the outspoken ex-Red Sox ace doesn't think Clay Buchholz has the makeup to be a No. 1 starter. "Well, I don't think he wants to be one," Schilling said Wednesday in a conference call to promote ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. "I think..." April 02
Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo, Humberto Quintero assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have announced that catcher Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow tomorrow. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The loss of Vazquez is a significant blow to the Red Sox, who..." April 01
ESPN.com "Promoting top prospect Blake Swihart to the big-league team after Christian Vazquez's elbow injury was never a consideration, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Wednesday. Coming into camp, Cherington said, the team was committed to having Swihart, who turns 23 on April 3, begin the..." April 01