Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01
MLB.com "The Red Sox are interested in negotiating a contract extension with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during the offseason, but they aren't exactly sure when those talks will occur. "It is just a conversation that we will have at the right time," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said on Monday...." September 30
Pinstripe Alley "think most Yankee fans' hope was that Derek Jeter's career would end with a World Series victory. Sadly that won't happen, but a victory over the Red Sox at Fenway isn't a bad second option. In his final at bat, Jeter hit an RBI single. It wasn't quite Thursday night, but it was a nice way to end..." September 29
Boston Globe "Even Derek Jeter couldn’t prevent this Yankees loss. The Red Sox sent 14 batters to the plate in the second inning with eight scoring on their way to 10-4 thrashing of the Yankees at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon. Back in the lineup after taking Friday off, Jeter went 1-for-2 with an..." September 28
Hardball Talk "This won’t exactly give the Yankees peace of mind going into the offseason. Masahiro Tanaka was solid in his first start in 10 weeks last Sunday against the Blue Jays, but he didn’t make it out of the second inning this afternoon against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. There’s no way to sugarcoat..." September 27
Farrell says Sox would like to bring back pending free agent Burke Badenhop, given his reliability over multiple years, if possible.
New York Post "With Derek Jeter strolling around the third base dugout trying to recover from Thursday night’s emotional ride in The Bronx, the Yankees employed a lineup Friday night against the Red Sox that didn’t have a single regular player. What they did have was veteran lefty Chris Capuano, and he was..." September 27
New York Post "Derek Jeter wants to watch the replay of his emotional and scintillating final game at Yankee Stadium because he admitted his mind wasn’t always right during the evening that pebbled a lot of flesh. Nevertheless, when the retiring shortstop views the historic game, there will be a degree of..." September 27
CSN New England "Too late to make an impact, the Red Sox have stumbled upon the perfect winning formula the last two nights: have a young pitcher go deeper into a start than he ever has and let some of the six rookies in the lineup do the rest. One night after Anthony Ranaudo pitched seven innings for the first..." September 26
Hardball Talk "You wouldn’t blame Derek Jeter if he decided to end his career after tonight’s heroics, but he will play this weekend as the Yankees wrap up their season with a three-game series against the Red Sox in Boston. However, his days of playing shortstop are officially over. According to Chad..." September 26
Sounds as if Napoli (toe, back, finger); Holt (concussion) won't play again this year. Might be case with Ortiz (wrist), too.
CSN New England "Somewhere in the mess that was the Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays marathon Wednesday night was a fine pitching performance from Anthony Ranaudo. In a game that saw the teams take two hours to complete the first four innings and featured Rays pitchers issuing nine walks -- including three with the bases..." September 25
CBSSports.com "Back in August, MLB announced it is sending a team of All-Stars to Japan to play a five-game exhibition series against the Japanese National Team in November. The series has been dubbed the "All-Star Series 2014." Former Rangers manager Ron Washington was set to manage the team, but he resigned..." September 25
CSN New England "Are there issues between Will Middlebrooks and the Red Sox? It's hard to think otherwise, after some recent comments, including some by John Farrell Wednesday afternoon. Middlebrooks was out of the lineup again Wednesday night, still bothered by a hand injury that has bothered him..." September 25
Tampa Bay Times "Rays manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey would prefer not labeling any of their starters an ace. But like James Shields and David Price before him, Alex Cobb is going to push the limits of their lexicon. Cobb delivered a typically solid performance in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Red..." September 24
Boston Globe "For decades, Tommy Harper encountered strangers eager to share their Red Sox memories: their first games with their fathers, their first awed glimpses of Fenway in green, their farewells to Ted and Yaz. Harper listened patiently, even when the stories turned so predictable he could finish them..." September 22
Farrell says Steven Wright could get start against Yankees on Friday. De La Rosa won't start again this year. May make a bullpen appearance.
Baltimore Sun "After the Orioles' 7-2 victory Saturday night over the Boston Red Sox, manager Buck Showalter was preparing himself for a postgame discussion with Adam Jones, whom he was considering sitting for Sunday's regular-season home finale. It would be a short turnaround for an afternoon game, but these..." September 21
Boston Globe "As terrible as this Red Sox season as been, as merciful as its impending end will be, think about how much worse it could have been if not for David Ortiz. Big Papi jacked two home runs, his 33rd and 34th of the season, with the second winding up a 10th inning game winner in a 5-3 Red Sox..." September 20
TheScore.com "Brock Holt's versatility has allowed him to play seven different positions for the Boston Red Sox this season, but a concussion has kept the rookie on the bench since Sept. 12. The 26-year-old met with a doctor on Thursday for a follow-up exam and received some encouraging news, according to..." September 18
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Excitement over the Pirates' 81st victory of the season? That is so 2013. Last year, there was a lot of buzz when the Pirates got win No. 81 and secured their first nonlosing season since 1992. On Wednesday, there was barely a ripple when the Pirates reached that mark again by drubbing the..." September 18
CSN New England "A month ago, Rusney Castillo signed a contract worth more money than any recent Cuban player. The Red Sox spent more money on him than they have for any player not already in their organization since the signed free agent Carl Crawford. But as Castillo got ready to make his major league debut..." September 18
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After spending the past month on the disabled list with a sports hernia that's still giving him trouble, Charlie Morton tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Could the Pirates right-hander have expected any more? “Yeah,” Morton said. “I could've thrown nine..." September 17
ESPN Boston "Outfielder Rusney Castillo, who signed the biggest contract ever for a Cuban player, will make his major-league debut Wednesday night against the Pirates, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "He's an electric player with a lot of skills -- he's explosive, quick-twitch," Farrell said...." September 17
Boston Herald "Rusney Castillo owes Yoenis Cespedes a hug. It’s entirely possible Castillo wouldn’t be making his big league debut this week or earning $72.5 million from the Red Sox without the efforts of his countryman, who helped blaze a trail from Cuba in 2012. “He actually already gave me a hug,”..." September 16
Over The Monster "The Red Sox fell behind early, but erased a 4-0 deficit with an eight-run attack highlighted by a three-run shot from Xander Bogaerts and a Daniel Nava grand slam. While the Red Sox enjoyed some nice performances at the plate, you may have gathered that this was not exactly a banner night for..." September 15
David Ortiz left due to a family emergency. Already on way back to Boston. Expected to meet Red Sox in Pittsburgh.
Fox Sports "Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night. Manager Ned Yost overhauled his batting order and got immediate results. The Royals scored seven runs for the first..." September 14
Boston Globe "San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean is known for his spectacular midseason moves that have yielded two championships in the last four years. He obtained two lower-profile players in Cody Ross in 2010 and Marco Scutaro in 2012 to make significant contributions toward becoming World..." September 14
Rusney Castillo expected to be among five final call-ups from PawSox on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. There are seven healthy players left on 40.
Boston Globe "In another blow to the Royals postseason hopes, the Red Sox got six strong innings from Allen Webster and a big game from reserve second baseman Jemile Weeks to beat Kansas City 4-2 on Friday night at Kaufmann Stadium. The win improved the Sox to 5-0 against the Royals this year. Despite David..." September 13
Holt back with Red Sox. Diagnosed with concussion. Not cleared to play.
ESPN Boston "There's not enough time for Clay Buchholz to put lipstick on this pig of a season and make it look good. Same with the last-place Boston Red Sox, who have followed their World Series championship with a real stinker of a year. There is time, however, for the veteran right-hander to leave 2014..." September 12
Baltimore Sun "Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen once fell four outs away from throwing a perfect game while he was pitching in Japan, so it’s not like Wednesday’s brief flirtation with baseball history in the Orioles’ 10-6 win at Fenway Park was unchartered territory. “It comes across your mind, but still a perfect..." September 11
MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said today in an appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan (via WEEI.com’s Jerry Spar) that his club is prepared to spend a significant amount of money on the upcoming free agent market. “[W]e are determined to get back to being in first next year,” said Werner. Citing..." September 11
From Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia today underwent a successful first dorsal compartment release and a tenosynovectomy of his left wrist.
ESPN Boston "Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will have surgery on Thursday to deal with soreness in his left hand and wrist that has been an issue much of the season. Manager John Farrell said after Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Baltimore Orioles that Pedroia will have a procedure performed by Dr...." September 11
Farrell tells WEEI that left wrist surgery isn't yet set but Pedroia "probably inactive" for the remainder of the season.
Hardball Talk "No matter what happens with the Wrigley Field renovations and the next TV contract, the Cubs will be in position to make a splash and sign Jon Lester to a megadeal. Multiple industry sources say the Cubs are targeting Lester and will make a run at him this winter, trying to set a foundation..." September 10
Farrell says MRI showed Pedroia dealing w/soreness/inflammation in left wrist. Could be shut down for duration of year, but no decision yet.
CSN Baltimore "The Orioles are closing in on their first American League East title in 17 years. Their magic number to clinch is down to 11, and their lead over the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays is 10 games, the largest in nearly 35 years. Tommy Hunter, who played a key role in holding onto Miguel..." September 09
Toronto Sun "One step forward, two steps back. That defines the Blue Jays’ weekend at Fenway Park but it also represents the trajectory of their season. The Blue Jays got back in the win column Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox but the sting of two one-run losses Friday and Saturday..." September 08
Boston Herald "Rubby De La Rosa is at a point in his season where it’s time to keep a watchful eye on his workload, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. De La Rosa will make his 16th start of the season for the Red Sox today against the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a three-game series, and Farrell..." September 07
Bradley starts in CF. Napoli, Holt, Ortiz out.
Boston Globe "Clay Buchholz turned in another strong performance as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 4-3 at Fenway Park Saturday night. Buchholz went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts and a hit batter. He earned the win, improving to 7-8 and lowering his ERA..." September 07
ESPN.com "A day after blowing his third consecutive save opportunity and taking his third loss in his last five appearances, the Boston Red Sox have temporarily removed Koji Uehara from the closer role. Edward Mujica will take over ninth-inning duties. Entering Thursday night's game against the New..." September 06
Boston Globe "Yoenis Cespedes delivered the Red Sox 9-8 walk-off win Friday night against the Blue Jays with a bases-loaded drive to deep center off Toronto closer Case Janssen. The Sox scored three runs in the 10th for the win, snapping the Jays six-game win streak at Fenway Park this season, and snapping..." September 06
Farrell says Koji moved out of closers spot temporarily. Says healthy and not shutting him down. Mujica will close
CSN New England "After missing the final two games in Tampa and all three here against the Yankees, Dustin Pedroia is expected to be back on the field and in the lineup Friday night when the Sox begin their second-to-last homestand of the season. Pedroia suffered a mild concussion last Saturday night when he..." September 05
Sporting News "In a particularly trying season, the Boston Red Sox found themselves stinging from Thursday's failure by closer Koji Uehara. With a chance to slap the New York Yankees with a loss and hurt their playoff dreams, Uehara allowed a ninth-inning home run to Mark Teixeira to tie the game at Yankee..." September 05