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The Mets’ “will they-won’t they” pursuit of free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has all the drama of a series of text messages between high school crushes.
Drew: “Hey. I might go to the mall later with the Boston Red Sox, but if you’d rather hang out… But whatevs. Up 2 U.”
Mets: “Whatever u wanna do. FYI - not really looking for anything long-term.”
Red Sox: “Chillin’...Read more »
The Cincinnati Reds signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal Friday, and with Devin Mesoraco likely to be the 2014 starter, that makes Ryan Hanigan reportedly available.
Hanigan will be on the market at the same time that Braves catcher Brian McCann and Red Sox backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia are free agents -- and likely looking for a big pay day.
No one will dispute that Brian...Read more »
There’s an episode of “South Park” where the kids, at the end of a long little league baseball season, decide to stop trying so they can lose and finally go home. Only problem is their competition decides to do the same thing and the two sides engage in a battle to avoid winning.
Sometimes it feels like this World Series is following the same script.
To be clear, no one is accusing any...Read more »
It was a predictable reaction.
As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.
A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...Read more »
Adam Wainwright walked Jacoby Ellsbury on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night and right then and there you could have turned off your TV set, confident in what was about to follow.
The very act of Wainwright walking the first batter he faces (as a starter) is so rare -- and such a portent of things to come -- that perhaps...Read more »
Before the World Series kicks off Wednesday, we go inside the hitting and pitching numbers the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have posted this postseason to give you the inside info on how these two powers match up:
The Red Sox have the edge here, but there’s not as big a gap as may appear at first.
The Sawx have batted .236 with a .315 on-base percentage and .365...Read more »
One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:
Rays have an edge
The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...Read more »
Evan Longoria had a pretty good 28th birthday.
Before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox on Monday, the Rays' third baseman was given a guitar signed by Slash. The gift was courtesy of Longoria's girlfriend, Playboy model Jaime Edmondson:
Sweet new piece to add to the Man Cave! Thanks @jaimeedmondson!! #Slash #GNR pic.twitter.com/3mb6NZOv4g — Evan Longoria...Read more »
Before Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he was sorry for Saturday night’s Twitter rant and also talked about his apology to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Here’s the full transcript.
Price’s opening remarks:
“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone that has been affected by my actions after the game against Boston. That’s...Read more »
Dustin Pedroia will remain in Boston through at least the 2021 season after reportedly agreeing to a seven-year, $100 million contract Tuesday afternoon.
The second baseman's deal, first reported by WEEI's Rob Bradford, will start in 2015 and is viewed as team-friendly by many observers.
Pedroia, the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and 2008 AL MVP, is hitting .308 with a .385...Read more »