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Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two

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Boston Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two

The Boston Red Sox played a baseball game on Saturday that lasted 5 hours and 50 minutes with 512 pitches thrown. Unfortunately for them, the New York Yankees snagged the victory with a 3-run top of the 16th inning.

Boston had ace Chris Sale on the mound who had a spectacular performance. Sale went 7.2 innings giving up just 3 base hits while striking out 13 Yankee batters. Despite the stellar start, Boston lost the game 4-1.

Sale after the game stated that the past two games against the Yankees have been something special for him and the team.

“The last two games here have probably been the funnest two games I’ve ever been a part of. The energy in the ballpark, the fans have really come alive. As players we appreciate that. We feel that, we hear them. So yeah, it’s hard not to get hyped up when you’re playing a division rival in a packed house going crazy”

When Sale came out in the eighth inning to give the ball to Craig Kimbrel, he had all the confidence in the world in the Sox closer.

“Having him back there is huge. He’s one of the best in the game if not the best in the game. As a competitor, I want to stay out there. I want to finish the inning. But it makes it a little easier when you’re passing the ball to someone like him.”

Craig Kimbrel though did not live up to his success he has had this season.

Kimbrel went up 1.1 innings but was given his 3rd blown save of the year by giving up a game tying home run to Matt Holliday in the top of the ninth inning. With a double header on Sunday, this was not what either team needed.

Behind Kimbrel, John Farrell ended up using almost his entire bullpen with an addition of Doug Fister.

Heath Hembree, Robby Scott, Blaine Boyer, and Brandon Workman all pitched one hitless inning apiece. The Red Sox reliever that broke up the 4-no-hit innings was Fernando Abad who went .1 innings giving up a base hit and a walk.

Fister came in having been asked to throw out of the bullpen with Matt Barnes unavailable due to too two innings of work on Friday night. First went 2.2 innings giving up 4 base hits and 3 earned runs in what could have been his last appearance with Boston.

Offensively Boston was a train wreck. They recorded 8 base hits over the course of 16 innings of baseball with the only Boston run plated coming in the third inning of the game. That only run also failed to impress. Mitch Moreland drove in Bostons run with a sacrifice fly.

Technically the game was played under protest by Boston.

Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after a non-call in the 11th.

Matt Holliday led off with a walk and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first base. Moreland threw to second for a forceout but Holliday ran back towards first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts‘ throw arrived.

Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.

After the game, the Crew Chief, Gary Cederstrom, had an interesting exchange with an AP reporter about the incident.

What was the ruling on the play in the 11th inning on the Holiday play?

“He was out at second and Ellsbury safe at first.”

What was the argument about?

“Whether Holliday should be called out for interference or not.”

When you go to the replay, what is it that for?

“That is to do with the rules check. That isn’t to look at the play. That is a rule check. John wanted to protest it”

Rules check was you can’t review, it?

“No, the rules of interference. He wanted him called out for interference running the bases and we told him, No we can’t.

In your judgment, you didn’t see any sort of interference?

“No, It’s under protest so the rest of it you’re going to have to get from the office.”

With interference though you need to confirm that Holliday had an intent to interfere with the play. But upon further review, it looks like he got caught napping at first base. It looks like he thought he was getting picked off and ran back to first not knowing Ellsbury had hit the ball.

While that excuse is poor and makes him look bad as a player, it may actually be the case.

Off the field, the Boston Red Sox were able to properly Vietnam Veterans and their families with about 1300 veterans and their families present at the ballpark.

Next up is a Sunday double header with a 1 p.m. game and an 8 p.m. game. Game 1 is Rick Porcello vs CC Sabathia and Game 2 is David Price against Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Name Alex Cora As The New Manager

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Since the firing of John Farrell, the rumor mill has pegged former player Alex Cora as the clear frontrunner. Over the weekend it was being reported that Boston had decided on Cora but was waiting for the right time to announce the decision.

On Sunday the naming of the 47th manager in team history was made official.

“We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex,” said Dombrowski. “He came to us as a highly-regarded candidate, and from speaking with him throughout this process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity. He is a highly respected and hardworking individual who has experience playing in Boston.”

Cora played in Boston from 2005 to 2008, and is currently a bench coach with the World Series-bound Houston Astros.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity,” Cora said. “Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.”

“In Alex we have found a natural leader to guide our clubhouse,” said Henry. “He is extremely smart with a dedication to what it takes to be successful in today’s game on the field. His baseball acumen and his ability to think strategically are uncommon for someone his age. We could not have found a better match for our players, our front office and for where we intend to go over the coming years as an organization.”

“Alex also has a full appreciation for the use of analytical information in today’s game and his ability to communicate and relate to both young players and veterans is a plus,” added Dombrowski. “Finally, the fact that he is bilingual is very significant for our club.”

The official press conference on the hiring will take place after the conclusion of the Fall Classic.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up

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Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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