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Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two



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 Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade



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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition



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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat



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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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