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Boston Red Sox Prospect Rafael Devers Homers In Paw Sox 7-3 Loss

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Boston Red Sox Prospect Rafael Devers Homers In Paw Sox 7-3 Loss To Toledo

The Pawtucket Red Sox lost this afternoon at McCoy Stadium 7-3 to the Toledo Mud Hens. This lost ended the Paw Sox 8 game winning streak.

Kyle Kendrick pitched better then he has recently this afternoon. Kendrick hasn’t pitched well in his last few starts. But today, the sinker ball pitcher was able to induce 11 ground ball outs today. But he did allow 2 home runs. Both home runs were to Efren Navaro.

The Paw Sox did get on the board in the 6th and 7th inning. That was thanks to Tzu-Wei Lin getting his first hit at AAA. Then Rafael Devers was able to hit a home run to the opposite field on a breaking ball. It was noted earlier this week by Devers and Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles that if he is able to do that, Devers will succeed as a hitter.

Kyle Kendrick Ups’ And Downs’

Kyle Kendrick was pitching well the first 3 innings. During that time, Kendrick was able to induce 7 ground ball outs. For a sinker ball pitcher, that is a great sign. In the 4th inning, that sinker started to come up. To lead off the inning, Efren Navaro hit his 8th home run of the season to give the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead.

After a 1-2-3 5th inning for Kendrick, Kendrick struggled to begin the 6th. To lead off the inning, Jacoby Jones hit a hard hit double into the right-center field gap to put a runner at 2nd base. The next batter was Efren Navaro. With a 1-0 count on Navaro, Kendrick got called for an automatic ball because his time limit on the pitch clock ran out. Later in the at bat, Navar hit his 2nd home run of the day.

Kendrick then fell behind the next batter, John Hicks, 2-0 quickly. That’s when Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles started to argue with home plate umpire Scott Costello. After a brief argument, Boles was ejected from the game. The 6th inning was the last inning from Kendrick. His final pitching line was 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts on 100 pitches (66 strikes).

Paw Sox Offense

Paw Sox were able to get on the board in the 6th inning for the first time today. That began with the Tzu-Wei Lin getting his first base hit for the Paw Sox. It was a long fly ball off the right field wall. Lin was then able to slide into 3rd base with a triple on the play. The next batter, was Sam Travis. Travis was able to hit a ball up the middle to allow Lin to score.

The Paw Sox were able to make the game interesting in the bottom of the 7th inning. Matt Dominguez began the inning by hitting a lead off single. That’s when Rafael Devers was able to hit a a home run to right field to make it a 4-3 ball game. What made the home run by Devers impressive was that it was a curve ball on the outside part of the plate that he was able to hit out to the opposite field.

Mud Hens Put It Away

To begin the 8th inning, the Paw Sox were forced to put their emergency pitcher into the game in Mike Miller. Mike Miller has seen action in 2 other games this season. In those 2 games, he has gone 3 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, and 4 runs. That includes 2 home runs. Today, he almost pitched a perfect 8th inning. With 2 outs, Miller gave up a single to Juan Perez. Then old friend Bryan Holaday hit a 2 run home run into the Paw Sox bullpen.

On that play, Bryce Brentz tried to rob the home run, but he tumbled over the outfield wall into the Paw Sox bullpen. Brentz stayed in the game after the play.

In the 9th inning, Miller gave up 3 straight singles to begin the inning. But he only gave up 1 run on a sacrifice fly to deep left field. Miller was pitching in the mid 40’s to as high as 55. But he did have a few pitches in the 70’s.

The Paw Sox went down quickly in the 9th inning thanks to 3 straight strike outs by Logan Kensing. The Paw Sox lost 7-3. This loss snaps the Paw Sox 8 game winning streak. The Paw Sox will play again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm against the Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium. Jalen  Beeks will be pitching against Tyler Wilson.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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David Price Pitches In A Different Fenway Park

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David Ortiz steps to the plate, flies out to right field, and what happens? Vicious boos? Well in the world of David Price, yes.

Price had a tell-all with out of touch baseball writer Bob Nightengale in USA Today with the Red Sox pitcher continuing to show why he isn’t made to pitch in any type of baseball market, big or small.

“It is tough here,’’ Price tells USA TODAY. “There’s just so much more negativity. I’ve never been one for negative stuff. I like surrounding myself by positive people. Even if my wife starts talking negatively, I let her know. I just can’t stand it.

Price claims there is an incredible amount of negativity surrounding Boston. Well, maybe just negativity surrounding him. The 217 million dollar man has been the target of much criticism but all of it is justified and has absolutely nothing to do with his price tag. Fans could care less about how much money a player makes since it is not actually their money. Price getting bashed by fans and members of the media also has nothing to do with his performance on the field. It all stems from him being a big baby and blowing up on Dennis Eckersley on the team plane last year. If Price hadn’t done that no one would care, because lets’ face it, Boston is no longer a tough baseball town.

But hey maybe we are all experiencing a different Boston, a different Fenway Park. A Fenway park where David Ortiz gets booed.

“Oh, yeah, he’ll get booed,’’ Price laughs. “I told J.D. he will love the guys here in this clubhouse but also told him he’ll get booed. He’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy, but he’ll handle it. Besides, everyone gets booed. I heard Big Papi (David Ortiz) get booed many times in Fenway.”

Yes, that is a real quote. That statement alone deserves vicious boos from the Fenway Faithful. When was Ortiz ever booed “many times” at Fenway Park during Prices time in baseball? Even when Terry Francona almost benched the slugger fans were still chanting Papi, Papi.

No shot in hell.

Price making that comment to Nightengale is just a shameful attempt to garner national support for him as he attempts to pitch his way out of a contract he should have never signed. Price blames Boston and the fans instead of himself. He signed the contract, no one forced him to do so. Instead, he has taken shots at the city, the fan base, and the organization. Funny thing is if Price goes out and pitches halfway decent there is no shot he gets booed at Fenway Park this season.

Most of the fans that visit Fenway have no idea who half of the players are and will cheer for anything that walks up to the plate. Boston is no longer a tough baseball town, but don’t tell that to Nightengale.

Now it’s J.D. Martinez’s turn to experience baseball’s toughest environment, where perfection is demanded, nothing less than a World Series championship is good enough and, as Price can attest, where things can get awfully ugly in a hurry.

Welcome to Boston.

You’ve been warned. -Nightengale

Baseball’s toughest environment?

I think not.

The biggest newspaper in town, the Boston Globe, is in John Henry‘s garage. And then one of the biggest sports tv stations is also under team ownership.

Tough?

I think not, more like soft as butter.

Now a direct message to J.D. Martinez: Just don’t be an a-hole like Price and you will be fine. Hit .240 or .320, it literally doesn’t matter in Boston.

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The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday their 2018 Spring Training broadcast schedule.

Of the Red Sox’ 35 exhibition games this spring, 14 will be televised by NESN in the Boston TV market on either the main channel or their NESNplus feed.

In addition to the 14 NESN games, a partnership between them and Boston 25 will bring an additional six games to be broadcasted on Boston 25 in the City of Boston and on NESN throughout the rest of New England.

In terms of radio, the Red Sox Radio network continues to be WEEI which will carry 31 spring training games. There will be three national games on the Spring Training schedule with MLB Network carrying the March 2nd game and ESPN carrying both the March 23rd game and the March 27th game.

Below is the full Boston Red Sox spring training broadcast schedule for 2018

2018 BOSTON RED SOX SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
(All Times Eastern and Subject to Change)

Thurs., February 22: Northeastern Univ. in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (NESN/WFXT*)
Thurs., February 22: Boston College in JetBlue Park (NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., February 23: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., February 24: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., February 25: Baltimore in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)

Mon., February 26: Pittsburgh in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: St. Louis in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 6:05 p.m. (NESN+)
Wed., February 28: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 1: Houston in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 2: St. Louis in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM at MLBN)
Sat., March 3: NY Yankees in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM at NESN)
Sun., March 4: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 6: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Philadelphia in Clearwater at 1:05 p.m.
Thurs., March 8: at Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 9: Miami in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., March 10: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN+)
Sun., March 11: Baltimore (SS) in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)
Mon., March 12: Toronto in Dunedin at 1:07 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 14: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 15: Toronto in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 16: Minnesota (SS) in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sat., March 17: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)

Sun., March 18: Pittsburgh (SS) in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 19: Philadelphia in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., March 20: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)

Wed., March 21: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 22: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 23: NY Yankees in Tampa at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / ESPN)
Sat., March 24: Houston in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., March 25: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 26: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 27: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/ESPN)

(SS) – Split Squad
Home Games are played at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, Florida
* Games broadcast on WFXT in Boston DMA and on NESN through the rest of New England

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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

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Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.


Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.



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