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Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Rivalry Might Be Alive Once Again



Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Rivalry Might Be Alive Once Again With A Series Opener That Had The Key Big Game Feeling With Joe Kelly Going Toe-to-Toe With New York Slugger Aaron Judge

On Tuesday another series in the long history of the Boston Red Sox vs the New York Yankees kicked off. The last couple of years the long-time rivalry has been diminished to the point where many baseball fans and players alike call it non-existent. But this time around it feels different, because it is different.

This time both the Red Sox and the Yankees are battling it out for the top spot in the American League East, and for the first time in a long-time, both teams have young and talented rosters. Tuesday’s game had a different feel to it, it had a Yankees-Red Sox feel. The starter for Boston was Drew Pomeranz and the starter for New York was Masahiro Tanaka.

Pomeranz went five innings in a 5-4 win for the Red Sox allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits and struck out seven Yankees batters. Tanaka for the Yankees went five innings as well, but he allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits.

Tanaka’s big mistakes came via the home run with Boston taking the Japanese pitcher deep 3 times courtesy of home runs by Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramirez, and Andrew Benintendi.

The Red Sox bullpen allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in four innings of work with John Farrell going to Robby Scott, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and the closer Craig Kimbrel.

Kelly’s night was an eventful one though, the the hard throwing reliever pitching the seventh inning for Boston and faced a monster in Aaron Judge with two-outs and a speedy Brett Gardner standing at second base with the lead on the line for the Red Sox.

Kelly was flaming on Tuesday night and his duel with Judge is something that should be remembered as we get deeper and deeper into the season. His first pitch was a 102 mph fastball that Judge fouled off, second pitch was 101 mph with a hesitation style delivery the went for a ball up high. The third pitch was a 93 mph slider that Judge fouled off followed by a 101 mph fastball that Judge also fouled off.

The fifth pitch of the at-bat was one many in Boston will remember, Kelly reached back and tossed a 104 mph fastball, a Red Sox record in-fact, that Judge proceeded to foul off for the fourth foul ball of the sequence. Kelly with Judge on his heels threw a slider for his sixth pitch to get Judge flailing for strike 3 to get out of the inning and preserve the Boston lead of 5-3 at the time.

With the win, Boston moves to 32-25 on the season and sit just one game back of the Yankees for first place in the AL East with the chance to tie New York on Wednesday night in the Bronx. Wednesday’s matchup features reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello against veteran Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.

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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