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Boston Red Sox Walk-off Behind Dustin Pedroia

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Boston Red Sox Walk-off Behind Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia Who Almost Had A Chance To Win It In The 9th Inning As Well

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia almost hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with the veteran sharply lining into the top portion of the green monster. Pedroia came within feet of ending the game in regulation, but Dustin was not deterred and ended up walking off a bit later.

In the bottom of the 11th inning Pablo Sandoval got things going with a single, Deven Marrero came in as a pinch runner and was then moved over to 2nd base behind a Sandy Leon sacrifice bunt. Mookie Betts was then walked with Betts being 4-for-5 at the time. With runners on first and second and 1 out, Pedroia had another opportunity at being the hero.

With an 0-2 count on Pedroia, John Farrell had the Red Sox run a hit-and-run play with a speedy Marerro standing on second base. Pedroia being one of the best two-strike hitters was up for the challenge and took a Casey Fien pitch and hit it throw a hole in the right side of the infield scoring Marerro and winning the game 6-5 in 11 innings for the Boston Red Sox.

The starter for Boston in this affair was the troubled Rick Porcello who ended up going 6 innings allowing 5 runs on 10 hits. While Porcello went 6 innings and only gave his overworked bullpen only 3 innings of work, the extra inning affair ended up giving the Red Sox bullpen 5 innings to deal with.

In 5 innings of work the Red Sox bullpen as a whole only gave up 4 hits and 0 runs with Farrell using Joe Kelly, Robby Scott, and Craig Kimbrel all for one inning. In the 10th and 11th innings Farrell called upon Matt Barnes to work 2 innings in relief and the righty worked around 3 hits in his outing and struck out 5 of the 6 batters he got out.

Offensively Boston as a unit had 15 hits against the Philadelphia Phillies with both Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez hitting home runs. Betts was clearly feeling it though going 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and a walk.

Boston is back in action for the 2nd game of interleague play at Fenway with a projected pitching matchup of David Price (1-1 5.29 ERA) and Ben Lively (1-1 2.57 ERA). After that Boston will head to Philly for the second half of a home and home with that starting on Wednesday night and finishing on Thursday with the Red Sox then heading to Texas to play Houston in a weekend series.

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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