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Hanley Ramirez Leads the Charge as the Red Sox Win Against the Cubs

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Red Sox Take Down Cubs

It was a cold night at Fenway [Sunday] but don’t tell that to Hanley Ramirez.  He started out of the gate with a hot bat.  In his very first at bat of the game, against the Cubs, he crushed a fastball out over the Green Monster.  His two run shot kept the team in it all game.  It was one of the single defining moments of the game.  As the innings to come looked like a Pitcher’s duel, with the Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound.

E-Rod pitched well striking out the side in the 3rd Inning and having a mini strike out streak of 5 Ks in a row in the 4th Inning.  The Cubs were stranding runners all game.  They left two on base in scoring position in the 4th, they just couldn’t score on E-Rod.  The only blemish on E-Rod’s performance was a solo Home Run that he gave up to Kris Bryant in the 5th.  E-Rod left the game at the end of the 6th with 9 Ks and a score of [2-1].  He deserved the win.

It was now the Red Sox game to lose as Joe Kelly came to the mound in the 7th.  And boy did it become a close call.  Joe Kelly gave up two walks and ended up throwing a Wild Pitch to [Catcher] Christian Vasquez, which led to two stolen bases and a scored Run at Home Plate for the Cubs.  Joe Kelly left the game tied at [2-2] after pitching just 2/3rds of an Inning.

In the 8th Inning the Red Sox really rallied back; as they got on base and scored on a Wild Pitch of their own.  With a [3-2] lead and the bases loaded Mitch Moreland came up to bat.  He hit an RBI grounder, that scored another Run, making it [4-2].  Dustin Pedroia came up next and reached on an error at first base, scoring two more Runs making it [6-2].  Craig Kimbrel came in to close it out in the 9th and the Red Sox came away with the win and took the series 2-1 against the World Series Champions.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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