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Pablo Sandoval Flashes Glove And Works Count In Rehab Start



Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval Flashes Glove And Works Count In Rehab Start With The Pawtucket Red Sox

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been playing in AAA-Pawtucket as he rehabs his knee which he injured in late April.

Sandoval was starting in his fifth rehab game on Friday night and his fourth rehab game playing third base. While the night wasn’t a run-away success for Sandoval, he still showed promise and looks closer to being ready for Boston.

Fielding Wasn’t A Picnic, But Sandoval Flashed The Leather When Needed

A ground ball by Casey Gillaspie lead to an Pablo Sandoval bobble in 2nd inning leads to erratic throw over the head of first basemen Matt Dominguez for an error. In the next fielding opportunity for Sandoval, DH Mike Marjama grounded out to the rehabbing Red Sox third baseman who tossed it over to first base for the out. The play however scored a run with the grounder driving in a runner from third and made it a 2-0 ball-game at the time.

Pablo Sandoval did not see another fielding opportunity until the top of the fifth inning when a scorcher from Marjama got hit right past Panda on the ground. After a failed diving stab at it by Sandoval, Pawtucket short-stop Mike Miller was able to snag the ball and hum it to Dominguez for the out, thus bailing out Sandoval.

Sandoval was not deterred by his early fielding woes though, in the top of the seventh inning Sandoval caught a hot liner from Bulls catcher Curt Casali, and then he immediately followed that up two-batters later by grabbing a hopping grounder from Jake Hager and threw it to Dominguez to get Kyle Kendrick out of the inning.

Another opportunity to flash the glove game in the top of the ninth with Sandoval ranging to his left to field a ground-ball which he threw hard and on target to Dominguez at first to end the inning.

On Paper, Panda’s Day At The Plate Wasn’t Ideal, But He Was Able To Work The Count On A Number Of Occasions

In first plate appearance Pablo Sandoval struck out swinging on a 96-mph from Blake Snell high up in the strike zone. Sandoval faced seven pitches in that at-bat and was able to work a full count before getting overpowered by the fastball.

Sandoval got his second plate appearance in the third inning where he face two pitches from Snell, after taking the first pitch that was a ball, Sandoval flew out to right fielder Shane Peterson in shallow right field.

Panda’s third plate appearance came in the bottom of the fifth inning, very much like his first at-bat, Sandoval was able to work the count full. Sandoval put the ball in play, but it turned out to be another routine fly-out, this time around to the left-fielder Jake Bauers.

Two innings later in the bottom of the seventh Sandoval got his fourth plate appearance, this time against Bulls reliever Jeff Ames. Ames being a right-handed-pitcher, forced Sandoval to switch to the left side of the plate after taking the first three at-bats as a right-handed batter. After fouling off the first two pitches, Sandoval struck out swinging for the second time in the game.

With Blake Swihart standing on first-base in the bottom of the ninth with two-outs Pablo had the chance to become a hero and save Pawtucket from entering extra innings. But very much like the first four at-bats, Sandoval failed to reach base and grounded out to the second base-man.

Pablo Sandoval’s Struggles Have Silver Linings

After going 0-5 Sandoval was pulled from the game after playing the first nine innings of the game. Sandoval failing to reach base isn’t a deciding factor into weather or not he is ready for Boston. He showed a good eye at the plate and hit the ball fairly well, unfortunately though the balls he hit were right at Bulls players.

Sandoval struggled at-times defensively, but overall he looked solid and made a number of good plays for Pawtucket. Sandoval is expected to be back in Boston soon, but he will likely finish out the weekend with Pawtucket before joining the Boston Red Sox on their trip to Chicago which is slated to start on Monday.

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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