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Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Was Impressive Saturday With Paw Sox

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Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Impressive In Rehab Appearance

Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith made his 3rd rehab start Saturday night with the Paw Sox. He pitched in the 5th inning of the game where he gave up 1 hit and struck out 2 on 13 pitches (8 strikes). His last time out on Tuesday night, he walked one and struck out one on 13 pitches (6 strikes).

Tonight, his fastball was consistently at 91-92 mph. Based on what I saw, he threw 7 fastballs, 3 curve balls, and 3 sliders tonight. His first strikeout was of Eric Stamets on a slider. His second strikeout was of Nellie Rodriguez on a curve ball to end the inning.

Smiths’ last two rehab appearances are something for him to build off of going forward. Even though he has only had 3 rehab starts he still has a long way to go.

Smith Tonight

Carson Smith looked really good tonight. He was able to get his fastball up to 92 mph on a consistent basis. In his first 2 rehab appearances, he was sitting at 91 while hitting 92 on occasion. That tells me he is really building back some of the arm strength he has had in the past.

To begin his appearance, he was throwing a lot of fastballs to the first two hitters. Then he started to throw more breaking balls to the 3rd batter he faced on the night.

The one hit he gave up on the night was to Erik Kratz. The hit was on a high, 92 mph fastball. Kratz hit the ball into the left field corner for which looked like a double. However, the left fielder Ryan Court was able to throw it into 2nd base where Heiker Meneses was able to put the tag on him for an out. According to replay, it appeared that Smith got lucky. It looked like Kratz was able to get around the tag. But since the ball beat Kratz to the bag so much, the umpire appeared to call him out based on that.

The Red Sox have been working Carson Smith every 3rd day on his rehab stint. That would line up to pitch on Tuesday night. The Paw Sox will be in Indianapolis on Tuesday for a doubleheader with the Indians.

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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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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