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Rick Porcello gets the nod on Friday night for the Boston Red Sox, as they look to bounce back from last night's loss to the Baltimore Orioles.  The Sox will be missing last night's starter Eduardo Rodriguez for at least 10 days, as he was placed on the DL earlier today.  Craig Kimbrel is also in the news, as he was honored for his remarkable month of May.  That news plus lineups for both teams are ahead in the Pregame Notes!

On Thursday night in Baltimore Red Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi sat again. It was the third time in four days that Benny Baseball was on the bench, and it was because the Sox were facing a lefty in Orioles starter Wade Miley. This isn’t what I want to see right now from Manager John because pulling a young player like this can hurt his confidence.

I understand that Benintendi has been in a slump for the past three weeks, but come on, that’s to be expected. Every baseball player goes through tough times at the plate, especially young ones. It’s be no means a worthy excuse for Farrell to start overthinking things and essentially banish the kid from playing against lefties. He’s a star in the making and you need to treat him like one. The only way he’s going to get out of his funk is by getting more opportunities. It’s like the idea of a basketball player who will just keep shooting until they finally catch fire. 

Anyway, for as many great young players as the Red Sox have developed over the years, they’ve also ruined a decent amount of them too. If they mishandle this situation with a player who was ranked as the top prospect in baseball at one point, it will be their greatest failure. So stop getting cute and “playing the matchups” and start playing your stars who are the future of the team everyday until they need a breather.

Friday, 02 June 2017 05:44

Celtics Beat w/ Chris Forsberg 6/4/17

212: Chris Forsberg | 2016-17 Boston Celtics Season in Review | NBA Draft Lottery

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Dan Feldman from NBC Sports and Ian Levy from FanSided to break down the Pistons and Pacers NBA Draft and offseasons.  First, Sam chats with Dan about the Pistons. How do they feel about Andre Drummond as the team's franchise player? What options does this team have as it's right up against the cap after it likely re-signs Kentavious Caldwell-Pope? Is the Stan Van Gundy front office experiment working? Will they actually try to shop the No. 12 overall pick? What do they think of their recent draft history under Van Gundy? Then, I chat with Ian where they get right into the question of the hour: what will this roster look like next season? Will they keep Paul George, or decide to trade him? What could a trade for George look like? Will Jeff Teague be back? What will they do at No. 18? How does the front office change from Larry Bird to Kevin Pritchard impact things -- if at all? Lot of tough questions in Indy this year.  Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can find Dan at @DanFeldmanNBA, Ian at @HickoryHigh, and Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening, everyone!

The Baltimore Orioles blasted four home runs off Eduardo Rodriguez and survived a late-game rally by the Red Sox. Baltimore won 7-5 in the series opener. 

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Tonight the Boston Red Sox open up a four game series in Baltimore with the rival Orioles. It’s been a month since they did the same thing in Boston and in that series, sparks flew. The two teams have not made it a secret that they don’t exactly love each other and I’ll be interested to see what happens next.

Do I think the Sox and the Orioles will ignite that rivalry with any funny business during this particular series? No, I don’t because I believe both teams will wait to make it seem like all is well. So far, all that’s been said on both sides is that the fighting is done but I highly doubt that. I’ll believe it when I see it.

The two teams won’t see each other again until the end of the summer on August 25th at Fenway. By then, things will seem so far in the past and everyone will be thinking this feud is over with. I’m confident that’s the time that things will heat back up. These two teams have been at each other for a few years now and even if they take a long break in between incidents, this rivalry isn’t going away. They are too competitive and too evenly matched for all of this to go away. I don’t want it to either, because it makes baseball fun.

I’ll be tuning in for all four of these games and keeping an eye on what goes down on and off the field with the Sox and Orioles. Even if I don’t think much will happen, I can hope. 

-Pablo Sandoval goes 3-for-4 with a RBI in his first game back since coming off of the 10 day disabled list

- Drew Pomeranz goes at least 6 innings for the second consecutive start as he pitches seven innings for the first time this season giving up one earned run on seven hits, eight strike outs and no walks. 

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The Red Sox look to win the rubber game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday behind Drew Pomeranz, who takes on Mike Pelfrey. Pablo Sandoval returns from the DL and I have more notes for you in the final game of the series.

When Dustin Pedroia was moved to the 10-day disabled list yesterday, the Red Sox lost a key piece of the team. What they got back in the corresponding move was a player who has had a real tough time becoming a key piece of the team in Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval was activated from his rehab assignment is Triple-A Pawtucket and will assume his position back at third base after missing time due to injury.

To say that Sandoval’s Red Sox tenure has been rough would be a gross understatement. There have been injuries, ineffectiveness, and embarrassment in the just over two seasons that he’s been part of the organization. If you’ve given up on him by now, I don’t blame you at all. I haven’t but that doesn’t mean I think anything good is going to come from him. All I want is average, passable play at third base and a little production at the plate. Anything more than that would surprise me and just be extra.

But the time for Sandoval to show what he can actually do is running short and the window of opportunity is closing. He’s missed a good chunk of this season already and will now have a short time to prove himself before Dave Dombrowski and the front office start to consider other options. Unless he goes on a tear for the next month and a half to two months, I believe the Sox will need to reevaluate the position and consider options on the trade market.

Now there may not be a ton out there in terms of third basemen that are available, but that could change. It’s also not great when some fans would rather have the light-hitting Deven Marrero continue to play at third base over you. So Sandoval needs to come in, re-enter the lineup tonight in Chicago and get started on his comeback campaign. If he doesn’t, some difficult decisions will be made and he’ll go down as one of the biggest busts in franchise history. 

Chris Sale's first night back in Chicago did not go as advertised, but the Red Sox bats came alive to secure the win.

Chris Sale gets set to take on his former team, the Chicago White Sox, as he makes his first trip back to the place he used to call home. 

Yesterday, when Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia collided with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and rolled over on his wrist, my heart dropped. He came back out for the bottom of the first inning to play the field, so I thought that a bullet had been dodged and Pedroia was all right. But in the second inning, Pedroia was pulled and replaced with Josh Rutledge, which could only mean bad news.

Although initial X-rays on the sprained left wrist were negative, the second baseman flew back to Boston from Chicago because he wanted to get checked out by people he feels more comfortable with. Good news came this morning as Pedroia underwent an MRI and the results showed no structural damage at all. But to think that means this isn’t an issue would just be flat out wrong.

First off, Pedroia still has soreness and swelling which has forced him to miss time and head to the 10-day disabled list. Even in the event that he only misses ten days, this still really hurts a Red Sox team that is struggling for infield depth. What I am really scared of though, is the after effects of this injury when Pedroia does return.

In his career, Pedroia has dealt with a fair amount of injuries and he plays through them quite often. He’s a tough, competitive guy and you know that if he’s taking a seat he must be really hurting. Well, in the past Pedroia has dinged up his wrist and hand area quite frequently. He actually had wrist surgery after playing through a nagging injury in 2014 that severely hampered his performance. I’m worried that he may come back and play poorly due to something that bothers him off and on for the rest of the season.

Anytime you are talking about a player’s wrist, especially a hitter, you worry. This could be a key problem with Pedroia moving forward and I’ll certainly be monitoring what happens and keeping an eye on him even when he is deemed okay to play. 

The Bruins announced on Tuesday that they have signed Notre Dame standout, Anders Bjork to an entry-level contract. 

With Gronk back in the picture along Edelman and Cooks, the Patriots are (unsurprisingly) once again the heavy favorites for the AFC East this year.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox responded after a rough couple of weeks to win four games in a row last week.  Bryce Brentz and Steve Selsky were the offensive stars during a 4-1 week for the PawSox, while the combination of Hector Velazquez and Henry Owens stifled one of the best teams in the International League in two great pitching performances last weekend.

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