Thursday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Nick Martinez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

The Red Sox begin a four-game set on the road against the Rangers on Thursday, sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the bump to take on Nick Martinez.

Rodriguez will be making his major league debut in the form of a spot start in order to give the Red Sox rotation an extra day of rest. The rest of the rotation will remain intact, and each pitcher’s start will get pushed back one day.

Through eight starts this season in Triple-A Pawtucket, Rodriguez has a 4-3 record and 2.98 ERA. He has averaged almost a full strikeout per inning, sending 44 hitters straight to the dugout in 48 1/3 innings pitched. He has gotten through at least six innings in five of his eight starts.

Rodriguez hasn’€™t been great of late, however. The left-hander has gone 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his past four starts for the PawSox.

In his most recent outing on Saturday, Rodriguez got the loss against the Louisville Bats. He threw seven innings and allowed five runs, although just two were earned. He surrendered nine hits, struck out six and threw 70 of 93 pitches for strikes.

“If they call me, I’m ready. I always have to be ready,” Rodriguez said on May 13. Now he will get his chance to prove himself at the big league level.

Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

A second-year right-hander, Martinez will pitch opposite Rodriguez and look to continue his impressive start to the year. Martinez is 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in nine starts so far.

The 24-year-old got a 15-4 win over the Yankees his last time out on Saturday. The Rangers’€™ offensive monsoon helped, but Martinez did his part to earn the win, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs (both solo home runs) on five hits.

Martinez, who played shortstop while in college at Fordham, has not allowed more than three earned runs during this campaign, and has allowed three just twice. His ERA puts him in the upper echelon of pitchers, ranking eighth in all of baseball. That puts Martinez ahead of such names as Felix Hernandez, Matt Harvey and Madison Bumgarner.

“Growing up right in front of our eyes,” manager Jeff Banister said following Martinez’€™s last start. “Nick’s been a guy that’s been in complete control. His composure on the mound has been spectacular really. He has not shown any anxiety anywhere, no nervousness.”

In his major league career to date, consisting of 38 appearances (33 of them starts), Martinez has yet to face the Red Sox.

Red Sox vs. Martinez (RHP)

No Red Sox hitters have faced Martinez.

Rangers vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

No Rangers have faced Rodriguez.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Bears DL Ray McDonald arrested again

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College softball: World Series, Tennessee vs. Florida, noon (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Alabama vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College softball: World Series, UCLA vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)


Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Two days after being arrested for domestic violence and child endangerment and then being cut by the Bears, lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order.

McDonald was issued the restraining order after Monday’s incident, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee, who was with their infant child. His attorney denies that he or McDonald were notified of the restraining order, which barred him from returning to the home in Santa Clara, California.

McDonald went to the home to meet with a private investigator, his lawyer said, at a time when his ex-fiancee was not home. He was arrested at a fast-food restaurant Wednesday afternoon and booked on $5,000 bail.

Cut by the 49ers in December after what the team called a “pattern of poor decision-making,” McDonald signed a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Bears team chairman George McCaskey expressed concern for the alleged victim.

“The overriding emotion for me was sadness,” McCaskey said of his reaction to McDonald’s Monday arrest. “Sadness for the child, for the child’s mother and for the entire situation. Domestic violence is a vexing social problem. The NFL has had some high-profile cases including this one, and the NFL because it’s a leader in a society is called upon to take action, which we are doing. We’re not going to do it by ourselves, but I think we have an opportunity to make an impact.”

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that the Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson, despite the running back’s lack of cooperation since his return from his suspension last season.

Speaking to the media Wednesday during the second day of OTAs — which Peterson is skipping — Zimmer dismissed any suggestion that the team might move Peterson.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said. “He’s not going to play for anybody else, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

Peterson, upset at a perceived lack of support during his legal troubles last season related to charges of child abuse, issued a statement later in the day denying he is skipping OTAs to force a trade.

“The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded,” he said. “It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal, and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”

Broncos defense end Antonio Smith is skipping the team’s OTAs after meeting with management to discuss his legal issues.

Prosecutors in Texas are investigating a criminal sexual complaint against Smith, who signed with Denver as a free agent April 2 after playing for the Raiders. Smith did not inform the Broncos of the investigation before signing a one-year, $2 million contract.

Smith met with general manager John Elway, team president and CEO Joe Ellis and coach Gary Kubiak, and they agreed that Smith should avoid the workouts that began Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 28, 2000, in a memorable matchup at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens and led the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Which Red Sox player hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s only runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I haven’t played a lot of baseball in the last two years, but I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m happy. I’m having fun. I think for me in a weird way the time off was a blessing in disguise. I was able to get some rest, change my workout regimen a little bit. I just feel like I’m in a better place and more explosive than I’ve been.” – Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, after hitting a three-run home run and breaking Lou Gehrig‘s American League record for RBIs (based on Elias Sports Bureau statistics) during Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Royals

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 – Years since the Red Sox were last swept by the Twins, until Wednesday’s 6-4 loss capped a three-game sweep

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Cardinals walk off against the Diamondbacks on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game, Padres right fielder Matt Kemp throws out Angels baserunner Johnny Giavotella at second to secure San Diego’s win.

Padres center fielder Will Venable goes all out to make a diving catch.

Steph Curry’s daughter Riley again is the center of attention at the postgame press conference following the Warriors’ win over the Rockets.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gladys Knight was born on this day in 1944.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada returns, Jackie Bradley Jr. back to hitting in Triple-A

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday, May 27:

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-24): L 9-6 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Pawtucket lost their sixth straight home game, the club’€™s longest home losing skid since July of 2009, as well as their 11th game in 13 played against the Yankees‘€™ Triple-A affiliate dating back to last season. Pawtucket has lost 14 of 20 overall after opening the year with an 18-10 record.

— Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka made his second rehab start for Scranton, on his path back from being placed on the disabled list April 27 with wrist tendinitis and a strained forearm. Tanaka was on a pitch count and finished with 62 tosses and a line of: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. Over 30 members of the Japanese media were credential to watch Tanaka work at McCoy Stadium. Tanaka complained about the state of the mound during the first inning, leading to a 10-minute delay while members of the grounds crew worked the dirt to more to Tanaka’€™s liking.

— The long-ball allowed by Tanaka came off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr., who also doubled off the right-center field wall and scored twice, finishing 3-for-5 and raising his Triple-A average to .342. It was Bradley’€™s third game back with the PawSox after his most recent stretch in Boston, an 0-for-11 six-game cup-of-coffee that ended with Rusney Castillo’€™s promotion last Friday. Bradley spent the majority of 2014 with Boston, but batted just .198 in 127 games played.

— John Cornely made his second Pawtucket appearance since being acquired by the Red Sox one week ago in a trade from the Braves. Cornely, 26, took the loss after allowing two runs, including a triple and a home run in 1 2/3 innings. The game was tied at six entering the seventh inning when Cornely, a hard-throwing righty, allowed two runs. He had recorded a two-out save in his first Pawtucket appearance last Friday.

— Pawtucket will have an off day on Thursday before a three game series with Louisville begins. With the callup of lefty Eduardo Rodriguez to Boston, Brian Johnson will pitch Friday and Henry Owens Saturday.

William Cuevas

William Cuevas

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-26): W 3-2 at Binghamton (Mets)

— Venezuelan righty William Cuevas won his sixth game of the season (6-2) for Portland, moving into a three-way tie for the Eastern League wins lead, with an outstanding line of: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO. Cuevas, 24, retired the last 10 batters he faced and lowered his ERA from 3.24 to 3.02. He has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of nine starts this season. Last year in High-A Salem, Cuevas was a swing-man, making 10 starts to go along with 16 bullpen appearances.

— Aneury Tavarez recorded his first Double-A RBI with a fourth inning ground-rule double off of rehabbing Mets’€™ starter Dillon Gee. Tavarez played center field and was 2-for-4. He’€™s hit safely in all three of his Triple-A starts since making the jump from High-A Salem on May 25. Tavarez hit .280 with Salem this year before his jump, while in a full season last year led the team in home runs with 11 and was second in stolen bases with 18.

— Marco Hernandez now has a six-game hit streak and nine hits in his last four games after a 2-for-5 day batting in the leadoff spot. Hernandez, 22 and a lefty bat, tied the game at one with an RBI single in the second inning. A shortstop, Hernandez was acquired as the player to be named later in the Felix Doubront trade with the Cubs last year.

Manuel Margot

Manuel Margot

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (24-22): W 5-4 at Frederick (Orioles)

— Kevin Heller made up for finishing a home run shy of the cycle on Monday as he clubbed a two-run blast in the third inning to give Salem a 4-2 lead at the time. Heller, 25, playing left field and batting cleanup, raised his average to .327. Heller has reached base in all 15 games for Salem after being demoted on May 9. He was hitting just .132 in Portland.

— Veteran Denny Bautista, 32, went 5 1/3 innings and gave up just two earned runs in qualifying for the victory (1-0). Taylor Grover pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for a hold, while Austin Maddox closed the game and garnered his league-leading seventh save despite allowing one run.

— Outfielder Manuel Margot, the No. 6 ranked prospect of the Red Sox in the rankings, continues his recovery from injury and is getting closer to a return to Salem after playing back-to-back days in extended spring training. The 20-year-old Dominican is still in the Carolina League top five in stolen bases (11) and triples (3) despite being out since May 9.

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (27-19): L 2-5 and W 3-1 (8 innings), at Augusta (Giants)

— Yoan Moncada, Boston’€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB and, returned to the lineup in Game 2 of the doubleheader for his first action since suffering a hamstring injury on a slide into third base Saturday evening. Moncada, 20, was the designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout. The Cuban switch-hitter is 6-for-21 with two RBIs and has scored four runs in the first six games of his professional career.

— Rafael Devers drove in the go-ahead run in extra innings in the nightcap and Greenville held on to split the doubleheader, making up for Tuesday’€™s rainout. Devers, Boston’€™s No. 2 prospect at ESPN, was 2-for-4 in Game 1 as the DH and 1-for-4 in Game 2 as the third baseman, putting his average at .331. The 18-year-old Dominican signed with Boston last July and was the third youngest player to play in the Gulf Coast League in 2014, hitting .312 in 42 games.

— Pitcher Michael Kopech, Boston’€™s No. 13 prospect at, did not receive a decision as the Game 2 starter, as he allowed: three hits, one run, while walking two and striking out eight. The eight strikeouts were a season-best for the 19-year-old 2014 first-round pick. Kopech has a 2.76 ERA after eight starts, with opposing batters hitting .217 against him.

Blog Author: 
Ken Laird

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Red Sox acquire outfielder Carlos Peguero from Rangers for cash

Carlos Peguero

Carlos Peguero

MINNEAPOLIS — The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have acquired 28-year-old outfielder Carlos Peguero for cash considerations from the Rangers.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Peguero — a left-handed hitter who appeared in 30 games for the Rangers — the Red Sox placed reliever Anthony Varvaro on the 60-day disabled list.

Peguero played all three outfield positions for the Rangers, hitting .186 (13-for-70) with four home runs. All of his homers came on Texas’ seven-game road trip in early May.

The outfielder had been designated for assignment May 20. He is out of options.

Peguero has shown pop, hitting 30 home runs for Triple-A Omaha last season. For his minor-league career, the Dominican native has homered 167 times, averaging one home run every 16.7 at-bats during his stints in Triple-A. He also strikes out quite a bit, fanning 125 times in 284 big league at-bats.

Originally signed by Seattle, Peguero has played in 99 major league games. He totaled 44 appearances with the Mariners in 2011, 17 in ’12 and two more in ’13. Playing for the Royals last season, the lefty hitter got action in four games.

He is a significantly more productive hitter against right-handers, hitting .290 at Triple-A in ’14 compared to a .198 clip vs. lefties.

While it is unclear what the roster move on the 25-man roster might be, the Red Sox could disable Rusney Castillo (who said after Wednesday’s game he was optimistic he would be ready to play Thursday after suffering a shoulder injury Wednesday), or send Jeff Bianchi back to Triple-A.

Another scenario would be designating Daniel Nava for assignment, with Peguero serving as another left-handed-hitting outfielder.

The Red Sox will also be bringing up pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday, with Heath Hembree most likely being sent back to Pawtucket.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Source of Hanley Ramirez’s problems? ‘(Pitchers) watched me the first month’

MINNEAPOLIS — Hanley Ramirez isn’t blaming his recent struggles on his banged up left shoulder. And neither are the Red Sox decision-makers.

So, if it’s not that, then what is it?

This is a hitter that hit .293 with a .999 OPS, 10 home runs and 22 RBI in April.

Thus far this month his average sits at .210 for May, while carrying a .511 OPS, not a single homer and just one RBI.

“Just work to June,” he said after going 0-for-3 in the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Twins Wednesday. “That’s it.”

Besides bad luck — (“I mean, I keep hitting line drive outs to people. I can’t control that. And I’ve been doing that for, I mean, the whole month. Just right at people,” he said) — Ramirez believes a big part of the issue is how careful opposing pitchers are approaching him.

The Twins’ pitchers did pound the inside part of the plate against Ramirez throughout a series he came away with just one hit and one walk in 12 plate appearances. And those balls he did put in play were done so without extending his arms, forcing most of his contact to center and right field.

“I mean, I’ve got a strike zone. Most of the pitches they’ve thrown me inside are balls. I’m not supposed to pull that,” Ramirez said. “I hit it back up the middle, that’s my approach. Back up the middle. If you start opening your front shoulder and keep chasing, I’m not changing my approach. So it is what it is. I’m not getting any mistakes right now. They’re just pounding the black of the plate.”

When asked if pitchers were approaching him differently than in April, Ramirez was quick with an answer.

“Yeah, yeah. No mistakes,” he said. “On the black, everything. They watched me the first month. They don’t want me to hurt them. Just keep fighting every at-bat and every game, you know? I’m not going to quit. Keep going out there and compete.”

They not only need Ramirez to compete, but they really need him to be closer the presence he was earlier in the season.

“I mean, what I learned through the years, man, that’s the season, that’s how it goes, up and down, up and down,” he said. “One day you’re hot, one day you go in a slump. You’ve got to try to stay there, fighting every day til you get hot again. As a team, we’re not playing good right now. We’ve got to keep going out there, man, and I think Pedroia, man, he’s keeping everybody awake here. You watch him every day go out there and play hard, it’s what we’re trying to do.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Rusney Castillo isn’t worried about latest shoulder injury

Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

MINNEAPOLIS ‘€“ According to Rusney Castillo, his latest injury doesn’€™t figure to be too much of an issue going forward.

The Red Sox outfielder, who re-injured his right shoulder diving for a catch in his team’€™s 2-1 loss to the Twins Tuesday night, proclaimed himself better and on the verge of returning to action.

“It’€™s tough to say exactly when,” Castillo said when asked about a return date. “We’€™re going day-to-day right now. I was ready to go in today, whether it be defensively or to run. I wouldn’€™t have been 100 percent, but I did feel much better as the day went on today. We’€™ll take it day-to-day and see how it feels tomorrow.”

Castillo was replaced in the Red Sox’€™ lineup by Brock Holt for the Red Sox’€™ 6-4 loss to the Twins Wednesday afternoon.

He insisted after the game that the injury wasn’€™t nearly as severe as the shoulder ailment which put him on the disabled list with Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this season.

“It’s not the same level of intensity or as serious of an injury,” said Castillo, who is 3-for-15 (.200) since joining the Red Sox. “Ideally, I could start playing [Thursday] or over the weekend. We’ll see how I feel. If not [Thursday], then the next few days I’m hoping.”

When asked about what has become a trend in regards to missing time due to injuries since signing with the Red Sox, Castillo said, “It’s at times a little concerning. Playing back in Cuba, I had never had any sort of injuries like this. It’s concerning, but at the same time every single one of them I’ve been able to bounce back relatively quickly. It’s not something I’m concerned with moving forward.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Closing Time: Red Sox hit low point with latest loss to Twins

Rick Porcello had his second straight rough outing Wednesday. (Hannah Foslier/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello had his second straight rough outing Wednesday. (Hannah Foslier/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS — This is not working out, as the Red Sox‘ latest loss reminded us.

The pitcher, Rick Porcello, who the Red Sox designated their ace — judging by the $95 million committed over the next five seasons — allowed six runs over seven innings and now has an ERA of 5.37. In his last two starts, Porcello has given up 13 runs in 11 1/3 innings.

The three hitters (David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez) the team invested in combined $52 million for this season finished off the Sox’ three-game series against the Twins with four hits (4-for-35, .115) and two RBI between them.

Most importantly for the Red Sox, the end result of the struggles was a three-game sweep at the hands of the Twins after Paul Molitor’s club’s 6-4 victory over the Sox Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

The latest defeat pushed the Sox to five games under .500, entrenching their position in the basement of the American League East.

The three games also marked the first time the Twins have swept the Red Sox since completing the feat in June 13-15, 2006 at the old since demolished Metrodome.

The only thing keeping the Red Sox competitive in the series finale were a pair of two-run homers from Dustin Pedroia.

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– As has been a trend this season, the Red Sox allowed their opponent to score immediately after their own offensive flurry. This time it was the Twins putting up three runs against Porcello in the third inning, a half inning after Pedroia’s first homer. The hosts’ response came in the form of two walks and three singles, including a Torii Hunter cue shot down the first base line that plated a pair.

– Porcello allowed his 10th and 11th homers of the season. The first came on a first-pitch changeup to Aaron Hicks in the fourth inning, with the Twins adding another in the sixth thanks to Eddie Rosario. The sinkerballer has now allowed the fourth-most homers of any pitcher in the majors.

– Swihart made a legitimate bid at tying the game in the seventh inning, driving a Brian Duensing pitch to the wall in left field. But Rosario, the Twins’ defensively-challenged left fielder, reached up at the last minute to grab the frame’s final out before crashing into the wall.

– Ortiz’s struggles were punctuated in the eighth inning, grounding out to third base with runners on first and second and two outs. The DH wasn’t able to continue his dominance at Target Field, finishing off the series going 1-for-12 to lower his batting average to .216. His day Wednesday included three ground outs and a pop up to the catcher.


– Xander Bogaerts continued to display his improvement when it comes to defense. This time the shortstop ranged into the hole between short and third base, gathered in a Joe Mauer, leaped in the air (Derek Jeter-style) and tossed to first to end the first inning.

– The two home runs marked the second time this season Pedroia has managed a multiple home run game. It was the sixth time in his career he has managed the feat.

– Blake Swihart threw out his fourth base-stealer in 19 attempts, nailing Eduardo Escobar in the sixth inning. Escobar, who already had one stolen base in the game, was ruled out after a replay. It was particularly important at the time considering Eddie Rosario launched the first pitch after the replay into the right field bleachers to build the Twins’ lead back up to two runs.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Buster Olney on MFB: Red Sox have ‘most fixable problems’ of AL East teams

Buster Olney

Buster Olney

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss the Red Sox, their status within the American League East and how they can improve. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Last week, with the Red Sox seeming to heat up, Olney said that the team had a great opportunity to take advantage of a relatively weak AL East. Since then, the Sox offense has sputtered and the team has lost five of seven. However, Olney maintains that the Red Sox still have the best chance of any team in the division to turn things around.

“When you look at what they have as their list of potential solutions, it’s just a lot longer than, say, a team like Tampa Bay or the Yankees, where they’re pretty much stuck with the guys that they have, and it’s part of the reason why I think going forward [the Red Sox] have a chance to get better,” Olney said.

While the Red Sox have struggled this season, Olney said, “They have the most fixable problems and the most resources to fix them with,” as compared to other teams in the AL East.

One change Olney recommended is to move the lineup around based on day-to-day matchups rather than each player’s pedigree. The Sox, for example, moved the struggling David Ortiz down to fifth in the order for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games.

“That feels like the first step in what has to happen next in fixing the 2015 team, which is to get away from stature and past records and all that and just get back to picking the best lineup every day,” he said. “If you move Ortiz, who has the most stature on that team, you can probably do a lot of other things as you go.”

As for the pitching staff, Olney said that manager John Farrell may consider moving Joe Kelly to the bullpen if Kelly continues to underperform as a starter.

“At some point if they decide to put him out there I think he has a chance to be dynamic because of his stuff. If Joe’s in a position where he knows that once every two or three days he’s coming out of the bullpen for 18 to 20 pitches, he could be someone who could really light up a radar gun and change the options for John Farrell in the eighth or ninth inning,” Olney said.

Olney indicated he expects Red Sox manager Ben Cherington to make a move for a pitcher via trade, but only if it comes at the right price.

“The fact that the division is so mediocre and there doesn’t appear to be any team poised to run away buys Ben Cherington time to wait to see if anything materializes that’s actually a good deal. I do think at some point he’s going to strike and add a guy like a [Scott] Kazmir,” Olney said. “Maybe that right guy for the right price is Cole Hamels, maybe it’s Johnny Cueto, but he doesn’t have to jump because of what’s going on with the other teams.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at

On pitchers getting suspended for using a foreign substance on the baseball: “To me, they’re like the guys who get caught going 56 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone and they’re getting their license suspended. It’s ridiculous, because everybody in the game knows that this goes on.”

On Ortiz getting older and getting out of his prolonged slump: “He’s told me a number of times he’s got to focus on taking the ball to left-center, and once he can get that going, then that’s fine. … Once you start to get older, people don’t talk about you being in a slump, they just talk about you being old, and that’s right with David now. He’s at that point where the Red So have to ask that question seriously, especially when they do have other options on their roster if they’re looking to play more of a matchup thing.”

On the possibility that Alex Rodriguez could become the next Marlins manager: “The guy knows baseball, he’s actually really good with young players, he has a passion for the game, he’s never been someone who’s been afraid of working hard and he certainly would fit [Marlins owner] Jeffrey Loria‘s intention to make a splash with his managerial hiring. … For all of the other B.S. and the suspension and the lies that he’s had in the past, the guy loves the game and he actually has a lot of knowledge about the game.”

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

Former Red Sox OF Yoenis Cespedes unhappy about treatment in Boston

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes’ time with the Red Sox was brief, and he said he knows why. Cespedes, now with the Tigers after an offseason trade, said he clashed with Sox first base coach Arnie Beyeler, and that led to what the outfielder implies was a smear campaign against him.

“There were some rumors in Boston, things that were said about me that I said were not true, so I knew they were going to trade me,” Cespedes told USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz. “The first base coach treated me like I was a rookie when I got there, wanted me to do things a rookie would do, and I told him I wasn’t going to, so he started talking.”

Cespedes was acquired by the Sox from the A’s at last year’s trade deadline. Right away there was speculation that he would not last in Boston, as he is due to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

The 29-year-old also questioned the decision-making of the A’s, who saw a drop-off in production after moving the Cuban slugger in a deal for Jon Lester. Oakland, which was in first place in the AL West at the time of the trade, went 22-33 the rest of the season. This season the A’s have the league’s worst record (17-31).

“[Fellow Cuban Ariel Prieto] would tell me Oakland is a school where they develop the players, then they let them go,” Cespedes said Monday before the Tigers opened a three-game series in Oakland. “I was a little surprised to see some of the main figures leave.”

Reminded that the A’s have a reputation for trading up-and-coming players rather than paying them, Cespedes replied: “Then why operate? Don’t they want to win a championship?”

A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’s not interested in discussing his former player.

“I think we have to move on,” Melvin said. “He’s with a new team and we have a new complement of guys. . . . Baseball’s a transient business. Guys move around from time to time. He’s just one of the guys who was here and had an impact, and he’s no longer here.”

Cespedes, who is hitting .285/.318/.469 with five home runs, 24 RBIs and a league-high 16 doubles in 47 games, is the two-time defending All-Star Home Run Derby champion, and he said he plans to defend his title this summer.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar