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Drew Pomeranz leaves start vs. Yankees with back spasms

Drew Pomeranz leaves start vs. Yankees with back spasms

BOSTON — At a time when it’s reasonable to contemplate how the rest of the season would look without David Price, the Red Sox got a scare Friday night when lefty Drew Pomeranz was removed in the top of the fourth inning.

The initial diagnosis, back spasms, was encouraging considering the arm trouble Pomeranz had last year and into this year. His left elbow was in question coming into 2017, but he’s proved the most reliable Sox pitcher behind Chris Sale.

There was one out in the fourth inning at Fenway Park when Pomeranz delivered a 1-0 pitch for a ball to the Yankees’ Chase Headley. The lefty exited with a team trainer with the Red Sox leading 2-0. Brandon Workman entered in relief.

Before Friday night’s game, Sox manager John Farrell said the team was not looking outside the organization for rotation help in response to a question about Price’s health situation.

“I don’t think we’ve thought about going outside or bringing somebody up from Pawtucket to replace anybody in the rotation thus far,” Farrell said. “Our focus has been doing whatever we can to get David back and we haven’t abandoned that yet.”

An injury to another starter — such as Pomeranz — however, would be a big blow as the Sox wait to see what will happen with Price.

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."