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Ramirez at third base? If Sox make Series, he's willing


Ramirez at third base? If Sox make Series, he's willing

BOSTON -- A lot has to happen before playing the National League becomes a pressing issue, but it’s something the coaching staff has to consider down the stretch, given this offense needs Hanley Ramirez in the lineup almost as badly as David Ortiz.

“That’s way ahead of time,” Ramirez told CSN with his ear-to-ear smile. “So we just got to make it first and then decide what we’re gonna do.”

Ortiz can obviously only play first base, which leave the question mark near Ramirez, with only three options.

Pinch hitter? Not ideal, but an option.

Left field? Yeah, pass.

Third base? Now that might be crazy enough to work. But apparently this was the first time Ramirez was asked about the option.

“For what?” Ramirez said puzzled when asked if he’d taken ground balls at third base recently.

Ramirez has a lot of experience there, and was a decent fielder back when he played the left side of the diamond. Plus third base has been the offense’s black hole for most of 2016.

However, he hasn’t been seen fielding grounders at third this year, and hasn’t had to make that cross-diamond throw much either.

But if there’s one thing Ramirez has shown this year it’s that he can adapt -- as long as he’s in the infield.

When asked if that’s something he’ll try if asked, he didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“I can pitch if they want me to,” he said, half-serious. “I just want to win. This is my blood, the Red Sox are my blood. This is the organization that gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues.

“If they want me to coach, whatever, I just really want to be here and get my first ring.”

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."