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Mookie Betts a finalist for MVP, Rick Porcello in running for Cy Young

Mookie Betts a finalist for MVP, Rick Porcello in running for Cy Young

A pair of Red Sox have a chance to take home some hardware when the league hands out it’s awards this offseason.

Major League Baseball announced the award finalists on Monday night, and Mookie Betts is in the running for the AL MVP, while Rick Porcello has a shot at the AL Cy Young.

Betts, 24, will be competing with former MVP Mike Trout and 2016 batting champ Jose Altuve.

In his second full Major League season, Betts hit .318 with 31 home runs and 113 RBI, all while playing a stellar right field for the Red Sox (he’s a finalist for a Gold Glove).

As for the Cy Young, Porcello will have to take the award away from the Indians’ Corey Kluber and Justin Verlander of the Tigers - both already have a Cy Young Award on their resume.

Porcello, 27, Had a 22-4 record and a 3.15 ERA in 33 regular season starts in 2016. 

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."