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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox miss out on multiple opportunities


Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox miss out on multiple opportunities

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 7-4 loss to the Twins:


“Yeah we had ample opportunities in the middle innings and even the late innings . . . Not the cleanest game by us by any means. ” - John Farrell said on Boston’s inability to take the lead in Sunday’s game.

“I thought Rick was very strong today. He was efficient with his pitch count.” - Farrell on Rick Porcello’s seven-inning start.

“I called for the bunt. Left on left. Granted, it’s not something we typically call for him. But the way he’s been swinging the bat of late, we’re looking to move the runner.” - Farrell said on electing to bunt

“I was trying to put hit a heater up and away, I just yanked it a little.” - Matt Barnes said about the pitch Max Kepler hit on the walk-off homerun.

“Those things are bound to happen, it’s baseball . . . He’s a phenomenal player.” - Rick Porcello said on Xander Bogearts' two errors.


* Rick Porcello’s start marks his eighth quality start of the season. The righty hasn’t recorded a decision in his last four starts following Sunday’s no-decision

* David Ortiz hasn’t hit a home run in his last seven games, his longest dry-spell of 2016 since April 13-28, which spanned 14 games.

* Xander Bogaerts came up short in his attempt at his third straight four-hit game, but finished the series 10-for-15 (.667).

* Chris Young launched his third home run in his last six games. The left fielder is hitting .400 (12-for-30) in June with five home runs and nine RBI.


1) Pat Dean

Dean held Boston to three hits and one run, after the Red Sox had mounted 23 runs in the previous two games.

2) Max Kepler

Kepler launched his first career homerun in the 10th to walk-off against Boston.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello held Minnesota to one earned run, battling past two errors by Boston’s defense.

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."