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A solid turn through the rotation for Red Sox


A solid turn through the rotation for Red Sox

Rick Porcello capped off the most recent turn through the Red Sox’ starting rotation with a typical Rick Porcello win Friday night.

Efficient and fairly effortless.

That’s finally carried over to the rest of the starting five.

Drew Pomeranz started on Monday with a 7 2/3-inning effort -- the longest of his career -- and only allowed two runs against the high-scoring, playoff-bound Indians. On top of that, he finally got his first win for the Sox.

Eduardo Rodriguez followed with seven strikeouts in four innings of work against the high-octane Orioles offense. Unfortunately, his left hamstring injury shortened his outing, but he’s expected to be ready to go in his next start.

On Wednesday, David Price went six innings in the rain-shortened game in Baltimore, giving up the lone run off a Chris Davis long ball. And he would’ve pitched deeper into the game had weather permitted.

After the win, Price did his normal postgame routine, not too high, not too low.

In the course of the postgame comments he had a pretty important one:

“It’s all on the starting pitching.”

Pretty powerful from a pitcher who hasn’t been as advertised for much of 2016 -- even if he wasn’t trying to make a statement.

In fairness, he’d just picked apart one of Boston’s competitors for the A.L. East title.

Clay Buchholz followed that up with one run over six innings Thursday afternoon. He looked much like his 2013 self, back when he was an All-Star following a dazzling first half.

That was the lone loss this time through the rotation, but Buchholz left the game with the lead, so in no way was that 4-3 loss his fault.

Then Friday, Porcello was typical 2016 Rick Porcello.

This was one of the best turns through the rotation in 2016 -- and that’s without the Red Sox’ lone All-Star starting pitcher, Steven Wright.

Much like the offense, Boston’s starting pitching made adjustments as the season progressed.

The result? They’ve finally become part of the solution.

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."