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Many questions for, but few answers from, John Henry

Many questions for, but few answers from, John Henry

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox owner John Henry did not want to discuss the team’s effort to rename Yawkey Way or the club’s feelings about its flagship radio station, WEEI.

Henry, who speaks to the media annually at the start of spring training but at few other times, deferred to past comments he and Sox president Sam Kennedy have made.

WEEI employees on Friday underwent sensitivity training. Kennedy last week spoke to the Herald about the team’s growing concern over offensive comments made by WEEI hosts, comments that have led to suspensions. 

(Full discloure: this columnist works part-time at WEEI.)

On Monday, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe — which is owned by Henry — raised the question about Yawkey Way.

SHAUGHNESSY: “John could you explain to fans your objection to Yawkey Way street name?”

HENRY: “I think I’ve already, I’ve already covered that.”

SHAUGHNESSY: “I don’t remember you ever talking about it.”

HENRY: “I was quoted in the other newspaper.”

(Some laugh)

SHAUGHNESSY: “Can you share for all of us what your objections are?”

HENRY: “What my objections are? No, I’d rather talk about baseball and spring training.”

SHAUGHNESSY: “This is the only chance we talk to you. Is that something that’s actively, you’re, the club is engaged in?”

HENRY: “It is something that the club’s engaged in."

JONNY MILLER, WBZ RADIO: “The team took an active approach in the Adam Jones situation [as well as Yawkey Way] . . . Are you at all embarrassed by what’s going on in your flagship station, WEEI, and are you going to address the matter in any way?”

HENRY: “Am I going to address the matter? I think we have addressed the matter.”

MILLER: “In what way?”

HENRY: “I think Sam has talked about it.”


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.