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Who wore it better? Jeter's flip or Pedroia's?

Who wore it better? Jeter's flip or Pedroia's?

OK, so a July regular-season game in Texas isn't a postseason game, but Dustin Pedroia's bare-handed catch and throw in the Red Sox' 7-5,11-inning victory over the Rangers drew instant comparison's to Derek Jeter's flip play and might be the best defensive play Pedroia has ever made.

The comparisons to Jeter's famous flip in the 2001 ALDS to get Oakland's Jeremy Giambi (why didn't he just slide?!) at the plate immediately came to mind. 

In the ninth inning Monday night, after the Rangers had tied it at 5 on Mike Napoli's home run off Craig Kimbrel, Carlos Gomez dribbled a swinging bunt that Sox third baseman Deven Marrero charged and fielded then threw errantly past first baseman Mitch Moreland.

Gomez made the turn toward second - where he would've represented the winning run with nobody out - but Pedroia, on the outfield grass behind first, fielded the carom of the wild throw bare-handed and threw to Moreland who put the tag on a scrambling Gomez as he was diving back to first. 

It was the capper of a stellar night for Pedroia, who drove in four runs and made two other standout defensive plays as the Sox won their fifth in a row.  

“He’s a lot of great seasons here, a lot of great games. Tonight might be one of the better games he’s ever played in this uniform,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “He was the right man at the right spot at the plate. He was everywhere defensively.”

Pedroia told reporters he was just doing his job.

“I was just backing up the base. I mean, I do it every time,” he said. “I think our infielders, we take pride in backing up bases and making sure if there is an overthrow, you’re there for your guy. So it just worked out for us.

“It just kicked off in the right spot and I was able to get to it and Mitch was able to get back to the base. So it was a big play, especially after they just tied the game.”


 

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait even longer to hear the results of MLB's ongoing investigation into the 2018 team's alleged sign-stealing.

Commissioner Rob Manfred stated back on Feb. 16 he expected the investigation to conclude by the end of this week. On Tuesday, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported an announcement likely won't be made until early March.


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Of course, that means a ruling will come only a couple of days later than anticipated, but there's no doubt Sox fans are growing frustrated with the constant delays.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday the league has concluded its interviews for the investigation.

“As of right now, we understand that the interviews that they were going to have and did have as well as the information they were gathering from beyond the player interviews has all happened,” Clark said, per The Boston Globe. “Now we’re just waiting for the decision itself.”

Multiple Red Sox players claim the 2018 team did nothing wrong and that there shouldn't be a punishment coming their way. If MLB does hand down punishments, the expectation is that they won't be severe.

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

The Boston Red Sox are playing it safe with one of their prospects during spring training. Not because of anything injury-related, but because of the coronavirus.

Taiwanese right-hander Chih-Jung Liu is being quarantined in a hotel room, as a team spokesman said the organization is using “an overabundance of caution" to guard against the virus, per The Boston Globe.

Liu, who arrived to the United States for his first spring training after being signed in October, provided an update on his status on his Facebook page. According to The Globe, the 20-year-old says he is "being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run." He's also spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

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Taiwan currently has 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus to the United States' 57, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco prior to joining the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training.

Liu expects to come out of quarantine and finally join his teammates on Saturday.