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Red Sox ticket sales down 6 percent from last year

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Red Sox ticket sales down 6 percent from last year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A fast start for the Red Sox could aid some slow sales.

Team CEO Sam Kennedy told NBC Sports Boston on Thursday that the club’s ticket sales are down a little more than 6 percent compared to this point a year ago.

“It’s not an overwhelmingly troubling number, but it’s concerning," Kennedy said, "so we’re focused on it."

The Red Sox play their first six games of the season on the road, against the lowly Rays and Marlins — a chance to win some games and stir up some interest. The home opener comes against the Rays on April 5.

“We’re [at about] 2.1 million tickets sold, that’s where we are right as of today,” Kennedy said. “It’s hard to know whether it’s a true indicator of demand being down, or, is it a pace of sale?”

A 6 percent drop means the Red Sox had roughly 2.2 million tickets sold at this time in 2017.

“I think this week will help, playing games in Florida and it’s still cold [up north],” Kennedy said. “And it was a slow offseason. Patriots, Celtics, Bruins -- there’s a lot of factors. I think it’s something we have to keep our eye on because it’s troubling any time you’re down at all.”

The Red Sox finished 2017 with a regular season tickets-sold figure of 2,917,678, per Baseball-Reference.com. They sold 2,955,434 tickets in 2016. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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