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Brian Johnson to replace injured David Price in rotation Friday vs. Angels

Brian Johnson to replace injured David Price in rotation Friday vs. Angels

With David Price being placed on the injured list, Brian Johnson is the next man up.

Johnson will take Price's spot in the rotation for Friday night's matchup against the Angels. Price was placed on the IL on Thursday with a left wrist injury, and there's currently no timetable for his return according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

Price had been one of Boston's most consistent pitchers for most of the season, but the southpaw struggled in his last four starts going 0-3 and allowing 20 runs 17 innings pitched.

As for Johnson, the 28-year-old is 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA through 11 appearances in 2019.

Price's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the Red Sox, who are 1-9 in their last 10 and six games behind in the American League Wild Card race. The rotation's issues are a large part of those struggles, and this certainly doesn't bode well for its chances of turning things around.

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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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