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David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

The question has been answered. David Price will start the Boston Red Sox' Sunday night clash with the New York Yankees.

The Sox activated Price from paternity leave on Sunday. He had been placed there on Friday in a procedural move that allowed the team to carry extra bench depth in the lead-up to their doubleheader against the Yankees.

Price will try to put an end to the Red Sox' seven-game losing streak. However, he has struggled in his three most recent starts, posting an 0-2 record and logging an 8.16 ERA and allowing five homers. So, it may be a tough task, especially given his past troubles with the Sox pitching in Yankee Stadium.

In addition to Price's activation, the team made some other smaller roster moves. They are calling up righthanded pitcher Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.25) from Triple-A Pawtucket. He will provide depth in a bullpen that has been taxed quite a bit during the team's losing streak.

To make room for these Price and Weber, the Red Sox had to send down three players, as they had an extra player on their roster for Saturday's doubleheader. They ended up being pitchers Josh Smith and Colten Brewer, and infielder Marco Hernandez.

Of that group, the 26-year-old Brewer has spent the most time on the roster, appearing in 48 games and logging a 4.31 ERA. He pitched in both doubleheader games, so perhaps the team is just looking to get him some rest in the coming days.

Smith pitched four-innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday and has pitched in 11 games with the Sox this year posting a 4.84 ERA. He also logged one of the season's most unlikely saves earlier in the year.

Hernandez has been hitting well at the major-league level, .333 to be exact, but the Red Sox opted to keep the righthanded Sam Travis on the roster over him. Travis gives them a better platoon split option, as he and Michael Chavis can play more against lefthanded pitchers while Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland can get time against righthanded pitchers.

Still, the big news coming out of these moves is the activation of Price. If he can't get the Red Sox back on track Sunday night, the season may continue to slip away.

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MLB Rumors: Yankees prepared to offer Gerrit Cole record-setting deal

MLB Rumors: Yankees prepared to offer Gerrit Cole record-setting deal

Brace yourselves, Red Sox fans. The New York Yankees appear to be all-in on Gerrit Cole.

Cole, the premier free-agent pitcher on the market, is the Yankees' top offseason priority according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Passan notes ownership has given the go-ahead to offer the right-hander a record-setting deal.

If the Yankees hope to sign Cole, however, they'll have to win a bidding war against both Los Angeles clubs.

Passan writes:

New York and the Los Angeles Angels, a team similarly smitten with Cole and in even greater need of pitching than the Yankees, are preparing for a bidding war that executives expect will reach well beyond $250 million, according to sources. The Los Angeles Dodgers' interest in Cole is acute as well, though they are also considering bids for right-hander Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon, sources said.

So yeah, Cole is going to make a pretty penny. And it's well-deserved. The 29-year-old went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA last season for the Houston Astros and finished as the runner-up for the American League Cy Young award.

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Ex-Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon thanks fans, organization in heartfelt post

Ex-Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon thanks fans, organization in heartfelt post

The Sandy Leon era in Boston is over, but the catcher clearly is thankful for the five years he spent with the Red Sox.

Leon, who was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Monday for a minor league pitcher, posted a message on Instagram thanking Red Sox fans and the organization.

Here's what he wrote:

Today, I thank God for everything he allowed me to live these past five years. They were filled with unimaginable joy for me and my family. I want to thank the @redsox for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization. You were an extended family during that time. Thank you for being a part of my career. I will live in appreciation of the team. I also want to thank the Boston fans. You guys are the best! Thank you for every encouraging word during each game. Thank you for showing what true passion for a club is. Today, I am convinced that everything I learned and lived during my time with the @redsox will be fundamental for whatever God has in store for me with the @indians Thank you Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Eternally grateful. 🙌🏻

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Hoy quiero darle gracias a Dios por todo lo que me ha permitido vivir en estos últimos 5 años, los cuales han sido llenos de cosas inimaginables para mi familia y para mi. Quiero darle gracias a los @redsox por haberme dado la oportunidad de ser parte de su organización. Fueron como una familia extendida. Les agradezco haber sido parte de mi carrera. Viviré agradecido de ustedes. También quiero dar gracias muy especiales a los fanáticos de Boston ¡SON LOS MEJORES! Gracias por cada palabra de aliento en cada partido. Gracias por mostrarme cómo se puede amar a un equipo. Hoy estoy convencido que todo lo aprendido y vivido en los @redsox será fundamental para lo que Dios me permita vivir en los próximos años con los @indians GRACIAS POR TODO @redsox GRACIAS REDSOX FANS. Eternamente agradecido. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 • • • Today, I thank God for everything he allowed me to live these past five years. They were filled with unimaginable joy for me and my family. I want to thank the @redsox for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization. You were an extended family during that time. Thank you for being a part of my career. I will live in appreciation of the team. I also want to thank the Boston fans. You guys are the best! Thank you for every encouraging word during each game. Thank you for showing what true passion for a club is. Today, I am convinced that everything I learned and lived during my time with the @redsox will be fundamental for whatever God has in store for me with the @indians Thank you Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Eternally grateful. 🙌🏻

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Leon didn't exactly strike fear in opposing pitchers during his time in Boston, but he did serve as a trusted battery mate for several Red Sox pitchers. Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, in particular, preferred the Venezuela native as their go-to backstop.

With Leon off the roster, that leaves Christian Vazquez as the lone catcher currently on the Red Sox depth chart.

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