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J.D. Martinez on critical error vs Yankees: "That ball has to get caught. It changed the game."

J.D. Martinez on critical error vs Yankees: "That ball has to get caught. It changed the game."

J.D. Martinez made a critical error during the Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees Saturday, and afterward he sounded off on the difficulties of playing right field at Fenway during afternoon games. 

In the fourth inning, Martinez couldn't find a fly ball hit by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. It bounced into the stands for a ground-rule and the Yankees scored two runs off the miscue.

“It’s terrible,” he said on NESN postgame. “This place, 4 o’clock game is the worst. One the worst I’ve seen with the shadows in the outfield and hitting and right field. You pray for clouds pretty much.

"I don’t care if you’re a DH or an outfielder, unless you’re Superman and you have X-ray vision against the sun. I don’t know. If someone could see through the sun, I guess they catch it. It was a tough play.”

Later in that inning, Edwin Encarnacion launched a two-run home run to left to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-0. Boston only scored one run Saturday thanks to a home run by Martinez, but the error ended up costing his team a chance at a win. 

"That ball has to get caught. It changed the game,” Martinez said.

The Red Sox split the first two games against their arch-rival and will play the second half of this four-game series on Sunday and Monday. if the Red Sox are going to make any move toward the postseason, they might want to finish this one out strong. 

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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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