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Red Sox place Mitch Moreland on 10-day injured list with back strain

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Red Sox place Mitch Moreland on 10-day injured list with back strain

The Red Sox offense will be losing its home run leader for the next week-plus.

Mitch Moreland has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 26. Moreland, who leads the Sox with 13 home runs and a .550 slugging percentage this season, had missed the last three games after taking a Yuri Gurriel line drive off his knee on Saturday night in Houston, but a low back strain was announced as the reason why he's been placed on the injured list.

Despite only having a .228 batting average this season, Moreland has been an extra-base machine in 2019, homering once every 11.46 at-bats this season, the fourth-best ratio in the American League and ninth-best in the majors. Over 60 percent of his hits this season (22 of 34) have gone for extra bases.

The Sox also made several other roster moves Wednesday, demoting righty Travis Lakins to Pawtucket after a particularly brutal relief outing Tuesday night in which he threw just nine of 25 pitches for strikes, walking three and allowing two runs as the Indians rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to complete a 7-5 victory.

To fill those spots on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox recalled pitchers Colten Brewer and Josh Taylor from Triple-A. Brewer has a 5.32 ERA in 20 games with Boston this season, while Taylor will be making his first appearance on a major league roster. He is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the PawSox this season.

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Pedro Martinez hopes MLB owners, players can think about fans and compromise

Pedro Martinez hopes MLB owners, players can think about fans and compromise

The NHL has announced a return-to-play strategy. The NBA could announce its plan as soon as Thursday after a Board of Governors vote.

And then there's Major League Baseball.

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MLB's first proposal was quickly shot down by the Players' Association, which submitted its own plan over the weekend. That's also expected to be immediately dismissed. And as the days tick by, the hopes for a 2020 season get dimmer. While there's still time to salvage a season, the lack of productive dialogue between the league and the MLBPA is getting discouraging.

Speaking on NBC Sports Network's "Lunch Talk Live" on Monday afternoon, Pedro Martinez voiced his frustration with the stalemate.

"I'm hoping that both sides actually stop thinking about their own good and start thinking about the fans," Martinez said. "I think this is a perfect time to have their baseball teams out there and try to have the people forget a little bit about what's going on. It's not only the pandemic, it's everything that's going on. People need something to actually do and find a way to relax. I hope that the Players' Association and MLB realize how important it is to bring some sort of relief to people."

Martinez is spot-on with the sentiment that sports returning would be a welcome respite from the news right now. But getting players back on the field is proving to be complicated, especially as the sides navigate the financials of a shorter season without revenue from tickets.

"The economics is the dark part of baseball. The business part of baseball is dirty. It's dark," Martinez told Tirico. "And I hope that they take into consideration who pays our salaries, what the people do for us, how important the people are, and forget about or at least bend your arm a little bit to find a middle ground for the negotiations.

Let's not be selfish about it. Let's think about the fans, let's think about the families that are home that want to at least watch a baseball game and distract themselves from all the things that are going on.

Ongoing disputes over money are reflecting horribly on the sport, and cancelling the entire 2020 season could do irreperable harm to a sport that has seen its popularity ebb in recent years.

Fans can only hope that the sides take Pedro's advice, and find some common ground — and do it quickly. 

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.