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Red Sox trade rumors: Dombrowski:says to look for Swihart deal within 24 hours

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Red Sox trade rumors: Dombrowski:says to look for Swihart deal within 24 hours

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters that he expects to finalize a trade of catcher Blake Swihart in the next 24 hours.

Swihart, 27, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday. That move gives the team seven days to trade, release or have him accept a minor league assignment. Dombrowski, speaking Friday to reporters in St. Petersburg, where the Sox open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, that there could be an announcement on a Swihart deal as soon as tonight. 

After announcing the DFA move on Tuesday, Dombrowski said he had been trying to trade Swihart since last spring training. The Houston Astros were rumored this week to be a possible destination for the native of Bedford, Texas, who was a first-round pick of the Sox in 2011. The organization parted ways with him in favor of calling up veteran catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Pawtucket, who was viewed as a superior game-caller and defensive catcher.

Theo Epstein, now team president of the Chicago Cubs, and Mike Hazen, now general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, were in the Red Sox front office when Swihart was drafted and have plenty of familiarity with him. 

Swihart was hitting .231 (4-for-26) in 12 games this season with a .695 OPS, a homer and four RBI after hitting .229 with a .613 OPS, three homers and 18 RBI in 82 games last season. 

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Jackie Bradley Jr. channels 'inner Bo Jackson' to make dazzling catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. channels 'inner Bo Jackson' to make dazzling catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. probably won't be hitting 475-foot-home runs anytime soon, and he certainly won't be pursuing a second career as an NFL running back.

But the Boston Red Sox outfielder does have a little Bo Jackson in him.

Here's Bradley going airborne in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins to make an insane catch that's even more difficult than it looks:

The Red Sox went on to lose 3-2 in a 17-inning marathon, but after the game, Bradley admitted to attempting a Bo Jackson impression as he slammed into the centerfield wall.

Jackson, one of the best athletes of all time and a dual-sport star for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Raiders, famously defied gravity by literally running up the outfield wall after a highlight-reel catch:

Bradley obeyed most of the laws of physics here, but his catch arguably was impressive in that he snagged the ball in midair while crashing into the wall.

The 29-year-old may have his struggles at the plate -- he's hitting .213 through 66 games this season -- but Tuesday's catch was another reminder that he's one of the best defensive outfielders (and pure athletes) in baseball.

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Here's the rule that had Alex Cora hopping mad -- until he realized the umpires hadn't gotten it wrong after all

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Here's the rule that had Alex Cora hopping mad -- until he realized the umpires hadn't gotten it wrong after all

Alex Cora needed to be separated from home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak by coaches after Tuesday night/Wednesday morning's marathon 17-inning loss to the Twins, but it only took one look at the replay for the manager to admit he was wrong.

Cora and other members of the Red Sox, most notably right-hander Rick Porcello, were incensed after Eddie Rosario fouled off a bunt attempt with one out in the 17th. Catcher Sandy Leon immediately pointed at the batter's suggesting Rosario had stepped out before making contact, which would have been an automatic out.

Cora asked Rehak to consult with the rest of the crew and third base umpire Mark Wegner agreed that no violation had occurred. Cora complained bitterly before Rosario doubled the winning run to third. Two batters later, the Twins prevailed on Max Kepler's walk-off single.

Only after the game did Cora realize that Rosario, who had slid to the front of the box while awkwardly trying to bunt against the shift, didn't actually do anything illegal.

"I want to apologize to the umpires," Cora told reporters in Minnesota. "Obviously, emotions take over. I look at the replay, and Eddie wasn't off the batter's box. They did an outstanding job for how long (the game) was. Just one of those, it's tough to swallow. You see it and the emotions take over, but it was out of character. That was my fault."

Rule 6.06 (a) states that a batter is out for illegal action if, "he hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter's box." Upon video review, the left-handed Rosario's front foot clearly does not leave the box until after the ball leaves his bat. At the moment of contact, his heel is on the line.

So, Cora did the right thing and apologized.

"I look on the video and he wasn't," Cora told reporters. "They were right and I was wrong."

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