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The Baseball Show Podcast: What's really going on with Hanley Ramirez?

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The Baseball Show Podcast: What's really going on with Hanley Ramirez?

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Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich talk about the Hanley Ramirez situation as well as the race for the AL East crown with the New York Yankees. They are also joined by Barstool Sports' Jared Carrabis.

Also:

0:17: Merloni and Drellich recamp Red Sox vs. Mariners with audio from Chris Sale. 

2:22: The Hanley Ramirez investigation with audio from Alex Cora.

6:47: Carrabis and Drellich give their takes on Jackie Bradley Jr., David Price and the Red Sox bullpen. 

11:40: Breaking down the AL East race between the Red Sox and Yankees. 

 

 

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Report: Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation

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Report: Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation

Contrary to Friday's report, Hanley Ramirez is not and never was under federal and state investigation. According to the Boston Globe, a friend of Ramirez dropped his name in an attempt to avoid an arrest.

Here are the details from The Globe's report:

The man claimed that the box contained books, and that Ramirez’s mother “had shipped the box to him in New York to hand-deliver to his friend (Ramirez) in Boston,” according to the affidavit.

In an attempt to back up his story, the man called Ramirez via FaceTime on his cell phone, then handed it to the trooper. The trooper asked Ramirez if he was aware that his friend was en route to visit him and was delivering a box from his mother. Ramirez said he “was not aware,” according to the affidavit. The trooper asked if he could open the box and Ramirez agreed.

The box contained a gift bag, with two kilograms of fentanyl inside, the affidavit says.

The man was arrested on drug trafficking charges and “immediately began stating that his friend (Ramirez) was not involved at all, and that the box wasn’t for him,” the affidavit says.

The man’s attorney, who asked that he not be named because of concerns it would help identify his client, said “his use of Mr. Ramirez’s name was an ill-thought-out attempt to evade further police scrutiny.”

Alex Cora and the Red Sox were adamant when Friday's report by ABC's Michelle McPhee came out that they were unaware of any investigation involving Ramirez.

Ramirez's agent, Adam Katz, released a statement on the matter per USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale:

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Sale strikes out 13, Red Sox beat Mariners, 5-0

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Sale strikes out 13, Red Sox beat Mariners, 5-0

BOSTON -- Chris Sale wasn't about to slow down the way he was pitching.

Sale struck out 13 over seven dazzling innings, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox won the weekend and season series over the Seattle Mariners with a 5-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

"You try to find a good rhythm and tempo, find a groove and keep it going," the 6-foot-6 lefty said after posting his first scoreless outing since going six shutout innings in his first start of the season.

He even had a solution when the Mariners' hitters started stepping out of the batter's box attempting to disrupt his rhythm.

"Keep throwing strikes," he said. "Try to not let what's going on outside the zone affect you."

Sale (7-4) gave up four hits, walked one and ended his day by striking out Mike Zunino swinging on a 100-mph fastball. Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes each pitched an inning to complete the four-hit shutout that only took 2 hours, 29 minutes.

Mostly mixing an overpowering fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s with a sharp-breaking slider in the low 80s, the lanky Sale was working quickly and dominant from the start.

He struck out 10 of the first 16 batters he faced, including the side in order in the fifth - the last two swinging on 99 mph fastballs.

"I'm glad that he's on my team and I don't have to face him," Moreland said. "He's filthy and showed it again today."

Jackie Bradley Jr. had three singles and Rafael Devers added an RBI double for Boston, which struggled offensively in a loss Saturday after putting up 14 runs and 20 hits in the series opener.

The Mariners have lost six of seven games and fell to 1-5 on their 10-game East Coast trip.

"Chris Sale was on top of his game, no doubt, and he had really good stuff today," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "When he's got the off-speed pitches and the slider was really a dominant pitch for him today, like it often is."

Marco Gonzales (7-5) gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out six without a walk. He was locked in a scoreless duel with Boston's ace in the fifth.

"He's a great pitcher," Gonzales said. "I knew that I needed some good stuff today and I knew I needed to give our team the best chance to win and keep it a close game."

The Red Sox broke ahead 3-0 in the fifth on the double by Devers, and sacrifice flies by Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts after Xander Bogaerts doubled leading off and Eduardo Nunez singled.

Moreland's homer into the center-field batter's eye made it 5-0 an inning later.

Gonzales was sharp early, spotting a fastball that broke into the low 90s along with a changeup, curveball and cutter. He had the hitters off-balance, causing a lot of weak or early swings until they began waiting on pitches. He had all six Ks through the first four innings.

Nelson Cruz had a two-out triple in the fourth, but was stranded when Ryon Healy struck out on a slider in the dirt.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: SS Jean Segura missed his fourth straight game with a right forearm infection.

Red Sox: RF Mookie Betts (sickness) and SS Bogaerts (strained left index finger) both returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game. "Good to have them both back in the lineup," manager Alex Cora said after his club was held to three singles in the first eight innings Saturday. . Cora also said that LHP Drew Pomeranz (10-day DL, left biceps tendinitis) will ramp up this week if things go well in his next bullpen session.

GOOD GLOVE

Betts made a semi-leaping grab on Mitch Haniger's fly ball to end the sixth with his back nearly up against the bullpen wall.

HOT BAT

Cruz went 1 for 4, finishing 8 for 13 in the series with two homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored.

SERIES EDGE

Boston won the season series, 4-3, which could come into play for homefield if the teams tied for the AL's Wild Card spot.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (6-6, 5.14 ERA) faces Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.72) on Monday when Seattle opens the final stop of its trip with the first of a four games in Baltimore.

Red Sox: After and a day off Monday, LHP David Price (8-5, 3.81) goes for Boston against LHP John Lamb (0-0, 5.40) when the Angles come to Fenway Park for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

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