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E-Rod tests positive, may not start Opening Day

No. 3 prospect Dalbec also has COVID-19, bringing Sox's cases to 4
@IanMBrowne
July 7, 2020

BOSTON -- Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez had been expected to get the reward of pitching on Opening Day after winning 19 games last season. But it is now questionable at best that the ace will be ready for the start of the 2020 season, as manager Ron Roenicke revealed

Red Sox agree to terms with No. 17 pick Yorke

@IanMBrowne
July 7, 2020

BOSTON -- The Red Sox and first-round Draft selection Nick Yorke (17th overall pick) have reached an agreement, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources told MLB.com that it is worth $2.7 million. It was a surprise to many that the second baseman

Notes: Bogaerts confident; Pérez stepping up

@IanMBrowne
July 7, 2020

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts has seen all the short and long lists for potential contenders this season. He hasn’t seen the Red Sox mentioned on any of them. And the veteran shortstop seems a little offended by it. Bogaerts -- who has become a more visible leader following the departure

Sox open '20 vs. O's, face Yanks 7 times in NY

@IanMBrowne
July 6, 2020

BOSTON -- For the Red Sox, this unprecedented 60-game season will start at Fenway Park against the Orioles for a three-game series that opens on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET. In a change from recent years, Fenway Park night games will all be at 7:30 this season instead

2 key questions for every AL East team

@williamfleitch
July 7, 2020

Throughout February and March, I spent a disturbingly large percentage of my pre-pandemic hours writing incredibly long division season previews for a season that, as it turned out, would not happen as originally planned. In these previews, I asked (and tried to answer) five big questions about each team in

JBJ speaks from his heart on racial injustice

@IanMBrowne
July 6, 2020

BOSTON -- As far as Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is concerned, the best cure for fixing the racial issues that have divided the nation in recent weeks is for everyone to dig deep inside their heart. “There’s a lot of feelings, emotions, hurt, pain that goes along

Notes: Moreland's batting cage; Weber strong

@IanMBrowne
July 6, 2020

BOSTON -- No Red Sox hitter improvised better than Mitch Moreland following the shutdown of Spring Training. He built a batting cage in a barn that is part of his property in Alabama.

J.D. Martinez: 'I miss the smell of the ballpark'

Slugger dishes on adapting meticulous routine, missing the game, safety protocols
@IanMBrowne
July 5, 2020

BOSTON -- There may be no hitter in baseball who is more routine-oriented than J.D. Martinez. The star slugger is obsessive about cage time, film study and talking shop with a crowd of teammates any time he can. In other words, this upcoming 60-game season featuring over 100 pages of

Notes: Vázquez credits wife; intrasquads soon

@IanMBrowne
July 5, 2020

BOSTON -- How does a catcher stay sharp during a layoff of over three months? In the case of Christian Vázquez, you get your own high-tech pitching machine and have your wife feed it with baseballs. If Vazquez gets off to a strong start defensively this season, an assist will

Red Sox pitching staff impacted by positive tests

Lefties Hernandez, Taylor have coronavirus; E-Rod awaits results
@IanMBrowne
July 4, 2020

BOSTON -- There’s a chance the Red Sox will be missing two key lefty pieces in their bullpen for Opening Day after manager Ron Roenicke announced on Saturday that Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor have tested positive for COVID-19. Taylor’s positive test was part of the intake from when the

Notes: Eovaldi feeling great; Verdugo takes BP

@IanMBrowne
July 4, 2020

BOSTON -- Unlike other seasons, when Nathan Eovaldi came in as a health concern, he is the current pace-setter for the Red Sox’s starting rotation. The flame-throwing right-hander tossed three innings of batting practice from the main mound at Fenway Park during Saturday's Summer Camp workout, hitting close to 100

Oldest ballpark gets social-distancing makeover

@IanMBrowne
July 3, 2020

BOSTON -- As the Red Sox returned to work for Friday’s start of Summer Camp, they did so with Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in baseball, reconfigured in many creative ways to create a safe and socially distanced space for all players and staff. Most notable: Instead of using the

Notes: E-Rod delayed; McHugh on health, role

@IanMBrowne
July 3, 2020

BOSTON -- With just three weeks to go until Opening Day, it was eyeopening that lefty Eduardo Rodriguez was not cleared to participate in Friday’s opening workout of Summer Camp at Fenway Park. Instead, Rodriguez remained at his home in Florida as he awaits results of a recent COVID-19 test.

Inbox: How can Red Sox make a '20 playoff run?

Beat reporter Ian Browne fields fans' questions
@IanMBrowne
July 1, 2020

What would have to happen for this team to possibly make the playoffs despite the lack of starting pitching depth? -- @GaryStud94 The Red Sox can make the playoffs if the following three things happen: 1. They get consistently strong starts from Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi and decent enough

MLB, MLBPA reveal first COVID-19 test results

July 3, 2020

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced Friday the first set of results for the COVID-19 testing conducted as part of the mandatory Intake Screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, prior to the workouts and full baseball activities that are beginning

Govt. leaders open Fenway for Red Sox camp

Fans at games this season still considered 'far down the road'
@IanMBrowne
July 2, 2020

BOSTON -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker looked out at Fenway Park on a sun-splashed Thursday afternoon and expressed his excitement to Red Sox president Sam Kennedy over baseball finally returning. "Sam, your yard looks pretty good," Baker said. "And we're looking forward to seeing people on it." Those people --

Four Red Sox storylines to watch for in 2020

@IanMBrowne
June 30, 2020

BOSTON -- When Spring Training came to a sudden halt on March 12, we were still trying to get a feel for what the 2020 Red Sox could be without Mookie Betts. Manager Ron Roenicke was still in the process of making his imprint on the team as Alex Cora’s

Red Sox announce 60-man player pool

@IanMBrowne
July 2, 2020

BOSTON -- With the season set to start on July 23 or 24, the Red Sox will report to summer camp on Wednesday, and the first official workout is set for Friday. On Sunday, Boston announced a 47-man player pool.

1 future star to watch from the 30 player pools

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
July 2, 2020

While the main purpose of the 60-man lists that clubs submitted to MLB is to identify players eligible to participate in Major League action, they also include several prospects unlikely to get big league time in 2020. Those youngsters will benefit from a structured development opportunity that will come from

2020 Minor League Baseball season canceled

@_dadler
June 30, 2020

There will not be a Minor League season this year, Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday. It's the first time the Minor League season has been canceled since the Minor Leagues were founded in 1901.

Roenicke expects full house at Red Sox camp

@IanMBrowne
June 29, 2020

BOSTON -- Eagerly awaiting the resumption of baseball, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke arrived in Boston over the weekend and met with his coaches to discuss how the team will organize workouts to prepare for the 60-game season. Roenicke, entering his first season at the helm, looks forward to the

Red Sox sign 3 undrafted free agents

@HarriganMLB
June 29, 2020

The Red Sox signed catcher Juan Montero and right-handers Casey Cobb and Henry Nunez to Minor League contracts on Monday. Montero, Cobb and Nunez were not selected in the 2020 MLB Draft, making them free to sign with any club. • Team-by-team: Undrafted free agent signing tracker Montero is a

Top farm systems: Middle infielders

@GoldenSombrero
June 29, 2020

After beginning our deeper dive into all 30 farm systems by ranking the top organizations at catcher and corner infield, it’s now time to move to the middle infield positions. Below are our top 10 rankings of the systems with the best middle infielders, with the top such prospect for