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Red Sox Set To Retire David Ortiz's Number 34 Tonight

Before tonight's game with the Anaheim Angels, the Red Sox will have a ceremony to unveil their newest retired number— the #34 of David Ortiz. Big Papi becomes just the tenth Red Sox player to be enshrined on the right field façade—joining Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), Johnny Pesky (#6), Carl Yastrzemski (#8), Ted Williams (#9), Jim Rice (#14), Wade Boggs (#26), Carlton Fisk (#27), and Pedro Martinez (#45). As in all MLB parks, the #42 is enshrined for the great Jackie Robinson....

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There is now a street in Boston named after David Ortiz

The man who once said “This is our [bleepin’] city” now has his own bleepin’ street. Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had the honor of having a street in Boston renamed in recognition of his impact on the Red Sox and the city of Boston on Thursday. Yawkey Way Extension is now known as David Ortiz Drive. As if that was not enough, Ortiz already had a bridge named after him. “David Ortiz is a legend on and off the field,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday, stating...

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Appreciating Dave Dombrowski

He’s not bad.

I don’t think too many people truly dislike Dave Dombrowski. At least, I hope that’s the case. While he’s amassed a reputation for trading prospects more quickly than fans can learn their names, he’s usually come out ahead in these deals and run several successful teams as a result.

The biggest knock against Dombrowski among Red Sox fans may be the Tyler Thornburg trade. It’s been discussed enough that I think everything that could possibly be said about it has been...

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The Friday Fire Farrell Index: First place good, blown save bad

The bullpen used a well-earned mulligan for Wednesday’s implosion, but how much was John Farrell’s fault?

CSN NE’s Evan Drellich rarely steers us wrong, so when he wrote that “there is no complaining allowed the next time the Red Sox bullpen blows a game,” on June 15th, there was good reason to listen. The ‘pen had gone 21.1 innings without allowing a run, which was pretty incredible, and his theory aligned with the planets, and checked out.

Then the relievers blew Wednesday’s...

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Red Sox vs. Angels Series Preview

A look ahead to the weekend series against Los Angeles

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The opponent in one sentence

The Angels are the definition of an average team that has a mediocre offense and a mediocre pitching staff and they are more average than ever since the loss of Mike Trout.

Record

38-38

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Even. This is a .500 team who is merely okay at just about everything, and that’s exactly how they are playing yet. They have won five of the last ten games. To be fair, they have won two of...

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Red Sox Minor Lines: Aneury Tavarez is back

Aneury Tavarez has started his rehab assignment.

Pawtucket L 1-11

Steve Selsky: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Bryce Brentz: 0-4, 1 K

Kyle Kendrick: 5 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Kyle Martin: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

On Thursday, the Red Sox outrighted Kendrick off the 40-man roster, but the veteran remained on the PawSox roster. The move doesn’t necessarily mean a move to fill the 40-man roster spot is imminent, but the timing of these kinds of moves are always curious. What’s not curious is why...

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Red Sox sign second-round pick Cole Brannen

The high schooler signs an overslot deal.

Earlier in the week, the Red Sox made the most important signing they’ll make in their draft class, getting first-round pick Tanner Houck into the organization. While he’s the best player they drafted, there was never any doubt he’d sign. The same mostly goes for their second pick, outfielder Cole Brannen, but since he was a high school player there was at least a small amount of doubt. That can go away now, as Brannen has agreed to terms with...

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Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Robby Scott

The importance of food, specifically lobster, on getting Big Papi to Boston, Hanley’s struggle finding power and a bad game from the bullpen examined.

The Red Sox may want to trade to upgrade some positions (*cough* third base *cough*) but can they even afford to? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Even without a real “identity”, the Red Sox have managed to be competitive because of their overwhelming talent. (Evan Drellich; CSNNE)

If it wasn’t for lobster, David Ortiz may never have ended...

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Root 34: David Ortiz Drive starts party

David Ortiz has intentionally stayed away from Fenway Park this season, giving his former teammates time to forge their own identity in this post-Big Papi world. But the big slugger will be back in grand fashion tonight, as the Red Sox will retire No. 34 to the façade in right field.

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Watch Gronk and Dustin Pedroia roast David Ortiz

Big Papi was roasted at Boston’s House of Blues Thursday, the day before his number is set to be retired at Fenway Park. The former Red Sox slugger took the verbal abuse to raise money for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

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Betts' baseball clinic for youth all about fun

It's easy to see the fun that Mookie Betts has on a daily basis when he steps between the lines for the Red Sox. Even outside of the lines it's the mission that he lives by and preaches, and something he was sure to reiterate to the 200 children on hand for the inaugural Citi Mookie Betts Baseball Clinic at Woburn Memorial High School on Thursday evening.

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Red Sox sign 2nd-round Draft pick Brannen

The Boston Red Sox have signed their second-round Draft pick Cole Brannen, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis, agreeing to an above-slot $1.3 million.

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Red Sox bullpen on it's last legs?

(Photo: AP)Eric D. Schabell Contributing WriterThere are many questions about the Red Sox bullpen after the meltdown yesterday against the Royals.Is Matt Barnes the reliever to lock down the eighth inning?Are Robby Scott and Heath Hembree effective enough?Why can't Joe Kelly stay in the game longer than an inning?What is the deal with Craig Kimbrel not being used for more than three outs anymore?A look at the American League East standings shows the Yankees losing a big lead on the top slot...

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The Red Sox Plan To Make “Major Upgrades” Before The Trade Deadline

So a report just surfaced from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand about how the Boston Red Sox are planning to make “major upgrades” over the next six weeks or so. Of course, it is also noted that their priority right now is the third base position, as it should be. My initial…

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Report: Red Sox looking to trade for Pablo Sandoval replacement

The Boston Red Sox are about ready to stick a fork in the failed Pablo Sandoval experiment. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Red Sox are looking to upgrade the third base position in the trade market.“Boston surged to the top of the American League East this week thanks in part to the Yankees’ lengthy losing streak, but according to a source, the Red Sox are looking to make some major upgrades over the next six weeks, starting first and foremost with the hot corner.”It makes...

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Mookie Betts Remains A Long-Shot For MLB ASG Start

With little time left, Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts is pretty much out of the running for one of the three starting outfield spots on the American League All-Star team. As of Tuesday, Betts trails fourth-place holder Michael Brantley by 54,744 votes. With Mike Trout (the second-highest vote-getter) out of the running with an injury, the fourth spot is key. But, the chances are now very slim for having any starters in Carmine Hose at the Miami classic on July 11th.

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New 'David Ortiz Drive' To Be Dedicated In Boston Today

The E-I-C With #34He's already got a bridge named after him. Now, Red Sox legend David Ortiz—whose #34 will be retired by the team on Friday night—will have a street named in his honor as well. "David Ortiz Drive"—formerly "Yawkey Way Extension"—will get it's formal designation today by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, The thoroughfare runs between Brookline Avenue and the Yawkey T Stop just across from Fenway Park. Ortiz spent 14 years of his 20-year career in Carmine Hose—winning three...

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How good is Matt Barnes?

Trying to figure out the confusing reliever.

The Red Sox bullpen is always a hot point of contention. I’m sure this is true of every contending team in the league, but I know it’s true in Boston. It makes sense, as they pitch in the most important situations and games are often won and lost based on their performance. It can lead to overreactions to be sure, but it’s at least an understandable overreaction. What is more frustrating than a game being blown by the bullpen?

This year, the...

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Michael Chavis promoted to Double-A Portland

With the All-Star Game done, Michael Chavis gets a new challenge.

We have finally gotten the news we’ve been waiting for on the farm, or at least part of it. Michael Chavis, the former first-round pick who is enjoying a massive breakout in 2017, has been promoted to Double-A Portland.

We have confirmed that Michael Chavis and Chad De La Guerra are being promoted to Portland. Story coming shortly.

— Chris Hatfield (@SPChrisHatfield) June 22, 2017

This is obviously a big deal, as Chavis...

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