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Don’t overlook Bobby Dalbec’s gains on defense

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He still needs to hit, but he’s providing value in the field.

Heading into this season, one of the biggest wildcards for the Red Sox’s success in 2021 was going to be Bobby Dalbec. He is the epitome of modern baseball’s three true outcome approach, which we saw in his brief introduction to major-league action last summer. He’ll slug homers and draw walks, but also strike out at one of the highest rates in the game. The amount of power he showed off in...

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OTM Open Thread 4/11: It is Sunday

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Happy Sunday everyone. The Red Sox are going for their second straight sweep today at 1:00 PM ET. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.

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Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Nick Yorke, Joe Musgrove

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Saturday night was a great comeback win for the Red Sox, and one of the big catalysts was the defense of Rafael Devers. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Great news! Nick Yorke, the surprise first round pick for the Red Sox last summer, made MLB Pipeline’s list of top second base prospects across the entire sport. (MLB.com)

Looking around the entire league at the action this weekend, Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter on Friday, which was a first for the San Diego...

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Garrett Richards tosses 5 solid innings after rocky start; Rafael Devers homers again; Matt Andriese picks up save as Red Sox battle back to defeat Orioles, 6-4, in 10 innings for fifth straight win

An off-day could not halt the Red Sox’ momentum on Saturday, as the club battled back, won its fifth consecutive game, and won its second straight series with a 6-4 victory over the Orioles in 10 innings at Camden Yards.

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Red Sox 6, Orioles 4: Richards atones, Barnes beautiful, Red Sox never say die

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Last time Garrett Richards threw a baseball for the Red Sox, it did not go well. There was a lot of crying, and a lot of pain. After that game, the Red Sox were 0-3, and things did not look great for the hometown 9. Any time you get swept by the Orioles, you are going to face a lot of tough questions.

Credit to the Red Sox, they faced those questions with aplomb, and have not lost a game since, going 4-0 since then. Now the Red Sox sit atop the AL East in a tie...

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Red Sox place J.D. Martinez on COVID-19 related injured list, recall Michael Chavis

The Red Sox have placed designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez on the COVID-19 related injured list, the team announced before Saturday’s game against the Orioles.

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Game 8 Gamethread: Red Sox at Orioles

I’m off today so a quick one. Go Sox!

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J.D. Martinez placed on COVID list

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The hope is it is not a long stay.

As the Red Sox come off a day off on Friday and looking for their fifth straight win on Saturday, they’ll be without their best hitter in the early portion of the season for at least a day. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Red Sox announced that they will be putting J.D. Martinez on the COVID list. Taking his place on the roster is Michael Chavis.

The #RedSox today placed DH/OF J.D. Martinez on the COVID-19 Related...

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Red Sox's J.D. Martinez Placed on COVID-19 Related Injured List

Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was placed on the COVID-19 Related Injured List on Saturday, the team announced just before it faced off against the Baltimore Orioles ...

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Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez in MLB’s COVID-19 protocol due to cold symptoms

J.D. Martinez will not play in Saturday’s game against the Orioles. The slugger is under the weather and is dealing with cold symptoms, which resulted in him being placed in MLB’s COVID-19 protocols.

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Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez placed in MLB's COVID protocol with cold symptoms

J.D. Martinez is being held in Major League Baseball's COVID protocol due to cold symptoms. The Red Sox are waiting for a negative test before he's eligible to return. 

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Red Sox at Orioles lineups: Bogaerts back as Sox look for fifth win in a row

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The Sox look for their fifth win in a row behind Garrett Richards.

The Red Sox look to win their fifth straight game following a rare Friday day off when they face off with the Orioles tonight behind Garrett Richards (7:05 p.m., NESN).

Richards was the only Sox starter to have a legitimately bad first outing; outside of Eduardo Rodriguez, for whom there are obviously mitigating circumstances, no one else was close....

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OTM Open Thread 4/10: It is Saturday

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Happy Saturday everyone. Quick one today. Red Sox are back in action tonight against Baltimore with Garrett Richards taking on Bruce Zimmerman. First pitch at 7:10 PM ET. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.

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FanPost Friday: Improving the Defense

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Early in the season, the Red Sox have had relatively few weaknesses. Barring the offense, which appeared nonexistent for the first series against the Orioles (it got better), the Red Sox have only really struggled in one other respect: the defense.

Unlike with the offense, which we all should have seen improving (there were those who didn’t believe - classic Red Sox pessimism at its finest), I’m not so sure that the defense will be as easy a fix. You either...

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Shelly Verougstraete

Daily Red Sox Links: Tanner Houck, Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Whitlock

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Chad Jennings checks in with his impression of the team after what was an absolute rollercoaster of a first week of the season. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

John Tomase is liking what the Red Sox are cooking so far this season as they have moved well past the worrying opening weekend sweep. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Tanner Houck’s demotion has plenty of fans scratching their heads given his dominant performance in his chances in the majors. Alex...

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Could Red Sox take exciting shortstop prospect Marcelo Mayer with No. 4 pick in 2021 MLB Draft?

The 2021 MLB Draft is still over three months away, but with the college and high school baseball seasons in full swing across the country, some prospects are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

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OTM Roundtable: The Rafael Devers defense question

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What’s his future at the hot corner?

This seems like a good time to throw out the reminder that the questions I send out to the staff for the weekly roundtable go out on Mondays so people have all week to answer them. This would appear to be a particularly timely reminder considering on Monday the Red Sox were coming off a series sweep at the hands of the Orioles, and since then have won four games in a row. I say that because this question focuses on one of...

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Christian Vázquez is part of the offensive core

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In case there was any doubt.

Coming into the season, at least in my view the Red Sox offense was built into a couple of different tiers. There was a very good core of hitters that could go up with just about any group in baseball, at least in top-end talent. And then there was another group that presented some upside to be sure, but also enough downside that they could be considered to be more wildcards than for-sure performers. That first group was pretty...

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Red Sox On Deck Podcast: Big League Rookies and Noah Song

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In this episode of the show, Shelly and Bob discuss the news and notes about Red Sox Prospects.

We are back for Episode Six of the Red Sox On Deck Podcast, your go-to source for everything prospects on the Over the Monster Podcast Network. On this episode, Shelly and Bob open with an ever so brief news and notes. Bryan Mata has resumed a throwing program after a month of rest with a small UCL tear. Are the Red Sox delaying the...

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OTM Open Thread 4/9: It is Friday

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Happy Friday everyone. The Red Sox get a well-deserved day off today as they are coming off four straight wins. Let’s hope the day off is a good one and doesn’t prove to break up their momentum. There is some afternoon baseball today as well, and the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day is an AL East matchup with the Yankees taking on the Rays starting at 3:10 PM ET. In other sports, the Celtics take on the T-Wolves tonight starting at 7:30 PM ET. Use this space to...

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