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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2016 04:22 pm
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The Boston Red Sox optioned outfielder Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket following the team's 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night, manager John Farrell announced.

Castillo, who failed to secure the starting left field job this spring, had just four at-bats through eight games prior to his demotion.

"We need to get him out and get him going," Farrell said. "We need to get him some at-bats and playing everyday."

Brock Holt and Chris Young have been platooning in left field, limiting Castillo to a bench role.

Boston didn't make a corresponding roster move, but has plenty of time prior to Friday's series opener with the Toronto Blue Jays to promote a player to its big-league roster.

The Red Sox signed the Cuban to a lucrative seven-year, $72.5-million deal in August, 2014.

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lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Sandoval reported the injury to manager John Farrell on Wednesday. The club said it has also outlined a conditioning program for him while he's on the DL.

Farrell added that the possibility of a breather would be of benefit to him, especially considering all the scrutiny he's been under since showing up to spring training well out of shape.

"It's been a real tough start. He's been an easy target," Farrell said. "First and foremost, we've got to get him right physically to get past the shoulder issue. But I still firmly believe that Panda is going to be a contributor to this team.

"We're going to need him to be, because there's a darn good player in there."

Sandoval, who is making $17.6 million this year as part of a five-year, $95 million deal, has been relegated to a bench role with the emergence of Travis Shaw at third base. In just seven plate appearances off the bench, Sandoval doesn't have a hit while striking out four times.

As a counter-move, the Red Sox recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Pawtucket.




Pablo Sandoval's tenure with the Boston Red Sox has been a rocky one, and things didn't get any better on Wednesday when the team announcedthe 29-year-old will hit the disabled list with a left shoulder strain and also undergo a conditioning program.
Following the move, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan cited major-league sources who told him the marriage between Sandoval and Boston could be nearing its end.
Passan's sources also said Sandoval wants to continue to play in Boston, but is only interested in playing every day. The Red Sox, however, don't intend to give him everyday time unless he loses weight and other players in their lineup struggle.
With Sandoval still owed north of $75 million on his current contract, the Red Sox could look to trade the struggling third baseman, but according to a source of Passan, the San Diego Padres - who've shown interest in Sandoval in the past - have cooled on potentially acquiring the Venezuelan.
Since coming to Boston, Sandoval hasn't lived up to the expectations that come with a long-term deal, failing to earn a hit this season after a 2015 campaign that saw him slash just .245/.292/.366 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.
The veteran lost his starting job to youngster Travis Shaw during spring training, and he's already had his fair share of embarrassing moments this season, including the infamous belly photo and an incident last weekend involving a belt malfunction.

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Give me a fucking break !!!!!!


from espn.go.com:

A former personal trainer for Pablo Sandoval says the Boston Red Sox third baseman needs "a babysitter" to watch over him and keep him from overeating, a temptation for Sandoval that the trainer likened to alcoholism."

He needs to be smart enough to say there's a problem," said Ethan Banning, owner of Triple Threat Performance in Phoenix, in an interview with the Boston Herald. "It's like the alcoholic that won't admit he's an alcoholic: well, you can't address that you're an alcoholic if you don't ever admit there's a problem."

Sandoval, 29, showed up to spring training overweight, and subsequently lost his starting third-base job to Travis Shaw. He had played sparingly this season before being placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a shoulder issue. He was scheduled to get an MRI on Thursday.

"He's proven to me and shown consistently that he's got to have somebody like me holding his hand," said Banning, who worked to get Sandoval in shape prior to his All-Star seasons in 2011 and 2012. "And it's not an exercise thing, it's an eating thing. Obviously exercise is an important factor in it, a very important factor, but eating is going to be the component that needs to be managed and monitored. We had a chef on staff that cooked all his meals."

Banning told the Herald that when Sandoval went home to Venezuela for Christmas in 2011, he gained 21 pounds in 21 days. When Sandoval returned to the Phoenix area, Banning worked hard to keep the Giants -- who were negotiating a new contract for their All-Star -- from seeing him as the pair worked to shed pounds.

"I would go pick him up at a random location, drive him to the facility so that his car wouldn't be there, so if they dropped in, they wouldn't know he was there," Banning told the Herald. "So for about a three-week period, he had the flu; we had every excuse in the world. We were just trying to rip weight off him again. And it ballooned way out of control."

The hard work apparently paid off, as Sandoval signed a new three-year, $17 million deal in January 2012. He went on to have a second straight All-Star season and was named World Series MVP as the Giants won the second of three championships during Sandoval's tenure with the club.

Following the third title in 2014 and the expiration of that three-year contract, Sandoval hit it big with a five-year, $95 million deal with Boston. But he disappointed in his first season with the Red Sox in 2015, hitting just .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.

Banning, whose working relationship with Sandoval ended in early 2012, said Sandoval's brother, Michael, called the trainer this past offseason in hopes the two could reconnect.

"I think that he's embarrassed right now," Banning told the Herald. "I think there's going to come this moment that he's going to show everybody that this is not who he is. ... I don't know that it's going to be with me, but he's going to hire somebody like that. I think he's likely going to figure it out. But it's not going to be this season, and likely not with the Red Sox, the way it looks."



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I have it on good authority that it's actually Sandoval's cousin in the Dominican Republic who is eating for him. 



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srossi wrote: I have it on good authority that it's actually Sandoval's cousin in the Dominican Republic who is eating for him. 



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What's going to happen to the Cub fans when they shave again this year?  This has all the makings of a huge letdown.



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A move to Tampa Bay hasn't solved Hank Conger's defensive issues.

The catcher, acquired by the Rays over the offseason, allowed the Cleveland Indians to steal five bases off him during their 6-0 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. Would-be base-stealers have now stolen 44 consecutive bases off Conger, a streak that dates back to May 29 of last season, when he was with the Astros.

Despite prolonging his ignominious streak, Conger isn't fazed by his struggles.

"They got good jumps and took care of their opportunities and went from there," Conger told reporters. "I'm not worried (about the streak). As long as I put the ball on the bag and make some good throws, I'll be fine."

Before his current streak of futility began, Conger's best single-season showing against base-stealing attempts came in 2014, when he gunned down 24 percent of runners - allowing 57 stolen bags to 18 putouts - as a backup with the Angels. The 28-year-old has nailed just 19 runners over the last three seasons.

Even if this 0-for-44 run continues, Conger has a long way to go before matching some of the worst single-season marks in history. The all-time mark for futility was set by Deacon McGuire in 1895 - a time when stolen-base rules were different - while Mike Piazza's 155 steals allowed in 1996 remain the high-water mark among post-World War II catchers.

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The Texas Rangers say it was a no-brainer keeping Adrian Beltre around, after he and the club finalized a two-year deal worth $36 million Saturday.

"We have made a lot of decisions over the years, and this is probably one of the easiest ones," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "There has been a lot said about Adrian's accomplishments, his numbers, and his Hall of Fame credentials. But what we were focused on is he is one of the best players in the game - offensively, defensively, leadership, the whole deal.

"That's what this is about. He is the right fit for our roster and the right fit for our organization. We wanted to make sure that's something that continues."

Beltre's numbers to kick off his 19th big-league season are Hall of Fame- worthy, and he doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Over the past two seasons he's belted 37 homers, driven in 160 runs, and notched 341 hits in what can be classified as "down years" by Beltre standards.

His spot in the Hall of Fame appears to be inevitable, and when he presumably reaches the 3,000-hit plateau as a Ranger, it'll be icing on the cake. But, according to Beltre, the end of the road isn't in sight.

"I feel like I am 25," he said. "Age is just a number. I'm still playing like I thought I would. There is no doubt the motivation is there. The motivation to win is always there. The challenge to beat the team is always there.

"If that's not there, I might contemplate retirement, but I still feel great."

Beltre is a four-time All-Star and Gold Glover.

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Sandoval may not only have the biggest belly in MLB history, but may also own the biggest bust as well. I always wondered about his weight issues when he played for the Giants, even though he seemed to show hustle on the field. But now, after signing that huge (pun intended) contract he just doesn't seem to have any pride in his physique. Letting himself go to the point he has is pathetic not only on his part, but also for the Red Sox for not being more stringent on his weight requirements. Or does MLB have rule against what a club can expect or enforce on their players?

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Hector Olivera, who was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a woman at a Virginia hotel, won't rejoin the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, as Major League Baseball and the players' union have reportedly agreed to extend his paid administrative leave by two weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Baseball's new domestic-violence policy explicitly states that the commissioner may place a player on paid leave for "up to seven days while the allegations are investigated," but, in Olivera's case, the players' association has agreed to give league officials two more weeks to investigate before making a disciplinary ruling. Olivera, who has appeared in six games this season, was placed on leave last Wednesday and has since been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.

"We are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations involving Hector Olivera," the Braves said in a statement. "We will continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately as we determine the facts."

Olivera, who landed a six-year, $62.5-million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers last March, has played 30 games since being acquired by Atlanta in July, hitting .245/.296/.378 (86 OPS+) with two home runs and 17 strikeouts in 108 plate appearances.

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Jason Heyward was allegedly greeted at Busch Stadium with racial slurs from some St. Louis Cardinals fans despite a lack of audio evidence.

A report in the New York Daily News on Tuesday morning suggested ESPN's microphones caught fans allegedly taunting the Chicago Cubs right fielder with the slurs during Monday's contest between the longtime rivals. The paper cited tweets from fans watching the game who allegedly heard the words, with at least one specifically noting the "N-word" was used.

ESPN director of communications Ben Cafardo tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the network was reviewing their feed, and noted they had "yet to pick up on any tangible specifics from the ESPN game audio." The Daily News also could not confirm the slurs in question were uttered, saying: "Although Twitter has been abuzz with angry backlash, no available audio has surfaced to confirm the social media accusations."

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler told reporters Tuesday that he didn't hear any sort of racial slur directed at his teammate during Monday's game.

The Cardinals organization told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Busch Stadium has a policy of ejecting any fans who are heard using racial slurs.

"Ushers would act swiftly," Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon said. "We are firm with this, no question."

Heyward was returning to St. Louis for the first time since leaving the Cardinals to sign an eight-year contract with the Cubs over the winter. After saying before the game that he wouldn't pay attention to his reception, the 26-year-old appeared nonplussed by the chorus of boos that greeted his first at-bat.

"If somebody boos me here, that means they were not happy to see me leave," he told ESPN's Mark Saxon. "I'm kind of glad that people weren't happy to see me leave. The fans should enjoy it, and we're going to enjoy it."

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Is there nothing a little duct tape can't fix?

During the fifth inning of Monday's contest between the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers, part of Target Field's outfield fence popped loose. So, the resourceful grounds crew did what anybody else would do: Broke out the duct tape. Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia even got to show off his handyman skills by holding the wall in place during the repairs.

The problem ultimately looked like it was fixed by another stadium worker on the other side of the fence. Still, it's nice to know that duct tape is strong enough to hold an entire stadium together, if need be.

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John Lackey joined a very exclusive club Monday.

The 37-year-old spun seven innings of four-hit shutout ball while striking out 11 to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-0 victory over his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Once the victory was official, Lackey became just the 16th pitcher in history to defeat all 30 teams.

Lackey sounded surprised to learn of his unique accomplishment. "I didn't even know that," he told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, before adding that the feat would be ranked "not that high" on his list of career milestones.

Monday was Lackey's first career regular-season start against the Cardinals, despite playing his entire career in the era of interleague play. He did record a postseason win against St. Louis in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, while a member of the Boston Red Sox.

The 14-year veteran's first career victory came on June 30, 2002, when he tossed six innings in the then-Anaheim Angels' 5-1 win over the Dodgers. He's recorded more wins against the Athletics than any other franchise, besting Oakland 19 times in 35 starts.

Lackey is currently the only active member of the list, though that could change if another member of the club, free-agent hurler Kyle Lohse, pitches this season. Three other pitchers on the list - Dan Haren, Barry Zito, and Tim Hudson (who did it last season) - retired after 2015.

Other prominent members include Curt Schilling, Kevin Brown, Jamie Moyer, and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. The first pitcher to defeat all 30 franchises - a feat that's only been possible since 1998 - was former Mets left-hander Al Leiter.

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Trevor Story's home run slump is over after six games, and he's back to his old record-setting tricks once again.

The rookie sensation of the Colorado Rockies, who has already broken a number of historic baseball records, added his name to the history books again on Monday when he hit an eighth-inning home run off Cincinnati Reds right-hander Ross Ohlendorf.

The home run was the eighth of the season for the youngster, giving him the most home runs through the first 13 games of a career since 1900.

In accomplishing the feat, Story passed Carlos Delgado (7) and Dino Restelli (7), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .309 with an OPS of 1.194 for the surprising Rockies, who currently sit atop the National League West with an 8-5 record.

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