Craig Hansen Called Up To The Red Sox

Right-hander Craig Hansen was called up from the Pawtucket Red Sox today… and RHP Jermaine Van Buren was sent down. Hansen’s presence will take some pressure off reliever Keith Foulke—who continues to nurse a strained back. The right-hander kept mum before Tuesday’s game about his physical condition. Foulke has not appeared in a game since May 31st, in Toronto.

October 20, 2012
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Cards’ Ankiel Responds To HGH Reports

In yesterday’s edition, the NY Daily News reported that St Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel received eight shipments of HGH —including the injectable drugs Saizen and Genotropin—back in 2004. Florida physician, Dr. William Gogan, signed the prescriptions and the drugs were provided by Signature Pharmacy through a Palm Beach Gardens clinic, The Health and Rejuvenation Center (aka, THARC). Yesterday afternoon, Ankiel responded to those reports. Ankiel, a former pitcher turned outfielder,…

October 20, 2012
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Ellsbury To Make Major League Debut Tonight

This afternoon, the Red Sox called up outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from Triple-A Pawtucket… he will be in the lineup tonight against the Rangers in place of the injured Coco Crisp. He is slotted to bat ninth and to start in center field. Ellsbury, 23, will be making his major league debut and will wear #46. The lefthanded batter has combined to hit .323 (90-279) with 24 RBI, 52 runs scored…

October 20, 2012
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An Amazing Accomplsihment At Fenway Park

David Ortiz’ 50th home run may have elicited the loudest cheer of the evening, but it certainly was not the most amazing accomplishment at Fenway Park last night. Peter Gammons stepped in front of a camera for ESPN for the first time since suffering a life-threatening aneurysm in late June and subsequenlty enduring ten hours of brain surgery. And those who watched him on television would have been hard pressed…

October 20, 2012
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Former Sox Closer Found Not Guilty In Robbery

Yesterday, former Red Sox closer Jeff Reardon was found not guilty, by reason of insanity, for robbing a Palm Beach Gardens (FL) jewelry store in December, 2005. Four psychiatrists—two court-appointed and two defense witnesses—testified that Reardon was under the influence of a dozen prescription medications and that there was no reasonable explanation for the robbery. According to reports in two Florida newspapers, Reardon has been distraught as a result of…

October 20, 2012
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Epstein Press Conference: To RSN’s Disappointment, No Macha Moment… Only Class

On the way out the door, former GM Theo Epstein comported himself EXACTLY as we expected—with the utmost of class… and at the same press conference, Principal Owner John W Henry conducted himself EXACTLY as we would have expected—with the utmost of class—and with something we might not have expected—with a great deal of emotion… To be honest, we learned nothing of the real reasons for the divorce on Lucchino…

October 20, 2012
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Another Drug Suspension Hits Minor League Baseball

Toronto Blue Jays Single-A pitcher Edward Rodriguez has been suspended after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. The duration of his suspension shall be fifty games. Rodriguez is the 10th player to be suspended this year under the minor league drug testing program The 21-year-old reliever was assigned to the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class-A Midwest League. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six appearances… all in…

October 20, 2012
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700 Sundays – Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” is ‘don’t miss” theatre. This statement applies whether or not you are a fan of baseball, or of the (hated) NY Yankees, or of our (beloved) Boston Red Sox—because, you see, the play has VERY little to do with baseball and EVERYTHING to do with life… Now, to begin with, I will confess that I am a BIG fan of Billy Crystal! “When Harry Met Sally”…

October 20, 2012
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For Second Year In A Row, Steroid Scandal Dogging Yankees At Start Of The Season

Last year it was Jason Giambi. This year it’s Gary Sheffield. In the new book, entitled “Game of Shadows”, Sheffield is accused of injecting testosterone and Human Growth Hormone into his body back in 2002. The book was written by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, and is based upon more than two years of investigation into baseball’s steroid scandal. In 2003, Sheffield reportedly admitted to a…

October 20, 2012
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“Behind The Scenes” Is Coming, But The Celebrity Softball Game Article Has Been Delayed

My buddy Marcus Giamatti offered to write a ‘behind the scenes’ piece for this website about the activities at the celebrity all-star game that occurred on the weekend of the MLB All-Star Game… but a funny thing happened on the way to writing the article: He got a part in a movie. On the day of the celebrity softball game, Marcus was hanging out with Rob Schneider, formerly of Saturday…

October 20, 2012
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