The Sox will still owe Ramirez about $15 million for the rest of the season, but with the highest payroll in baseball, they can afford mistakes.
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The Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says the move was manager Alex Cora's idea. Cora wanted to play Mitch Moreland at first and didn't think Ramirez would be effective coming off the bench.
Buster breaks down Thursday's action, including a handful of outstanding pitching performances and a little league home run.
Blake Snell threw six scoreless innings, Wilson Ramos drove in two runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Thursday night.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list Friday. The veteran hasn't played since undergoing a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee in October.
Buster & Keith Law discuss the top Draft prospects, young players making a big impression, the idea of PED penalty peer pressure and more (1:30). Plus, Stephania Bell on Dustin Pedroia, Clayton Kershaw and more (24:34), and Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (33:52).
Xander Bogaerts sparked a three-run rally in the ninth inning, David Price pitched the bulk of a three-hitter and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.
Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez said they have no interest in participating in this year's Home Run Derby.
The two 21-year-old infielders are already future All-Stars and putting up big power numbers. If you had to pick one, choosing isn't easy.
Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.
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Mookie Betts continues his insane first two months, blasting a three-run homer for the Red Sox to take over the MLB lead with 16. He's on pace for 54 home runs, 64 doubles and more than a run per game while hitting .367. Crazy dominant right now.
BBTN: Cora talks Boston's young stars, Mookie Betts & JD Martinez and the level of competition with the Yanks
Buster Olney talks to Red Sox Manager Alex Cora about his relationship with Boston's young stars, what he's learned about Mookie Betts & JD Martinez and the level of competition with the Yankees.
Before listening to Boog Sciambi's discussions with Terry Francona (28:03) & Alex Bregman (30:46), Buster & Tim Kurkjian talk about the top of their power rankings, the great returns on J.D. Martinez & Shohei Ohtani and much more (1:03). Plus, Todd Radom's trivia & #ThirtyUnis dives into the Padres' rich uniform history (32:39).
The margins between the best have never been closer, but do we have a new No. 1? And which NL East team pushed its way into the top five?
We all expected an American League East power duo to strike fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers, but not necessarily J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.
J.D. Martinez hit two vastly different drives for his first multihomer game with Boston, powering Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Saturday night.
Jonathan Schoop homered and Alex Cobb got his first win of the season as Baltimore beat Boston 7-4 Friday night, ending the Orioles' 13-game road losing streak.
BBTN Scoreboard: Justin Turner Provides A Spark For The Dodgers, David Price Finishes What He Starts, And More Robinson Cano Insight
Buster recaps Thursday's action, including a big day from Justin Turner, David Price's tremendous effort, and the player perspective on Robinson Cano's suspension.