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2021年10月6日 Off

Red Sox 2014: Don't be surprised if Boston repeats

By xa1
  • This is the latest of our 30 team previews, which will run through March 30.When asked last spring to predict the order of finish in the American League East, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell joked that he wanted a hat and five slips of paper. The talent in the division, Farrell said, was that closely matched; the pennant winner could be any of the five. Then Farrell offered a caveat: There was no reason his new team, a Red Sox squad that had finished last in 2012, couldn’t win the division despite the national consensus that they were headed for fifth place again.Farrell and his boys made good on his suggestion: winning 97 games, the American League East, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and, eventually, the 2013 World Series in six games over the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Boston’s third championship in 10 seasons, but this one was a little different. Several of the key faces — most buried in unruly beards by the end of October — were acquired after the Red Sox purged their roster during the 2012 campaign.David Ortiz (AP Photo) 2014: Impact rookies | Breakout candidatesMike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Koji Uehara were added for 2013 and played important roles down the stretch with their new club. More important, they fit in seamlessly with holdovers such as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.That core is returning, making the Red Sox the prohibitive AL East favorite in 2014 — no pulling names from a[......]

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    Three weeks separated contenders from pretenders in the NL East

    By xa1
  • At the end of games on June 20, the NL East was a bit crowded.The Atlanta Braves were in first place by a half-game over the Washington Nationals and a full game over the Miami Marlins with a 38-35 record. The New York Mets were in last place, just five-and-a-half games out of first place and two games back of the fourth-place Philadelphia Phillies. Three weeks later, the division has a very different feel. The Braves still sit atop the East, a game-and-a-half ahead of the Nationals, but the Marlins are seven games out, the Mets are 10 games back and the Phillies are 11 behind the Braves. Those last three teams combined to go 12-27 over that stretch.That's a pretty quick dispersal. So what happened? "Miami, despite an amazing start and beautiful play at home, is having a hard time keeping up, with their young players," Ron Darling told Sporting News. "I think the Mets and Philadelphia have inherent problems that they're trying to overcome, that's going to make it difficult to stay up with the Nationals and the Braves."Darling, of course, knows this division well. The former All-Star pitcher has been a Mets analyst with SNY for the past nine years, and he's about to kick off another year as a national TBS analyst. Sunday brings the season's first TBS broadcast, when Darling joins Ernie Johnson and夜网论坛 Cal Ripken for the New York Yankees-Minnesota Twins game at 2 p.m. ET.The Mets and Phillies share territory near the division cellar, and neither has a realistic chance o[......]

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    Giants acquire Casey McGehee, find replacement at third base, report says

    By xa1
  • Ever since the Giants lost free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox, they've been connected to almost every big bat on the market.They made a move Friday to replace Kung Fu Panda, acquiring third baseman Casey McGehee from the Marlins. MORE: New faces in new places | Giants re-sign Jake Peavy | Marlins add Yankees' PradoMiami will receive minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo. The teams announced the trade early Saturday. McGehee, 32, is entering his seventh major league season. He batted .287/.355/.357 in 2014 with four home runs and 76 RBIs in 160 games with the Marlins last season.Over his career with the Brewers, Pirates, Yankees and Marlins, McGehee has a .264 average with 65 home runs and 359 RBIs. His most successful season came i夜网论坛n 2010, when he produced career highs in home runs (23) and RBIs (104).Sandoval, four years younger than McGehee at 28, signed with the Red Sox for five years and $95 million earlier in the offseason.McGehee projects as a poor man's Sandoval both on defense and at the plate, but he is considered to be better than the Giants' in-house replacement candidates.[......]

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