The completion of Trevor Story’s deal to join the Red Sox apparently hit a snag this week and was nearly in jeopardy of falling apart due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday, there were concerns that the agreement with Story – a six-year, $140 million contract…Trevor Story’s deal with Red Sox nearly fell apart over COVID-19 vaccination status, per report — The Denver Post
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two days into the start of Red Sox camp, there’s a clear message emerging from the front office. However much money the Sox spend on their payroll in 2022 is irrelevant, Sox officials have said. What matters is that the team is competitive. “Yeah, the way we’ve handled it is we’ve…Red Sox president Sam Kennedy: ‘We’re not going to deviate’ from long-term outlook — Boston Herald
The Red Sox took a flier on a former Gold Glove winner on Wednesday, signing infielder Yolmer Sánchez to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training. The 29-year-old Sanchez spent the 2021 season with Triple-A Gwinnett, the Atlanta Braves’ affiliate, but previously played 657 major league games over seven seasons…Red Sox add former Gold Glove winner to spring training roster — Boston Herald
The Boston Red Sox committed to one of their New Year’s resolutions this year. Per rankings from MLB.com, the Red Sox had the most improved farm system in 2021 after jumping 12 spots since the preseason. The publication had Boston at No. 24 (with just six teams below) in March on its preseason list. A […]Red Sox Getting Praise For Vastly Improved Farm System In 2021 — NESN.com
The Texas Rangers have signed Tim Hyers as their hitting coach after he spent four seasons in the same role for the Boston Red Sox.Rangers name Hyers hitting coach, reunite him with Woodward — MLB | NBC Sports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the better part of seven innings, the Red Sox were simply getting beat by the Rays. There was nothing particularly egregious about any of it. It was just a better team playing better baseball on this night. And then Sox reliever Josh Taylor got lazy on the mound, settled into…Forgetful Red Sox out-classed in decisive 5-0 loss to Rays in Game 1 of ALDS — Boston Herald
The Red Sox still view Jarren Duran as a big piece of their future, but that time is not right now. As he continues to go through expected struggles and with a roster crunch in the outfield, the Red Sox optioned Duran back to Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday to make room for starting pitcher Tanner…Red Sox option Jarren Duran to Triple-A as rookie works through growing pains — Boston Herald
Mark it down as a series win and forget the rest. After making five errors in Saturday’s loss, one that manager Alex Cora called “embarrassing,” the Red Sox made two more errors in the fifth inning on Monday and then blew the save in the ninth, when Matt Barnes coughed up a two-run lead. But…Matt Barnes blows another one, but Rafael Devers, Travis Shaw save Red Sox in 8-4 win over Rangers — Boston Herald
The MLB trade deadline was almost two weeks ago, but with each passing loss the Red Sox have revealed yet another need that went unaddressed. Tuesday night was Matt Barnes’ third loss in four games. If a team loses three out of four, it’s scuffling. When a closer loses three out of four, there’s a…Mastrodonato: Matt Barnes’ breakdown enhances Red Sox’ trade deadline failures — Boston Herald
As this Friday’s trade deadline comes and goes and a roster crunch in the rotation approaches, the Red Sox may soon have a decision to make on Garrett Richards. As he continues to reinvent himself on the fly since MLB’s midseason ban on foreign substances, Richards hasn’t been consistent. Chris Sale’s return to the Red…Garrett Richards hit hard, Red Sox squander big chances in loss to Blue Jays — Boston Herald
BLUE JAYS NOTES (49-47)
THE BLUE JAYS lost when leading after 7 innings for only the 4th time this season (33-4).
Have lost 5 of their last 6 games but are 16-12 (.571) in their last 28 (beginning 6/19)…Are 1-3 on their current 7-game road trip.
Have lost their last 4 games against the Red Sox (4-8 vs. BOS overall in 2021).
Hit their 150th HR, most in the AL and 2nd-most in the majors (SF-151)…This is only the 2nd time they have reached 150 HR in 96 games or fewer, having also
done so in 2000 (160 HR in first 96 games)…Have 24 HR in 12 games vs. BOS this season, including 19 HR in the last 6 meetings.
Snapped a streak of 10 consecutive games without committing an error (Bichette, 3rd inning), 1 shy of MLB’s longest streak of 2021 (ATL-11).
BO BICHETTE (1-for-4) gave the Jays a 4-3 lead with a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 5th inning…Was his 9th go-ahead HR of the season, 2nd-most on the Jays (Guerrero-10).
His HR had an exit velocity of 111.8 mph, the 2nd-hardest HR of his career (112.0 mph on 5/16/21 vs. PHI).
In 12 games vs. BOS in 2021, is 20-for-51 (.392) with 5 2B, 4 HR, and 12 RBI.
VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. (2-for-4, RBI) has reached base via hit or BB in 23 consecutive starts vs. BOS (beginning 9/11/19).
In 12 games against the Red Sox in 2021, has gone 20-for-45 (.444) with 13 RBI, 10 XBH, and 9 BB.
THOMAS HATCH made his 2021 season debut (3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 4 SO, HR)…Made his 2nd career start (also his ML debut on 7/26/20 at TB).
ADAM CIMBER (1.2 IP) retired all 5 batters faced…Extended his homerless streak to 50.2 IP, MLB’s longest active streak (last HR: 8/12/20 vs. CHC).
TAYLER SAUCEDO (0.2 IP, H, SO) retired Jarren Duran in the 4th inning…Has held left-handed hitters to a .053 AVG (1-for-19) this season
The saving grace is that the Yankees threw their two best, and perhaps only competent starting pitchers this weekend. Otherwise, it’s fair to say the Red Sox fell flat in the Bronx, where they started a four-game series with a chance to bury their rivals into oblivion. But the first night was postponed due to…10 takeaways after Red Sox lost two of three from the Yankees — Boston Herald