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Recent articles by Alex:

The Astros and Dodgers let their star shortstops walk, but would it work out as well for the Red Sox?

For the Astros and Dodgers, turnover even of top-end talent has become common practice. → Read More

Red Sox prospect Bryan Mata hits 100 m.p.h. in competitive return from Tommy John surgery

The righty threw two innings in an extended spring training game, his first competition against another organization since his surgery last April. → Read More

Red Sox prospect Nick Northcut is swatting homers with metronomic regularity in Single A

With the help of an unusual training tool, the infielder leads the Sally League with 14 homers in 30 games. → Read More

Astros trot off with win over Sox by blasting five homers off Nate Eovaldi

Eovaldi joined Toronto’s Chase Anderson (2020) and Milwaukee’s Michael Blazek (2017) as the only pitchers to give up five homers in a single inning. → Read More

Firing the ‘money guns’ is the latest way the Red Sox celebrate a home run

Manager Alex Cora exhorted Kevin Plawecki — ringleader of the laundry cart celebration — to involve the new fake money guns. → Read More

Red Sox big bats come through late, take down Houston to open homestand

After the teams traded single runs for most of the middle innings, which included a 98-minute rain delay and Houston starter Jake Odorizzi being carted off, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts delivered in the eighth. → Read More

Alex Cora steers into potential turnaround comparisons with Celtics

The Celtics were stuck in neutral, and there were widespread calls to dismantle the team’s core before they began a run to the Eastern Conference finals. The Red Sox are hoping they can do the same. → Read More

Red Sox pitching prospect Noah Song completes Naval flight training

The 24-year-old righthander has appealed to the Secretary of the Navy to resume his professional baseball career after the Sox drafted him in 2019. → Read More

Red Sox pitching prospect Brayan Bello may soon force his way up to Triple A

The 23-year-old has emerged as the best upper-levels Sox starting pitching prospect in years. → Read More

Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran had a very different major league experience this time

“I felt way more comfortable,” said Duran, “just trying to be part of the boys, just trying to be part of the chemistry that they have.” → Read More

Is it already too late for the 2022 Red Sox?

This season marks just the third time in the last 56 years and the 15th time in franchise history that the Sox have won no more than 10 of their first 29 games. → Read More

‘This is not fun:’ Red Sox’ offensive issues continue in loss to White Sox

Boston managed only six hits against Chicago in suffering its third straight loss as Nate Eovaldi labored while allowing three runs over five innings. → Read More

Trevor Story not dodging criticism of his early season struggles

The new Red Sox infielder heard the boos from Fenway fans after going 0 for 4 with four strikeouts Thursday, dropping his average to .210. → Read More

Struggling Red Sox to give red-hot Jarren Duran another shot in the majors

Duran made his big league debut after the All-Star break last season year but struggled and was sent to Triple-A Worcester, where he has been playing exceptionally well. → Read More

Red Sox are struggling all over on offense, but some positions are worse than others

First base and right field remain dead spots in a lineup that overall is off to a pretty weak start to the season. → Read More

Chaim Bloom shares your Red Sox frustration, but knows the value of patience

“If we’re dramatically changing plans after the first month of the season, then we’re probably not doing it right,” said the Red Sox architect, reflecting on a 9-14 that has the Red Sox 7½ games behind the East-leading Yankees → Read More

Red Sox designate Travis Shaw for assignment, call up Franchy Cordero from Worcester

Shaw, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in March, was designated for assignment Friday after starting 0 for 19. → Read More

Red Sox’ most improbable prospect is power-hitting 5-8 utilityman Ceddanne Rafaela

The Curaçao native has blossomed in a way no one foresaw. "He lights up the field," said the Sox co-director of international scouting. → Read More

Kutter Crawford, Tanner Houck placed on COVID restricted list ahead of Red Sox’ series in Toronto

Under Canadian law, players who are unvaccinated are not allowed to cross the border for the series. → Read More

The Red Sox’ offense, which was supposed to be a strength, has been anything but

The Sox are averaging 3.8 runs per game, their lowest average over the first 13 games since their last-place 2014 season. → Read More