The Boston Red Sox are set to take the field against the New York Yankees on Saturday at London Stadium, and there’s plenty of excitement coming from both the players and fans.
Ahead of Game 1, Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account shared a hype video that’s sure to get fans fired up for the two-game set.
Old Rivalry. New Stage. #LondonSeries pic.twitter.com/FzaBqsOYLN
— MLB (@MLB) June 29, 2019
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is one of the oldest and best in all of sports, and with the Yankees ahead of Boston by nine games in the American League East standings, the Sox certainly will be looking to stifle their enemy overseas.
The Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry is taking a brand new turn in 2019.
Boston and New York are meeting this weekend for a two-game set, but it will take place in London. The two sides will meet beginning Saturday at London Stadium in the much-anticipated MLB London Series.
Fanfare aside, this is a pretty important series for Boston, as the Sox currently trail the Yankees by nine games in the American League East standings. A pair of wins this weekend will keep Boston in the hunt for the AL East crown, but two losses all but certainly will force them to focus entirely on the wild card.
Here’s how to watch Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees game online:
When: Saturday, June 29 at 1:10 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go | FuboTV
Even when it seemed certain Kyrie Irving was leaving Boston this summer, it always felt like a guarantee that Al Horford would be back — even if he opted out of his contract.
Of course, that since has gone up in flames, as the big man reportedly will sign elsewhere once free agency begins Sunday. But it appears his decision to leave has nothing to do with an issue with the Celtics or Boston.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix noted Friday on WEEI’s “Mut and Callahan” that Horford’s decision was purely financial.
“From talking to his people, it never was a toxic relationship,” Mannix said, via WEEI.com. “It never was Al Horford doesn’t want to be in Boston — Al Horford wants to get paid, and Al Horford is 33 years old, and he knows that this summer has a very summer of 2016-type feel to it where when the dust settles on Durant and Kawhi and some of these top-tier players, there’s going to be money out there. Much more money than the Celtics are willing to come to the table with in a three-year type of deal that, I’m just guessing, I think would be in that $60-million range.
“I think Al Horford’s got a great chance of getting something close to $90-100 million dollars in a long-term deal, and when you’re looking at the last deal of your career, it’s easy for us to sit here and say ‘Al Horford should want to come back,’ but I wouldn’t leave $40 million on the table if it was out there. It’s all about the dollars for Al Horford.”
Now, it’s worth mentioning that Mannix’s estimation of the Celtics offer is different than ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan’s. She had suggested the Celtics had given Horford a “pretty healthy” four-year offer.
Nonetheless, Horford is making the right decision for himself, something you never could blame him (or any athlete) for. Besides, it appears things will work out fine enough for the Celtics, who all but certainly will sign Kemba Walker now with money that will be made available thanks to Horford’s impending departure.
Give him an “A” for effort, but Michael Chavis still is working on getting the hang of an English accent.
The Boston Red Sox are set to kick off the London Series on Saturday, a two-game set between the Sox and New York Yankees that will take place at London Stadium.
Since the Red Sox departed for the trip, Chavis has been keeping folks on Twitter abreast of his time in London, and Saturday he fired off maybe his best (and/or dorkiest) tweet yet.
I’m chuffed to bits! It’s a bloody lovely day so leave your brolly in the boot! If you missed this game you’d be a few sandwiches short of a picnic so make sure you’re full of beans and tune in! #LondonSeries
— Chief Chavis (@MichaelChavis11) June 29, 2019
Again, good on him for trying.
Chavis will be in the lineup for the series opener, batting eighth and playing first base.
A trip across the pond relieved Andrew Benintendi of some heaviness in his legs.
The outfielder missed Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Chicago White Sox with “heavy legs,” but will be back in action Saturday as the Boston Red Sox kick off a two-game set against the New York Yankees at London Stadium.
While Benintendi was out, Rafael Devers hit second behind Mookie Betts. That will remain the case, as Benintendi will hit fifth and play left field. Brock Holt will be in the lineup, playing second base, while Christian Vazquez will catch starter Rick Porcello and bat sixth.
The Yankees will send out Masahiro Tanaka for the series opener.
Here are the lineups for both teams:
BOSTON RED SOX (44-38)
Mookie Betts, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, DH
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Christian Vazquez, C
Brock Holt, 2B
Michael Chavis, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Rick Porcello, RHP (5-7, 4.52 ERA)
NEW YORK YANKEES (52-28)
D.J. LeMahieu, 3B
Aaron Judge, RF
Gary Sanchez, C
Luke Voit, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Aaron Hicks, CF
Gleyber Torres, 2B
Brett Gardner, LF
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP (5-5, 3.21 ERA)
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At first, the New York Knicks and Kyrie Irving seemed to be a likely marriage.
And the Knicks very well might land a Boston Celtics guard this summer, but it doesn’t appear to be Irving.
Since the Irving rumors flamed out, the Knicks have been linked to Boston’s reserve guard, Terry Rozier, who is a restricted free agent. However, with the Celtics likely agreeing to a deal with Kemba Walker once free agency begins, Boston would have to renounce their rights to Rozier to clear cap space, making him an unrestricted free agent.
With that in mind, the New York Post’s Marc Berman shed some light on the Knicks’ courtship of Rozier in a piece published Friday.
If he becomes an unrestricted free agent, Knicks’ point guard target Terry Rozier is open to taking a short-term one or two-year deal, according to NBA sources. …
According to an NBA source, there is mutual interest between the Knicks and Rozier. But it all depends on Walker, whose preference all along was to stay in Charlotte but the Hornets have not stepped up with a max offer in preliminary contract talks.
As a restricted free agent, the Knicks only had minimal interest in Rozier because of the complication of tying up cap space for days while the Celtics decide to match an offer sheet.
Such a deal actually makes a ton of sense for both sides — something that might be a first for the Knicks ¯_(ツ)_/¯
The Knicks have made clear they’re not going to sign mid-tier players to massive deals just because they miss out on elite superstars, and signing Rozier allows them to have a serviceable point guard that won’t put them in salary cap hell down the road. For reference, one NBA insider suspects Rozier will land in the $15-18 million a year range. The Knicks reportedly also do not believe Rozier is too far of a step down from Irving, though that belief probably is a little misguided.
As for Rozier, it gives him a chance to prove himself as an 82-game starter. He was great in the 2018 postseason with Kyrie Irving injured, but took a big step back this past season when he saw his role reduced. He has not shied away from saying that starting is important to him — to the point where it’s reportedly more important than money — and joining the Knicks would allow him to do that. The 25-year-old would then have a year or two to prove his worth as a starter and potentially get a much more significant haul when he hits free agency again.
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Nothing in life is perfect, so while Celtics fans might be excited about the almost certain signing of Kemba Walker, his time in Boston certainly won’t be void of flaws.
It appears all that’s left for the guard to do to become a member of the C’s is sign on the dotted line, at which point he’ll be the recipient of a pretty lucrative four-year max contract.
Now, Walker turned 29 years old back in May, so by the time a four-year deal would be up he’ll have just turned 33. That, coupled with the fact that he stands at just 6-foot-1, presents the only problem in the eyes of an NBA insider/analyst.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix explained the problem Friday on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan.”
“The only problem with Kemba that I foresee, and it’s a problem with a lot of small guards, guys at that size, they don’t tend to age all that well, their games don’t age all that well,” Mannix said, via WEEI.com. “So I think after a couple of years, when that contract is still enormous, Kemba you might be paying more for past performance.”
Fair point, and it’s worth noting Mannix made clear he still is a fan of the deal.
While the Celtics might find themselves in a pinch in a few years as Mannix alludes to, they have a young core that they have to think about trying to win with now, so you can’t fault them for going after Walker as Kyrie Irving’s replacement.
Brian Johnson is heading back to the injured list.
The Boston Red Sox announced Saturday morning the southpaw, who was activated from the injured list just over two weeks ago after a more than two-month battle with elbow inflammation, will go back on the 10-day IL. According to the team, it is due to “a non-baseball related medical matter that was discovered during routine testing by the club’s medical staff.” The release also notes that Johnson is expected to return to pitching this season.
As a result, Hector Velazquez was activated off the injured list. The righty spot starter/long reliever was put on the IL June 19 due to the re-aggravation of a lower back strain suffered pitching in the 17th inning against the Minnesota Twins the night before. It was his first appearance since getting activated from the same injury.
The Red Sox are in London for a two-game series against the New York Yankees beginning Saturday, so the team was allowed to travel 28 players and keep 26 on the active roster. Boston announced first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis would be the 26th man, while they also brought catcher Oscar Hernandez on the trip.
First pitch Saturday from London Stadium for the series opener is set for 1 p.m. ET.
PawSox Win At Rochester With Trevor Kelley Continuing To Be Nails With A 1-2-3 9th After Pitching Back-To-Back Night’s
The Pawtucket Red Sox have bounced back and in large part due to relief pitcher Trevor Kelley.
Friday night’s dramatic 7-to-5 victory over the Rochester RedWings had plenty of hero’s on the PawSox side of the ball, but Kelley seemingly edges out the rest.
The Rhode Island native who has already earned an All-Star nod continues to impress as Kelley came on in a 7-5 game and provided Billy McMillon with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th to pick up his 4th save of the season as his ERA drops to .96 on the season. Kelley’s outing on Friday comes on the heels of a Thursday night outing where he had a similar scoreless effort which has been the standard for the sidearms 2019 season.
The starter in this one for Pawtucket was Teddy Stankiewicz who battled going 5 innings allowing 5 runs on 9 base hits. With Teddy giving up 2 blasts on the night it was up to the offense to battle.
It started in the top of the 1st inning with Bryce (Don’t Let Him Get Hot) Brentz belted a 2-run shot for his 15th homer of the season. The rehabbing Tzu-Wei Lin had an RBI single in the top of the 2nd to make it 3-0 before Stankiewicz was touched for 3 runs in the 3rd, and 2 in the 4th.
Pawtucket got one back in the top of the 6th with an RBI double in the top of the 6th, tied the game in the top of the 8th on a wild pitch, and took the lead on a Juan Centeno sacrifice fly in the top of the 9th. The icing on the cake was another wild pitch run in the 9th making it 7-5.
In order to set up this comeback the PawSox had the solid outing by Kelley, but had two stellar performances to bridge the gap to the newly minted closer. Jenrry Mejia went 2 scoreless and then Bobby Poyner picked up the win with an inning of work bridging tight gap to Kelley’s 1-2-3 9th inning.
There was only 1 rehabber in this one for Pawtucket with Tzu-Wei Lin leading off and playing second base for McMillon. Lin went 3-for-4 with an RBI and struck out once while playing 7 innings in the field.
A Look Ahead
With the win the PawSox move to 32-46 on the season and have two more in Rochester before heading home to McCoy Stadium on Monday.
McMillon’s probable rotation is as follows:
Sunday: Darwinzon Hernandez
Monday: Erasmo Ramirez
Tuesday: Kyle Hart
Wednesday: Teddy Stankiewicz
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CC Sabathia knows the process of being a free agent, and just how rattling it can be.
The New York Yankees pitcher has been through it before, and potentially can test the free-agent market after this season if he decides to continue his career. So he’s familiar with the possibilities Mookie Betts may face in the future.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder, who had a year filled with awards and a World Series last season, can become a free agent after the 2020 campaign. While his future is unknown, Sabathia offered up some advice to Betts on the “R2C2 Podcast.”
“Just to stay the course. It ain’t really nothing you can do but just play hard and be yourself,” he said, as transcribed by MassLive.com. “You’ve just got to wait it out. It sucks. You should be getting paid now. I mean, you’re getting paid but you should be getting paid more. You’ve just got to stay the course, man. It sucks being a free agent. I was talking about it with Manny, it’s not fun. It’s a part of the game.”
Sabathia added that it’s more the fact of not knowing where you’ll have a job, saying it’s “unsettling.”
“You know you’re going to get a job,” he said. “You just don’t know where. And then you have your family and everybody’s moving. It’s just a lot of moving parts and different (expletive) that you want to get settled in. We’re so creatures of habit, you get comfortable in what you do. That might all change with free agency. It’s just unsettling a little bit.”
Hopefully Betts calls Boston home for a long, long time.
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