Report: Sox fired two staffers in steroids probe

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Oy. More Red Sox steroid stuff. Take it, Boston Globe:

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Major League Baseball opened an
investigation into performance-enhancing drugs inside the Red Sox
clubhouse at the height of last year’s pennant race after two members
of the team’s security staff were implicated in steroid use.

The
security staffers said they were dismissed after what they termed a
cursory inquiry by Major League Baseball, and very limited questioning
by the team – even though one of the guards says he swapped advice
about steroids with David Ortiz’s close friend and personal assistant.

The men in question are Nicholas Alex Cyr, 27, and Jared Remy,
30, son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy. The league began an
investigation after a vial of steroids was confiscated from Cyr’s car
last July. Cyr claimed that he bought the steroids from Remy. Both men
say they have no direct knowledge of steroid use by Red Sox players,
including David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, whose names were leaked from
the infamous 2003 doping list by the New York Times this week.

That said, Remy didn’t find the team’s investigation all that thorough:

“I’m
sure they were hoping I didn’t know anything. It’s like they didn’t
want to know. It’s like: Do we really want to know or do we just want
it to go away?”

Just because these two losers used steroids doesn’t necessarily mean
anything, but the fact that they had such close access to the players,
including running errands in Ramirez’s car, should be alarming.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.