sucks. It’s the worst in the game. I’m not lying about that. That is
true. It took a bad hop and I just tried to put my body in front of it
to get an out…”
upsets me. My job is to take 1,000 ground balls a day, and other guys’
job is to get the field perfect so we can play baseball. It happens.
That’s the way it goes.”
– Dustin Pedroia thinks he had a real chance for an inning-ending double-play
on a Kendry Morales groundball in the top of the eighth inning. The
ball took a wicked hop, forcing Pedroia to dive. By the time he reached
his feet, his only play was first base. Juan Rivera followed with a
two-out, two-run single off Jonathan
Papelbon. The two runs proved critical as the Angels went on to score
three in the top of the ninth, taking the lead and ending the Red Sox
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.