Red Sox making Hurricane Irene plans for weekend

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With Hurricane Irene’s projected path currently taking it through Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Red Sox are talking with MLB about playing a preemptive doubleheader at Fenway Park on Friday or Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.

The A’s will be in Boston for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday night.

Nothing has been decided about the schedule just yet, but a Friday doubleheader would make the most sense, particularly if it looks like Irene might arrive in Connecticut and Rhode Island as a hurricane.  If the storm encounters some resistance before then, perhaps Saturday would work instead.

“I think they’re throwing around a lot of ideas that are just ideas,” manager Terry Francona said. “Nobody wants to miss gates. The Red Sox don’t, the league doesn’t, for obvious reasons, and for competitive reasons, so do we. We’ll do the best we can.”

Marlins release Edinson Volquez

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have released starter Edinson Volquez, freeing up a spot on the 40-man roster. Volquez was entering the final year of his two-year, $22 million contract signed in November 2016. He was set to earn $13 million for this coming season.

Volquez, 34, underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss most, if not all of the 2018 season. He ended his 2017 campaign with a 4.19 ERA and an 81/53 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings across 17 starts.

Since Volquez won’t come back until very late in the 2018 season at minimum, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him remain teamless until next offseason.