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Nick Swisher may hit the disabled list soon


Nick Swisher is mired in a 6-for-55 slump, and a reason for it may very well be the nagging shoulder injury he’s had all year. He aggravated it on Saturday, and now he may be heading to the DL. Swisher, talking to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer:

“I’ve been battling this shoulder thing the whole year. It’s super frustrating for me because I’ve never had something like this. Either way, we have to figure out what is going on and then we will go from there … “I just don’t feel I have the thump in my swing. Whatever decision we make tomorrow, we are going to go at it full on.”

He’s going to totally ROCK that disabled list, bro. Gonna convalesce at 110%.

Red Sox ask Hanley Ramirez to report 15-20 pounds lighter next spring

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Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.

Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.