The Red Sox have a “sleep room” and use sleep study research to optimize player performance

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The Red Sox played at 11AM yesterday morning after an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game the night before. As a marquee team they have a lot more night games on getaway days than other teams and thus get less rest than other teams do too. Of course, this is all just a matter of degree. All major league players are subject to some weird hours that don’t flow naturally with one’s body clock.

Boston has done something about it. John Farrell was on SiriusXM/MLB Network Radio today with Mike Ferrin and Kevin Kennedy and they had an interesting discussion about the team doing sleep studies, and building a “sleep room,” to better help players with rest and keeping their energy level up. Give a listen:

Hey, when you ban greenies, you gotta do something.

Seriously, though. Very cool comments from Farrell and a cool idea by the Red Sox.

Any edge you can get.

The Red Sox will air anti-racism PSA before games beginning next week

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Adrian Walker of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox will air an anti-racism public service announcement at Fenway Park before their game on September 28. This is part of a large campaign backed by the Sox, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and New England Revolution “featuring athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues.”

This comes in the wake of a group of protesters hanging an anti-racism banner in Fenway Park last week which, in turn came a few months after Adam Jones, like many visiting players of color before him, claimed that racial epithets were hurled at him by fans in the Fenway bleachers.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells the globe that the Jones incident is what inspired the PSA campaign:

“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this,” he said. “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”

Bryce Harper could return next week

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Bryce Harper, out with a bone bruise in his knee, was able to take batting practice again yesterday. He also sprinted and played catch and stuff and reported no problems. As such, the Washington Nationals are optimistic he’ll be able to return next week.

This is certainly good news for Washington. By coming back next week Harper should be able to shake off some rust before the playoffs start.

Harper, who has been out since mid-August, is hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 homers and 87 RBI in 106 games on the year.