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Red Sox fans need a bit more time


David Price‘s first season in Boston had its ups and downs. He started slowly but then rebounded and looked much better in the second half. He led the league in innings and starts too, so even if he didn’t look like a Cy Young Award winner out there, he certainly put in the work.

The playoffs were a problem. He got one start against the Indians in the Division Series and, sadly for him and the Sox, he gave up five runs on six hits in three and a third innings. That certainly didn’t sit well with Sox fans, but hey, the playoffs are a crap shoot, everyone has a bad day and you gotta let that stuff go once the offseason hits, right?

Price certainly has. He’s even joking a bit at his own expense as he begins a vacation:

It’s good everyone can laugh about it now. Or at least almost everyone.

Wow. Tough room.

I’d suggest checking back in with them at New Year’s, David. Maybe they’ll be over it by then.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.