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December 21, 2006 at 11:59 AM

Eight Minor Leaguers Signed


The Pawtucket Red Sox received reinforcements today as GM Theo Epstein announced the signings of eight minor league free agents. Jeff Bailey, Alberto Castillo, Travis Hughes, Luis Jimenez, Joe McEwing, Ed Rogers, Kerry Robinson and Bobby Scales also received non-roster invitations to Boston's major league training camp in the spring. Castillo, a veteran of 407 major league games who spent 2006 in the Nationals' organization, had been rumored to be a candidate for the Red Sox back up catcher slot prior to the return of Doug Mirabelli and may still provide insurance in the event he falters. First basemen Bailey and Jimenez are familiar faces, having spent 2006 with the PawSox and Sea Dogs respectively. Robinson and McEwing have held major league positions in the past but would likely only be called to Boston in the event of an emergency, while Hughes, Rogers, and Scales provide for good minor league depth.
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December 16, 2006 at 4:55 AM

Sox sign Romero, re-sign Mirabelli


The Boston Red Sox plugged two more holes Friday, announcing the signing of J. C. Romero and Doug Mirabelli. Romero, a 30-year-old free agent left handed specialist who spent 2006 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, represents a reclamation project, having put up a 6.70 ERA. Romero, who had a general run of success in Minnesota before his bumpy single season in Anaheim, reportedly signed for $1.6 million. He joins fellow southpaw Hideki Okajima in the Sox bullpen, a point of weakness for Boston in recent years. In resigning Doug Mirabelli, a familiar face to Red Sox fans, Boston has filled its back up catcher position with a known quantity, intimately familiar with RHP Tim Wakefield's signature knuckleball. Mirabelli is slated to earn $750,000 in 2007, a figure that could rise to $975,00 if he meets performance incentives.
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December 15, 2006 at 3:55 PM

Sox acquire Donnelly for Seibel


On Friday Boston bolstered its bullpen by acquiring right-handed setup man Brendan Donnelly from the LA Angels in exchange for minor league lefty Phil Seibel (pictured). In 2006, Donnelly went 6-0 with a 3.94 ERA over 62 games. Over his career, he has posted a 2.38 ERA for the Angels. Seibel had been in the Red Sox system since November 2003, but was sidelined for much of that time following Tommy John Surgery in 2005. The 27 year old lefty came back and pitched impressively in 2006, going 6-3 with a 1.24 ERA for Greenville, Portland, and Pawtucket. Seibel probably did not fit in Boston's bullpen plans for 2007, but stands a good chance of earning a spot in the Angels bullpen.
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December 14, 2006 at 11:59 PM

Boston Welcomes Matsuzaka


Last December Scott Boras facilitated the dramatic departure of a high profile Red Sox player who wore number 18. Almost a year later, at the conclusion of an even more dramatic process, he stood by as a new #18 was introduced this afternoon at Fenway Park. Before a throng of reporters, GM Theo Epstein formally announced that the Sox have signed Japanese sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka to a six year deal, reportedly worth $52 million with $8 million in incentives. In exchange for the right to sign the 26-year-old right hander, Boston will send $51.11 million to the Pacific League’s Seibu Lions--their record high bid in the Japanese posting process. Matsuzaka boasts a robust arsenal of pitches including a mid-90s fastball, a devastating slider which has drawn comparisons to Randy Johnson’s, and has been linked with the legendary gyro-ball. In an eight year career with Seibu, Matsuzaka owns a 108-60 record, a 2.95 ERA and 1,355 strikeouts in 1,402.2 innings, going 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 2006. He was named the MVP of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in which he won all three of his starts while allowing only two earned runs.
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December 13, 2006 at 10:04 PM

Sox Make Lugo Official


On a busy day in Red Sox Nation, Manager Terry Francona and Assistant GM Jed Hoyer formally introduced SS Julio Lugo today at a Fenway Park press conference. The Sox had come to terms with Lugo on a four year $36 million contract during the winter meetings, but the deal’s official announcement had been delayed pending the outcome of a physical. Hoyer and Francona were called upon to preside over the announcement in the absence of GM Theo Epstein and president Larry Lucchino, who were reportedly putting the finishing touches on a deal with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Good friend David Ortiz also was on hand to welcome Lugo. The 31-year-old with a career line of .277/.340/.402 in eight seasons will bat leadoff for the Sox in 2007 and wear uniform number 23.
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December 12, 2006 at 7:54 PM

Kapler to manage Greenville


The Boston Red Sox announced today that they have filled their managerial vacancies at the Portland Sea Dogs, Greenville Drive and Lancaster JetHawks. At Portland (AA) Artie Beyeler will take over for Todd Claus, who was named 2007 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. In 2006 Beyeler served as the hitting coach for the Mobile BayBears (San Diego, AA)--where he worked with George Kottaras--and most recently coached under Claus for the West Oahu CaneFires in the Hawaiian Winter League, whose members included Red Sox prospects John Otness, Jeff Corsaletti, and Ryan Phillips. Beyeler previously managed in the Red Sox system at Lowell (2000-2001 seasons) and Augusta (2002). As had been previously announced, Claus will remain with the Red Sox as an advance scout. Red Sox fan favorite Gabe Kapler announced his retirement as a player Tuesday night, but was not out of work long, as he was offered and accepted the managerial position of the Greenville Drive (low-A). Kapler replaces another former big leaguer, Luis Alicea, who had been promoted to the Red Sox first base coach and infield coach. Chad Epperson, who had managed the Wilmington Blue Rocks, will move with the Sox to Lancaster where he will take the reigns of the JetHawks (high-A). Epperson was named BA’s Carolina League top managerial prospect in 2006 and led the Drive to the playoffs. He is in his sixth season in the Boston system, having previously managed at Augusta and Greenville.
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December 7, 2006 at 9:21 PM

Sox Select Nick Debarr in Rule 5 Draft


The Sox selected Nick Debarr with the eleventh pick of the 2006 Rule 5 Draft. The 23-year old RHP from Lassen Community College missed all of 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but bounced back in 2006 as a reliever for High-A Visalia of the California League (Devil Rays). Debarr features a sinker/slider combination with a fastball that sits in the high-80's to low-90's. He also mixes in a developing split-finger fastball. The general consensus is that Debarr will not stick on a major league roster. -templeUsox
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November 30, 2006 at 3:27 AM

Sox Ink Lefty Okajima


As has been widely reported, the Boston Red Sox announced the signing of Japanese free-agent LHP Hideki Okajima on Nov. 30, 2006. Okajima, a 30-year-old reliever, signed a two-year reportedly $2.5M deal, with a $1.75M team option for a third. In 2006 Okajima went 2-2 with a career best 2.14 ERA and four saves in 55 appearances for the Pacific League champion Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Okajima's arsenal of pitches includes a "plus" curve, a fastball and a fork ball. The new Sox lefthanded specialist had a cumulative record of 34-32 with a 3.36 ERA and 41 saves in his twelve year Japanese career. "Okaji," as he has asked to be called, will wear number 40.
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November 19, 2006 at 9:47 AM

MiLB.com - Ellsbury Q&A


Check out MILB.com's interview with top prospect Jacoby Ellsbury.
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November 17, 2006 at 5:57 AM

Ellsbury Goes 2 For 3 In Javelinas Final Game


11/17 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas won their final game of the Arizona Fall League by defeating Scottsdale 1-0. This gave them an overall record of 14 wins and 18 losses for the short fall season. This saw them finish in last place in their division. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 3 in the game with a run scored. He finished with a .276 batting average. Chad Spann went 0 for 3 in the game and ended up hitting .268. Dusty Brown did not play. He finished up hitting .239. David Pauley started and went 3 innings in the game. He did not allow a run while giving up 3 hits and 0 BB. He had 3 Ks. Overall he was 0-3 with an ERA of 5.06. He had 14 Ks in 23 2/3 innings. Lenny DiNardo pitched 1 scoreless inning of relief. He allowed 1 hit and 0 BB while striking out the side. Overall, he was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He had 16 Ks in 13 1/3 innings. Kyle Jackson finished with a 6-0 record and an ERA of 6.23. He had 11 Ks in 17 1/3 innings. Barry Hertzler finished with a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 3.31. He had 17 Ks in 16 1/3 innings. See you in the spring!
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November 16, 2006 at 6:14 AM

Spann Has Big Night As Javelinas Blast Phoenix


11/16 Cup of Coffee: In their second to last game of the fall season, the Javelinas bats came alive as they trounced Phoenix 11-0. Chad Spann had a big night at the plate going 4 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. He raised his overall batting average to .278. Dusty Brown went 1 for 4 with a BB. He is now hitting .239. Kyle Jackson improved his record to 6-0 with a 2 inning scoreless performance. He allowed just 1 hit, 0 BB and had 3 Ks. The Javelinas play their final game of the fall season tonight.
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November 15, 2006 at 6:12 AM

Ellsbury Goes 2 For 4 In Javelinas Loss


11/15 Cup of Coffee: Action in the Arizona Fall League yesterday saw the Javelinas drop a 6-5 decision to the Saguaros. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Dusty Brown went 0 for 3 with a BB and a run scored.
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at 12:26 AM

Red Sox win bid on Daisuke Matsuzaka


With a record bid the Boston Red Sox won the rights to negotiate with Japanese star pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Red Sox bid of $51.1 million easily topped the previous record of $13.125 million for Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The 26 year old right hander was 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA for the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League in 2006. Now the Red Sox have 30 days to finalize a deal with Matsuzaka or risk the return of the Japanese ace to the Seibu Lions for the 2007 season.
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November 14, 2006 at 5:57 AM

Javelinas Win 2nd In Row


11/14 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas defeated Grand Canyon 5-2 on Monday. Jacoby Ellsbury was hitless in 5 at bats and saw his average drop to .255. Chad Spann went 1 for 4 and scored a run. Dusty Brown went 1 for 4 with a triple being his hit. Barry Hertzler went 3 hitless innings. He gave up 1 BB and had 4 Ks. Lenny DiNardo went 1 inning. He did allow a run. He gave up 1 hit and had a K.
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November 12, 2006 at 8:01 AM

Javelinas Outslug Mesa 13-10


11/12 Cup of Coffee: Saturday's action saw the Javelinas defeat Mesa 13-10. Chad Spann went 1 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. He also had a BB. Dusty Brown went 1 for 3 and had a RBI. He had 2 BBs as well. Kyle Jackson pitched 1 inning of relief. He allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and a BB.
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November 11, 2006 at 6:26 AM

Javelinas Held To 5 Hits In 4-2 Loss


11/11 Cup of Coffee: Grand Canyon defeated the Javelinas 4-2 on Friday. David Pauley started and took the loss. His record is now 0-3. He went 4 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits. He did not walk a batter and had 2 Ks. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 and is now hitting .269. Chad Spann also went 0 for 4 and saw his batting average drop to .242. Dusty Brown went 2 for 4 and had an RBI. His average is now .245.
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November 10, 2006 at 6:01 AM

Javelinas Blanked 8-0 By Grand Canyon


11/10 Cup of Coffee: On Thursday, the Javelinas were shutout 8-0 by Grand Canyon. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 4 and is now hitting .281. Dusty Brown entered the game as a pinch hitter and was 0 for 1. He is hitting .224. Barry Hertzler pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief. He did not give up a run on 3 hits and a BB with 3 Ks.
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November 9, 2006 at 6:12 AM

Jackson 5-0 Credited With Javelinas Win Over Saguaros


11/09 Cup of Coffee: Kyle Jackson pitched 2 innings of perfect relief with 2 Ks in the Javelinas 10-6 win over the Saguaros. He was credited with the win and his record in the AFL is now 5-0. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 5 and scored a run. Chad Spann went 0 for 3 but had 2 BBs. He also scored a run.
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November 8, 2006 at 6:14 AM

Javelinas Lose 5-2 To The Saguaros


11/08 Cup of Coffee: In a battle between the two Peoria teams the Saguaros defeated the Javelinas 5-2. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 5 while scoring a run. Chad Spann went 1 for 4. He scored a run and also reached base with a BB. Dustin Brown went 1 for 4 and had an RBI. Lenny DiNardo went 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a BB.
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November 7, 2006 at 6:00 AM

Sox Prospects Go 0 for 10 In Shutout Loss


11/07 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas were shutout by Phoenix 5-0 on Monday. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4, Chad Spann went 0 for 3 and Dusty Brown also went 0 for 3 in the game. Barry Hertzler pitched 1 shutout inning of relief. He allowed a hit and a BB. He had 1 K.
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November 5, 2006 at 6:47 AM

Javelinas Blanked 6-0 by Phoenix


11/05 Cup of Coffee: On Saturday, the Javelinas were shutout 6-0 on just 3 hits by Phoenix. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 while Dusty Brown also went hitless going 0 for 3. David Pauley started the game and took the loss. He went 4 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. The Javelinas find themselves in last place in their division with a record of 9-13 and 3 games behind division leader Grand Canyon.
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November 4, 2006 at 6:00 AM

Ellsbury Continues To Swing Hot Bat In Javelinas Win


11/04 Cup of Coffee: Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in the Javelinas 9-4 win over the Saguaros on Friday. Sox prospect Kyle Jackson got the win in relief after blowing the save. He went 1 inning giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. His record in the Fall League is now 4-0.
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November 3, 2006 at 5:17 AM

DiNardo Hurls Perfect Inning of Relief In 8-1 Win


11/03 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas scored a 8-1 win over Mesa on Thursday. Dusty Brown went 1 for 3 with a BB. Two Sox pitchers combined for 2 scoreless innings of relief. Lenny DiNardo threw a perfect inning with 2 Ks. He threw 11 pitches in the inning, ten of which were strikes. Barry Hertzler also threw a scoreless inning of relief. He did not allow a hit but gave up a BB.
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November 2, 2006 at 5:24 AM

Ellsbury Scores Twice In 6-3 Win


11/02 Cup of Coffee: Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored in helping the Javelinas to a 6-3 win over Mesa. He is now hitting .306. Chad Spann was the only other Sox prospect to see action in the game. He went 0 for 2 with a BB. Slumping a bit, he has seen his average in the Fall League drop to .288.
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November 1, 2006 at 6:05 AM

Javelinas Edged 7-6 in 11 Innings


11/01 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas were edged 7-6 by Scottsdale in 11 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 6 in the game. Chad Spann went 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Dusty Brown went 1 for 5 with an RBI. Kyle Jackson pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed 1 hit while giving up 1 BB and striking out 1.
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October 31, 2006 at 5:43 AM

Ellsbury Reaches Base 5 Times In 12-3 Win Over Scottsdale


10/31 Cup of Coffee: Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 2 with 3 BB in last light's 12-3 win for the Javelinas over Scottsdale. He also scored 3 times. Dusty Brown went 2 for 5 , scored 2 runs and had a homer. David Pauley got the start and went 4 innings. He gave up 1 run on 3 hits. He did not walk a hitter and struck out 1. Lenny DiNardo got the win going 2 scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit, walked 1 and had 3 Ks. Barry Hertzler went 1 inning allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had a K.
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October 29, 2006 at 6:06 AM

Javelinas Lose In 10 Innings 3-2


10/29 Cup of Coffee: In the first game following the League's Fall Showcase game, the Javelinas lost 3-2 in 10 innings to Grand Canyon. Chad Spann, who played as the DH, went 0 for 4 with a BB. Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1 for 4 in the All Star game, entered the game as a pinch runner and was caught stealing. These were the only Sox prospects to see action in the game.
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October 26, 2006 at 10:34 PM

Spann Goes 2 For 5 As Javelinas End Losing Streak


10/27 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas snapped their eight game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox. Chad Spann went 2 for 5 with a RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 5. Dusty Brown was 0 for 1 with a BB and a run scored. Kyle Jackson got the win and his record is now 3-0. He threw 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 1 hit and 3 BBs. He had 1 K. Two Sox prospects have been chosen to participate in the AFL Showcase Game. They are Jacoby Ellsbury and Lenny DiNardo. One has to wonder if these selections were based on reputation rather than performance as it seems unfair that Chad Spann was not included on the roster. He is now hitting .359 with a .400+ OBP and a 1.000+ OPS.
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Javelinas Lose Again, 23-9 to Phoenix


10/26 Cup of Coffee: For the eighth straight contest, the Javelinas went down in defeat. This time the score was 23-9 to Phoenix. No regular Sox prospect postion players saw action in the game. Barry Hertzler pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a BB. Lenny DiNardo retired the only batter he faced.
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October 25, 2006 at 6:15 AM

Ellsbury Goes 3 for 4 As Javelinas Lose 7th Straight


10/25 Cup of Coffee: Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 4, had a BB and scored a run in a losing cause as the Javelinas were defeated for the seventh consecutive game dropping a 12-6 decision to Scottsdale. Ellsbury is now hitting .318 with 14 hits in 44 AB. His OBP is .379 and his OPS is .797. Chad Spann went 1 for 4 and scored a run. He is now hitting .353 with an OBP of .405 and an OPS of 1.023. He also has 6 extra base hits. Dusty Brown went hitless in 3 at bats. He had a single BB. He is now hitting .250 with an OBP of .357 and an OPS of .617. Kyle Jackson pitched 1 inning of relief. He gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a BB.
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October 24, 2006 at 6:07 AM

Javelinas Lose Sixth Straight


10/24 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas were out hit 11-6 and out scored 4-2 by Grand Canyon on route to their sixth straight loss. David Pauley got the start and went 4 innings. He gave up just 1 run on 6 hits and 3 BBs. He had 1 K. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 3 with a BB. He also had a stolen base. Dusty Brown went hitless in 4 at bats.
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October 22, 2006 at 7:26 AM

Hertzler Throws 2 Hitless Innings of Relief


10/22 Cup of Coffee: Barry Hertzler threw 2 hitless innings of relief in a losing cause yesterday as the Javelinas lost their fifth straight game 6-4 to the Saguaros. He allowed 1 BB and had 1 K. Lenny DiNardo went 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He gave up 3 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Dusty Brown went 2 for 4 with a run scored. He is now hitting .353. Chad Spann went 0 for 3 with a BB. He saw his average drop to .367.
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October 21, 2006 at 6:26 AM

Ellsbury Has Three Hits As Javelinas Lose Again


10/21 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas took a 9-6 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday but gave up 5 runs to lose their fourth straight game by the score of 11-9. Jacoby Ellsbury was the only Sox prospect to start the game. He went 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. He is now hitting .270. Kyle Jackson pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief. He did not allow a run on 3 hits. He did not walk a batter and had a K.
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October 20, 2006 at 6:14 AM

Brown Has 2 Hits In Losing Cause


10/20 Cup of Coffee: Phoenix shut out the Javelinas 6-0 yesterday. Dusty Brown went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .308. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 4 and is now hitting .219. Chad Spann went 0 for 4 and saw his average drop to .407. Barry Hertzler was the only Sox prospect to see action on the mound. He threw one perfect inning of relief and struck out the side in the process.
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October 19, 2006 at 6:13 AM

Spann homers in Peoria loss


10-19 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas lost yesterday to Phoenix by a score of 9-6. Chad Spann went 2 for 4 with a BB and a home run. Dusty Brown was 1 for 3 with a BB, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Lenny DiNardo pitched a perfect inning of relief with 1 K.
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October 18, 2006 at 6:03 AM

Four sox prospects see action as Javelinas fall


10-18 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas fell 14-9 to Mesa in action yesterday. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs scored. He is now hitting .214. Chad Spann continued to swing a hot bat going 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI. He is hitting .474. David Pauley started and lasted 4 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Barry Hertzler pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and a BB.
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October 17, 2006 at 6:07 AM

Jackson earns win for Peoria


10/17 Cup of Coffee: In action on Monday, the Javelinas defeated Mesa 11-4. Kyle Jackson pitched 3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. He also picked up credit for the win. Jacoby Ellsbury had his first multiple hit game going 2 for 6. He scored a run and had a triple.
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October 16, 2006 at 12:56 PM

RSN: Travis Beazley Interview


David Laurila of Red Sox Nation interviews 2006 Red Sox draft pick Travis Beazley.
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October 15, 2006 at 8:26 AM

10/15 Cup of Coffee


In action on Saturday, the Javelinas pounded out 16 hits on route to a 15-7 victory over Scottsdale. Chad Spann was the only Sox prospect to start the game. He went 2 for 5 with a triple. He scored 2 runs and had 3 RBI. After missing almost the last two months of action with the Sea Dogs, he has started the fall season very strong and is 7 for 14 with a 1.319 OPS. Barry Hertzler pitched 2 perfect innings of relief and was credited with the win. He had 3 Ks.
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October 14, 2006 at 7:33 AM

10/14 Cup of Coffee


The Javelinas, behind Chad Spann's game winning double in the tenth inning, edged the Saguaros 9-8 in AFL action yesterday. Spann was 4 for 5 for the game with 2 doubles, a run scored and 2 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury was 1 for 6 with a run scored while Dusty Brown went 0 for 3. Lenny DiNardo pitched 2 innings of relief giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 BBs. He had 3 Ks. Kyle Jackson got the win pitching 1 inning allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 2 BBs.
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October 13, 2006 at 6:20 AM

10/12 Cup of Coffee


The Peoria Javelinas outslugged the Peoria Saguaros yesterday 17-15. Jacoby Ellsbury was the only Sox prospect to see action. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI from the leadoff spot. After three games he is batting .167.
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October 12, 2006 at 6:40 AM

10/11 Cup of Coffee


In action yesterday, the Javelinas dropped their second game of the fall season falling 9-2 to the Grand Canyon team. David Pauley started and went 3 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 BBs. He had 2 Ks. Kyle Jackson threw 1 inning of relief giving up 0 runs on 1 hit and a BB. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 4 with a BB. He scored a run. Chad Spann and Dusty Brown were each 1 for 4. In the Javelinas first game of the season they also fell to Grand Canyon by the score of 12-6. Lenny DiNardo pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He did not allow a walk and had 2 Ks. Barry Hertzler pitched 1 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs on a hit and a BB. He had 1 K. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 in the opener.
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October 10, 2006 at 3:07 PM

Introducing the SoxProspects Wiki


If you're thirsty for Red Sox prospect info this off-season, check out the SoxProspects.com Wiki. The Wiki is a vault of Red Sox minor league info including bonus information, minor league free agents, a 2007 Draft Watch, a Top Prospect list, plus a lot more. The Wiki format allows the SoxProspects community to contribute info and update for accuracy, and you don't even have to sign up to contribute.
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Mike Hazen Interview


Check out David Laurila's interview with Sox Director of Player Development Mike Hazen. Hazen discusses the new A-ball affilate in Lancaster, Justin Masterson becoming a starter, as well as some thoughts on Bryce Cox, Jed Lowrie, and others.

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September 29, 2006 at 6:25 PM

Red Sox sign PDC with Lancaster Jethawks


The Boston Red Sox have announced a 2 year player development contract with the Lancaster Jethawks of the California League. The agreement comes just more than a week after the Wilmington Blue Rocks decided to sign with the Kansas City Royals, forcing the Red Sox to find a home for their High A affiliate. The agreement with Lancaster runs through the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The move returns the Red Sox to the California League for the first time in over 50 years. From 1947-1955 the Red Sox had a farm team in San Jose as the team was known as the San Jose Red Sox.
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September 20, 2006 at 6:47 PM

Red Sox changing Class A affiliate


In what comes as somewhat of a surprise move the Wilmington Blue Rocks decided today not to renew their player development contract with the Boston Red Sox organization. Instead, Wilmington has opted to once again affiliate with the Kansas City Royals as they were from 1993-2004. This leaves the Red Sox very few options. With Myrtle Beach set to resign with Atlanta, the Red Sox have to hope to steal Frederick away from the Orioles organization (which will be no small task), or risk a move to the hitter-friendly California League. This is something that Red Sox officials surely did not want to do as it would make it very difficult to shuttle prospects cross country between affiliates. If the Red Sox do have to go to the California League, look for it to be a short 2 year player development contract, after which Boston would attempt to move back to either the Carolina League or the Florida State League following the 2008 season.
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September 18, 2006 at 6:08 AM

9/18 Cup of Coffee


For the first time in their franchise history, Portland won the Eastern League Championship defeating Akron 8-5 in the fifth and deciding game. The Sea Dogs scored 4 runs in the second and another 4 in the third to coast to victory. Devern Hansack started and went 8 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 7 hits. He had 8 Ks and did not walk a batter. Jon Searles came into the game in the 9th and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. George Kottaras went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Chris Durbin went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Brian Myrow went 1 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Keoni DeRenne went 1 for 4 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Attendence was 3,937. Brandon Moss was selected as the MVP of the Playoffs. He batted .361, had 5 homers and 10 RBI in the two series.

Player of The Night: Devern Hansack, who won his second game of the Championship series against Akron going 8 gutsy innings. He allowed 3 runs on 7 hits. He did not give up a walk and had 8 Ks.
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September 17, 2006 at 5:30 PM

Sea Dogs win Eastern League


The Portland Sea Dogs are Eastern League Champions after defeating Akron 8-5 on Sunday. Brandon Moss won Eastern League Playoff MVP honors after hitting .361 with 5 home runs and 10 RBI in the playoffs. Look for details of the game shortly in Don Hyslop's final Cup-of-Coffee of the season. Moss and Devern Hansack are candidates to join the big league club now that the Eastern League season is over.
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9/17 Cup of Coffee


Last night, Akron evened the best of five Eastern League Championship Series scoring 2 runs in their half of the ninth inning to earn a 6-5 victory over Portland. Frank Brooks started and went 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 10 hits and a BB. He had 5 Ks. Kyle Jackson pitched two hitless innings of relief recording 2 Ks. Barry Hertzler blew the save and took the loss. In the 9th, he gave up 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 BBs. For the second straight game, Brandon Moss led the offense. He went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and scored a run. George Kottaras went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Luis Jimenez went 2 for 4 with a home run. The attendence was 6,187. The deciding game of the series is scheduled for this afternoon at 1 pm EST. Devern Hansack is scheduled to start for the Sea Dogs.

Player of The Night: Brandon Moss who went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.
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September 16, 2006 at 7:54 AM

9/16 Cup of Coffee


Last night saw Akron score an 8-4 win over Portland. Akron jumped off to a 4-1 lead only to see the Sea Dogs fight back to tie the score at 4. Akron, however, scored 2 runs in the top of the ninth to earn their first win of the series. Andrew Dobies started the game and went 4 1/3 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Rusty Tucker went 1 2/3 innings. He did not allow a run on 1 hit and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Barry Hertzler threw 2 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit. Brett Evert pitched the 9th and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a BB. Brandon Moss went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI. Luis Jimenez went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Brian Myrow went 1 for 3 with an RBI. The game was played before 7,195 fans at Hadlock Field. Frank Brooks is the scheduled starter for game four.

Player of The Night: Brandon Moss who went 2 for 4 with a home run.
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September 14, 2006 at 6:00 AM

9/14 Cup of Coffee



Portland moved within one game of the Eastern League Championship last night with a 13-8 win over Akron. With the score 9-8 going into the ninth, the Sea Dog bats exploded for 4 runs in their half of that inning to secure the victory. Tommy Hottovy started and went 4 1/3 innings. He allowed 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 Ks. Jon Searles went 1 2/3 innings and did not give up a run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 2 Ks. Kyle Jackson went 2/3 of an inning. He gave up a run on a hit and 2 BBs. He had a K. Barry Hertzler went 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit but gave up 1 BB. Brett Evert pitched a perfect 9th striking out 2. George Kottaras went 2 for 4 with 1 home run and 3 RBI. Luis Jimenez went 2 for 4 and scored 2 runs. Dusty Brown went 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI. Zach Borowiak went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. The series resumes Friday night in Portland.

Player of The Night: George Kottaras who went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI.
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September 13, 2006 at 6:03 AM

9/13 Cup of Coffee


Last night, Portland took the first game of the Eastern League Championship Series with a 4-3 win over Akron. The Sea Dogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then held off Akron's comeback which saw them score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Devern Hansack started and went 7 scoreless innings. He allowed 4 hits but did not walk a batter. He had 6 Ks. It took three Sea Dog pitchers to make it through the 8th. Kyle Jackson started the inning and lasted just 1/3 of it. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. Barry Hertzler recorded the 2nd out but not before he allowed a run on 2 hits. Mike Bumatay got the final out of the inning without allowing further damage. Edgar Martinez pitched a perfect 9th with 2 Ks to earn the save. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and scored a run. Brandon Moss went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Luis Jimenez went 1 for 4 with a home run. Chris Durbin went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Game two is scheduled for tonight at 7:05 pm EST.

Player of The Night: Devern Hansack who pitched 7 scoreless 4 hit innings. He did not allow a BB and had 6 Ks.
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September 12, 2006 at 7:09 PM

Soxprospects.com Award Winners


The SoxProspects.com community voted for the organizational awards this week. The winners:

Offensive Player of the Year
Jacoby Ellsbury

Pitcher of the Year
Clay Buchholz

Rookie of the Year
Justin Masterson

Breakout Player of the Year
Mark Wagner

Comeback Player of the Year
Phil Seibel and Jonathan Egan
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September 11, 2006 at 6:55 AM

9/11 Cup of Coffee


Portland's opponent for the Eastern League Championship series was decided last night. Akron defeated Altoona 5-2 to advance to the finals. The series will begin Tuesday night in Akron. Akron will be a formidable opponent having finished first in their division with an 87-55 record. The two teams faced each other six times during the regular season with the Sea Dogs winning one of those six games.

Cup of Coffee will resume on Wednesday following game one.
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September 10, 2006 at 7:10 PM

SoxProspects.com All Stars


The SoxProspects.com community voted for the organizational all-stars this week. The winners:

C: Mark Wagner
1B: Mike Jones
2B: Jeff Natale
3B: Chad Spann
SS: Dustin Pedroia
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury
OF: David Murphy
OF: Jay Johnson
DH: Jeff Bailey

RHSP: Clay Buchholz
LHSP: Felix Doubront
RHRP: Mike James
LHRP: Craig Breslow
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at 6:43 AM

9/10 Cup of Coffee


Portland advanced to the Eastern League Championship series for the second straight year with a thrilling 4-3 win over Trenton. Trailing for most of the game, the Sea Dogs tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and won it in the bottom of the tenth on a walk off home run by Brandon Moss. It was the second consecutive inning that he provided heroics. In the ninth, he threw out a Trenton runner at the plate who had tried to score from second on a two out single. Frank Brooks started and went 6 innings. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 BBs. He had 5 Ks. Mike Bumatay went 2/3 of an inning. He allowed 1 hit and a BB. He had a K. Brett Evert pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with a K. Barry Hertzler threw the final 2 innings allowing 1 hit and a BB. Offensively, Brian Myrow went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI. Brandon Moss went 2 for 5 with a home run. Luis Jimenez went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Chris Durbin went 1 for 4 and scored a run. Attendence was 4,807. Portland will now meet the winner of the Altoona-Akron series who will meet in the fifth and deciding game of their series tonight.

Player of The Night: Brandon Moss who saved the game in the top of the ninth by throwing out the potential winning run at the plate and then winning the game in the bottom of the tenth with a walk off homer.
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September 9, 2006 at 7:24 AM

9/9 Cup of Coffee


Last night Portland took a two games to one lead in their series with a 5-4 victory over Trenton. Andrew Dobies started and went 5 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 BBs. He had 4 Ks. Jon Searles pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief allowing a BB while striking out 1. Barry Hertzler threw a scoreless, hitless inning allowing a BB while striking out 1. Edgar Martinez finished off the game with a shaky ninth. He have up 2 runs on 2 hits. He had a K. Brandon Moss went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Luis Jimenez went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 3 with a home run and 2 runs scored. George Kottaras went 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. There were 6,157 fans at Hadlock Field.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks were eliminated from their playoff series losing the deciding game 9-4 to Frederick. Mike Rozier started and took the loss going 2 1/3 innings. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Scott Shoemaker went 2 2/3 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 BBs. He had a K. Beau Vaughan threw 2 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits while striking out 4. Justin Sturge went the final 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. Jeff Natale went 3 for 4 with a run scored. Ian Bladergroen chipped in with a home run and 3 RBI. Bubba Bell went 1 for 4 and scored a run. There were 986 fans in attendence.

Player of The Night: Brandon Moss who helped lead the Sea Dogs to victory with a 2 for 3 night including a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
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September 8, 2006 at 6:07 AM

9/8 Cup of Coffee


Portland evened their playoff series with Trenton with a 10-3 win. Tommy Hottovy started and went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Kyle Jackson pitched a scoreless inning giving up 1 hit while striking out 1. Brett Evert pitched a scoreless inning also allowing 1 hit. He struck out 3. Rusty Tucker pitched a scoreless ninth giving up 1 BB. He had 2 Ks. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. George Kottaras went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, a BB and a SB. Jeremy West went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Chris Durbin went 2 for 4. Brian Myrow went 1 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Wilmington pitchers allowed only 1 hit but lost the game to Frederick 2-1. Their series is also now tied. Mike Bowden went 5 1/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 1 hit and 3 BB. He had 5 Ks. Justin Masterson went 3 2/3 innings allowing no hits and only 1 BB. He had 2 Ks. Jeff Natale, Jed Lowrie and Jay Johnson all were 1 for 4. Mark Wagner went 1 for 3. Iggy Suarez went 1 for 2.

Lowell won their final game of the season defeating Aberdeen 6-1. Kris Johnson went 3 innings. He did not allow a run on 2 hits. He had 3 Ks. Jordan Craft threw 2 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Dustin Richardson went 2 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. Josh Papelbon went the final 1 1/3 innings. He allowed 1 hit and recorded 1 K. Mike Jones went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Jon Still went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Reid Engel went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Luis Segovia went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Player of The Night: George Kottaras who went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
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