In season of giving, young fan's story inspires

Vazquez, Bogaerts and Schultz family thankful for moments shared with Ari

In season of giving, young fan's story inspires

BOSTON -- At a time of year when people look for ways to give back and make a true difference in someone's life, a shared act of kindness by Red Sox players Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts that took place four months ago can certainly serve as inspiration.

As the Red Sox were going through the grind of their season, a 5-year-old named Ari Schultz was in a fight for his life.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Which impact bat could Red Sox add?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers fans' questions

Inbox: Which impact bat could Red Sox add?

Name the big bat you think is going to be here.
-- @stephentroio

Fine. Put me on the spot. I don't mind. I'll say J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox can get him with a clean financial transaction as a free agent. No compensation is necessary because Martinez was traded in the middle of the season, so the D-backs weren't eligible to make him a qualifying offer. It is much more complicated with Giancarlo Stanton because you'd have to put together a strong trade proposal and commit a lot of money. Also, Stanton has a no-trade clause.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs, Red Sox to close ST with pair of games

Clubs meet March 26-27 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Cubs, Red Sox to close ST with pair of games

CHICAGO -- The Cubs and Red Sox will close Spring Training with two exhibitions at the Red Sox's Spring Training home, JetBlue Park, in Fort Myers, Fla.

The games will be played March 26 at 6:05 p.m. ET/5:05 p.m. CT and March 27 at 1:05 p.m. ET/12:05 p.m. CT as the final tuneups before the regular season.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kelly breaks down themed #WinDanceRepeat

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Kelly breaks down themed #WinDanceRepeat

Hundreds of years from now, there will be many things we'll remember about the great game of baseball during the late 2010s. The Cubs finally winning another World Series, Shohei Ohtani descending upon the Major Leagues and, most importantly, the Red Sox's #WinDanceRepeat victory celebration. 

One of the best performances the outfielders came up with this past season included Rajai Davis, Joe Kelly and a basketball sequence. It was beautiful.

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Damon joins former Sox trio on '18 HOF ballot

Member of curse-breaking 2004 club eligible with Clemens, Schilling, Ramirez

Damon joins former Sox trio on '18 HOF ballot

BOSTON -- Johnny Damon, one of the signature faces of the fabled 2004 Red Sox team that broke an 86-year championship drought, is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Manny Ramirez are still on the ballot, and two other players who had short stints for the Sox (Billy Wagner and Jamie Moyer) are also up for election to Cooperstown.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox protect 3 pitchers with roster adds

Boston fills 40-man to capacity with Beeks, Shepherd, Buttrey moves

Red Sox protect 3 pitchers with roster adds

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added pitching prospects Jalen Beeks, Chandler Shepherd and Ty Buttrey to the 40-man roster on Monday, protecting them for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 14 in Orlando, Fla.

With the moves, Boston's roster is now at 40, which means the team would have to clear spots for any Hot Stove acquisitions that take place in the coming weeks.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Chavis among AFL title game standouts

Chavis among AFL title game standouts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fall of Ronald Acuna concluded in appropriate fashion. The Arizona Fall League's best prospect and MVP led its best team to the championship Saturday afternoon, driving in four runs as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 8-2.

After the Braves outfielder lined out to third base in his first at-bat, he went down to get a breaking ball from Cubs right-hander Alec Mills and lined it into center field for a third-inning RBI single that tied the game 2-2. An inning later, Acuna fought off a high fastball from right-hander Jake Stinnett and dumping it into right-center for a two-run single that doubled Peoria's lead to 6-2. He later capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vazquez targets top role behind the plate

Vazquez targets top role behind the plate

BOSTON -- Though Christian Vazquez thrived while sharing the Red Sox's catching duties with Sandy Leon in 2017, he has a clear mission heading into next season: Vazquez wants to be the main guy going forward.

"I think I like to play," Vazquez said from Orlando, Fla., where he is training this offseason. "I don't like to be on the bench. That's something I'm looking at. I think I'd like to test my skills to play more than 100 games. That's the goal this year, and get back to October -- that's all."

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale finishes 2nd in AL Cy Young voting

Sale finishes 2nd in AL Cy Young voting

BOSTON -- The American League Cy Young Award proved to be elusive for Red Sox ace Chris Sale once again on Wednesday, as the dominant lefty finished second to Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.

The 28-year-old Sale is in the middle of his prime and has an overpowering fastball, nasty slider and fierce competitiveness that could lead him to his first Cy Young as early as next season.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brentz to see time in Red Sox outfield in 2018

Boston considering a lighter workload for ace Sale

Brentz to see time in Red Sox outfield in 2018

One thing the Red Sox likely won't be in the market for this winter is a replacement for fourth outfielder Chris Young, who is a free agent.

Instead, late-blooming prospect Bryce Brentz, who was recently added to the 40-man roster, will get the chance to prove that he can be the right-handed hitter that will start in the outfield against lefties.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hall of Famer Doerr passes away at 99

Nine-time All-Star spent 14-year career with Red Sox

Hall of Famer Doerr passes away at 99

BOSTON -- Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, whose steady brilliance on the field was matched by an unflappable grace off of it, died Monday in Junction, Ore., at the age of 99.

Until his death, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer, as well as the oldest living former big league player.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Benintendi runner-up for AL ROY Award

Benintendi runner-up for AL ROY Award

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi's well-rounded rookie season could have been award-winning in many other years. But in 2017, he was going against Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who put together a historic display of power (52 homers).

It came as no surprise that Judge was announced as the unanimous choice by the Baseball Writers' Association of America voters Monday as the American League Rookie of the Year Award winner. That doesn't take anything away from the impressive 2017 campaign by second-place finisher Benintendi. Baltimore's Trey Mancini finished third.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Red Sox remember Doerr's legacy

Former Red Sox remember Doerr's legacy

BOSTON -- There were a batch of poignant remembrances released by the Red Sox following the death of 99-year-old Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

"I'm very saddened to hear about the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever met. Our bond started very earl,y because we both had loved ones who suffered from multiple sclerosis -- Bobby's wife and my sister. He will be dearly missed. Now Ted, Johnny Pesky and Bobby are together again. Rest in peace, my friend."
-- Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, Red Sox third baseman, 1982-92

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hanley may be first baseman for Sox in '18

Hanley may be first baseman for Sox in '18

It had been widely assumed the Red Sox would acquire a first baseman this offseason to replace free agent Mitch Moreland, who is likely to sign with another club.

But there's a chance the primary first baseman in 2018 could be the primary first baseman from '16.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox hire Bjornson to be bullpen coach

Red Sox hire Bjornson to be bullpen coach

BOSTON -- New Red Sox manager Alex Cora rounded out his coaching staff on Monday with the hiring of Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach.

That vacancy at bullpen coach was created last week, when Dana LeVangie was promoted from that role to pitching coach.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cora does coin toss at alma mater, U. of Miami

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Cora does coin toss at alma mater, U. of Miami

Alex Cora has had a busy month of November. First, he won a World Series with the Astros as their bench coach. Next, he was officially named to his first managerial job, which means it was time once again to put on a Red Sox jersey.

Cora's ascent marked a milestone for his alma mater, too, as he became the first Miami Hurricane to ever be named a Major League manager.

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Betts bowls 'em over: Sox star rolls perfect 300

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Betts bowls 'em over: Sox star rolls perfect 300

Would you consider yourself "good" at your job? Success, pats on the back from the boss, and the respect of your peers? If so, congrats! That's awesome. You're living your best life.

Unless you're elite at two different endeavors, though, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has you beat. You know what he does on the diamond -- he's coming off a 2017 season that saw him post a 6.4 WAR, slashing .264/.344/.459 with 24 homers, 102 RBIs and assisting with some top-notch dancing routines in the outfield. 

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Inbox: Sox in running to acquire Stanton?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from fans

Inbox: Sox in running to acquire Stanton?

Are the Red Sox considering a trade for Giancarlo Stanton?
-- Chris F., Bellefonte, Pa.

This is the point of the offseason where the Red Sox are exploring all possibilities. In fact, the team is holding organizational meetings this week in preparation for next week's General Managers Meetings. Stanton is the game's premier power hitter and would bring a ton of excitement to Boston, particularly taking aim at the Green Monster.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series

Ivy League matchup opens 6-game slate at historic ballpark

Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series

Fenway Park transformed into a college football stadium Friday night for an Ivy League matchup between Dartmouth and Brown, kicking off the Fenway Gridiron Series.

Dartmouth defeated Brown, 33-10, in the first of six football games scheduled to be played at the Red Sox's home ballpark. The series continues Saturday with Massachusetts taking on Maine and Nov. 18 with Connecticut playing Boston College. The ballpark will also host three Boston-area high school matchups on Nov. 21 and 22.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox mourn loss of prospect Flores at 17

Ranked No. 5 in Boston's system, catcher passes away due to complications during cancer treatment

Red Sox mourn loss of prospect Flores at 17

BOSTON -- The Red Sox delivered some devastating news on Wednesday, announcing that 17-year-old Minor League catcher Daniel Flores has died due to complications during treatment for cancer.

Flores was Boston's top international signing from last July, as the club signed him to a $3.1 million deal with visions that he could one day be the team's No. 1 catcher.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chavis belts walk-off home run for Peoria

Chavis belts walk-off home run for Peoria

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Michael Chavis propelled Peoria to a 5-4 win over Mesa with one big swing of the bat on Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League.

Chavis was 0-for-3 through nine innings, but needed just a trio of pitches to turn his day around as he launched a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fill-in for Pedroia? Red Sox have options

Veteran second baseman will begin next season on DL after knee surgery

Fill-in for Pedroia? Red Sox have options

BOSTON -- When the 2018 Red Sox play their first regular-season game at Tropicana Field on March 29, they will have someone other than Dustin Pedroia at second base on Opening Day for the first time since 2006.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox announce trio of coaching hires

Red Sox announce trio of coaching hires

BOSTON -- Rather than going outside the organization for their next pitching coach, the Red Sox instead rewarded long-time staff member Dana LeVangie by promoting him to that role.

LeVangie served as the club's bullpen coach/catching instructor for the last five seasons and has been with the Red Sox since 1991, when he was a Minor League player.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betts wins second straight Gold Glove Award

Betts wins second straight Gold Glove Award

BOSTON -- Master of the spectacular catch and the strong throw, Mookie Betts joined some select company by winning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for American League right fielders for the second consecutive season.

Betts and Dwight Evans are now the only right fielders in Red Sox history to win multiple Gold Gloves. The only outfielders in Red Sox history to win multiple Gold Gloves? Evans, Betts, Fred Lynn and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.