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Red Sox Sign Justin Masterson

Red Sox Sign Justin Masterson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  A familiar face will soon be re-joining the Boston Red Sox.

While it isn't Jon Lester, who many hoped would return Fenway but instead signed with the Chicago Cubs, Thursday the Red Sox brought back Justin Masterson.

Masterson, 29, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and played with the team through 2009, signed with the team for one-year $9.5 million.

In 2009, the Red Sox traded Masterson to the Cleveland Indians as part of a package to acquire catcher, Victor Martinez.

Masterson began to struggle last year, posting a 5.88 ERA in 2014. The Indians traded Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Red Birds were unable to solve the mechanical issues that have begun to haunt the sinker baller.

The Red Sox will hope that a low-risk signing of a familiar face will provide a boost to a rotation that posted a 4.01 ERA in the 2013 season.

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Lester Defends Self Against Red Sox Fans Criticisms

Lester Defends Self Against Red Sox Fans Criticisms

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill) -- Jon Lester officially signed with the Chicago Cubs Saturday, for six-years, $155 million.

In doing so, he chose not to re-join his former team, the Boston Red Sox; a fact that did not sit well with many of the Fenway Faithful. 

Some fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the perception that Lester only followed the money.

One fan named Peter wrote, "Does money change a man's mind about family? If so, don't call us family. Have respect for you but money was your #1 priority." 

This did not sit well with Lester who took the time to respond with, "It does not, and I'm sorry you feel that way Peter but that couldn't be further from the truth," Lester replied.

Some fans made things a little more personal as another accused, "Red Sox org. and Red Sox Nation supported you unconditionally while you battled cancer, not the Cubs. Your values are messed up."

Lester defended his decision and took the high road.

"I know they did, and I love them for it. Sorry you feel that way but I'd like to think my values are some of my best qualities," Lester said.

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ESPN: Red Sox Trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello

ESPN: Red Sox Trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Winter Meetings have been a hotbed of baseball activity and it continued Thursday morning as ESPN reports that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello.

In the deal, the Red Sox will also send pitcher Alex Wilson and another minor league pitcher.

Cespedes' time in Boston was brief. He played 51 games for the Red Sox after he was the centerpiece of the deal that sent starting pitcher Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics.

Since coming to Major League Baseball in 2012, Cespedes has lived up to the billing as a power hitting outfielder who plays good defense. In 2014, the 29-year-old Cespedes hit .260 with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox continue to revamp their starting rotation. Still just 25 years old, Porcello went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA in 31 starts for the Tigers in 2014.

Porcello will be a free agent following the 2015 season.

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ESPN: Red Sox Trade for SP Wade Miley

ESPN: Red Sox Trade for SP Wade Miley

BananaStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The Boston Red Sox traded pitchers Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and an unnamed minor-leaguer to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-hander Wade Miley, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.

The 28-year-old Miley has pitched four seasons for the Diamondbacks, compiling a 38-35 record with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.323 WHIP.

Miley is expected to be slotted behind Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly in the Sox starting rotation, and is under team control for the next three seasons.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks receive De La Rosa, 25, and the 24-year-old Webster. Both of whom were originally acquired by the Red Sox in the 2012 deal with the Dodgers that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

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Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees have taken a major step, or make that steps, in making them a playoff contender again. On Friday, the team signed ace reliever Andrew Miller while also acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

Miller's deal with the Yankees for four years and will pay him $36 million.

Over the past two seasons, Miller has emerged as one of more dominant relievers in the American League with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

In 2014, Miller posted a 5-5 record with a 2.02 ERA to go along with 103 strikeouts in 62.1 innings pitched. His strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio of 14.87 was second to only Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, Gregorius could very well be the replacement to longtime shortstop Derek Jeter. While he's not known for his bat, he's known as being a great defender at his position.

In order to get Gregorius, the Yankees sent pitcher Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers while the Diamondbacks acquired pitcher Robbie Ray and infielder Domingo Leyba.

In 2014, the Yankees missed out on the playoffs for the second-consecutive season after finishing 84-78.

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Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez

Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley RamirezBananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox have made quite the splash early on in free agency. Multiple outlets report that the Boston Red Sox are close to finalizing deals with free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. ESPN reports th...

Red Sox in Pursuit of Jon Lester

Red Sox in Pursuit of Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have offered pitcher Jon Lester a contract, reports ESPN.com, according to a major league source.

Lester met with the team's owners earlier this week and met with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

The Red Sox traded Lester at the July 31 deadline to the Oakland Athletics after he could not work out a new deal with Boston.

The Red Sox offered Lester a four-year deal worth $70 million in mid-March, but that deal was rejected.

Lester finished last season 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA.

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Red Sox and Reliever Koji Uehara Agree on Two-Year Extension

Red Sox and Reliever Koji Uehara Agree on Two-Year Extension

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox were not about to let one of the most dominant relievers in recent years hit the free agent market as the team and closer Koji Uehara have agreed on a two-year deal through the 2016 season.

Even though he'll be 40 years old in early April, the Red Sox are confident that Uehara will keep up his effectiveness out of the bullpen.

In 64 appearances this past season for Boston, Uehara posted a 2.52 ERA, posted a career-high 26 saves, and struck out 80 batters in 64.1 innings pitched.

Uehara came up big for the Red Sox during their World Series season back in 2013. He saved seven games and recorded a .66 ERA in 13 appearances. He was the named the MVP of the AL Championship Series.

Prior to joining the Red Sox in 2013, Uehara pitched for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

In six seasons in the Majors, Uehara is 15-15 with a 2.44 ERA with 61 saves.

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Catcher A.J. Pierzynski Plans to Play in 2015

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski Plans to Play in 2015Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just completing his 17th Major League season, which is no easy feat for a catcher, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports A.J. Pierzynski plans to play again in 2015. Pierzynski spent last season w...

Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- At Fenway Park, the home of the Yankees' archrivals the Boston Red Sox, Derek Jeter received a standing ovation after recording the final hit of his 20 year career. The New York Yankees shortstop singled home a run in the top of the third before being lifted for a pinch-runner.  

The base hit was the 3,465th of his career, sixth most all-time, and gave New York a 3-0 lead en route to a 9-5 win. The 40-year-old removed himself from the game, being replaced by Brian McCann at first base. 

"I had a blast," said Jeter, who made his Major League debut in 1996, winning the AL Rookie of the Year. "Listen, I had an opportunity to do what I wanted to do, the only thing that I ever wanted to do. I know that not a lot of people can say that. I've been fortunate. I've had fun. There is not a thing I would change."

Prior to the game, a ceremony honoring Jeter featured multiple Boston sports icons who could also call themselves "Captain" -- former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, current Washington Wizard and former Celtics guard Paul Pierce all paid tribute to the 14-time All-Star.

The Red Sox also donated $22,222.22 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. Almost $600,000 in charitable donations were given to his foundation throughout the course of the season.

Despite not reaching the postseason in his final year, Jeter was a member of five World Series championship teams and is the Yankees all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, singles, and doubles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --NFL: Giants 45 (2-2) – Redskins 14 (1-3)

Top 25 College Football: (11) UCLA 62 (4-0) – (15) Arizona State 27 (3-1) 

(24) Oklahoma State 45 (3-1) – Texas Tech 35 (2-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (74-85) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (81-78)

New York Mets 7 (77-81) – Washington Nationals 4 (92-65) – Game One

Washington Nationals 3 (93-65) – New York Mets 0 (77-82) – Game Two

Seattle Mariners 7 (84-75) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (81-78)

Miami Marlins 6 (76-82) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (72-87)

New York Yankees 6 (82-77) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (95-64)

Detroit Tigers 4 (89-70) – Minnesota Twins 2 (68-91)

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (87-72) – Atlanta Braves 1 (77-82)

Boston Red Sox 11 (70-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (76-83)

Texas Rangers 2 (66-93) – Oakland Athletics 1 (86-73)

Kansas City Royals 6 (87-62) – Chicago White Sox 3 (72-87)

San Francisco Giants 9 (86-73) – San Diego Padres 8 (76-83)

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Chen Leads Orioles Past Red Sox,10-6

Chen Leads Orioles Past Red Sox,10-6

iStockphoto(BOSTON) -- Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen had a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings as Baltimore (86-59) defeated the Boston Red Sox (63-83) on Wednesday, 10-6.

Chen (15-4) set down the first 16 Red Sox batters he faced before catcher Dan Butler took a 2-0 pitch and sent it off the Green Monster for a double. Chen finished the day allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Baltimore scored six runs in the third inning off of Red Sox starter Brandon Workman (1-9). The O’s added two more on catcher Caleb Joseph’s ninth home run of the season.

The Red Sox scored five runs in the ninth. Orioles reliever Darren O’Day recorded his third save of the season by retiring shortstop Xander Bogaerts with two runners on.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (61-77) – New York Yankees 4 (70-66)

Detroit Tigers 4 (76-62) – Cleveland Indians 2 (70-66)

New York Mets 8 (65-74) – Miami Marlins 6 (67-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-67)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (70-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (67-72)

Kansas City Royals 2 (76-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-85)

San Francisco Giants 12 (76-63) - Colorado Rockies 7 (55-84)

Houston Astros 8 (60-79) - Los Angeles Angels 3 (83-54)

Chicago White Sox 3 (63-75) - Minnesota Twins 2 (60-78) - 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (75-63) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-67)

Chicago Cubs 7 (63-76) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-65)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (80-57) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (66-72)

San Diego Padres 2 (66-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-81)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (78-61) - Washington Nationals 1 (78-59)

Seattle Mariners 6 (74-63) - Oakland Athletics 5 (79-59)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 7 (63-74) - Atlanta Braves 0 (72-66)

Miami Marlins 9 (67-69) - New York Mets 6 (64-74)

Minnesota Twins 6 (60-77) - Baltimore Orioles 4 (79-57)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-71) - Boston Red Sox 3 (60-77) - 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 4 (62-76) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-64)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (74-63) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-66)

San Francisco Giants 4 (75-62) - Colorado Rockies 2 (54-83) - Game 1 (Suspended Game from May 22)

Colorado Rockies 10 (55-83) - San Francisco Giants 9 (75-63) - Game 2

Oakland Athletics 6 (79-58) - Seattle Mariners 1 (73-63)

San Diego Padres 3 (65-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-80)

Detroit Tigers 12 (75-62) - Cleveland Indians 1 (70-65)

Kansas City Royals 4 (75-61) - Texas Rangers 3 (53-84)

Washington Nationals 6 (78-58) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (77-61)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) - New York Yankees 3 (70-65) 

Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) - Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)

New York Mets 6 (64-73) - Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)

Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) - Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)

Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) - Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)

Houston Astros 3 (59-79) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) - Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) - Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)

Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) - Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) - San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) - Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)

San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)

Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)

Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) - Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain

NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) - SMU 0 (0-1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (70-64) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (65-70)

New York Mets 4 (63-72) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (61-73)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (77-56) - Minnesota Twins 1 (59-75)

New York Yankees 6 (70-63) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (67-67)

Atlanta Braves 5 (71-64) - Miami Marlins 2 (65-68)

Boston Red Sox 8 (59-75) - Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-70)

Chicago Cubs 7 (60-74) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-62)

Texas Rangers 13 (53-81) - Houston Astros 6 (57-79)

Detroit Tigers 7 (73-60) - Chicago White Sox 1 (60-74)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (56-78) - Colorado Rockies 2 (53-81)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (81-53) - Oakland Athletics 0 (78-56)

Washington Nationals 8 (76-57) - Seattle Mariners 3 (72-61)

San Francisco Giants 13 (72-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-61)

San Diego Padres 3 (63-70) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (76-59) 12 Innings

Top 25 College Football: Michigan State 45 (1-0) - Jacksonville State 7 (0-1)

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Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- After Koji Uehara blew another save, Yoenis Cespedes picked up his teammate with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the tenth inning to give Boston a 4-3 win over Toronto. The win snapped an eight game losing streak for the Red Sox (57-74).

"Cespy has been so good since coming over to us," manager John Farrell said. "Whether it's been with a base hit or a long ball, he's been big for us late in games."

Cespedes' RBI was his 19th in a Red Sox uniform, seven of which have been to put Boston ahead. Uehara (6-4) got the win despite blowing his fourth save in 30 opportunities. Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth for his first save of the season. 

Boston built up a 3-0 lead in the fifth on a solo homer from Mookie Betts before a two-run shot from Dustin Pedroia. That advantage was carried into the ninth before the Blue Jays (66-65) rallied to force extras.

Jose Reyes scored on a fielder's choice to start the comeback before Edwin Encarnacion doubled home a pair, knotting things up at 3-3. Brock Holt then singled off Aaron Sanchez (2-1) to open up the tenth and later stole second and third base, setting up the go-ahead run. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 3 (71-59) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (67-64)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (74-55) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (64-67)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (59-72) – Washington Nationals 2 (75-55)

Boston Red Sox 4 (57-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (66-65) 10 Innings

New York Yankees 8 (68-61) – Kansas City Royals 1 (72-58)

Milwaukee Brewers 10 (73-58) - San Diego Padres 1 (60-70)

Oakland Athletics 8 (77-53) - Houston Astros 2 (55-77)

Colorado Rockies 3 (53-77) - San Francisco Giants 2 (68-62)

Miami Marlins 7 (65-65) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (77-53)

Texas Rangers 2 (51-79) - Seattle Mariners 0 (71-59)

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Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year deal worth approximately $72 million. 

The heavily back loaded deal, as confirmed by a team source on Friday, is a record dollar amount for a free-agent amateur. Castillo is en route to Boston and has a physical scheduled for Saturday, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

An impressive defensive player with good speed, Castillo has spent the last five years playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba's top league. The 27-year old is highly regarded as a base stealer and boasts an above-average bat. Even with all of the hype, Red Sox manager John Farrell knows how scouting reports can be.

"Above-average speed. Can play center field or right field. What kind of power? What kind of average?," pondered Farrell. "Obviously our scouts liked him enough, if the reports are true, that's a significant investment. It's an exciting, athletic player by all accounts."

Once officially with the club, Castillo is expected to play centerfield for Boston, next to countrymen Yoenis Cespedes. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (54-70) - New York Mets 1 (59-67)

Washington Nationals 5 (70-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (53-72) 11 Innings

Atlanta Braves 7 (65-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-61)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (55-70) – Seattle Mariners 1 (67-57)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (73-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (56-68) 

Baltimore Orioles 8 (71-52) - Chicago White Sox 2 (59-66)

Kansas City Royals 6 (69-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (55-68)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (67-57) - Cincinnati Reds 5 (61-64) 10 Innings

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