Mullen's Minor League Notebook: November 13


Mullen's Minor League Notebook: November 13

The Arizona Fall League wraps up its regular season on Thursday. Catcher Christian Vazquez has already finished up his AFL season and transferred to Manati of the Puerto Rican League. In 10 games with the Surprise Saguaros, Vazquez hit .257 with a home run and three RBI.

Right-handers Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin, Ryan Pressly, Pete Ruiz, infielder Michael Almanzar, and outfielder Bryce Brentz are still with Surprise.

Brentz is batting .327 with two home runs, 11 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage in 14 games. Almanzar is hitting just .186 with a .266 OBP and .214 SLG in 19 games.

Both appeared in the Rising Stars Game.

Several other players from the Sox organization are also playing in winter leagues, including left-hander Franklin Morales, who is on the roster of Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan League but has not made an appearance yet.

In the Dominican League, right-handers Josh Fields and Tony Pena, Jr., who is a free agent, are with Aguilas Cibaenas, with Triple-A Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur. Former Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is expected to play for the Aguilas on Wednesday. Right-hander Stolmy Pimentel is with Estrellas de Oriente; right-hander Sandy Rosario and infielder Nate Spears are with Gigantes del Cibao; knuckleballer Steven Wright, catcher Matt Spring, and infielder Mauro Gomez are with Leones del Escogido (as is former Sox shortstop Julio Lugo); and catcher Dan Butler is with Toros del Este.

In the Mexican League, right-hander Marco Duarte is with Aguilas de Mexicali; and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker is with Yaquis de Obregon.

In the Puerto Rican League infielder Ivan de Jesus is on the roster of Atenienses de Manati, along with Vazquez; right-handers Jose De La Torre and Anthony Ranaudo are pitching for Criollos de Caguas; right-hander Jeremy Kehrt is pitching for Indios de Mayaguez; and outfielder Henry Ramos is with Indios de Ponce.

In the Venezuelan League left-hander Ricardo Betancourt, right-hander Luis Diaz, and outfielder Ronald Bermudez are with Morales in Caracas; infielder Heiker Meneses is on the roster of Tiburones de La Guaira; and former Triple-A Pawtucket manager Buddy Bailey is managing Tigres de Aragua.

Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda


Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has now missed five kicks on the year, including field goals against the Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland. 

In an emergency podcast, Tom E. Curran speaks with Chuck Zodda of Inside The Pylon about Stephen Gostkowski’s kicking woes.

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Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions.