Farrell lauds Zach Stewart's 'versatility'


Farrell lauds Zach Stewart's 'versatility'

BOSTON -- Maybe you don't know much about Zack Stewart, the pitcher the Red Sox acquired from Chicago in the Kevin Youkilis trade, but John Farrell does.

Stewart made his major-league debut under Farrell in Toronto last year, pitching three games for the Jays before being dealt to the White Sox with Jason Frasor for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahan. (Strange note: It's been less than a year, but none of the players involved in the trade are still with the teams they were dealt to. Stewart's with the Red Sox, Frasor was traded back to Toronto in January, and both Jackson and Teahan signed as free agents with the Nationals.) Stewart's career numbers aren't much -- 3-8 record, 5.92 ERA in 31 games (12 as a starter) -- and Farrell's scouting report to Comcast SportsNet's Jessica Moran is . . . well, you decide.

"He's a pitcher with three effective pitches -- sinker, slider, changeup," said Farrell, the ex-Red Sox pitching coach who's now the Blue Jays manager. "A very good athlete who repeats his delivery and will throw a lot of strikes; and he's got the ability and the versatility to either pitch out of the bullpen or spot start on occasion."

Speaking of a ballplayer's "versatility" is roughly on par with speaking of a blind date's "good personality", so take that for what it's worth. One thing Farrell was positive about, though, was Stewart's makeup.

"When he came to us last year and made his debut, he handled the emotion or the adrenaline of it, or the major-league environment, in a positive way," Farrell said. "The game didn't seem to speed up on him. So I would anticipate that coming in here, when that opportunity arises, that he would handle the adrenaline rush in a good way."

Stewart's in Pawtucket, serving as organizational pitching depth.

David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated


David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated

This week’s Sports Illustrated has been guest-edited by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who is also featured on the New England regional cover with the headline “Designated Editor: Before He Retires Big Papi Takes Over SI.”

The cover shot is Ortiz stepping out of the dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by his teammates and fans. In the issue, SI's Tim Verducci has an in-depth, candid Q&A with Ortiz on a range of topics in which Big Papi doesn’t shy away from questions about PEDs, his proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments. 

This is the first time in the magazine's 62-year history that an athlete has guest-edited an issue. Ortiz was able to select the stories, including one on his friend, new Celtics free agent acquisition Al Horford, which explores the brotherhood of Dominican athletes beyond their major league dominance. Ortiz asked SI to look into what’s going on at Patriots headquarters, where his favorite NFL team is off to a 3–0 start. He called for an opus on Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose life was tragically cut short last weekend, and who will have a lasting impact on those he touched. Finally, Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night, and writer Michael Schur pay their respects to Ortiz.



Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday


Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.