Five from the Fort: Joel Hanrahan


Five from the Fort: Joel Hanrahan

Joel Hanrahan joins the CSN crew for Five from the Fort - a lightning round of questions with the new Red Sox closer.

Among the topics covered:

Do you need facial hair to be a good closer?

"No. A lot of guys do though. I'd look like I'm 12 if I shave," said Hanrahan. The Red Sox would likely want to avoid any Rookie of the Year flashbacks so expect to see Hanrahan with a healthy dose of facial fur.

How about an entrance song?
Expect to hear something with a little edge when the bullpen doors open in the ninth inning. Hanrahan enjoys the soothing and calming sounds (sarcasm) of Slipknot - a heavy metal band from Iowa.

Will you miss picking up a bat?
Hanrahan tripled in his first career at-bat, but says he'd really enjoy hitting one over the Monster at some point (presumably during batting practice) and said it's even on his Bucket List.

For more from Hanrahan, including his pedicure, check out the video above.

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Red Sox prospect Moncada exits Arizona Fall League with sprained thumb


Red Sox prospect Moncada exits Arizona Fall League with sprained thumb

Top Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada has left the Arizona Fall League because of a sprained left thumb he sustained in a game there last week.

Moncada will not participate in baseball activities for two weeks but the team said in a statement he is expected to be ready for spring training. 

The switch-hitting Moncada, 21, had a slash line of .292/.370/.458, with a homer and three RBI, in six games for Surprise in the AFL.

The Cuban infielder, who signed with the Red Sox in February 2015, was called up in September but didn’t play after Sept. 12 following strikeouts in nine consecutive plate appearances.