Lind-to-Sox rumors shot down; will Farrell bring Butterfield?


Lind-to-Sox rumors shot down; will Farrell bring Butterfield?

Quick hits from Day One of the John Farrell Era:

Reports surfaced -- presumably out of Toronto -- soon after Farrell's hiring that first baseman Adam Lind would be heading to Boston as part of this transaction. (Because MLB prohibits the swap of players for non-players, the Blue Jays will have to send a player back to Boston in exchange for Mike Aviles.) The notion it would be Lind, a one-time cornerstone of the Jays franchise who hit 84 home runs from 2009-11, seemed a stretch; he's certainly been a huge disappointment in Toronto in recent years, but he's still only 29 and has far more value than the bag-of-balls-type player who's usually included in this type of deal.

Sure enough, the Lind-to-Boston-as-part-of-the-Farrell-compensation-deal reports were shot down hours later. Still, it's possible the Sox have an interest in a reclamation project such as Lind, especially since they're in the market for a first baseman. Something to keep an eye on in the days ahead.

Something else to keep an eye on: The possible migration of Brian Butterfield from Canada to New England with Farrell. Butterfield -- a Maine nativeresident (and a huge Patriots fan, by the way) -- has been a coach with the Jays since 2002 and, despite losing out to Farrell for the managerial job in 2010, served as Farrell's third-base coachinfield instructor for the last two seasons. He's very highly regarded in baseball circles, and his contract in Toronto is up.

Last year's third-base coach with the Sox, Jerry Royster, was one of the few coaches that Bobby Valentine was allowed to hire, so the chances of his returning are nil. The Sox could certainly do worse than hiring Butterfield for the job.

The remainder of the coaching staff remains in flux. Royster and Valentine's pitching coach, Randy Niemann, are certainly gone, and hitting instructor Dave Magadan has already left for Texas. That leaves bench coach Tim Bogar, first-base coach Alex Ochoa and bullpen coach Gary Tuck, all of whom are highly regarded in the organization.

Remember, even Terry Francona wasn't allowed to hire all his coaches; management usually had a say in the composition of the coaching staff. It's possible that those three will be assigned to Farrell's staff . . . though, since he's worked with Bogar and Tuck, he may not mind.

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. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.