Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees


Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

BOSTON, MAGeneral Manager Ben Cherington announced today that 19 players will attend the Red Sox Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees.

Pedro Beato, RHP Beato went 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in four relief appearances with Boston after being acquired from the New York Mets on August 16.

Xander Bogaerts, INF Bogaerts comes into camp as Bostons No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. He was named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after he hit .307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI in 127 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

Jackie Bradley, OF The 22-year-old hit .315 with nine home runs and 63 RBI in 128 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland last season. Bradley was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year

Chris Carpenter, RHP Carpenter posted a 2.08 ERA in 21 appearances between the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville, Portland, and Pawtucket.

Anthony Carter, RHP The 26-year-old Carter posted a 4-6 record with a 4.60 ERA in 39 appearances for Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization.

Jose De La Torre, RHP De La Torre went 9-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 46 appearances for Double-A Akron, Triple-A Columbus, and Pawtucket.

Jonathan Diaz, INF Diaz hit .221 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 134 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas in the Blue Jays system.

Terry Doyle, RHP Doyle was in both the Twins and White Sox organizations last year. He returned to the White Sox organization where he pitched for Triple-A Charlotte where he went 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 12 games.

Mark Hamilton, INFOF Hamilton spent last year with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization where he hit .231 with 15 home runs and51 RBI90 games with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization.

Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF In 121 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season, Hazelbaker combined to hit .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI.

Justin Henry, INF Henry played for Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization where he hit .300 with one home run and 38 RBI in 131 games.

Chris Hernandez, LHP Hernandez pitched for both Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012 and combined to go 5-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 26 games.

Juan Carlos Linares, OF Linares hit .316 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 110 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

Mitch Maier, OF Maier, split the 2012 season between Triple-A Omaha and the Kansas City Royals. Maier hit .172 with two home runs and seven RBI in 32 games with the Royals. In 38 games for Triple-A Omaha, he hit .288 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Deven Marrero, INF The Red Sox first-round selection in the 2012 Draft, Marrero hit .268 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 64 games for Single-A Lowell.

Lyle Overbay, INF Overbay, split the 2012 season between the Diamondbacks and Braves, where he hit .259 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 65 games.

Drew Sutton, INF Sutton, In his 42 games between the Pirates and Rays, he hit .254 with one home run and 13 RBI.

Ryan Sweeney, OF Sweeney batted .260 with 16 RBI in 63 games for the Red Sox before his season was ended after he punched a wall in the dugout.

Oscar Villarreal, LHP Villarreal, went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 37 games for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles minor league system.

Eight of the 19 invitees have previous major league experience. Beato, Carpenter and Sweeney all saw action for the Red Sox in 2012.

NLCS: Cubs eliminate Dodgers, reach Series for first time since 1945


NLCS: Cubs eliminate Dodgers, reach Series for first time since 1945

CHICAGO -- Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton KershawAnthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration inside Wrigley Field, outside the ballpark and all over the city.

Seeking their first crown since 1908, manager Joe Maddon's team opens the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians haven't won it all since 1948 - Cleveland and Cubs have the two longest title waits in the majors.

"This city deserves it so much," Rizzo said. "We got four more big ones to go, but we're going to enjoy this. We're going to the World Series. I can't even believe that."

All-everything Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester shared the NLCS MVP. Baez hit .318, drove in five runs and made several sharp plays at second base. Lester, a former World Series champion in Boston, was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.

Deemed World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs topped the majors with 103 wins to win the NL Central, then beat the Giants and Dodgers in the playoffs.

The Cubs overcame a 2-1 deficit against the Dodgers and won their 17th pennant. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.

The eternal "wait till next year" is over. No more dwelling on a history of failure - the future is now.

"We're too young. We don't care about it," star slugger Kris Bryant said. "We don't look into it. This is a new team, this is a completely different time of our lives. We're enjoying it and our work's just getting started."

Hendricks pitched two-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings. Chapman took over and closed with hitless relief, then threw both arms in the air as he was mobbed by teammates and coaches.

The crowd joined in, chanting and serenading their team.

"Chicago!" shouted popular backup catcher David Ross.

The Cubs shook off back-to-back shutout losses earlier in this series by pounding the Dodgers for 23 runs to win the final three games.

And they were in no way overwhelmed by the moment on Saturday, putting aside previous frustration.

In 1945, the Billy Goat Curse supposedly began when a tavern owner wasn't allowed to bring his goat to Wrigley. In 2003, the Cubs lost the final three games of the NLCS to Florida, punctuated with a Game 6 defeat when fan Steve Bartman deflected a foul ball.

Even as recently as 2012, the Cubs lost 101 times.

This time, no such ill luck.

Bryant had an RBI single and scored in a two-run first. Dexter Fowler added two hits, drove in a run and scored one.

Contreras led off the fourth with a homer. Rizzo continued his resurgence with a solo drive in the fifth.

That was plenty for Hendricks, the major league ERA leader.

Hendricks left to a standing ovation after Josh Reddick singled with one out in the eighth. The only other hit Hendricks allowed was a single by Andrew Toles on the game's first pitch.

Kershaw, dominant in Game 2 shutout, gave up five runs and seven hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. He fell to 4-7 in the postseason.

The Dodgers haven't been to the World Series since winning in 1988.

Pitching on five days' rest, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw 30 pitches in the first. Fowler led off with a double, and Bryant's single had the crowd shaking the 102-year-old ballpark.

They had more to cheer when left fielder Andrew Toles dropped Rizzo's fly, putting runners on second and third, and Ben Zobrist made it 2-0 a sacrifice fly.

The Cubs added a run in the second when Addison Russell doubled to deep left and scored on a two-out single by Fowler.


Maddon benched slumping right fielder Jason Heyward in favor of Albert Almora Jr.

"Kershaw's pitching, so I wanted to get one more right-handed bat in the lineup, and also with Albert I don't feel like we're losing anything on defense," Maddon said. "I know Jason's a Gold Glover, but I think Albert, given an opportunity to play often enough would be considered a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, too."

Heyward was 2 for 28 in the playoffs - 1 for 16 in the NLCS.


Kerry Wood, wearing a Ron Santo jersey, threw out the first pitch and actor Jim Belushi delivered the "Play Ball!" call before the game. Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder and actor John Cusack were also in attendance. And Bulls great Scottie Pippen led the seventh-inning stretch.