A New York Daily News report had Kelly Shoppach behind the infamous text message sent to Red Sox owners (using Adrian Gonzalez's phone) requesting a team meeting back when the team was in New York in late July.
Well, Shoppach was asked about that report on Sunday, and he denied having anything to do with it. In fact, he says he didn't even attend the meeting.
So, who do we believe? Would Shoppach go out of his way to deny the report, not even being with the team anymore? Or did someone within the Sox organization lie to the NYDN and make Shoppach the scapegoat in order to make the rest of the team look better?
Check out Shoppach's denial in the video above.
BOSTON — In the starting lineup for the first time in 16 days, Eduardo Nunez had just two at-bats Monday before he aggravated his right knee.
Nunez has been out with a hurt PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) injury, which affects the back of the knee.
The designated hitter on Monday, Nunez doubled in his first at-bat. In the third inning, he fouled a pitch away and his leg appeared to buckle under him.
Sox manager John Farrell and a trainer went out to speak with Nunez, who jogged briefly up the third-base line and swung the bat before he was permitted to finish the at-bat. Nunez lined out to third base and walked gingerly to the dugout, with a little limp.
That was it for Nunez, with Sam Travis batting for Nunez the next time up.
Farrell indicated before the game it was possible Nunez would still be bothered by the knee, but said "he’s not putting himself at further risk."
BOSTON — With his velocity down again Monday, Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz was pulled after just two innings at Fenway Park, an alarming move with the playoffs beginning next week and Pomeranz expected to pitch Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Facing the Blue Jays, the lefty on Monday allowed seven hits and five runs and struck out none. His fastball was around 89-91 mph Monday, after he averaged 92.74 mph on it in August, per BrooksBaseball.net.
Pomeranz's regular heat wasn't quite there in his previous outing in Baltimore, either, sitting at 89.29. But even in the two prior starts, he saw a drop-off. On Sept. 8, he sat at 90.11 mph, and on Sept. 14 was 91.19 mph.
"At this point in the year, it’s late in the year, I’m focused on making pitches," Pomeranz said when asked about his velocity after the Baltimore start. "Changing speeds has been working for me the last few times. I’ve got more in the tank when I need to. You see I had a couple guys on and I can start throwing harder if I want to. I’m focused on making pitches and throwing all four pitches for strikes. That’s what I’ve been doing pretty much these last three or four outings."
The Sox trailed 5-2 when Pomeranz left.