Francona criticizes All-Star Game


Francona criticizes All-Star Game

On Wednesday, Terry Francona criticized the All-Star Game and its role in determining home field advantage for the World Series.

As Francona told The Big Show on WEEI, "Theres maybe better ways to figure out home field ... they want a lot of things to make it not like a regular season game, and then at the end you end up treating it like the most important regular-season game of the year Its just not real consistent, and there is a lot riding on it."

NBC's Hardball Talk agrees that there is room for improvement:

The All-Star Game is operating on eighty years worth of inertia at the moment, and eventually, inertia runs out ... As long as Bud (Selig) is in charge, were not going to see too many changes, because he loves the home field advantage thing. But that doesnt mean we cant think about it some.

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.