You think the Sox are innocent?

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You think the Sox are innocent?

There was a time when the only leaks associated with the Red Sox were the ones Manny Ramirez took inside the Green Monster, but these days the two concepts are as compatible as peanut butter and jelly, rock and roll, Scott Boras and ginormous dirt bag.

Today, the Red Sox leaks saga continued in a report from Rob Bradford, where it was revealed that Major League Baseballs investigating an unusually high number of leaks surrounding the Sox August waiver activity. However, this time around, Boston appears to be void of any blame.

Bradford writes: "MLB has told the Red Sox, however, that the organization is not under suspicion for leaking any of the information. (Teams usually are motivated to not have such information leaked out due to reaction from their own players, along with possible ramifcations for any potential trades.)"

To which I write: Ha! Looks like Lucky Larry pulled a fast one on the chaps over at the league office.

Of course the Red Sox are responsible for these leaks.

You really think they were worried about player unrest? As if one of these guys finding out that they were placed on waivers (especially when it's common knowledge that a ton of players go on waivers every summer) was going to make things worse in the clubhouse? Please. That clubhouse was as bad as it was going to get. Meanwhile, by leaking to the media that players like Josh Beckett were on waivers, the Sox were saying to their fans: "Look! We're trying! We know it won't be easy, but we're doing everything we can to reset this roster."

And as for the potential trade ramifications, from everything that's been written, Lucchino could have made a pass at one of Stan Kasten's daughters and the Dodgers presidentpart-owner still would have jumped through hoops to wrestle Gonzalez away. For him, it was the perfect opportunity to take his team to the next level. And for the Sox, the perfect opportunity to kick off their favorite AugustSeptember past time.

Leak central, baby.

Stay tuned these next couple weeks. It's only getting started.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death

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Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death

Like the rest of the baseball world, the Red Sox expressed shock and sadness over the tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident in Miami. 

David Ortiz tweeted his thoughts before the game Sunday in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox played the Tampa Bay Rays.

There was a moment of silence for Fernandez - who attended high school in the Tampa area after defecting from Cuba at 15 - before the game at Tropicana Field, and before all major league games on Sunday. 

There was to be on-field ceremony for Ortiz before his last game at the Trop, part of his retirement farewell tour, but it was canceled at Ortiz's request. A video tribute to Ortiz was shown during the game and the Rays gave Ortiz his retirement gifts privately.

Ortiz wiped away tears during the moment of silence. He wrote "RIP Jose" on his cap.

Fernandez had joked about how he wanted to give up a home run to Ortiz when he faced him as an N.L. pitcher in the All-Star Game this past July. 

"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle. I want to watch him hit a home run," Fernandez had said. 

Ortiz ended up walking against Fernandez, prompting this response from Big Papi:

First baseman Hanley Ramirez, who played for the Marlins, as well as other Red Sox players, also tweeted their reactions after hearing the news of Fernandez's death Sunday morning. 

https://twitter.com/mookiebetts/status/780057024344256512
 

Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

RED SOX 
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

RAYS
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
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Jake Odorizzi RHP