BOSTON - The Red Sox aren’t hitting for power as much as they’re expected to and they’re striking out less than anyone. Far less. So, maybe they should just swing harder? It’s not that simple, considering they have the second-best batting average in the majors, .271, and the third-best on-base percentage, .342. Entering Thursday, the Sox had 300 strikeouts, 34 fewer than the 29th team on the list, the Mets. (The Mets have also played 34 games, while the Sox have already played 36.) In April, when this trend was already evident, Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis was asked if the lack of strikeouts were by design. “I don’t think it’s purposeful,” Davis said. “But that can be a good thing
WALTHAM, Mass. – No matter how an NBA team’s season ends, change is inevitable. And while there’s no doubt that the Celtics are on the right track in terms of their ascension in the NBA, it's too soon to tell how many players on the Celtics’ 15-man roster that Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations, will bring back next season. MORE CELTICS Stevens: "This pain is part of the path" Blakely: Series loss to Cavs just might be the start of something big Bradley the lone bright spot Tommy Heinsohn: Playoffs were a learning process Horford: Not where we need to be but proud of our guys “One thing I do know. He’ll make the best decisions for the team and if players don’t end up
Things have gone from bad to worse for Red Sox’ outfielder Brock Holt, who was shut down “for the foreseeable future” on Friday after meeting with head trauma specialist Michael Collins. The Red Sox placed Holt on the 10-day disabled list in April after he began experiencing vertigo, the latest in a series of head injuries he’s sustained since last spring. According to the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato, the outfielder was initially advised to attempt playing through his symptoms, but it quickly became apparent that the strategy wasn’t going to work. Now, the plan is to shut him down from any game activity in the hopes that he’ll be able to recover from all lingering symptoms before returning to the roster.