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Reason for Red Sox to worry?
With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?
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David Ortiz gets extension
Looks like the marriage between David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox will last at least two more years. According to a league source, the two sides agreed to add another year to Ortiz's contract, keeping him on board through 2015. How many years does Ortiz have left as an elite designated hitter? Is he the best of all time?
Over the next week, Buster Olney will be ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. He starts with the top 10 lineups. As one executive noted to Olney, "When you start looking at the projected lineups for 2014, there are not many dominant lineups. Most clubs have a couple of spots that have young players, or players returning from injuries. So almost all have a couple of questions." Click here to see Olney's top 10 and submit your own ballot by clicking on the images below.
Baseball's top 10 lineups
Pictured: Yoenis Cespedes
Pictured: Mike Trout
Pictured: Allen Craig
Pictured: Nick Swisher
Pictured: Prince Fielder
Pictured: David Ortiz
Pictured: Carlos Gonzalez
Pictured: Alex Gordon
Pictured: Miguel Cabrera
Pictured: Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees
Hello, Johnny Damon 2.0. Like the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox center fielder before him, Jacoby Ellsbury reportedly is making the short trip down Interstate 95 to the New York Yankees. It's not for lack of reasons -- around $153 million of them over seven years. Is this a good move for New York? Will the Yankees be back in 2014?
Red Sox sign Pierzynski
The Red Sox seem to have moved on from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as they've signed A.J. Pierzynski to be their new catcher. Pierzynski may be something of a stopgap, as the Red Sox have a few catching prospects on the verge of making it to the majors, but if his numbers from last year are any indication, he's a definite offensive downgrade from Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox seem to be willing to deal with that, however, over signing Saltalamacchia to a likely three-year deal.
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