• by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Alexi Ogando earns win in relief for Red Sox

    Red Sox reliever Alexi Ogando retired the only batter he faced, ending the ninth inning and stranding two batters in Friday's extra-inning win over Tampa. Ogando earned the win, his first since April 24, and improved to 2-0 on the season. He hasn't allowed a run in his last nine outings.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Alexi Ogando doing the job for Red Sox in short relief

    The 100-mile-an-hour fastball that defined Red Sox right-hander Alexi Ogando when he pitched for the Rangers a few years ago is gone, but he is still throwing in the mid-90s and he's happy with that. So are the Sox, for whom Ogando has six strikeouts in six innings and has been a gem in the seventh-inning setup role. "It's nice that it's up there," Ogando told the Boston Herald about his velocity. "It's one of those things that gradually works its way up there." Ogando has yielded just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings, striking out four along the way.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox's John Farrell not sold on Koji Uehara's status for opener?

    Red Sox manager John Farrell appears to be less sold closer Koji Uehara's status for Opening Day then he did a week ago when his closer suffered a left hamstring strain, according to MLB.com. "I think with each passing day he's not in a game, there's growing concern, concern in the sense, 'Will he be ready for April 6?' And we're just working through that," said Farrell. Uehara could throw a bullpen session at some point this week, but it appears as if the Red Sox are taking a cautious approach with their right-handed reliever. Edward Mujica and Alexi Ogando are candidates to fill in for Uehara in the ninth while he remains sidelined.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Farrell: Red Sox RP Ogando 'sets himself apart' against righties

    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Tuesday that relief pitcher Alexi Ogando could be a weapon against tough right-handed hitters with the use of his slider and fastball, MLB.com reports. "Ogando's breaking ball and his ability to throw down and away and attack really good right-handed hitters, he sets himself apart from the guys in our bullpen," Farrell said. Ogando signed with the Red Sox this season on a one-year deal for $1.5 million, plus incentives, and he wasted no time impressing his new team. "I've felt he has a chance to impact our team as much as anyone coming out of spring training, and that view hasn't changed," Farrell said Tuesday. Ogando has surrendered two earned runs in four innings this spring but has racked up five strikeouts while not walking a batter. He's looking to bounce back from his last season with the Rangers, in which he went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Red Sox's Farrell on Ogando: He has a chance to make a huge impact

    Red Sox reliever Alexi Ogando had a second straight scoreless outing Thursday against the Pirates, lowering his ERA to 6.00. Ogando has allowed one hit over his last two innings after allowing two runs on two hits in his first spring outing March 5. "It's been very good," Farrell said Ogando's progress, per WEEI.com. "If we get him to previous levels, or close to previous levels, in terms of arm strengths, production and get him through spring training healthy, it could be one of the keys to our camp. What he means to our bullpen? The ability to attack quality right-handed hitters that our division is going to present. He has a chance to make a huge impact on this team."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Red Sox agree to deal with pitcher Alexi Ogando

    The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with pitcher Alexi Ogando, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is a one-year, $1.5 million contract, which includes $1.5 million in bonuses, according to USA Today. Ogando has been a free agent since being non-tendered by the Rangers in December. Ogando made just 27 relief appearances in 2014 due to an elbow injury. He went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA. Ogando, who was an All-Star in 2011, also has experience starting at the major-league level, going 19-12 with a 3.40 ERA in 48 career starts.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Tigers not scouting former Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando

    While several teams were on hand in Tampa to witness former Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando's throwing session last week, the Tigers were not one of those teams, sources told MLB.com. Ogando is coming off a shaky campaign in 2014, going 2-3 with a career-worst 6.84 ERA in 27 relief outings for Texas. He was non-tendered in December, making him a free agent.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Report: Red Sox attended Alexi Ogando's recent workout

    The Red Sox were one of the teams that attended pitcher Alexi Ogando's recent workout, according to the Boston Globe. Two dozen teams were said to have been at the event, so there was plenty of interest around the league. Ogando dealt with elbow issues during the second half of the season, pitching just 25 innings. The 31-year-old has posted a 3.35 ERA over 406 career innings.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Report: Two dozen teams will attend Alexi Ogando's showcase

    Two dozen teams are expected to attend Alexi Ogando's showcase in Tampa on Friday, Peter Gammons reports. Ogando missed the second half of the season due to elbow issues, but was cleared for action recently before the Rangers tendered his contract. The right-hander posted a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings of work in 2014.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Alexi Ogando among Rangers non-tendered players Tuesday

    The Rangers are not offering contracts to left-hander Michael Kirkman, right-hander Alexi Ogando and infielder Adam Rosales before the tender deadline on Tuesday,making them all free agents, the team announced. Ogando missed the second half of the season due to elbow issues, but was cleared for action recently. He posted a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings of work in 2014.