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Friday July 25, 2014


  • In The Huddle - Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    “Welcome to football season”

    With those four words, Bill Belichick opened the New England Patriots 2014 season Wednesday afternoon. Yes, training camp doesn’t officially open until Thursday with a practice at 9:15 a.m. But as Belichick noted in his early-morning press conference, players have been floating around Gillette Stadium for days, with many already completing their conditioning test. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Belichick’s time with the media: Rob Gronkowski is […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Can the Red Sox actually catch up?

    So the Red Sox beat Toronto 14-1 on Monday. Fourteen runs? That once was the total Red Sox output for a week. Maybe they actually be a contender again. Tom Caron is thinking that in his column. The blog will be taking a break for a few days, so it will be interesting to see how the standings change this week. AL EAST Baltimore   54-44 New York 50-48 (4 back) […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 5:53 am

    Look at that Red Sox outfield; Dogs in a race

    What’s all this talk about the unproductive Boston outfield? Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino each had two hits in the Red Sox 6-0 win over Kansas City Sunday, with Nava collecting three RBI. Throw in two hits from everyday utility player Brock Holt (at third on Sunday) and there are eight of Boston’s nine hits (David Ross’ two-run homer the other). Suddenly, the Red Sox have won […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Saturday Jul 19, 2014 | 6:27 am

    Red Sox looking for that right-handed bat; Owens starts for Dogs

    Jonny Gomes smacked a two-run, pinch-hit home run to key the Boston Red Sox 5-4 win over Kansas City (see standings below). Another big home run came earlier in the inning with Xander Bogaerts swatting his seventh of the season, but the first since June 13. Any sign of a resurgence from Bogaerts is good news for Boston, which needs some right-handed hitters. That is why the Red Sox rushed […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 6:11 am

    Do the Red Sox have a big run in them?

    They are 43-52. If the season ended now, the Boston Red Sox would finish last in the American League East and have the 8th overall draft pick next year. Or Boston could go on an improbable run – say 47-20 over their remaining games – and win one of baseball’s most flawed divisions this year. The Red Sox obviously hope for that scenario. AL EAST Baltimore   52-42 Toronto      49-47 (4 […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Swihart still firing; Owens still with Dogs (for now)

    When Washington Nationals prospect Michael Taylor reached first base, in the first inning of the Eastern League All-Star Game Wednesday, Sea Dogs catcher Blake Swihart was ready. Taylor has 27 stolen bases this season, but Swihart did not give him a chance in the first inning, picking him off with that touted arm of his. Yeah, we’ve mentioned Swihart a time or two before. See Wednesday’s column. Taylor did get […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 5:33 am

    A’s magic includes Moss; tale of two Dominican bonus babies

    The Oakland A’s began the season with an $82-million payroll and yet had seven players reach the All-Star Game (including recently acquired pitcher Jeff Samardzija). Yoenis Cespedes gets a lot of publicity, especially after winning a second straight Home Run Derby. But the current HR leader on the team is former Sea Dogs slugger and Red Sox role player Brandon Moss, with 21. Moss was a minor league free agent […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Buchholz, Marrero, Dogs

    The All-Star break will officially begin this afternoon when the Portland Sea Dogs play their noon game at Hadlock Field (lineup below). The Red Sox certainly finished on a high note Sunday with Clay Buchholz showing his old form: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K (109 pitches/76 strikes) … Brock Holt (.3217) was 5-for-6 … Jackie Bradley Jr. got a hit. In his last 10 games, […]

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  • Clearing the Bases - Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 5:18 am

    What does down AL East mean to Red Sox? And what does Tanaka’s elbow mean for Lester?

    The American League East is down this year. Does that mean the Boston Red Sox still have a chance? Or does it only prove that Boston is a bad team this year since it is 9.5 games out of first place in a mediocre division? Can the Red Sox turn it around? Only if they repeat a miracle of 100 years ago. Otherwise, not likely. See today’s column. One team […]

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