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Sunday August 31, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Middlebrooks’ fade continues; Asuaje and Travis on the rise

    Used to be that you could count on Will Middlebrooks raking in Toronto. But in the past three days, he is 1-for-13 with eight strikeouts. He went 0-for-3 Wednesday night. Middlebrooks is batting .188 with two home runs. Since coming off the disabled list: .178, 0 homers, 23 strikeouts in 73 at-bats. Boston will give him a chance to turn it around. But how long? The Red Sox have acquired […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Ranaudo Pitcher of the Year again; Dogs rolling with arms

    Anthony Ranaudo picked up his second Pitcher of the Year award, this time from the International League, where he was 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA for Pawtucket. Ranaudo won the Easter League award last year while with the Portland Sea Dogs. Ranaudo’s Pawtucket teammate, Matt Barnes, kept up his good run with 7 1/3 innings on Monday: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Barnes (8-8, 3.80) has a […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 6:10 am

    Red Sox among leaders (for draft position); historic Sea Dogs come home

    After their eighth straight loss Sunday, the Boston Red Sox dropped to 56-74. Boston is positioning itself nicely – for the 2015 draft. Boston has the fifth-worst record, behind Texas (50-79), Colorado (52-77), Arizona (55-76) and Houston (55-76). In the months-long tryout for next year’s rotation, Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81) did himself no favors, going only 4 1/3 innings: 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Pawtucket (74-62) lost […]

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  • Sunday Aug 24, 2014 | 7:23 am

    Red Sox OF surplus; Johnson’s 1-hitter; Sea Dogs best ever?

    Remember a month ago when the Red Sox seemed to be auditioning everyone for the outfield? Infielders like Brock Holt and Mookie Betts found themselves in the outfield more often. A month later, Boston has a glut of outfielders on its 40-man roster, with nine listed (including Betts; Holt remains listed as an infielder since he goes back and forth). Boston traded for two – Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Will MLB ever do anything about smokeless tobacco?

    Curt Schilling disclosed in a radio interview during the Jimmy Fund telethon that his recent battle with cancer was because of his addiction to smokeless tobacco. This revelation comes after Baseball mourned the passing of Tony Gwynn, from cancer, brought on by smokeless tobacco. When will Major League Baseball realize there is a serious problem here? At the very least, public service announcements about tobacco’s dangers during televised games would […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 9:04 am

    Is Betts the future center fielder?

    The comparison came quick, The Angels’ Kole Calhoun doubled to center field on a ball that hit the lower part of the Fenway Park wall. A couple of tweets came in: Jackie Bradley would have caught it. The point is: Mookie Betts didn’t catch it. It is a comparison that Betts (and few others) will ever win. Bradley may already be the premier defensive center fielder in the game. He […]

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  • Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Watching future Red Sox; PawSox leaky pen; Sea Dogs close

    Wins and losses no longer really matter as we watch the Boston Red Sox finish this season. The fun is watching how the young players develop. Three names come to mind especially – Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr. All of them are having forgettable seasons at the plate. Bogaerts is also still adjusting to the field. He’s moved back to shortstop, where he is more comfortable but, […]

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  • Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 4:44 am

    Webster’s “small gains.” Sea Dogs’ steps backward

    Allen Webster threw a strike to begin the second inning, and then pitched eight straight balls. Two walks and another Webster unraveling appeared to be taking place. But he re-grouped. Were it not for an error, he would have escaped the inning without a run. Webster (3-1, 4.79) ended up going six innings: 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. “W’e’re seeing some small gains here,” Boston […]

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  • Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Can Red Sox catch Yankees? Plus, the pitching tryouts continue; Chavis adjusting

    After Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the New York Yankees Wednesday, the Yankees (61-58) are 8 games out of first place in the American League East. Wondering if New York can still win the division? Right now,  the Yankees are closer to the last-place Red Sox (54-65)  - 7 games ahead of Boston – than to the Orioles (69-50). Boston beat the Reds Wednesday, even though starter Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 4.50 […]

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