Tuesday September 30, 2014
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Tuesday September 30, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Thursday Sep 25, 2014 | 5:00 am

    Betts too good to trade; Red Sox won’t “enable” Middlebrooks

    A good night for Boston Red Sox rookies Wednesday at Fenway Park, with Mookie Betts continuing to lead off. Meanwhile, another one-time sensation continues to be unavailable. Boston started seven rookies in its 11-3 win over the Rays. That’s the most rookies to start a game for the Red Sox in 43 years. The seven: Pitcher Anthony Ranaudo: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (no home […]

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  • Sunday Sep 21, 2014 | 8:11 am

    De La Rosa sinking in the polls; Flaherty on the rise

    Last week we looked at the prospects for Boston’s pitching prospects for 2015. We put Rubby De La Rosa at the top of the list. On second thought … When we wrote that, De La Rosa was on a bit of a slide. And the slide continues. After yesterday’s 7-2 loss, in which De La Rosa allowed four runs in four innings, he is 4-8 with a 4.50 ERA. Consider […]

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  • Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 5:31 am

    Buchholz, Betts on; Owens off

    So Mookie Betts is not done with second base, after all. The Red Sox have been trying (successfully) to get Mookie Betts comfortable in the outfield, since they already have a second baseman. But with Dustin Pedroia done for the season after hand surgery, and with uber-utility player Brock Holt out with concussion-like symptoms, Boston manager John Farrell said that Betts will get playing time back at second base. Maybe […]

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  • Thursday Sep 11, 2014 | 5:57 am

    Another poor start for Workman; promoted Johnson solid

    Brandon Workman (1-9) must be getting close to the bullpen. In his latest start Wednesday, Workman lasted 3 innings: 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. His ERA rose to 5.27 (5.47 as a starter). As we mentioned in our recent column,  this is the time when the Red Sox are evaluating pitchers for next year. Workman has shined as a reliever in the past. That appears […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 8:49 am

    Barnes may be RedSox best new pitcher; Pedroia out; Johnson promoted

    BOSTON – In today’s column we look at Boston’s young pitchers trying to win games and influence people – namely the Red Sox front office and manager John Farrell. It’s tryout ti me for the 2015 rotation. Anthony Ranaudo did not win Tuesday; nor was he influential: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Matt Barnes lasted almost as long in relief: 3 Ip, 3 H, 0 […]

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  • Monday Sep 08, 2014 | 5:52 am

    Sea Dogs done; a Wright idea

    The Portland Sea Dogs’ season came to a close Sunday in an 8-5 loss to Binghamton in the Eastern League playoffs. Much was made of all the talent that was promoted from Portland during the year (see today’s story) and one of the last to leave the Sea Dogs maybe hurt the most. When starter Keith Couch was sent to Pawtucket right before the playoffs began, the Portland rotation lost […]

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  • Saturday Sep 06, 2014 | 9:09 am

    With Castillo playing with Sea Dogs, the odds are ever in their favor

    One baseball game does not make a career. And too often when a baseball player is hyped and then has a bad game (or even a bad at-bat), the doomsayers come out. Likewise, a good game can turn into unrealistic expectations. A big contract can do the same thing. So Red Sox fans expect big things from outfielder Rusney Castillo, who just signed a $72.5-million deal with Boston. Castillo went […]

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  • Friday Sep 05, 2014 | 5:34 am

    Sea Dogs (with Castillo) back at Hadlock; Koji shutdown?

    After tying their best-of-five series at 1-1, with a 7-0 victory in Binghamton, the Portland Sea Dogs will play at least two more games at Hadlock Field, tonight and Saturday, both at 6 p.m. If a Game 5 is needed, it will also be home, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Sea Dogs not only bring title hopes to their fans, they will bring along newly-signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 5:38 am

    Big series (for Yankees); Castillo added to Sea Dogs playoff roster

    When the Red Sox schedule is released, you always look to see where the Yankees series’ are. Boston visit the Bronx for a three-game set today through Thursday. These are important games (for the Yankees). New York (70-65) is tied for fourth place with Cleveland in the Wild Card standings, four games back. The Red Sox? They’re 60-77, tied with Minnesota for the fifth-worst record in baseball. Joe Kelly goes […]

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