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Thursday May 28, 2015

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  • Monday May 25, 2015 | 6:36 am

    Red Sox a contender, as is every AL East team

    The New York Yankees (22-22) have lost six straight games and, for the first time in 20 years, they have lost 10 of 11 games. Yet they are still in second place in the American League East, only 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays (24-21). Boston (21-23) has won two straight games – including a 6-1 win over the Angels Sunday – and is 2.5 games behind. Were the […]

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  • Friday May 22, 2015 | 5:48 am

    Will Castillo help Red Sox? He can’t hurt

    While the Tampa Bay Rays assumed the top spot in the American League East, the anemic Boston Red Sox lost again, 3-1 to Texas. While outfielder Shane Victorino sat out, nursing another ache, Rusney Castillo (and his $10-million contract) played for Pawtucket. When Castillo got a double Thursday night, it made you wonder why isn’t he at Fenway, helping Boston’s struggling offense. Maybe he will get to Boston in time […]

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  • Thursday May 21, 2015 | 7:05 am

    Anyone want to win the AL East? Sox and Dogs lose; Tejeda hot

    The American League East continues to be the division no one wants to take over. Every division team lost Wednesday night, as the group remains tightly bunched. The standings: Yankees and Rays 22-19 Red Sox 19-21  (2.5 games back) Orioles 17-20 (3) Blue Jays 18-24 (4.5) Another night of offensive futility for the Red Sox in a 2-1 loss. Interestingly, the Sea Dogs also lost 2-1. Oscar Tejeda had the […]

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  • Wednesday May 20, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Napoli busting out? Who is Tim Roberson? Brian Johnson re-groups

    Is Mike Napoli breaking out of his slump? He took a step toward productivity Tuesday night with a 2-for-4 night with a home run and two RBI, in the Red Sox 4-3 win over the Rangers. Napoli is now batting .174. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal pointed out that on May 28, 2011, Napoli was batting .183, and went hit .366 the rest of the season While Napoli is […]

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  • Tuesday May 19, 2015 | 8:43 am

    Sox search for O; Moncada debuts; Dogs at Hadlock

    The Boston Red Sox are finally getting stability in their starting rotation. Now the bats are quiet. Tom Caron looks at the issue. One possible solution is Rusney Castillo, who is still in Pawtucket. Castillo was not in the lineup Monday, which caused a lot of early speculation. Turns out, his wife is having a baby. Pawtucket recently received outfielder Allen Craig from Boston. Since then, Craig has been removed […]

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  • Thursday May 07, 2015 | 6:22 am

    Punchless Sox still close; Barnes in the bullpen; Cuevas’ 10 K’s

    Looking for the bright side after the Red Sox lost 5-3 to Tampa Bay, dropping another series to an AL East team? Boston, 13-15 and in last place in the division, is still only four games out of first place (no other division in the majors is as tightly bunched). So there’s that. Call it seeing the glass at least one-quarter full. As bad as Justin Masterson was in the […]

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  • Saturday May 02, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    Blake Swihart ready to go for Red Sox

    Blake Swihart walked  through the Boston Red Sox clubhouse at Fenway Park Saturday morning, greeting teammates he had not seen since spring training. But now Swihart has joined them, ready to make his major league debut at 1:30 p.m., when the Red Sox play the New York Yankees. Swihart, who turned 23 last month, was the Portland Sea Dogs starting catcher last year. Now, with injuries to Christian Vazquez and […]

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  • Friday Apr 24, 2015 | 7:15 am

    So far, the P-word is prevalent in AL East

    After the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox last Sunday, the two teams sat tied atop the American League East. By Thursday night, the East featured a three-way tie, but the Orioles were in last. The predicted parity in this division is evident, so far. The standings: Boston, New York, Toronto: 9-7 Tampa Bay: 8-8 Baltimore: 7-9. Yes, it’s early, with only 10 percent of the schedule being played. […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 | 8:32 am

    Porcello looked pretty good, too

    BOSTON – While it was “The Mookie Betts Show,” as Hanley Ramirez described Monday’s Red Sox home opener, there was some else going right for Boston. Rick Porcello’s line: 8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K Porcello may never be a dominant pitcher, but he can be so efficient, and that is what the Red Sox, and their tired bullpen, needed on Monday. Porcello is […]

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