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Friday August 22, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • 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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  • Wednesday Aug 13, 2014 | 7:23 am

    Wisdom of Moss, Yankees ‘magic’ number, Ranaudo up, Johnson on

    Brandon Moss had four hits, helping his 2005 Sea Dogs teammate, Jon Lester, pick up another win with the Oakland A’s. Moss had been slumping recently and took his bat home for extra work. Susan Slusher of the San Francisco Chronicle relates how Moss explained about slumps to this son. We talked to Moss back in May for a column about leaving the Red Sox organization and eventually finding success. […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 | 1:08 am

    Yankees getting closer (to the Red Sox); Sea Dogs back in town; Hernandez, Betts, Brentz, Travis and more

    The New York Yankees were moderate buyers around the trade deadline, and they were big spenders in the previous off-season (signing Ellsbury, Tanaka, McCann and Beltran). Yet the Yankees (61-57) are slipping, almost closer to the last-place Red Sox (52-65) than the first-place Orioles (68-50). After the Yankees’ 11-3 loss in Baltimore on Monday, George King of the New York Post said there is little reason to believe New York […]

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  • Monday Aug 11, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Sea Dogs hanging on; Red Sox moving on; Nathans carrying on

    During the last blog before vacation, we asked if the Portland Sea Dogs could remain in first place. The Sea Dogs (75-47) are still there, but the Binghamton Mets (72-40) are two games behind. The comforting news for Portland is that third-place Trenton (59-63) is 16 games back. The top two teams reach the playoffs. With 20 games left, Portland’s magic number to clinch a post-season berth is five. The […]

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  • Sunday Aug 03, 2014 | 8:01 am

    Can the Sea Dogs hang on?

    As I approach my annual time to clear the head and close the laptop (and only occasionally check the phone), the Portland Sea Dogs are trying to hold onto their lead in the Eastern League East Division. With most of their prospects promoted, Portland is still looking in line for a a playoff spot. After Saturday, Portland was 71-44, three games ahead of Binghamton (67-46) and 14.5 ahead of New […]

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  • Friday Aug 01, 2014 | 12:50 am

    Next Red Sox move should be moving Owens to Triple-A

    The defending World Series champions were big players on Trade-Deadline Thursday, but it was Ben Cherington dismantling his team and rebuilding. See today’s column. In the last two weeks, the Red Sox got rid of four starting pitchers (if you count Felix Doubront, who had been moved to the bullpen) and added a starter at the major league level (Joe Kelly), Triple-A (Edwin Escobar) and Double-A (Eduardo Rodriguez). There should […]

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