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Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Tuesday Jul 21, 2015 | 7:39 am

    The new “standings” to watch for Red Sox fans; call up JBJ

    Wasn’t it just a few days ago Red Sox fans were celebrating a four-game winning streak? Boston closed to 5.5 games out of first place, with a three-game series – at home – coming up against the division-leading Yankees. It was a time for giddy thoughts. Sweep the Yanks, and Boston would be 2.5 out headed into the All-Star break. Time to consider what moves the Red Sox should make […]

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  • Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 7:10 am

    A shootout, in baseball? Marco’s moment; Swihart to rehab with Sea Dogs

    The official boxscore looked normal, although the final score did not: West 4, East 4. Then there is a note written beneath: “East All-Stars won tiebreaker” Tiebreaker? In a baseball game? Sure, at least for an all-star game, when you cannot over-tax pitchers. And most of the fans seemed to love the idea Wednesday night at the Eastern League All-Star Game at Hadlock Field. When, after nine innings were played, […]

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  • Friday Jul 03, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Forget the bullpen, Sea Dogs get a lefty from the outfield

    Using position players to pitch in extreme extra-inning games is commonplace in the minor leagues. Preserving developing arms is more important than winning games. But the Portland Sea Dogs had a secret weapon Thursday night. Outfielder Cole Sturgeon was not just some guy who has pitched a little. Until the Red Sox drafted him in 2014 (10th round), he had always been a position player AND pitcher, his latest stint […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 01, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Red Sox in sync; Victorino in Portland; Owens in control

    After Boston’s 4-3 win over Toronto, the Red Sox are still in last place in the AL East, but have won three straight and are climbing. The standings: Orioles 41-36, Rays 42-37, Yankees 41-37 (0.5 behind), Blue Jays 41-38 (1), Red Sox 36-43 (6). Alejandro De Aza went 1-for-3 for Boston and is batting .333 (1.053 OPS) in his last 15 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, but he is still […]

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  • Friday Jun 26, 2015 | 9:43 am

    Sorting out the Sox pitching (in the future)

    Even though Eduardo Rodriguez had a tough fourth inning in Thursday’s 8-6 loss, he still is one of the few Red Sox pitchers with a winning record (3-2) and no one doubts he has a bright future. With that in mind, Friday’s column looks at who is likely to get the next call from Triple-A: Brian Johnson. Meanwhile, another lefty, Henry Owens, had his longest outing of the year in […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 24, 2015 | 9:15 am

    Joe Kelly remind you of anyone?

    Joe Kelly is 2-5 with a 5.67 ERA for the Boston Red Sox. We keep hearing he has great stuff and he has demonstrated that in seven games (2 earned runs or less). But in the other seven starts, he’s allowed: 4 earned runs once, 5 earned run (four times), 6 and 7. Last night: 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K. The Red Sox lost […]

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  • Monday Jun 22, 2015 | 5:45 am

    Nine games out, but hopeful

    Dare Red Sox fans hope? A 3-2 road trip, including a series win over the hot Kansas City Royals – not to mention an offense emerging – and maybe Boston is ready to make a move, at least into contention. The Red Sox (31-40) are still nine games out, with the rest of the division bunched up within three games of each other. But there’s time, right?   Boston beat the […]

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  • Thursday Jun 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    Red Sox starters tiring out the bullpen

    Saw a post-game interview of Red Sox starter Joe Kelly after Boston’s 5-2 loss Wednesday.  He said that except for a few walks (3 of them), he thought he pitched OK. He threw only five innings (103 pithces) That is not OK. The inability of Boston starters to go deep into games is wearing down Boston’s bullpen. Look at Junichi Tazawa. He had been one of the Red Sox best […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 | 7:44 am

    Holt gets hurrahs; Flaherty gets a ribbing

    Brock Holt gave the Boston Red Sox fans what they desperately wanted: something to cheer about. Holt hit for the cycle in Boston’s 9-4 win. That 9-4 score was tame compared to some of the others involving AL East teams – Miami 12, Yankees 2; Washington 16, Rays 4; Orioles 19, Phillies 3. In that Orioles romp, Baltimore hit eight home runs, the eighth by Ryan Flaherty. Teammates gave Flaherty […]

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