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Tuesday July 22, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 5:53 am

    Look at that Red Sox outfield; Dogs in a race

    What’s all this talk about the unproductive Boston outfield? Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino each had two hits in the Red Sox 6-0 win over Kansas City Sunday, with Nava collecting three RBI. Throw in two hits from everyday utility player Brock Holt (at third on Sunday) and there are eight of Boston’s nine hits (David Ross’ two-run homer the other). Suddenly, the Red Sox have won […]

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  • Saturday Jul 19, 2014 | 6:27 am

    Red Sox looking for that right-handed bat; Owens starts for Dogs

    Jonny Gomes smacked a two-run, pinch-hit home run to key the Boston Red Sox 5-4 win over Kansas City (see standings below). Another big home run came earlier in the inning with Xander Bogaerts swatting his seventh of the season, but the first since June 13. Any sign of a resurgence from Bogaerts is good news for Boston, which needs some right-handed hitters. That is why the Red Sox rushed […]

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  • Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 6:11 am

    Do the Red Sox have a big run in them?

    They are 43-52. If the season ended now, the Boston Red Sox would finish last in the American League East and have the 8th overall draft pick next year. Or Boston could go on an improbable run – say 47-20 over their remaining games – and win one of baseball’s most flawed divisions this year. The Red Sox obviously hope for that scenario. AL EAST Baltimore   52-42 Toronto      49-47 (4 […]

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  • Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Swihart still firing; Owens still with Dogs (for now)

    When Washington Nationals prospect Michael Taylor reached first base, in the first inning of the Eastern League All-Star Game Wednesday, Sea Dogs catcher Blake Swihart was ready. Taylor has 27 stolen bases this season, but Swihart did not give him a chance in the first inning, picking him off with that touted arm of his. Yeah, we’ve mentioned Swihart a time or two before. See Wednesday’s column. Taylor did get […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 5:33 am

    A’s magic includes Moss; tale of two Dominican bonus babies

    The Oakland A’s began the season with an $82-million payroll and yet had seven players reach the All-Star Game (including recently acquired pitcher Jeff Samardzija). Yoenis Cespedes gets a lot of publicity, especially after winning a second straight Home Run Derby. But the current HR leader on the team is former Sea Dogs slugger and Red Sox role player Brandon Moss, with 21. Moss was a minor league free agent […]

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  • Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Buchholz, Marrero, Dogs

    The All-Star break will officially begin this afternoon when the Portland Sea Dogs play their noon game at Hadlock Field (lineup below). The Red Sox certainly finished on a high note Sunday with Clay Buchholz showing his old form: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K (109 pitches/76 strikes) … Brock Holt (.3217) was 5-for-6 … Jackie Bradley Jr. got a hit. In his last 10 games, […]

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  • Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 5:18 am

    What does down AL East mean to Red Sox? And what does Tanaka’s elbow mean for Lester?

    The American League East is down this year. Does that mean the Boston Red Sox still have a chance? Or does it only prove that Boston is a bad team this year since it is 9.5 games out of first place in a mediocre division? Can the Red Sox turn it around? Only if they repeat a miracle of 100 years ago. Otherwise, not likely. See today’s column. One team […]

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  • Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Red Sox addition by subtraction; Wright on (again); Kurcz coming on; another Yaz

    When the Boston Red Sox signed A.J. Pierzynksi to a one-year deal, it seemed logical since Boston simply wanted a bridge to its catching prospects, nearly ready for the majors. But there were concerns with his defense, his anti-Red Sox philosophy of NOT grinding at-bats (i.e., swing early and often) and his personality, which has been reported as difficult (but that last factor can sometimes be overblown in today’s 24/7 […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 09, 2014 | 5:41 am

    Workman down, De La Rosa up, Peavy on the block

    Brandon Workman appears to be going back to Triple-A (briefly) and Rubby De La Rosa is returning to Boston today to make his sixth start. He was 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in his previous five starts. Workman (1-3, 4.13) gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven innings in Boston’s seventh loss in eight straight home games. With the All-Star break coming up, Workman won’t miss […]

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