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Friday May 22, 2015

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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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  • Friday Apr 10, 2015 | 4:40 am

    Another opening no-hitter; Johnson strong; Red Sox-Yankees

    Last year, Henry Owens began the minor league season with a rain-shortened, six-inning no-hitter for the Portland Sea Dogs. Owens, a top pitching prospect, showed his stuff Now, along comes Jacob Dahlstrand, and it appears his stuff will play, for now. He pitched six no-hit innings for advanced Class A Salem Thursday night. The game was called in the seventh innings because of rain (Joe Gunkel threw 1/3 of an […]

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  • Thursday Apr 09, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Forget the fastball and curveball. Snowball time

    Portland Sea Dogs assistant GM Chris Cameron gets credit for the best tweet this morning:   I’ve often compared Opening Day to being like Christmas morning, this is not what I had in mind. — Chris Cameron (@ChrisRCameron) April 9, 2015 We talked to the Sea Dogs players about playing in the cold (see today’s story). As for the Sea Dogs opener scheduled to Thursday at 6 p.m., it […]

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  • Wednesday Apr 08, 2015 | 7:08 am

    Where are those arms the Red Sox traded?

    Arizona Diamonbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa won his first start with his new team, but Red Sox fans don’t need to regret the deal that sent De La Rosa and Allen Webster to Arizona for left-handed starter Wade Miley. De La Rosa got plenty of support in the D-Backs’ 7-6 win over the Giants. He began by giving up a two-run Buster Posey homer in the first and ended […]

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