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Sunday July 5, 2015

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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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  • Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 | 7:42 am

    Workman has Tommy John surgery; Red Sox slide continues; Sea Dogs back in town

    That 2013 championship season seems so long ago for the Boston Red Sox, who lost their seventh game in a row Monday night. Part of that 2013 team, right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman, underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, so he is likely out until late 2016. Workman, 26, was 1-10 last year with a 5.17 ERA, but as a reliever he had a 2.84 ERA. He’s best known for his seven […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 09, 2015 | 10:41 am

    Young pitching may be the key for Red Sox

    While the Boston Red Sox passed on a pitcher (namely Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer) and chose Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi in the first round of the Major League draft, pitching remains a key to Boston’s constant building process. And if the Red Sox are going to turn this season around, they may need their young pitchers to come through. That brings us to Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0, 061), who gets his third […]

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  • Friday May 29, 2015 | 6:21 am

    Think Rodriguez gets to stay with the Red Sox?

    When Boston manager John Farrell was asked if Eduardo Rodriguez was going to stay in the starting rotation, he told reporters in Texas “There’s been no decision …” Farrell then added he hoped so. That means he stays, right? After Rodriguez baffled the Rangers  (7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K) in Boston’s 5-1 win, of course Rodriguez is staying. When Farrell said he “hopes” Rodriguez […]

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