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Tuesday September 2, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Monday Sep 01, 2014 | 7:20 am

    Rare Buchholz dominance in East; Betts; Owens; the other Miller

    Clay Buchholz (6-8, 5.40) threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout against the Rays. It was rare dominance for Buchholz against the AL East. Against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles this season, Buchholz is 1-5 with a 6.99 ERA. With obvious talent, but maddening inconsistency, Buchholz will be one of the mysteries heading into next season. What will the 2015 Buchholz be like? Mookie Betts (.259) batted second for Boston and […]

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  • Sunday Aug 31, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Almanzar traded; Haley on again

    When Michael Almanzar came out of the Sea Dogs game Saturday night, it was not that unusual. Almanzar has been in out of the lineup with various ailments, usually the result of being hit by a pitch (shoulder, hand, etc.). But this time there was a different reason. Almanzar and Red Sox infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson were traded to Baltimore for infielder/outfielder Jemile Weeks and minor league infielder Ivan De Jesus. […]

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  • Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 8:29 am

    Red Sox careful about Johnson; Ranaudo starts; Dogs close

    The Cleveland Indians once had a prized pitching prospect named Adam Miller, who threw only 70 innings in 2005 because of an elbow strain. In 2006, he pitched 166 2/3 innings for Double-A Akron and was scheduled for the deciding Game 5 of the Eastern League championship series, against the Portland Sea Dogs. But Cleveland said no. Miller was scratched before the game (which Portland won 8-5), worried that he […]

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  • Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Middlebrooks’ fade continues; Asuaje and Travis on the rise

    Used to be that you could count on Will Middlebrooks raking in Toronto. But in the past three days, he is 1-for-13 with eight strikeouts. He went 0-for-3 Wednesday night. Middlebrooks is batting .188 with two home runs. Since coming off the disabled list: .178, 0 homers, 23 strikeouts in 73 at-bats. Boston will give him a chance to turn it around. But how long? The Red Sox have acquired […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Ranaudo Pitcher of the Year again; Dogs rolling with arms

    Anthony Ranaudo picked up his second Pitcher of the Year award, this time from the International League, where he was 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA for Pawtucket. Ranaudo won the Easter League award last year while with the Portland Sea Dogs. Ranaudo’s Pawtucket teammate, Matt Barnes, kept up his good run with 7 1/3 innings on Monday: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Barnes (8-8, 3.80) has a […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 6:10 am

    Red Sox among leaders (for draft position); historic Sea Dogs come home

    After their eighth straight loss Sunday, the Boston Red Sox dropped to 56-74. Boston is positioning itself nicely – for the 2015 draft. Boston has the fifth-worst record, behind Texas (50-79), Colorado (52-77), Arizona (55-76) and Houston (55-76). In the months-long tryout for next year’s rotation, Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81) did himself no favors, going only 4 1/3 innings: 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Pawtucket (74-62) lost […]

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  • Sunday Aug 24, 2014 | 7:23 am

    Red Sox OF surplus; Johnson’s 1-hitter; Sea Dogs best ever?

    Remember a month ago when the Red Sox seemed to be auditioning everyone for the outfield? Infielders like Brock Holt and Mookie Betts found themselves in the outfield more often. A month later, Boston has a glut of outfielders on its 40-man roster, with nine listed (including Betts; Holt remains listed as an infielder since he goes back and forth). Boston traded for two – Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Will MLB ever do anything about smokeless tobacco?

    Curt Schilling disclosed in a radio interview during the Jimmy Fund telethon that his recent battle with cancer was because of his addiction to smokeless tobacco. This revelation comes after Baseball mourned the passing of Tony Gwynn, from cancer, brought on by smokeless tobacco. When will Major League Baseball realize there is a serious problem here? At the very least, public service announcements about tobacco’s dangers during televised games would […]

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  • 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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