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Wednesday July 23, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Sunday Jul 06, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Bogaerts batting ninth; Owens goes today

    BOSTON – Greetings from Boston, where it is Maine Day today. The lineup is out and the slumping Xander Bogaerts is now batting ninth. The lineup: Holt RF, Nava LF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Napoli 1B, Drew SS, Ross C, Bradley CF, Bogaerts 3B (Peavy P). Boston (39-48) split with the Orioles Saturday, failing to make-up ground on first-place Baltimore (47-40). Jake Peavy (1-7, 4.82) goes today at 1:30 p.m. […]

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  • Saturday Jul 05, 2014 | 7:22 am

    Huge weekend for Red Sox; Theo and A’s trade; Marrero’s game-winner; Coyle breaking out

    Thanks the to mediocrity of the American League East, the Boston Red Sox are only eight games out of first place, despite a 38-47 record. They would be 14.5 games behind Oakland in the AL West. The Orioles (46-39) have taken over first place in the East (1/2-game over the Blue Jays), with the worst winning percentage of any first-place team. Which brings us to this weekend, specifically a doubleheader […]

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  • Thursday Jul 03, 2014 | 8:21 am

    Red Sox sink a new way; Mookie; Marrero; beating CC

    So Boston finally wakes up with nine runs, and the reliable pitching allows 16 runs, as the Cubs sweep the Red Sox 16-9. Before the game, Boston manager John Farrell talked of his hopes for starter Brandon Workman, that his command would continue to improve so he could pitch deeper into games. Workman walked the first batter … and lasted four innings. The one obvious highlight:  Mookie Betts launched a […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 02, 2014 | 6:27 am

    So close, so far for Red Sox; Sea Dogs to face CC

    The Red Sox experienced a league-leading 18th one-run loss Tuesday. If Boston (38-47) had won just half of those, the Red Sox would be leading the AL East, instead of sitting 7.5 games back. But we’re not going to play the WHAT-IF game for long. The Red Sox will keep losing, close or not-so-close, as long as they keep producing runs at their current rate: a league-low 312 runs … […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 01, 2014 | 2:03 am

    Betts (and nearly all the other Red Sox) hitless; Ranaudo rises again

    BOSTON – Well, the Mookie Betts Fenway Park debut party was a dud. Betts couldn’t get a hit (of course, neither could seven other starting Red Sox players). Still, the promotion of Betts makes sense when you consider how desperate Boston is for hitting. See today’s column. Meanwhile, the Red Sox drop to 38-45. It was another strong pitching/weak hitting performance by Boston. In Triple-A, Pawtucket got both offense and […]

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  • Monday Jun 30, 2014 | 7:54 am

    Mookie helps, but Red Sox Big Three come through; another starter; Coyle sizzles

    Yes, Sunday night featured Mookie Mania as Mookie Betts made his major league debut (1-for-3, BB, run). But the big story in the Red Sox 8-5 win in New York was Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli going a combined 6-for-12 with six RBI and three runs. Ortiz hit his 19th home run. When those three are going, the Red Sox look like a contender. Boston (38-44) is six […]

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  • Sunday Jun 29, 2014 | 6:06 am

    The Red Sox challenge ahead; Mookie time; Sea Dogs power

    New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka threw an ill-timed 1-2 fastball to Mike Napoli and the Red Sox enjoyed an thrilling 2-1 victory Saturday night. The Red Sox (37-44) are seven games out of first place and six games out of the Wild Card race. They have also reached the halfway point of the season. To reach 90 wins, Boston needs to go 53-28 in the second half (perspective: No […]

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  • Saturday Jun 28, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Same old Sox

    Back from four days on an island to watch the Red Sox total three hits and no runs Saturday night … so I see a lot has changed with the Boston Nine (except for Felix Doubront going to the bullpen, and other pitching spots up in the air .. .and, of course continued speculation about Mookie Betts). Boston (36-44) is now 8 games back in the AL East and now […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 | 6:28 am

    Nifty-fifty Sea Dogs; Pedro’s pupil shines; a different Betts

    The steak always taste better after a victory. The Portland Sea Dogs enjoyed a hearty post-game spread Monday night after their 3-2 victory. It was Portland’s 50th win as the Sea Dogs (50-26) became the first team to reach that plateau. Pedro Martinez provided the post-game meal, as well as some mentoring to Sea Dogs pitchers. One of his pupils, Luis Diaz, pitched his second straight gem in Double-A: 8 […]

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