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Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Tuesday Jan 06, 2015 | 8:34 am

    And the winners are … ; Red Sox sign Boggs

    The Hall of Fame will announce its next group of inductees at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with a large class expected to be welcomed in. We have already written a column about who should get in. Who will get in? As many as six players. Possibly five. ESPN polled its 17 voters and came up with six inductees: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Tim Raines, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza. […]

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  • Monday Jan 05, 2015 | 5:27 am

    Red Sox banking on Porcello, not Shields; RIP to Kearns and Scott

    Greeted with this headline on our website today: “Deep freeze headed to Maine …” Hurry up baseball. Baseball talk will continue this week, with Tuesday’s anticipated announcement of the next class of Hall of Fame inductees. Here was my take in Sunday’s column. Meanwhile, it appears that the Red Sox are set with their rotation of Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson and Joe Kelly. But with free […]

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  • Friday Jan 02, 2015 | 8:22 am

    Dealing for the right arms

    In 2011, when the Trenton Thunder visited Portland, the Thunder showed off two of the Yankees prized pitching prospects: Delin Betances and Manny Banuelos. Two potential top-of-the-rotation arms. Neither will start in pinstripes in Yankee Stadium. Betances has fared well, however, breaking out last year as a reliever. He could even be the Yankees closer in 2015. Banuelos, who had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and stayed in the minors […]

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  • Thursday Jan 01, 2015 | 9:17 am

    Baseball resolutions and perspective for the new year

    Here are 10 resolutions for the Boston Red Sox, their fans and baseball in general for 2015 1. Appreciate the Red Sox, their tradition and their success (see a glance at the last dozen years below) 2. Do not complain about the Dodgers and Yankees spending so much (not when your payroll is nearing $200-million). 3. Do not trade your best prospects, no matter the tease. (When the Phillies dangle […]

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  • Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 | 10:02 am

    The poor Rays keep trying (and sometimes succeeding)

    As the big-market teams scooped up the free agents – like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox – the Tampa Bay Rays are still buying low and hoping. Tampa Bay signed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $8-million deal. Cabrera, 29, an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, has batted .241 the past two years. The Rays have a history of making these deals work (see Carlos Pena, […]

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  • Tuesday Dec 30, 2014 | 6:47 am

    What is the deal with Allen Craig?

    Two weeks ago, word of a possible deal involving Allen Craig surfaced. But, so far, no more news. Maybe the Red Sox should wait before selling low with Craig, the outfielder/first baseman Boston obtained (with pitcher Joe Kelly) from St. Louis in the John Lackey trade. Craig, 30, used to be a feared hitter, as recent as 2013 when he batted .315 (.830 OPS). But last year, his combined numbers […]

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  • Monday Dec 29, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Do Red Sox show Max Scherzer the money?

    With free-agent signings and trades, the Boston Red Sox kept busy since the last of November. But are they done? A couple of free agent pitchers remain. The thought is Boston could use an ace, but does not want to pay a lot for 33-year-old James Shields, or an exuberant amount for Max Scherzer (say $200-million).. But the Red Sox keep coming up when there is speculation about Scherzer. Inside […]

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  • Wednesday Dec 10, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Red Sox lost Lester; be wary of a quick ‘rebound’

    The Red Sox wooed and charmed Jon Lester, but it literally was too late, and too little. Boston did not get its man, as Lester accepted a six-year deal with the Cubs for $155-million, reportedly $20-million more than the Red Sox offer. Blame the Red Sox – but not for the $135-million offer. Going any higher was a considerable gamble for Boston. The Cubs, in a need to prove themselves […]

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  • Monday Nov 24, 2014 | 8:44 am

    Hanley Ramirez and Sandoval? Then what?

    The reports keep coming in that the Boston Red Sox are stockpiling offensive players. Hanley Ramirez is reportedly ready to sign for $90-million over five years. And Pablo Sandoval, a.k.a. The Panda, is set for five years and $100-million according to’s Jon Heyman (although’s Alex Speier reported that Sandoval’s agent is saying his client has not agreed with any team). If Boston has indeed landed both free agents, […]

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