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Friday August 1, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Buchholz, Marrero, Dogs

    The All-Star break will officially begin this afternoon when the Portland Sea Dogs play their noon game at Hadlock Field (lineup below). The Red Sox certainly finished on a high note Sunday with Clay Buchholz showing his old form: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K (109 pitches/76 strikes) … Brock Holt (.3217) was 5-for-6 … Jackie Bradley Jr. got a hit. In his last 10 games, […]

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  • Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 5:18 am

    What does down AL East mean to Red Sox? And what does Tanaka’s elbow mean for Lester?

    The American League East is down this year. Does that mean the Boston Red Sox still have a chance? Or does it only prove that Boston is a bad team this year since it is 9.5 games out of first place in a mediocre division? Can the Red Sox turn it around? Only if they repeat a miracle of 100 years ago. Otherwise, not likely. See today’s column. One team […]

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  • Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Red Sox addition by subtraction; Wright on (again); Kurcz coming on; another Yaz

    When the Boston Red Sox signed A.J. Pierzynksi to a one-year deal, it seemed logical since Boston simply wanted a bridge to its catching prospects, nearly ready for the majors. But there were concerns with his defense, his anti-Red Sox philosophy of NOT grinding at-bats (i.e., swing early and often) and his personality, which has been reported as difficult (but that last factor can sometimes be overblown in today’s 24/7 […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 09, 2014 | 5:41 am

    Workman down, De La Rosa up, Peavy on the block

    Brandon Workman appears to be going back to Triple-A (briefly) and Rubby De La Rosa is returning to Boston today to make his sixth start. He was 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in his previous five starts. Workman (1-3, 4.13) gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven innings in Boston’s seventh loss in eight straight home games. With the All-Star break coming up, Workman won’t miss […]

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  • Monday Jul 07, 2014 | 5:15 am

    No mo for last-place Red Sox

    The Red Sox had a chance for some momentum this past weekend but, instead, lost 2-of-3 to the first-place Orioles. Meanwhile, the Rays are getting hot, passing Boston, leaving the Red Sox (39-49) in last place in the American League East. No wonder Jon Lester was the only Red Sox named to the All-Star team (although it appears Koji Uehara will also make it). Jake Peavy pitched six innings: 6 […]

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  • 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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