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Friday July 25, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Sunday Jun 22, 2014 | 7:27 am

    Farrell talks optimism and Mookie; pitching is no problem

    His team is 34-41 and 7.5 games out of first place. Give Red Sox manager John Farrell credit for optimism. Or maybe it’s a subtle rallying of the troops. After losing a third straight game to the A’s, Farrell told the media in Oakland, “we are very close to becoming a team that will go on a run for an extended period.” Earlier in the day, Farrell created a mini […]

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  • Saturday Jun 21, 2014 | 7:42 am

    Red Sox numbers: 11-16 and 34-40; Betts, Ranaudo and Owens shine

    The Boston Red Sox lost 4-3 in Oakland, dropping their record in one-run games to 11-16 (34-40 overall). It was the 10th time in 12 games that Boston has scored three runs or less. So we can agree that it is not the pitching’s fault. But there has to be disappointment in Felix Doubront going only 4 2/3 innings (2 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K; 90 pitches/49 strikes) […]

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  • Friday Jun 20, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Are Doubront and Buchholz ready to re-join Red Sox? Does it matter?

    Felix Doubront re-joins the Red Sox rotation tonight when he replaces the suspended Brandon Workman, starting against the Oakland A’s. Doubront had a 1.86 ERA in two starts for Pawtucket, so Boston hopes he is ready. Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz threw six shutout innings for Pawtucket on Thursday: 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K. He has a 2.53 ERA in two starts for the PawSox, so it looks like he could […]

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  • Thursday Jun 19, 2014 | 9:12 am

    A telling road trip for Red Sox; Mookie keeps hitting

    The Red Sox won three straight, but the critics will be quick to point out that Boston scored only five runs in three games, which was good enough to beat the hapless Twins. Still, Boston is putting itself in position for a run. The Red Sox (34-38) begin a nine-game road trip in Oakland tonight, before venturing to Seattle and New York. All three opponents have winning records. After these […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 17, 2014 | 5:55 am

    Gwynn and tobacco; Red Sox roster

    The abundant praise for Tony Gwynn, after his death Monday at the much-too-young age of 54, is not only a recognition of one of the all-time great hitters, but also a man of character. He was a good man by all accounts (former Sea Dogs pitcher Justin Masterson had remarked how much he learned from Gwynn, who was Masterson’s manager at San Diego State). But there is a lesson to […]

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  • Monday Jun 16, 2014 | 5:49 am

    Red Sox lefties: Doubront’s wild no-hitter, Johnson, Kukuk, Ball

    The wheel-spinning season of the Boston Red Sox continued Sunday with a 3-2 11-inning loss to Cleveland. Boston (31-38) dropped to 9 games behind Toronto, and is 5.5 game back in the wild card standings (tied with Houston). Brandon Workman (1-0, 2.88) gave Boston six strong innings: 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K. The Red Sox search for traction continues tonight with the Twins coming to Fenway. Rubby […]

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  • Saturday Jun 14, 2014 | 7:25 am

    Bats alive. But can Peavy keep the Red Sox rolling?

    The Boston Red Sox offense is showing signs of life. And it didn’t hurt to have Jon Lester and John Lackey on the mound the past two nights. Today,  Boston gives the ball to Jake Peavy (1-4, 4.67). Peavy usually keeps Boston in the game. But he does give up runs. Interestingly, only David Ortiz did not get a hit among the Boston regulars last night (and Ortiz had three […]

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  • Friday Jun 13, 2014 | 6:21 am

    When Papi is on, so are the Red Sox

    BOSTON – Before Thursday’s game at Fenway Park, Indians manager Terry Francona was again asked about his feelings toward Red Sox ownership (“I don’t wake up in the morning bitter (but) I won’t forget”). Boston manager John Farrell was again asked about his team’s woeful offense. “I firmly believe this will turn,” Farrell said. See today’s column. Farrell also said the offense does not depend solely on the production of […]

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  • Thursday Jun 12, 2014 | 6:23 am

    The relenting Red Sox lineup; Henry Owens’ next start

    Boston is at home tonight with Jon Lester on the mound, but the Red Sox are already in trouble. Cleveland is throwing a tough right-handed starter (Josh Tomlin 4-2, 3.12). For Boston,  when the going gets tough, the runs stop coming. Remember when Boston featured a “relentless” lineup with strong hitters from lead-off to No. 9? So far, we are seeing the relenting lineup in 2014. After scoring one run […]

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