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Friday August 1, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • 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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  • Monday Jun 23, 2014 | 4:24 am

    Red Sox momentum vs. King Felix; deciding who goes up

    It could have been disastrous Sunday for the Boston Red Sox, with Boston’s bats finally coming alive but Sox pitching giving it up in the 8th and 9th  innings. But after blowing a 6-1 lead, David Ortiz homered in the 10th for a 7-6 win. Momentum? The adage is that momentum is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher, and Boston has John Lackey (8-4, 2.98) throwing tonight in […]

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  • 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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