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  • Sunday Jul 17, 2011 | 8:34 am

    Hottovy, Lavarnway, Chiang, Ranaudo, Hernandez

    The Red Sox rolled out another left-handed reliever Saturday, and Randy Williams retired all three batters he faced. To activate Williams onto the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated Tommy Hottovy for assignment. Hottovy may still end up in the Boston organization, or another team could claim him. Hottovy, who began this season with his sixth stint in Portland, was a wonderful story, as he worked his way to making […]

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  • Friday Jul 15, 2011 | 4:25 am

    Red Sox really in first; Tazawa looks good

    With the Yankees loss to Toronto Thursday, the Red Sox can completely claim first place in the AL East, both in the standings and the loss column. Boston (55-35) leads New York (53-36) by 1.5 games. In the minors, Ryan Lavarnway (.350) continues to hit for Pawtucket, going 2-for-4. In Portland, both Will Middlebrooks and Jeremy Hazelbaker homered. The poor-luck loser was Junichi Tazawa (1-2), who actually pitched well over 3 1/3 […]

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  • Thursday Jul 14, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    Sea Dogs roster changes and lineups

    Two weeks ago, the Sea Dogs had two first baseman. Now they have none. Jorge Padron was sent down to Class A Salem in June and Reynaldo Rodriguez just went on the disabled list after an appendectomy. Rodriguez had been batting .288 with six home runs in 29 games. Utility player Jon Hee will be playing first. Catcher Matt Spring is the back-up. Among the other recent changes are pitcher Stolmy […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 | 8:56 am

    These Sox won’t repeat feat of 2004

    In 2004, when the Red Sox charged to the playoffs and, eventually, a World Series title, the starting rotation was intact: Pedro Martinez 33 starts, Derek Lowe 33, Curt Schilling 32, Time Wakefield 30, Bronson Arroyo 29. Arroyo would have gone over 30 but he began the year in the bullpen as Byong-Hyun Kim (BK) was give a chance to start – an experiment that lasted three games. The only other […]

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  • Monday Jul 11, 2011 | 6:30 am

    Still tied in the loss column; Weiland’s performance; Lavarnway next up?

    After their terrible start, the Boston Red Sox enter the All-Star break in first place in the AL East. But it is hardly a comfortable lead – one game ahead of the NY Yankees. The teams are tied in the loss column – Boston (55-35), NY (53-35) – so Boston’s lead is the result of playing (and winning) two more games. Could be another AL East division race with the "loser" getting the wild-card berth. By […]

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  • Sunday Jul 10, 2011 | 7:14 am

    Kyle Weiland gets his chance

    Just over four months ago, while watching spring training games, I was talking to Red Sox minor league officials  trying to figure out the Sea Dogs rotation. I guessed right when throwing out names like Fife, Miller and Pimentel. Kyle Weiland? The reply was quick: No way. The Red Sox had bigger plans for Weiland … a quicker path to the big leagues, which begins today with his first major league start. Weiland […]

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  • Thursday Jul 07, 2011 | 6:55 am

    The surprising Wake; Doubront may be needed; Pap’s ERA

    Tim Wakefield is two wins away from 200 in his career. He is helping prop up the injured/sickened rotation that has three pitchers on the DL - Matsuzaka (for the year), Lester and Buchholz (the latter two expected back "sometime" after the All-Star break). Another (Lackey) has been on the DL, and another (Beckett) has missed starts because of sickness. Wakefield is 5-3, although the ERA remains high (4.74). Wakefield, who has battled injuries […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 06, 2011 | 7:56 am

    Lavarnway and Middlebrooks still hot

    Ryan Lavarnway and Will Middlebrooks are two of the best hitters that have put on a Sea Dogs uniform in recent years. Lavarnway is now in Pawtucket, with a lofty 1.030 OPS in 21 games. He had two doubles on Tuesday, and is now batting .338, with a .418 on base percentage. Middlebrooks had himself a day at the ballpark in Binghamton. Playing a doubleheader, Middlebrooks was a combined 7-for-9 […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 05, 2011 | 7:38 am

    Well, at least Burnett gave it up, too; Weiland, Middlebrooks

    Have a few days off, so my 10-year-old is giving me updates. He rushed into the living room last night with a smile on his face and two words: "Yankees lost." Well, that may be some consolation on a day when John Lackey gave up seven early runs. After the Red Sox defeat, A.J. Burnett gave up a Yankees lead in New York’s 6-3 loss to Cleveland. Derek Jeter, headed to […]

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