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  • Wednesday Sep 28, 2011 | 6:11 am

    Portland fans knew Lavarnway’s power; now paging the real Jon Lester

    Ryan Lavarnway got his first start as a catcher Tuesday night: Two home runs. Four RBI (and almost three more before a sensational catch by Nick Markakis). Solid game defensively, throwing out a base-stealer and later making a huge play on a dribbler down the first base line. Lavarnway began the season in Portland. Other players have made the jump from Double-A to the majors in one year. But to […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 | 5:42 am

    One team is happy & confident; Beckett & Lester not so much; the historic fall

    "It was fun to listen to the joy in the clubhouse after tonight’s game. I enjoy just sitting in my office taking it in. We’re really into it." Obviously that comment did not from from the Red Sox Monday night, but from Tampa Bay manager Joe Madden (on Twitter). St. Petersburg Times sports writer Marc Topkin passed on this from Rays third baseman Evan Longoria: "We’re in the driver’s seat […]

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  • Monday Sep 26, 2011 | 6:29 am

    Great win … now about those Orioles

    Jacoby Ellsbury’s 14th-inning home run is the kind of dramatic moment that may catapult the Boston Red Sox into the post-season. But I don’t think the Baltimore Orioles care about that. The Orioles have gone 12-7 in their last 19 games, beating good teams (Yankees, Rays, Angels, Tigers). They won 3-out-of-4 in Boston last week. Boston has Josh Beckett (13-6), who gave up a season-high 6 earned runs in his last […]

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  • Sunday Sep 25, 2011 | 12:10 am

    We predicted back then that the Rays could be trouble

    Before the season began, we wrote about the high expectations for the Red Sox, but how they will have to battle the Yankees and Rays, just to make the playoffs. In Today’s Column, we look back at those thoughts on the Red Sox, and how they compare with the reality of today. And speaking of today, with a doubleheader in New York, the Red Sox could go a long way […]

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  • Friday Sep 23, 2011 | 3:32 am

    Sit back and watch

    The Yankees, as expected, went through a division-winning hangover on Thursday, losing to the Rays 15-8. The Blue Jays, however, helped the Red Sox by beating the Angels 4-3 in 12 innings (Edwin Encarnacion with the walk-off HR). Here is where the AL Wild Card race stands. Enjoy. WILD CARD Boston 88-68 Tampa Bay 86-70 (2 back) LA Angels 85-71 (3) Boston’s magic number to clinch the wild card: 5. Remaining Games: […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 21, 2011 | 11:32 pm

    It’s a 3-team race

    The Wild Card standings:  Boston 88-68 Tampa Bay 85-70 (2.5 back) LA Angels 85-70 (2.5) Boston’s magic number to clinch the wild card: 5. Remaining Games: BOSTON (6): at New York (3), at Baltimore (3). TAMPA BAY (7): at New York (1), Toronto (3), New York (3). LA ANGELS (7): at Toronto (1), Oakland (3), Texas (3) The Red Sox take Thursday off and hope the Yankees and Blue Jays […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 21, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    Sox lineup and Francona’s pre-game chat

    BOSTON – Terry Francona met the press as he does before every game. Here is tonight’s lineup and Francona’s comments. (And be sure to follow notes on the game on Twitter, a ClearTheBases) SOX LINEUP Jacoby Ellsbury CF Mike Aviles 3B Adrian Gonzalez 1B David Ortiz DH Dustin Pedroia 2B Josh Reddick RF Carl Crawford LF Marco Scutaro SS Jason Varitek C (Josh Beckett P) TERRY FRANCONA ON CLAY BUCHHOLZ after […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 21, 2011 | 6:16 am

    Wins needed now if Sox are to have a chance

    Botched opportunity Tuesday night for the Boston Red Sox. While Boston still moved a game closer to clinching the Wild Card berth (thanks to Tampa Bay’s loss to New York), the Red Sox need to clinch this thing soon if they are going to have a chance in the playoffs (will explain in a minute). First, back to the blown chance Tuesday. Pitching will be blamed in the 7-5 loss […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 | 5:24 am

    Tonight will feature Bedard and company

    With Kyle Weiland and John Lackey pitching Monday, maybe the Red Sox should be grateful for a split of their doubleheader against the Orioles. The idle Rays are now one game behind Boston in the loss column. Boston used a lot of relievers Monday, including Alfredo Aceves for three innings. Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50) is making his first start since Sept. 9 and will likely be limited in innings. You […]

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