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  • Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 | 6:03 am

    Reason for concern

    Never mind that the Boston Red Sox lost 4-of-6 at home and just started a road trip with a loss in Toronto. The sight of Josh Beckett walking off the mound with a slight limp is frightening. The initial diagnosis is a sprained right ankle. But how bad? Ligament damage? He will have it checked out today in Boston. Beckett gets his power when he pushes off his right foot. […]

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  • Monday Sep 05, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Nate Spears called to majors, and other moves

    Those of use at Hadlock Field who know Nate Spears are smiling today. Spears, 26, was called up to the major leagues today in this, his ninth professional season (and 958 minor league games). Spears signed on with the Red Sox last year as a minor league free agent and stood out in Portland with a .272 average and 20 home runs, along with stellar defense. He also was one […]

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  • Saturday Sep 03, 2011 | 6:45 am

    In second place; Bedard this afternoon; and wondering where the lions are

    So, Andrew Miller may not be ready for full-time duty in the rotation. The Red Sox fell into second place in the AL East. But the Rays also lost, so Boston still inched closer to the playoffs. AL East New York 83-53 Boston 83-54 (0.5 back) Tampa Bay 74-63 (9.5) Red Sox magic number for the playoffs: 17 (combination of Boston wins and Tampa Bay losses). Erik Bedard goes for his first […]

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  • Friday Sep 02, 2011 | 12:35 am

    Lester: “People wonder why we play four-hour games.”

    Jon Lester threw 43 pitches in the first inning of Thursday night’s game against the New York Yankees, which the Boston Red Sox lost 4-2 (Lester getting a non-decision). "It wasn’t like I was walking the house," Lester said. Indeed, Lester walked only one batter in the inning (a 9-pitch at-bat by Andruw Jones, that followed a 10-pitch strikeout against Nick Swisher). Of Lester’s 43 pitches in the inning, 14 were […]

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  • Thursday Sep 01, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    Doubront called up to Sox; A.J.’s troubles & other pre-game notes

    The Red Sox-Yankees series concludes tonight. We will look at interesting match-ups at the end of the blog. Here are the standings: AL East Boston 83-52 New York 81-53 (1.5 back) Tampa Bay 74-61 (9) Wild Card New York 81-53 Tampa Bay 73-61 (7.5 back) LA Angels 73-63 (9) Boston’s magic number to clinch the division: 26. To clinch the wild card: 19. Left-hander Felix Doubront was the pitcher plucked […]

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  • Thursday Sep 01, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Will the Red Sox be able to afford Jacoby Ellsbury?

    After Wednesday night’s game, Josh Beckett joked about the incredible season that Jacoby Ellsbury is having. "It’s going to be a fun arbitration case, isn’t it?" Beckett said in his post-game press conference. "Who are they going to compare him to?" Ellsbury is bound to the Red Sox for at least two more seasons, but is eligible for salary arbitration. (If negotiations reach the arbitration stage, both the club and the […]

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  • Thursday Sep 01, 2011 | 7:09 am

    Sox acquire Conor Jackson

    BOSTON – The Red Sox made one more transaction to bolster their roster, acquiring outfielder/first baseman Conor Jackson from the Oakland A’s, in return for minor league reliever Jason Rice. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, reliever Bobby Jenks was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Jackson, 29, a right-handed batter, has also played a little third base for the A’s. He was batting .249 for the […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 | 11:46 pm

    Reddick comes through after struggles

    BOSTON – In a previous blog, we talked about Wednesday being a big night for right fielder Josh Reddick. He had been slumping, and the Red Sox were expecting the return of J.D. Drew. Reddick looked like he was going to be out of a starting job. So how does Reddick begin the night? He makes outs in his first two at-bats and, in the top of the sixth inning, misplays […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    Reddick, fighting for his job, among the lefties “stacked” against Hughes; and other pre-game notes

    Odds and ends before Wednesday’s Sox-Yankees game (with an update on J.D. Drew) The Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ortiz, Lowrie, Reddick, Varitek, Scutaro (Beckett). The Red Sox moved Dustin Pedroia back to second in the lineup and inserted David Ortiz as the clean-up hitter. Terry Francona said it had less to do with Pedroia and more with Ortiz, who is on a 13-game hitting streak (batting .520 with […]

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