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Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Saturday Jul 23, 2011 | 6:23 am

    JR over JD; beware the Beavan; Lavarnway (again & again)

    Barring injury or a slump by Josh Reddick, it appears the J.D. Drew era in right field is over for the Boston Red Sox. Drew, in the last of his five-year, $70-million contract with Boston, is batting .219 with four home runs. Reddick, who went 1-for-4 Saturday, is batting .372 in 30 games. Reddick has started the last two games and manager Terry Francona admitted that it is because Reddick […]

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  • Friday Jul 22, 2011 | 6:12 am

    Wagner coming back with Portland; Moss robs Lavarnway; more Chiang

    According to Katrina Waugh of the Roanoke Times, catcher Mark Wagner is coming back to the Portland Sea Dogs, promoted from advanced Class A Salem, Wagner, 27, was a Red Sox catching prospect in Portland in 2008 and 2009. He spent an injury-filled season last year in Pawtucket. During spring training, Wagner was designated for assignment, When no other teams picked him up, Wagner was left in limbo. He was batting […]

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  • Thursday Jul 21, 2011 | 6:02 am

    Sox & Yanks, walk-offs, Ranaudo

    The Rays and James Shields will try to keep Tampa Bay in the AL East race with a game tonight against the Yankees. New York has C.C. Sabathia pitching. AL EAST Boston 59-37 New York 57-38 (1.5 back) Tampa Bay 51-45 (8) The Red Sox are off. In the minors, both Pawtucket and Portland enjoyed walk-off wins on Wednesday. Che-Hsuan Lin, who knocked in Pawtucket’s only other run with a sacrifice fly, […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 | 8:46 am

    How to get Ryan Lavarnway onto the Sox roster? Weiland’s second shot

    The question, as they say, seems to be not IF, but WHEN. And when discussing Ryan Lavarnway reaching the majors, there is also the question of HOW. Can there be any doubt that Boston will call up Lavarnway, by at least September? The former Sea Dogs catcher went 3-for-3 with another home run and a walk in Pawtucket Monday night. In 31 Triple-A games, he is batting .381, with 10 […]

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  • Monday Jul 18, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Navarro stays w/Boston, Hassan day-to-day; lineups

    According to media reports out of Baltimore, where the Red Sox are playing the Orioles, infielder Drew Sutton was optioned back to Pawtucket, making room for Carl Crawford to come off the DL. With Sutton gone, Yamaico Navarro remains the only back-up infielder (as well as a right-handed option in the outfield). Navarro has been in only 8 games, and is batting .211 (4-for-19), but maybe the Red Sox want […]

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  • Monday Jul 18, 2011 | 6:58 am

    16th inning the charm

    For those Red Sox fans who stayed up, you got your reward in the 16th inning. Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single scored Josh Reddick (who walked) for the only run of the game, in a 1-0 Red Sox win over the Rays Sunday night/Monday morning. Boston’s pitching was lights-out, led by Josh Beckett’s 1-hit, 0-walk performance over 8 innings. For details, see redsox.com  

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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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