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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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  • Sunday Sep 18, 2011 | 9:56 pm

    It starts with Kyle Weiland

    With a doubleheader Monday against the Orioles and then Erik Bedard going Tuesday on a likely tight pitch count, the Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about taxing the bullpen (even if there is a mob out there with all the call-ups from Pawtucket). Kyle Weiland starts Game 1. Weiland (0-2, 7.58 ERA) has had some rocky outings, but he did have his best start in Baltimore (6 IP, 6 […]

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  • Sunday Sep 18, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Red Sox can’t win this game, right?

    The Tampa Bay Rays and David Price take on Boston and Tim Wakefield. It is a terrible match-up for the Red Sox. Wakefield usually needs his teammates to put up a lot of runs for a win. Price does not give up a lot of runs. Wakefield is 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA. In games that Boston has scored less than six runs, Wakefield is 1-6. Wakefield has allowed four […]

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  • Sunday Sep 18, 2011 | 5:59 am

    The numbers

    Boston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains 9. Below are the numbers. I’ll check back later from Fenway. AL East New York 91-59 Boston 87-64 (4.5 back) Tampa Bay 84-67 (7.5) Wild Card Boston 87-64 Tampa Bay 84-67 (3 back) LA Angels 82-69 (5) New York’s magic number to clinch the division: 8. Boston’s magic number to clinch the wild card: 9. Remaining Games: NEW YORK (12): at […]

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