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  • Wednesday Sep 14, 2011 | 1:57 am

    Onslaught with ex-Dogs; Lavarnway a DH today? Good guy beats good guy

    Took in Tuesday’s game at Fenway Park as a civilian, sitting in the left field grandstand with my 10-year-old son Aidan. Aidan is a baseball purist. He doesn’t mind a well-pitched, well-defensed 1-0 game. Then again, he seemed to enjoy the 18 runs the Red Sox put up (and, yes, the historic Tim Wakefield 200th win). And Aidan knows his former Sea Dogs. He got to see a slew of […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 13, 2011 | 6:02 am

    Yanks pulls away more; Rays move closer

    The New York Yankees beat Seattle and Felix Hernandez 9-3. Tampa Bay topped Baltimore 5-2. Boston did not play. That leaves 16 games remaining for each of the three teams. Tonight: Tim Wakefield (6-6, 5.03) tries again for win No. 200. against Toronto’s Brandon Morrow. In his last start, Morrow gave up 8 runs to the Red Sox. But that is the game Bard blew up, allowing 5 runs, in a 11-10 […]

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  • Sunday Sep 11, 2011 | 9:13 pm

    The race is on

    Here are the facts:  AL East New York 88-57 Boston 85-61 (3.5 back) Tampa Bay 81-64 (7) Wild Card Boston 85-61 Tampa Bay 81-64 (3.5 back) LA Angels 80-66 (5) New York’s magic number to clinch the division: 14. Boston’s magic number to clinch the wild card: 14. Boston is off Monday. The Yankees (at Seattle) and Rays (at Baltimore) play, so New York’s lead could stretch to 4 games, while […]

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  • Sunday Sep 11, 2011 | 7:55 am

    Lester has the ball. What could go wrong?

    The way things are going for the Boston Red Sox, Jon Lester will not only lose today’s game, but come off the field limping. But, seriously, Lester could turn things around beautifully for Boston with a win. (A Boston win and a Yankees loss to the Angels, would have the Red Sox looking again at a run for the division, instead of worrying about the closing Rays in the Wild […]

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  • Saturday Sep 10, 2011 | 6:31 am

    Holding on; more Moss

    The Red Sox are finishing their season like they started it – badly. Boston is now 3-8 in its last 11 games. The standings:  AL East New York 87-56 Boston 85-59 (2.5 back) Tampa Bay 79-64 (8) Wild Card Boston 85-59 Tampa Bay 79-64 (5.5 back) LA Angels 79-65 (6) New York’s magic number to clinch the division: 17. Boston’s magic number to clinch the wild card: 14. In these […]

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  • Friday Sep 09, 2011 | 3:58 am

    Stumbling in; Rays series; Moss; Fife

    They have now lost their last three series, defeated in seven of their last 10 games. The American League playoffs begin in three weeks. Assuming the Red Sox make it, some momentum would be nice. Here are the standings:  AL East New York 87-55 Boston 85-58 (2.5 back) Tampa Bay 78-64 (9) Wild Card Boston 85-58 Tampa Bay 78-64 (6.5 back) LA Angels 78-65 (7) New York’s magic number to […]

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  • Thursday Sep 08, 2011 | 5:53 am

    Bard rare meltdown; Albers?

    Sandwiched around a 14-0 rout of Toronto are two demoralizing 1-run losses to the Blue Jays. Daniel Bard, the most dependable reliever on the staff, came in with an 8-6. He retired a batter in the seventh, and then disaster struck in the 8th: Hit-batter, single, walk, strikeout, strikeout, walk (after 0-2 count), walk. So Bard leaves with the game ties 8-8 and bases loaded. Who comes in the game? […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 07, 2011 | 6:30 am

    The Beckett scare, standings, Federowicz

    Josh Beckett has a sprained ankle. Maybe it’s a "badly sprained ankle" according to some reports. Maybe it will not b a problem. The Red Sox doctors said there was no ligament damage. But, as we have seen with Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz, sometimes a diagnosis will change. Not trying to be Mr. Glass-Half-Empty, but we have been down this road before. When the Red Sox released a statement […]

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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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