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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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  • Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Who will be the lefty in the pen? The next knuckler, and other notes

    Some notes before heading back to Fenway … The make-up of the Boston Red Sox bullpen remains in flux. After Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves, what do you have? Based on Matt Albers entering Tuesday with the Sox down 5-2, maybe Dan Wheeler has supplanted him as the go-to guy with a lead in the seventh. The other right-hander is Michael Bowden, who gets bounced up and down, […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 | 12:38 am

    Sabathia: “Just another game.” But a reason for Red Sox hope

    David Ortiz was asked about the Red Sox leaving 16 men on base against the Yankees on Tuesday night. "How many?" Ortiz said. "(Expletive). I knew we left some, but not that many. One of those days." Not too many days when the Red Sox get 13 hits – including 10 against C.C. Sabathia – and score only twice. "He was making his pitches," Ortiz said of Sabathia. That seems to be what […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 | 7:41 pm

    Arizona Fall League: Beyeler and Joyce coaching together; Hassan with impressive OF company

    The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced Tuesday and several with Portland connections were named to the Scottsdale Scorpions. The league features many of the top prospects from each organization, divided up into six teams. Scottsdale will feature players from the Red Sox, Nationals, Angels, and Phillies, along with one from the Giants. Arnie Beyeler, former Sea Dogs manager now with Triple-A Pawtucket, will be the Scottsdale manager. Portland native […]

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