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  • Sunday Aug 21, 2011 | 9:00 am

    Sox need bullpen shift; AJ being AJ; Hassan homers

    After Matt Albers’ performance Saturday, it is obvious that Terry Francona needs to re-think his bullpen "rotation." Albers gave up 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning. That’s 10 runs (and 10 hits) in his last 5 outings (10 innings). Dan Wheeler, by the way, has not allowed an earned run since July 15. The Sox lost, but so did the Yankees, thanks to another A.J. Burnett meltdown. See the Daily […]

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  • Friday Aug 19, 2011 | 5:34 am

    Maybe Bryce Harper will still sign autographs; Lavarnway; Wilson

    Bryce Harper pulled up as he rounded second base and, eventually there were groans in Portland. Harper, the much-hyped prospect of the Washington Nationals, injured his right hamstring muscle in the Harrisburg Senators’ game Thursday in Akron. The Senators will be in Portland Monday for a three-game series and the Sea Dogs front office said there has been a "significant bump" in tickets sales, anticipating Harper’s arrival. Harper T-shirts have […]

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  • Thursday Aug 18, 2011 | 7:35 am

    Sox in Kansas City; is Lavarnway there, too? Salem’s back-to-back-to-back

    The Red Sox remained a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East (thanks to the Royals’ 5-4 win over NY, courtesy of a blown HR call in favor of KC’s Billy Butler). AL East New York 74-47 Boston 74-48 (.5 back) Tampa Bay 66-56 (8.5) Wild Card Boston 74-48 Tampa Bay 65-57 (8 back) Angels 65-59 (10 back) Boston and Josh Beckett are in Kansas City tonight. One question remains: Who is […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    Maddon: “That’s outrageous …”

    Did not get a chance to get to Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, but Maddon is big on twitter. He sent the following after Wednesday’s 4-0 win over the Red Sox: "3 3-hitters in a row. That’s outrageous. The possibility of a really good run is there with pitching like that. We’re not going to give up." It will be quite a comeback for the Rays to reach the playoffs. […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 | 7:04 am

    Second-place Sox; Lackey goes for 12th; Wilson to Triple-A

    They have the third best record in all of baseball, but are in second place in the American League East. While the Red Sox are a half-game behind the Yankees, they still lead Tampa Bay by nine in the Wild Card race. AL East New York 74-46 Boston 74-47 (.5 back) Tampa Bay 65-56 (9.5) Wild Card Boston 74-47 Tampa Bay 65-56 (9 back) Angels 65-58 (10 back) A win […]

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  • Monday Aug 15, 2011 | 5:57 am

    Furbush shines vs. Sox; standings; Lavarnway an untouchable

    When Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer off of reliever Jeff Gray, it all was going to play for Mainers who are Red Sox fans. They could cheer for Seattle starter Charlie Furbush, of South Portland, to do well … but not to actually beat the Sox. Furbush held Boston to one run over seven innings. Youkilis’ homer made it 5-3 in the 8th … But that was as close […]

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  • Saturday Aug 13, 2011 | 7:35 am

    Rays hang in; Wilson the next Weiland? An underdog in Lowell

    Tampa Bay beat the Yankees and C.C. Sabathia with five solo home runs on Friday. The Rays, 9.5 games behind the Sox, are 7.5 behind New York in the wild card race. Former Sea Dogs catcher Kelly Shoppach had one of the home runs. He went 2-for-4, but is still batting only .183. David Price went 8 innings for the Rays: 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Price will […]

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  • Friday Aug 12, 2011 | 6:48 am

    Pitching match-ups highlighted by Furbush vs. the Old man

    The Red Sox and Mariners begin a 3-game series in Seattle. John Lackey (10-8, 6.14) goes against the hot rookie Blake Beaven (3-2, 2.83). Saturday features a good one: Josh Beckett (9-24, 2.17) vs. Felix Hernandez (10-10, 3.31). Sunday will be special for fans in South Portland and St. Joseph’s College. Maine’s own Charlie Furbush (2-4, 4.46) goes against Tim Wakefield (6-4, 4.92). Furbush is 25, Wakefield 45. Meanwhile, the Rays and Yankees […]

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  • Thursday Aug 11, 2011 | 7:19 am

    Almost time for magic numbers; ice coming back to Fenway; Dogs at noon today

    The Red Sox lost Wednesday night, and the Yankees won. Yet, the Red Sox still took a step closer to the playoffs. Because New York beat the Angels, Boston is nearer to at least clinching a wild card berth. The standings:  AL East Boston 72-44 New York 70-45 (1.5 back) Tampa Bay 62-54 (10) Wild Card New York 70-45 Angels 64-53 (7 back) If the Red Sox finish the season […]

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