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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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  • Monday Sep 05, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Nate Spears called to majors, and other moves

    Those of use at Hadlock Field who know Nate Spears are smiling today. Spears, 26, was called up to the major leagues today in this, his ninth professional season (and 958 minor league games). Spears signed on with the Red Sox last year as a minor league free agent and stood out in Portland with a .272 average and 20 home runs, along with stellar defense. He also was one […]

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  • Saturday Sep 03, 2011 | 6:45 am

    In second place; Bedard this afternoon; and wondering where the lions are

    So, Andrew Miller may not be ready for full-time duty in the rotation. The Red Sox fell into second place in the AL East. But the Rays also lost, so Boston still inched closer to the playoffs. AL East New York 83-53 Boston 83-54 (0.5 back) Tampa Bay 74-63 (9.5) Red Sox magic number for the playoffs: 17 (combination of Boston wins and Tampa Bay losses). Erik Bedard goes for his first […]

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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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