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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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  • Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    Buchholz on “deliberate” pace; Wakefield bumped back; reinforcements coming

    Clay Buchholz, on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his back, threw for the first time today, taking part in some light outfield toss. "Clay threw 60 feet today, 25 throws," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Which is, not in the grand scheme of things exciting, but it was for us. "Obviously we’re going to go slow, kind of deliberate. The fact that he did so well in […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Magic numbers, Sabathia’s numbers; Wilson’s 9 K’s

    Saw one daughter off to college in Washington (and drove back with Irene in our rear view mirror). Say goodbye to another daughter today in Boston (before she goes for a semester in Italy). Think I’ll hang around Boston for a few more hours tonight. Heard there is a pretty good series starting at Fenway Park. The first-place Red Sox are inching towards the playoffs. And they can take big […]

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  • Friday Aug 26, 2011 | 5:40 am

    Sox battling

    The Red Sox and Yankees are staying with each other in the AL East. There is little doubt that both will make the playoffs. Winning the division and getting home field advantage may be the different in the playoffs. The standings:  AL East Boston 80-50 New York 78-50 (1 back) Tampa Bay 70-59 (9.5) Wild Card New York 78-50 Angels 71-59 (8 back) Tampa Bay 70-59 (8.5 back) The Red Sox […]

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  • Thursday Aug 25, 2011 | 6:17 am

    First-place Sox (kind of); Harden vs. Yankees today

    The Red Sox beat Texas 13-2, and Coco Crisp’s 10th-inning home run pushed Oakland past the Yankees. Boston now leads the AL East, but the two teams are even in the loss column. AL East Boston 79-50 New York 77-50 (1 back) Tampa Bay 70-58 (8.5) Wild Card New York 77-50 Tampa Bay 70-58 (7.5 back) Angels 71-59 (7.5 back) This afternoon, Rich Harden – the pitched almost obtained by […]

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