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Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Wednesday Jun 15, 2011 | 6:36 am

    Andrew Miller & the six-man rotation? errorless Dogs

    The Philadelphia Phillies just let Triple-A pitcher Brian Gordon go, despite a 5-0 record a 1.14 ERA for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Gordon had an opt-out clause in his contract if he was not promoted to the majors, and the pitching-rich Phillies apparently had no room for him. According to media reports out of New York, the Yankees will sign Gordon today and immediately insert him into the rotation. […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 | 9:24 am

    Beware the Rays; Lavarnway’s debut; Weiland, Ranauldo & Couch

    While the Red Sox rested, both the Yankees and Rays lost 1-run games on Monday. The AL East leaders: Boston 39-26 New York 36-28 (2.5 behind) Tampa Bay 35-31 (4.5) Boston begins a 3-game series tonight in St. Petersburg. While the Sox are hot, the Rays always seem to give Boston a difficult time (Tampa Bay won last year’s series, 11-7). And the Rays are lined up with their best pitchers. […]

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  • Monday Jun 13, 2011 | 6:52 am

    Which catcher goes to Triple-A?

    The Red Sox traded Pawtucket catcher Mike McKenry to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash. McKenry, 26, was acquired from Colorado late in spring training as insurance. Beyond Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Boston had no catchers with major league experience. Mark Wagner was being taken off the 40-man roster, and Luis Exposito had not played above Double-A. Now, Boston is comfortable with its […]

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  • Sunday Jun 12, 2011 | 7:17 am

    Dice-K gone. How close is Tazawa?

    Now that Daisuke Matsuzaka is likely gone for the rest of his Red Sox career, having undergone Tommy John surgery, what of the lesser-known Japanese starter? Junichi Tazawa, coming back from TJ surgery last spring, threw four shutout innings for Salem on Saturday: 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Maybe his next rehab is in Portland, before he is assigned to Pawtucket. Two other former Sea Dogs pitchers made relief […]

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  • Saturday Jun 11, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    Sea Dogs moves: a new first baseman, Vazquez retires and more

    The Portland Sea Dogs announced a series of moves today, including the retirement of utility player Will Vazquez. Vazquez, 26, was valuable to the Sea Dogs as a third catcher, as well as a back-up corner infielder and outfielder. But he played in only 11 games (batting .111, 4-for-36). Vazquez informed the Sea Dogs Friday that he has accepted a coaching job at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Vazquez is […]

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  • Friday Jun 10, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Pedroia back in the lineup

    Dustin Pedroia, getting the green light after a Thursday check-up on his aching knee, is back in the Red Sox lineup tonight. Chris Balcom-Miller (1-1, 2.45 ERA) makes his third start for the Sea Dogs tonight. Blake Maxwell, who has been bounced back and forth from Portland to Pawtucket, is back in the Hadlock bullpen. Here are tonight’s lineups: BOSTON: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis 3B, Ortiz DH, Lowrie SS, […]

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  • Friday Jun 10, 2011 | 6:12 am

    Romp in the Bronx; Exposito back down, Bowden up; Rizzo’s debut

    C.C. Sabathia allowed two hits and no runs through six innings. He allowed 6 hits and 6 runs in the seventh, leaving with two outs. Reliever David Robertson allowed another run in the 7th, as the Red Sox enjoyed an 8-3 romp. In case you missed that 7th: Ortiz 1B, Lowrie 3B, Crawford ground out, Cameron 2B, Varitek 1B, Ellsbury 1B, Scutaro line out, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis 1B, Ortiz 2B. Boston […]

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  • Thursday Jun 09, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    Joba will need Tommy John surgery; Lowrie back in lineup; Doubront loses

    According media reports out of New York, Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has a torn ligament in his elbow and will need Tommy John surgery. Elsewhere on the injury front, the Red Sox are awaiting news of Dustin Pedroia’s knee check-up in Boston this afternoon … and Jed Lowrie is back in the lineup at shortstop. Marco Scutaro will play second base. In Portland, the skies are threatening (but any rain […]

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    Thursday Jun 09, 2011 | 7:07 am

    Wakefield or Miller? Huntzinger & Ranaudo; Pedroia’s knee

    Tim Wakefield started, and the Red Sox beat the Yankees to take over first place in the American League East. But Wakefield’s line deserves some scrutiny: 5 1/3, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K. His ERA sits at 4.84. Wakefield gave up no runs through 3 IP, and one run through 4. But it turned quickly. Since Wakefield rejoined the rotation on May 22, he allowed 3 earned runs […]

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