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  • Thursday Jun 23, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Dogs lineup; Hassan hitting again

    The tarp is on at Hadlock Field, but the Sea Dogs expect to play baseball tonight at 6 p.m. This is the last time Trenton and Portland face each other this season, so they will do everything possible to play – or the game will be canceled. Alex Hassan, who was flirting with a .400 average for so long, took a dip in June. He was batting .207 this month, […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 22, 2011 | 6:39 am

    Reddick’s value is not as trade bait

    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 Tuesday night, with a double and triple at Fenway Park. One of the first comments I read was that "Reddick keeps increasing his trade value." Um, I don’t think so. Once upon a time, Reddick was certainly a trade candidate. The Red Sox already had five outfielders in Boston, and Ryan Kalish was in Pawtucket, awaiting his return to Fenway. But Kalish has been on the disabled list […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 | 10:26 am

    The polite & powerful Rizzo; Kelly & Fuentes; Miller & Lowrie; Hanley benched; remember Sanchez for Suppan?

    Anthony Rizzo strolled through the cozy visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park when he spotted a group of recognizable reporters from his minor league days with the Red Sox. He approached and shook hands, before facing a reporter from Boston he did not know. Rizzo stuck out hand, smiled and said, "Hi, I’m Anthony." Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Rizzo for teaching your son manners. The Padres people speak highly of […]

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  • Monday Jun 20, 2011 | 2:40 am

    Rizzo comes to Fenway; Weiland, Lavarnway and Fife

    Anthony Rizzo comes to Fenway Park today when the San Diego Padres open a 3-game series with Boston. Rizzo, 21, made a splash in his MLB debut two weeks ago with a triple. He homered in his third game. But since then, he has only one hit and is batting .148 (4-for-27). Still, Rizzo has a .361 on-base percentage because of his 8 walks. I will be at Fenway today, so there […]

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  • Sunday Jun 19, 2011 | 5:50 am

    Where to fit in Millwood? And other notes

    The only run Kevin Millwood allowed Saturday night against Lehigh Valley was a home run by ex-Dog Brandon Moss (his 10th). Otherwise, Millwood purred along for Pawtucket: 7 2/3 IP 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. 103 pitches. Now, what are the Sox going to do with Millwood? He is very good insurance, indeed. But will he be content waiting around in Triple-A? In the oft-spoken words of Terry […]

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  • Friday Jun 17, 2011 | 5:38 am

    Red Sox & Yankees; depth helps; Lavarnway’s walk-off

    The Boston Red Sox, fresh from an 8-1 road trip, sport a 41-27 record, best in the American League. Right behind, of course, are the New York Yankees (39-28), 1.5 games back with the second best record. (The only National League team with a better record is Philadelphia at 44-26). The Red Sox will be glad they have depth after watching shortstop Jed Lowrie (left shoulder) and starter Clay Buchholz […]

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  • 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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