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  • Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 | 1:35 am

    Sox leads lengthens; Yanks face a rookie; more Lavarnway; Kalish returns

    With Boston’s win over the Twins, and the Yankees loss (their third straight) to the Angels, the Red Sox now lead the AL East by 2.5 games:  AL East Boston 72-43 New York 69-45 (2.5 back) Tampa Bay 61-54 (11) Wild Card New York 69-45 Angels 64-52 (6 back) Boston can go for the sweep with Jon Lester (11-5, 3.22) going against Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.58). The Yankees have a renewed Ivan Nova […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 09, 2011 | 11:51 am

    The blog is back; where have all the Sea Dogs gone?

    Geez, a guy spends 8 days in a tent and look what they do to the team he covers. Three gone by trade and two others officially promoted/demoted today. Pitcher Junichi Tazawa was promoted to Triple-A. If he continues his improvement, there is a chance the Red Sox could call him up in September. Infielder Heiker Meneses, 20, who was called up from low Class A Greenville and played pretty […]

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  • Sunday Jul 31, 2011 | 6:00 am

    The paths these prospects take

    Three years ago, Lars Anderson was the rage. He tore up Class A and, after a promotion to Double-A, he was impressive in Portland, too, batting .316 with five home runs in 41 games. Also promoted to Portland in 2008 was an outfielder named Josh Reddick. The Red Sox were high on him, too. But Reddick looked lost in Double-A, batting .214 in 34 games (although his six home runs […]

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  • Saturday Jul 30, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    Thoughts on Navarro’s exit; Wilson coming off DL Tuesday

    Yamaico Navarro batted .189 for Portland in 2009, and he had heads shaking. Navarro, a gifted fielder with quick hands at the plate, was as talented as many of the prospects that have graced Hadlock Field. It took a while for Navarro to demonstrate the effort and confidence to move up. 2010 was kind of a breakout year as he batted a combined .275 for Portland and Pawtucket, and got […]

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  • Saturday Jul 30, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Bedard may be a bargain now; Haeger; Coyle

    With scouts watching, Seattle lefty Erik Bedard could not get out of the second inning: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 BB. Seems like he may not be a hot commodity as the trade deadline looms. But the Red Sox still might want him and, after Friday’s performance, the Mariners’ asking price has likely come down. Pitchers coming off the DL often struggle in their first game back. Maybe Bedard […]

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  • Friday Jul 29, 2011 | 6:17 am

    Is Bedard the answer?

    Left-hander Erik Bedard is the latest name to surface as a possible target for the Red Sox, in their search for a complete starting rotation. He is 4-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 starts with Seattle. After Boston’s loss on Thursday, the Red Sox are 2.5 games ahead of the Yankees, as Boston heads to Chicago (Wakefield tonight). The standings: AL East Boston 64-39 New York 61-41 (2.5 back) […]

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  • Thursday Jul 28, 2011 | 6:52 am

    Buchholz’s back; Lackey’s value; wild Weiland; Fife ties Lester

    Clay Buchholz finally threw off a mound on Monday and the Red Sox said he looked great. Now, all of a sudden, Buchholz is going to see another specialist about his back. Precaution? Or another problem? If only a precaution, then Buchholz could be fine and back around mid-August. If there is a bigger problem, then the Red Sox might have to go with John Lackey as their No. 3 […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 27, 2011 | 8:50 am

    Lackey’s pattern; wild card; Lavarnway; Ranaudo; Bogaerts

    In John Lackey’s first four decisions this year, he went Loss, Win, Loss, Win. Since then, Lackey has an interesting pattern: 0-3, 3-0, 0-3, 3-0. The Red Sox obviously hope Lackey (8-8, 6.28) breaks that pattern tonight and wins his fourth straight decision, vs. the Royals and Bruce Chen. The Yankees have kept the Mariners losing, but Seattle counters with Felix Hernandez today. As for the standings, it is looking like […]

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  • Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 | 9:31 am

    Chiang headed for MVP or promotion? Other prospects; broadcast milestone

    Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2-for-4, with his 18th home run for the Sea Dogs Monday night. Chiang leads the Eastern League in RBI (73), slugging percentage (.656) and OPS (1.052). He is tied for first in average (.338) and tied for fourth in home runs (18). Will Chiang continue among the league leaders, or will he get a promotion to Pawtucket? Chiang, 23, is in his second year in Portland (the longest tenure […]

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