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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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  • Monday Jul 25, 2011 | 6:40 am

    Beating the bad teams; Lars; Taz

    The Red Sox are doing what they are supposed to be doing against bad teams – win. Now, after sweeping the Mariners, Boston welcomes Kansas City (42-59) to town. Jon Lester (10-4) gets the start tonight. The AL East standings: Boston 62-37 New York 59-40 (3 back) Tampa Bay 53-47 (9.5) For more on the Red Sox win Sunday (as well as some of the Maine Day festivities), see today’s column. In the […]

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  • Sunday Jul 24, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    Pitcher Charlie Haeger assigned to Sea Dogs; Red Sox lineup; focused elswhere

    The Boston Red Sox assigned free agent knuckleball pitcher Charlie Haeger and assigned him to Portland (though is currently on the temporary inactive list). Haeger, 27, has 34 games of major league experience, from 2006 to 2010, with the White Sox, Padres and Dodgers. He was in Triple-A, in the Seattle organization this season, going 0-4 with an 8.40 ERA in nine games (six starts). Meanwhile, at Fenway Park, the […]

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  • Saturday Jul 23, 2011 | 6:23 am

    JR over JD; beware the Beavan; Lavarnway (again & again)

    Barring injury or a slump by Josh Reddick, it appears the J.D. Drew era in right field is over for the Boston Red Sox. Drew, in the last of his five-year, $70-million contract with Boston, is batting .219 with four home runs. Reddick, who went 1-for-4 Saturday, is batting .372 in 30 games. Reddick has started the last two games and manager Terry Francona admitted that it is because Reddick […]

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