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  • Thursday Jun 02, 2011 | 8:26 am

    So much pitching news; Dogs catchers erupt

    Lots of news on pitchers, including reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka will need Tommy John surgery. Of course, the Red Sox rather him take a more cautious approach since TJ surgery means he is done with Boston. Is that a bad thing? Stay tuned on that one. Is Kevin Millwood an option to replace Dice-K in the rotation. So far, it looks like he has a ways to go. He started in […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 01, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    Reddick in for slumping Drew; Matsuzaka a question mark.

    J.D. Drew, 35, is being given the day off today, although he is healthy. But he is slumping (.228) and Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he figured he would pull him from a day game after having played a game the night before. Francona said he thought Josh Reddick, 24, would provide more energy today. Reddick also brings a hot bat, having hit 12 home runs in 44 Pawtucket […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 01, 2011 | 7:09 am

    Sox in 2nd; Lackey, Balcom-Miller good to go; Hassan knows how to get on base

    Drove down to Fenway Tuesday to write how the Red Sox have turned it around. Picked a game where Alfreda Aceves lost his first game in two years, as Boston was down 10-1 at one point. Josh Reddick (double, sacrifice fly) and David Ortiz (his 12th home, 10th in Many) made it closer, but Boston still lost and dropped a game behind the Yankees in the AL East. Still, as the column […]

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  • Tuesday May 31, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Aceves hard to beat; Bowden back down; Lowrie back in the lineup

    BOSTON - Tonight, Alfredo Aceves gets what could be his last start with the Boston Red Sox for a while. His likely move to the bullpen is not because of poor performance. Aceves has excelled in his last two starts and is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA for the Sox. Assuming John Lackey comes off the DL later this week, Aceves will go to the bullpen. Aceves may be Boston’s best […]

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  • Tuesday May 31, 2011 | 8:09 am

    Balcom-Miller to pitch Game 1; no relief; Doubront & Ranaudo; catchers

    Chris Balcom-Miller was officially added to the Sea Dogs roster this morning. He will pitch Game 1 of tonight’s doubleheader in New Britain. Reliever Santos Luis will go on the temporary inactive list (his wife is due to deliver their baby any day).. The Sea Dogs currently have six starters, plus Brock Huntzinger on the DL with a cut finger. Things will be sorted out by the time Portland returns from […]

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  • Monday May 30, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    Middlebrooks day-to-day; pitching move(s) upcoming; lineups; Miller’s time

    Sea Dogs third baseman Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup today, but he won’t be out for long. That’s the good news. Middlebrooks left Sunday’s game after taking a bad bounce off his right middle finger. Middlebrooks said the finger jammed when it was struck and he could not move it. Tests revealed no breaks. and Middlebrooks said he should not miss more than a few days. Right-handed pitcher […]

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  • Sunday May 29, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Report has Chris Balcom-Miller coming to Sea Dogs

    According Salem Sox radio man Evan Lepler, right-handed starter Chris Balcom-Miller has been promoted from advanced Class A Salem to the Portland Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs have not announced the move, so it remains to be seen who leaves the roster to make room for Balcom-Miller. Thinking positively, maybe Alex Wilson will get promoted to Pawtucket after his start on Monday. Wilson is 4-3 with a 2.85, with 44 […]

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  • Sunday May 29, 2011 | 1:21 am

    Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Weiland, Rodriguez, Brentz, Ranaudo

    The last legitimate third-base prospect for the Sea Dogs was Kevin Youkilis. Will Middlebrooks has the tools to become the next one. See Today’s column. And it look like Ryan Lavarnway has found his stroke again, after a slow start He hit his ninth and 10th home runs on Saturday. See Today’s Story. Lavarnway played 44 games for Portland last year (.285 average, 8 home runs, 39 RBI, .888 OPS). […]

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  • Saturday May 28, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    First-place Red Sox, Furbush is fine; Dogs’ lineup

    To all those people who were screaming for changes when the Red Sox were struggling in April, we offer this item: Boston (29-22) is in first place in the American League East, a game ahead of the Yankees (27-22) and 1 1/2 over the Rays (27-23. For all those people screaming with delight, we offer the same comment we did in April: It’s early. Great night Friday for Red Sox and local […]

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