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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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  • 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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