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  • Monday Jul 18, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Navarro stays w/Boston, Hassan day-to-day; lineups

    According to media reports out of Baltimore, where the Red Sox are playing the Orioles, infielder Drew Sutton was optioned back to Pawtucket, making room for Carl Crawford to come off the DL. With Sutton gone, Yamaico Navarro remains the only back-up infielder (as well as a right-handed option in the outfield). Navarro has been in only 8 games, and is batting .211 (4-for-19), but maybe the Red Sox want […]

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  • Monday Jul 18, 2011 | 6:58 am

    16th inning the charm

    For those Red Sox fans who stayed up, you got your reward in the 16th inning. Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single scored Josh Reddick (who walked) for the only run of the game, in a 1-0 Red Sox win over the Rays Sunday night/Monday morning. Boston’s pitching was lights-out, led by Josh Beckett’s 1-hit, 0-walk performance over 8 innings. For details, see  

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  • Sunday Jul 17, 2011 | 8:34 am

    Hottovy, Lavarnway, Chiang, Ranaudo, Hernandez

    The Red Sox rolled out another left-handed reliever Saturday, and Randy Williams retired all three batters he faced. To activate Williams onto the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated Tommy Hottovy for assignment. Hottovy may still end up in the Boston organization, or another team could claim him. Hottovy, who began this season with his sixth stint in Portland, was a wonderful story, as he worked his way to making […]

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  • Friday Jul 15, 2011 | 4:25 am

    Red Sox really in first; Tazawa looks good

    With the Yankees loss to Toronto Thursday, the Red Sox can completely claim first place in the AL East, both in the standings and the loss column. Boston (55-35) leads New York (53-36) by 1.5 games. In the minors, Ryan Lavarnway (.350) continues to hit for Pawtucket, going 2-for-4. In Portland, both Will Middlebrooks and Jeremy Hazelbaker homered. The poor-luck loser was Junichi Tazawa (1-2), who actually pitched well over 3 1/3 […]

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  • Thursday Jul 14, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    Sea Dogs roster changes and lineups

    Two weeks ago, the Sea Dogs had two first baseman. Now they have none. Jorge Padron was sent down to Class A Salem in June and Reynaldo Rodriguez just went on the disabled list after an appendectomy. Rodriguez had been batting .288 with six home runs in 29 games. Utility player Jon Hee will be playing first. Catcher Matt Spring is the back-up. Among the other recent changes are pitcher Stolmy […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 | 8:56 am

    These Sox won’t repeat feat of 2004

    In 2004, when the Red Sox charged to the playoffs and, eventually, a World Series title, the starting rotation was intact: Pedro Martinez 33 starts, Derek Lowe 33, Curt Schilling 32, Time Wakefield 30, Bronson Arroyo 29. Arroyo would have gone over 30 but he began the year in the bullpen as Byong-Hyun Kim (BK) was give a chance to start – an experiment that lasted three games. The only other […]

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  • Monday Jul 11, 2011 | 6:30 am

    Still tied in the loss column; Weiland’s performance; Lavarnway next up?

    After their terrible start, the Boston Red Sox enter the All-Star break in first place in the AL East. But it is hardly a comfortable lead – one game ahead of the NY Yankees. The teams are tied in the loss column – Boston (55-35), NY (53-35) – so Boston’s lead is the result of playing (and winning) two more games. Could be another AL East division race with the "loser" getting the wild-card berth. By […]

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  • Sunday Jul 10, 2011 | 7:14 am

    Kyle Weiland gets his chance

    Just over four months ago, while watching spring training games, I was talking to Red Sox minor league officials  trying to figure out the Sea Dogs rotation. I guessed right when throwing out names like Fife, Miller and Pimentel. Kyle Weiland? The reply was quick: No way. The Red Sox had bigger plans for Weiland … a quicker path to the big leagues, which begins today with his first major league start. Weiland […]

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  • Thursday Jul 07, 2011 | 6:55 am

    The surprising Wake; Doubront may be needed; Pap’s ERA

    Tim Wakefield is two wins away from 200 in his career. He is helping prop up the injured/sickened rotation that has three pitchers on the DL – Matsuzaka (for the year), Lester and Buchholz (the latter two expected back "sometime" after the All-Star break). Another (Lackey) has been on the DL, and another (Beckett) has missed starts because of sickness. Wakefield is 5-3, although the ERA remains high (4.74). Wakefield, who has battled injuries […]

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