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The two best teams in the American League happen to reside in the AL East. They also happen to clash tonight in Fenway Park for the first of a four-game series.
Although the Boston Red Sox (60-40) are 9-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays (58-41) this season, those first 12 games came at a time when the Rays were middling around the lower-half of the division. Now, the Rays are on a tear, winners of 17 of their last 19 games to climb from the cellar to within 1.5 games of the first-place Red Sox. I know it's been over a year, but Red Sox fans be prepared: This is the beginning of a pennant race.
Forgive Boston if it’s a little sluggish tonight, as it comes into this series on the heels of a four-hour, 46-minute, 11-inning 8-7 walk-off victory over the Yankees. The win was thanks to a couple of monster home runs by Mike Napoli, the second of which was a solo shot to center that sent Fenway Park into a frenzy.
Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman gets his...
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BOSTON — The Red Sox will take the bad with the good, especially when the good wins them a ballgame.
Mike Napoli was up and down Sunday in a performance that was truly a microcosm of his season — if not his entire career. He hit two home runs, struck out three times and grounded into a big double play. Fortunately for Boston, Napoli saved his best for last, as he crushed a walk...
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Mike Napoli hit his second home run of the game to give the Boston Red Sox an 8-7 walkoff win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night at historic Fenway Park.
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There are few greater sounds in the world for Red Sox fans than the first few chords of “Dirty Water” by The Standells. The beginning of that sound, played after every Sox win at Fenway Park, sounds even better when it’s accompanied by deafening applause brought on by a walk-off win.
There’s been plenty of that at Fenway this season, as the Red Sox have nine walk-off wins...
Mike Napoli ends the game for the Red Sox in the bottom of the 11th inning with a walk-off home run to straightaway center field. Leaving the Yankees out of last place in the East by the same amount as they're trailing first.
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Mike Napoli can’t explain it.
Perhaps he’s just a slow starter, although he pretty much punched a hole in that theory this season by having the best April of his life. Maybe he likes the summer heat. Or could it be that he thrives on the pressure of a pennant race, when the stakes are highest and the spotlight is blinding?
Regardless, Napoli always has saved his best for last...
Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the 11th inning -- his second home run of the game -- and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.
The Red Sox scored seven runs after falling behind 3-0, thanks in part to Napoli's three-run homer in the third. But they coughed up the lead when New York scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie it 7-all...
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Last night was really a tale of two games for Mike Napoli. On one hand, you had the guy who hit 2 home runs (including the game winner), and you have the player who stuck out 3 times and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the 8th. Red Sox Nation was frustrated after that double play, judging...
12 p.m.: This weekend, and particularly Sunday’s game, went for the Red Sox the way much of this season has. Boston had its moments of turmoil but kept providing the big hits and timely plays until it turned out on the better end of the runs scored and win-loss columns.
Coming off a strong series win over the Yankees, which was capped by the latest Red Sox’ walk-off win in a...
The Red Sox and Yankees played until almost 1:00 am last night, going back and forth until Mike Napoli won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning with a solo home run for the 8-7 win.
Napoli’s 11th-inning home run gives Sox 8-7 win – Sean McAdam has a look at an up and down night for the first baseman, who had two home runs, but also two strikeouts and killing a rally by grounding...
Boston Red Sox Daily links: ESPN Boston http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=bostonred-sox&id=29318 In his first 2 MLB starts Brandon Workman has proved he belongs. WEEI http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2013/07/23/source-dustin-pedroia-red-sox-agree-to-seven-year-contract-extension/ It looks like the Sox have Pedey for a while now...
CC Sabathia struggled to start the second half, allowing seven runs in five innings. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
New York Yankees 7 — Boston Red Sox 8 (11 innings)
Mike Napoli’s second home run of the night is a walk-off in tonight’s 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in 11 innings.
Early in the game, the Yankees looked to catch the Red Sox slacking defensively....
It was not Yankee starter CC Sabathia's night on
Sunday. The big lefty turned 33 but gave up
seven ER in six-plus innings. (Getty Images)
There's no doubt Yankees starter CC Sabathia was disappointed when it was Mike Napoli who burst out the top of his birthday cake last night at Fenway Park.
Napoli turned on a fastball by...
The Red Sox went into the first weekend after the All Star break needing only 1 win over the Yankees to win their 20th series of the season, and their 60th game. On Saturday they handed in a disappointing performance, losing 5-2 with a lackluster display of hitting. Sunday was a different story, it was a game that if the Sox had lost could have sent...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, July 22 @ 7:10 PM
Matt Moore, LHP (13-3, 3.44) vs Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Tuesday, July 23 @ 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez, RHP (5-10, 4.90) vs Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
After taking two-of-three from the Evil Empire, the Boston Red Sox finish off their seven game homestand. Tonight they'll kick it off with the first game of a four-game set against the surging Tampa Bay Rays.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television market, you can catch the...