Found August 13, 2013 on
AL East Standing: 1st
Weekly Record: 4-4
Current Record: 71-49
(Every weekend I will attempt to give some brief thoughts on the past week for the Boston Red Sox. It will be filled with hopes, frustrations, exhilaration, pain, and puns.)
The Return of Will
This past week, Will Middlebrooks was finally called back from Pawtucket to man the hot corner for the Boston Red Sox. My colleague Jayson has quite ably written up the call-up, but I just want to say that it was the smartest move possible for the Red Sox. Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder just weren’t cutting it, and I seem to be one of the few Sox fans (Pops is screaming about how wrong I am as I write this) who’s wary of calling up Xander Bogaerts too soon. He’s incredibly young, incredibly talented, and has a bright future ahead of him, without a doubt. But Middlebrooks is far and away the best and, believe it or not, safest option for Boston, entirely because they have nothing to lose. Should Middlebrooks somehow go back to his ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
For a few moments, it looked like this would be another comeback for the ages. With the Sox down 3-1 and down to their final out, the spiraling Mike Napoli came through big time, launching a two-run homer to tie the game and keep hope alive.
Sadly, we couldn’t push it any further, even after loading the bases in that same inning. In the top of the tenth, Naps came up again with...
The trade deadline is a distant memory, and September call-ups will soon become the topic of conversation. All the while, the mailbag rolls on.
The Red Sox are in the midst of a lengthy road trip, and their last stop wasn’t too pleasant, as the red-hot Royals took three of four from Boston over the weekend. Perhaps the Red Sox just ran into a buzz saw or perhaps some real weaknesses...
J. Gomes, J. Saltalamacchia, and D. Pedroia
Eric D. Schabell
I turn on the TV yesterday to watch a game.
I know the Red Sox are not playing, but I love baseball so I was going to watch some other team.
Anything but the Yankees would do just nicely I am thinking as I zap through the games available and wait a minute...
What is this? Sitting two...
Mike Napoli has entered a slump of epic proportions. Perhaps epic is too strong a word for a game played in the sunshine. Let's just call it a slump of Rob Deer-like proportions.
The Red Sox have some decisions to make.
Since the All-Star break, Napoli has hit .204 with exactly 15 hits and 35 strike outs. He added three more to his total in...
The once promising career of Ryan Kalish, took another hit Tuesday at the outfield underwent cervical fusion surgery in Los Angeles, Ca. In what is set to be his fourth major surgery in the last 23 months, the outfielder will be operated on by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Bay Hospital.
Previously expected to miss the season due to a right shoulder operation in January, Tuesday...
Even though the Red Sox’ wagon keeps rolling, Mike Napoli remains stuck in the mud.
Napoli is mired in the worst slump of his career, and the situation isn’t getting any better. Red Sox manager John Farrell dropped Napoli to seventh in the order for Wednesday’s game in Toronto, marking the lowest that Napoli has hit in the lineup all season. If things continue on their current...
Destination Red Sox Nation is our look at how the minor league teams of the Boston Red Sox fare each night. Game story and box score links as well as links to team rosters, team stats and league standings can be found by clicking on the read more button below if you're on the home page.
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Red Sox right-hander Koji Uehara made the single most lucrative relief appearance of his career in Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays.
Sitting on 54 relief appearances for the season and needing a total of 55 appearances to trigger a $4.25 million vesting option for 2014 Uehara entered in the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs on the board and the score tied 2...
Sure, there’s the bad news: Boston went 3-4 on the first two stops of the three-city road trip that ends in Toronto on Thursday.
But there’s also the good news: shortstop Stephen Drew has been holding a hot hand for Boston recently, and despite the Sox dropping a 4-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, Drew extended his hit...
The monkey on Mike Napoli‘s back keeps growing larger and larger.
After going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Tuesday night (and a combined 0-for-12 with nine K’s over the last three games) Napoli was dropped to seventh in the order for Wednesday’s tilt in Toronto — the first time all season he has hit that low in the lineup.
After putting up tremendous power numbers early...
Red Sox Showdown is an occasional feature that pits two Red Sox Life contributor's in a one-on-one debate. This week RSL writer's Ben Whitehead and The Guru tackle the topic of what to do with Jacoby Ellsbury.
Ben Whitehead: Sign him up.
Find me a better center fielder that is on the market and maybe then I will agree to let Jacoby Ellsbury walk.
First off, there isn&...
In 2003, the city of Boston wasn’t exactly desperate for the winter, but they were longing for one. Yes, the Patriots had won at 2002’s outset, but Boston has never been a Patriots town, and when they followed that up with a 9-7 season that ended without a playoff appearance, they lost their grip on […]
With the Red Sox more than 20 games above .500 and building themselves a bit of a cushion in the American League East, questions surrounding the team unsurprisingly have less to do with the current squad and more to do with the future.
Red Sox fans want to know how this contending club will do next year and beyond, and that starts with rising infielder Xander Bogaerts and free agent...
By appearing in his 55th game for Boston on Tuesday,
Koji Uehara vested his 2014 option (AP photo)
Somebody, anybody, quick — give a brother a high-five.
When Red Sox closer Koji Uehara came out of the bullpen and into his 55th game of the season Tuesday night in Toronto, it triggered a vesting option worth $4.25 million for 2014,...
4:15 p.m.: After a 13-game stretch against foes from the AL West, NL West and AL Central, the Red Sox finally get back to the business of divisional play Tuesday night.
The Sox open a three-game set in Toronto against a struggling Blue Jays team that has dropped four of its last five games.
On the hill for the Jays will be Todd Redmond, a 28-year-old right-hander with just six major...