Found July 23, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
There are rules in baseball that are somewhat imprecise in nature. The check swing for example. Did he go? Could be! I don’t know! Another one along those lines is the balk. Sometimes the umpire sees a pitcher commit a balk but no amount of slow motion video can make it clear whether he did or didn’t do it. Half the time it seems balks are imperceptible to even those calling them. I mean if you look at a pitcher closely enough, you’re bound to see something. It’s similar to staring at a statue waiting for it to move. If I watch closely enough, maybe I’ll convince myself I saw something. Even if I didn’t. Because it’s a statue. Then there are the odd times when a balk is so obvious, so totally blatant, that people in line for the bathroom at the park can tell it happened. This is one such time. Franklin Morales has been doing a bang up job as a fill-in in the Red Sox starting rotation. In this particular game, Morales did a fine job shutting down the Rays un-vaunted offen...

Felix Doubront Once Again Facing Burden of Stepping Up Big for Red Sox After Bad Loss (Video)

If you had told someone that Felix Doubront would be the Red Sox' most reliable starter before this season started, he or she would have asked you nicely to please stop making up random crazy things to say. Yet that's exactly where the Red Sox and Doubront find themselves entering a three-game series with the Rangers a week away from the trade deadline. Doubront is a sterling...

David Ortiz 'Proud' Of Jason Varitek As Red Sox Honor Legendary Catcher At Fenway

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Red Sox Are Reaching Critical Juncture of the Season, Recognize Tough Schedule Ahead

BOSTON -- This is developing into a pivotal point in the season. After dropping three straight games to the Blue Jays, including Sunday's 15-7 rout, the Red Sox have tumbled down to 48-48. At this point, they trail the Yankees in the AL East by 10 1/2 games and the AL wild card spot by three and a half. "We've got to play well, especially at this time in the season,...

Lester Hits New Low as Boston Red Sox Show Major Need for Starting Pitching Help

As he nears 1,000 career strikeouts, Jon Lester his having the worse season of his career which is overshadowing all other things. Then, when it seemed as though Lester could not pitch any worse this season, his outing Sunday afternoon happened. Lester allowed career-highs in both home runs with four and earned runs with 11 over just four innings, dooming the Red Sox to a 15-7 loss...

Destination Red Sox Nation - 7/23

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. If you would like to listen to any of the Red Sox minor league affiliates' games,...

Test Your Knowledge of the Red Sox in the Latest Episode of NESN Trivia (Video)

The Boston Red Sox have been around since 1908, meaning there is plenty of history in the franchise -- from their time as the Boston Americans (from 1901-07) to their miraculous World Series run in 2004.’s Emily Casey is down on Yawkey Way, hoping to stump you in this Red Sox edition of NESN Trivia. Do you have what takes to complete the Sox episode? Play it now in the video above.

Red Sox News & Notes - 7/24

With the Roy Oswalt battling a back injury, the Texas Rangers threw out Scott Feldman to make the spot start against the Boston Red Sox last night. Feldman had struggled this season but the Red Sox made him look like Cy Young last night in a 9-1 loss. The only run the Red Sox would manage off of Feldman over his seven innings was a Jarrod Saltalmacchia solo home run in the 2nd...

Mistakes Cost Cook, Sox

Aaron Cook made two mistakes Saturday night. And both of them were hit out of Fenway Park by Toronto hitters. Edwin Encarnacion's 2-run shot in the top of the 6th inning tied the game at 3, and J.P. Arencebia's solo home run an inning later gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead en route to a 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.Jarrod Saltalamacchia put the Red Sox ahead 3-0...

Aaron Cook Struggles With Location, Leads to Edwin Encarnacion Three-Run Home Run in Sixth Inning (Video)

Things didn't go well for Red Sox starter Aaron Cook on Saturday night. The Red Sox had a 3-1 lead going into the top of the sixth inning and after Cook got the first two batters to ground out back to him, he walked Colby Rasmus which gave Edwin Encarnacion the opportunity to bat in the inning. Encarnacion took advantage and hit a rocket over the Green Monster. Cook answered...

Red Sox Lineup vs Toronto 7/21/12

Nava RFCrawford LFPedroia 2BGonzalez 1BRoss DHSalty CMiddlebrooks 3BSweeney CFCiriaco SS Cook SP

Red Sox Lineup vs Toronto 722/12

Ellsbury CF Nava LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross DH Saltalamacchia C Sweeney RF Aviles SS Punto 3B Lester SP

Homers lead Toronto past Boston, 7-3

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays used a pair of home runs to tie the game and then take the lead from the Boston Red Sox on their way to 7-3 win Saturday night at Fenway Park. With Toronto trailing by two runs with two outs in the sixth, Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer off Boston right-hander Aaron Cook tied it at 3-3. It was Encarnacion's 26th home run of the season....

Red Sox Live Blog: Sox Look to Get Back on Track in Texas Behind Felix Doubront

7 p.m. ET: Even with David Ortiz out of the lineup, the batting order is finding a little more day-to-day consistency as of late. The speed of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford remains at the top, Pedroia slots in third, while the resurgent Adrian Gonzalez and the red-hot Cody Ross fall in line behind them. Rounding out a deep lineup with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks...

Evening Red Sox Delight - 7/23

After being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend, the Boston Red Sox take to the road for a six-game, seven day road trip. Tonight, they'll kick it off with the first of a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the...
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