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John Lackey has turned his game around in 2013, but how much of it is sustainable the rest of the way?
John Lackey has been the great, pleasant surprise of the Boston Red Sox starting rotation this season. In a year where Clay Bucholz has become a medical uncertainty and Jon Lester is struggling to find his form after a hot start, Lackey has been the model of consistency. The question now, as we move into the final two-plus months of the season with Tampa Bay and Baltimore hot on Boston’s heels, is whether it’s reasonable for Lackey to keep this up.
We have to emphasize just how well Lackey is pitching, at least compared to his own previous standard. I’m not talking about his standard in Boston where spent 2010-12 going from inconsistent to train wreck to injured, and usually digging himself a public relations hole in the process. I’m talking about his standard with the Los Angeles Angels, when he built a reputation as one of the American League’s better pitchers.
Lackey, in the cou...
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Dustin Pedroia will remain in Boston for the foreseeable future, but there's still some uncertainty surrounding one of the team's other stars.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who has turned his year around following a slow start, is slated to become a free agent after this season. And while there's certainly a possibility that Ellsbury will follow in Pedroia's footsteps and sign...
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...
Clay Buchholz received positive news about the health of his shoulder when he visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday. But just how positive depends on who is interpreting the report.
Buchholz indicated on Tuesday that he doesn’t expect to be ready to pitch in a major league game until late August or early September.
“I definitely have a strain in there,” Buchholz said. “The...
(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)This was the Jon Lester we knew and loved at the start of the 2013 season. Throwing strikes, showing command, lasting into the seventh inning. Lester went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just two runs, striking out eight and—significantly—walking nobody in a 6-2 win by the Carmine Hose. A mixture of good and bad baserunning characterized the Boston offense....
Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz was in Gulf Breeze, Fla., today to meet with Dr. James Andrews. The verdict? Dr. Andrews agrees with the Red Sox that Buchholz has only inflammation in the bursa sac of his shoulder and can pitch without fear of further injury.
“Clay comes back, I think, with a little bit more peace of mind and he’ll continue on the throwing program that’s...
Dustin Pedroia will get to dirty up many more
Red Sox uniforms with his eight-year deal.
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During Terry Francona’s time as manager of the Boston Red Sox, it was no secret that he and Dustin Pedroia had built more than just a manager-player relationship. From playing cribbage on flights and before games to the constant...
After watching Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays from the dugout, Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup Wednesday in his typical leadoff spot for the Red Sox.
Ellsbury will be followed in the order by Shane Victorino, who gets the start in right field. Victorino has been in a bit of a slump over the past few weeks — notching just five hits in his last 24 at-bats — but...
With Clay Buchholz's injury keeping him out for longer than expected, the Boston Red Sox are looking for reinforcements. They want to maintain their hold on first place, and they are willing to make trades to do so. One such trade that has been discussed is a deal that would send Will Middlebrooks to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jake Peavy.
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Extra rest helped Jon Lester slow down the Tampa Bay surge that nearly knocked Boston out of first place.
After his start was pushed back two days, Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Red Sox won 6-2 on Tuesday night and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East.
This game was more important than...
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Be prepared, Red Sox Nation. Jacoby Ellsbury probably won't be in a Red Sox uniform next season. His agent is Scott Boras, who will most likely get the best offer he can. John Henry told CSNNE that he isn't confident about getting an extension for Ellsbury like management was able to do for Dustin Pedroia, at...
In a game that had 1st place on the line in the AL East the Red Sox showed some fight and rallied behind a strong outing by Jon Lester that allowed the team to again go up 1.5 games in the standings. The team quickly forgot about their 2 hit performance from the night before and belted out 12 hits and 6 runs over the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are the...
BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox moved 1.5 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays' six-game...
As they head into August in a battle for the American League East, pitching is their biggest question mark. They’ve lost two closers to injuries and their best starter, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t pitched since June 8. The situation puts even more pressure on Lester, the man on the mound last night.
Lester has been as inconsistent as New England weather this season, and though he...
With the trading deadline less than a week away, the Red Sox are certain to add an arm to their thin pitching staff.
While there is much speculation around White Sox starter Jake Peavy, the cost could be too high. Chicago reportedly wants third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The Red Sox are reluctant to part with any of their high profile prospects.
The Yankees/Red Sox rivalry helped FOX to a season-high in overnights over the weekend. In other news, WNBA viewership has increased by more than a third on ESPN2 and NBA TV, and golf’s American Century [...]