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With one swing of the bat, Carl Crawford restored some order to the universe. Sort of. Red Sox fans have long awaited Crawford's return to form, and thanks to a three-run home run on Friday night, he appears to be doing just that. Of course, it's just one hit, and it was only due to a big mistake by Twins first baseman Justin Morneau. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette explains further in the above video. Join NESN Nation: In-game home page | Twitter | Facebook

Bobby Valentine Admits Red Sox Ownership Spoke to Him About Communication With Will Middlebrooks

Bobby Valentine has been criticized at times this year for his communication methods with Red Sox players. On Wednesday, however, Valentine downplayed any criticisms from coming in-house -- save for one instance involving Will Middlebrooks. Valentine told WEEI's the Big Show that team ownership approached him only once this season about his communication with the players, after...

Pedro Ciriaco Says Red Sox Need to 'Move On,' Despite His First Career Home Run

Pedro Ciriaco has been impressive since his 4-for-5 day against the Yankees on July 7. With the Red Sox, Ciriaco is hitting .338 with 11 RBIs. He also has one home run, which he hit on Saturday night against the Twins. Tied at two in the bottom of the eighth inning, Ciriaco, pinch hitting for Ryan Kalish, clubbed a solo home run over the Green Monster to put the Red Sox on top 3...

Boston's Ortiz is improving, but he won't return this weekend

All along, David Ortiz figured he'd be ready to resume playing for the Boston Red Sox when the minimum 15-day term of his disabled-list stint expired Aug. 1. Last weekend, he realized that wouldn't happen. Ortiz attempted agility drills before Sunday night's game at Yankee Stadium, but he was unable even to walk without a limp, the soreness in his strained right Achilles...

Critical of Bobby V, Schilling gets standing O

After criticizing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine earlier in the day, Curt Schilling was given a standing ovation from Boston fans when he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Schilling was the last of the inductees introduced at Fenway Park on Friday night, and applause began as soon as his picture appeared on the video board in center. Earlier in the day, Schilling...

Ryan Lavarnway Starting at Catcher for Red Sox As They Open Four-Game Set With Twins

Ryan Lavarnway will make his return to the big leagues on Thursday night, and he'll do so as the Red Sox' starting catcher. Lavarnway, who was called up on Wednesday after Daniel Nava was placed on the disabled list, is penciled in as the starting catcher and hitting sixth for the Red Sox in their first of four games with the Minnesota Twins. Lavarnway made his major league...

Destination Red Sox Nation - 8/2

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,...

Scott Podsednik Wants to be in the Majors, Won't Return to Red Sox Following Craig Breslow Trade

BOSTON -- After showing signs of life against the Yankees and the Tigers, the Red Sox are slumping once again. The team's longest winning streak this season is six games, a mark they established back in April. With two-thirds of the season over, the Red Sox are still seesawing over and under the .500 record plateau. As the Red Sox continue clawing their way through the troubles...

Jon Lester's Fastball Command, Velocity Are Keys in Return to Form (Video)

Jon Lester didn't enjoy July. He went 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA over his final four starts of the month, allowing 41 baserunners in just 18 1/3 innings. But now that the calendar has turned to August, the lefty is hoping to return to the form that saw him post four straight seasons of sub-3.50 ERAs between 2008 and 2011. The Red Sox entered Thursday's matchup with the Twins just...

Out of Left Field: The Four Strikeouts of Aaron Cook by Matthew Kory

If you go to the stats page on and look up individual pitcher stats, you will find 101 different pitchers. If you sort by K/9 the last pitcher on the list is Derek Lowe. Lowe struck out just over three hitters per nine innings pitched. Possibly not coincidentally, Cleveland cut Lowe two days ago. There are few absolutes in baseball, but one we know for certain is this...

Red Sox trade former prospect Lars Anderson To Cleveland

Going into spring training 2009, the Red Sox thought that first base prospect Lars Anderson had a bright future with the big league club as he was named their number one prospect by Baseball America but all that changed with inconsistent play in the minors and the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez in December 2010. Now after seven [...]

Mike Aviles Returns to Red Sox Lineup for Second Game Against Brian Duensing, Twins

Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles hasn't played almost a week, but he'll make his return to the Boston lineup on Friday night for the second of four with the Minnesota Twins. Aviles, who has been battling a turf toe injury, hasn't played since Aug. 28. He'll hit eighth and play shortstop against Brian Duensing, as the Red Sox look to bounce back from an anemic offensive...

Samuel Deduno Dishes Out 'Double Disappointment' As Red Sox Fail to Capitalize on Jon Lester's Strong Outing (Video)

Samuel Deduno vs. Jon Lester appeared to be a mismatch. It was, but not in the direction that you'd expect. The Twins scratched out three runs against Lester and the Sox couldn't get going against Deduno, as the Minnesota Twins stole the first game of their four-game set against Boston at Fenway Park. It's not what the Red Sox needed after gaining a little momentum against...

Game 107: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Time: 7:10 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI Red Sox (53-53) Ellsbury CF Pedroia 2B Ross RF Gonzalez 1B Lavarnway DH Middlebrooks 3B Crawford LF Shoppach C Aviles SS Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.37) Twins (45-60) Span CF Revere RF Mauer C Willingham DH Morneau 1B Valencia 3B Mastroianni LF Dozier SS Carroll 2B Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing (2-6, 4.53)

Jenny Dell Rappels Down Side of Hotel to Raise Money for Special Olympics (Video)

Jenny Dell can do it all. When she's not supporting Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy from field level during Red Sox games on NESN or hosting The Ultimate Red Sox Show, she's apparently doing her best Batman (or Catwoman) imitation by scaling buildings. Yes, you read that right... This survey is powered by SurveyGizmo's online survey software. Please take my survey now

Red Sox Lineup vs. Twins 8/2/12

Here is tonight's lineup vs. the Twins: Ellsbury CFCrawford LFPedroia 2BGonzalez 1BRoss DHLavarnway CMiddlebrooks 3BKalish RFCiriaco SS Lester SP Game time is at 7:10pm EST. 
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