Found July 21, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Clay Buchholz
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have won five of eight games since the All-Star break, with the main reason for their success being the pitching staff's ability to support MLB's top offense. Since the break, the Red Sox have a 2.75 team ERA. In their five wins during that time, that ERA drops to an absurdly low 1.00. That makes for several worthy candidates for the Amica Pitcher of the Week award. Alas, only one man can win it, and this week it was right-hander Clay Buchholz, who rose above the competition to claim the award for the third time this season....

Vote: Should the Red Sox Retire Jason Varitek's Jersey?

Jason Varitek is one of the msot beloved players in the history of the Boston Red Sox. Each time the former team captain stepped into the box or readied himself behind home plate, the Fenway Faithful could rest assured that the team was under solid leadership. But was Varitek important enough to the franchise for the Sox to consider retiring his No. 33 jersey? Varitek's career...

Jason Varitek Thinks Josh Beckett, Jon Lester Should Focus on Positives Amid Struggles to Build Off Them

BOSTON -- Jon Lester and Josh Beckett haven't been delivering the haymakers as Boston's one-two punch in the rotation. Through 35 combined starts -- 19 for Lester and 16 for Beckett -- the pair have combined to tally just 10 wins, five apiece. More than midway through the season, Lester has posted a 4.80 ERA while Beckett's is just over four and a half (4.53). From afar...

Dustin Pedroia says he didn’t join Bobby Valentine on mound for conference because he swallowed his dip

Last week, a report surfaced that discussed the possibility that Bobby Valentine is losing the Red Sox clubhouse. Gordon Edes of cited an unnamed player who said Valentine doesn’t have the support of “anyone” in the clubhouse. He was also told that Adrian Gonzalez and a couple of other players don’t communicate with Valentine. Dustin Pedroia was also mentioned...

Matt Garza Could Be Realistic Option for Red Sox, Especially Given History in AL East

BOSTON –– The Red Sox have been rejuvenated by the returns of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford. Both speedsters have struck fear into opposing pitcher's hearts with their ability to swipe bases. Buoyed by their hitting and base running, Boston has won three of the four games they've played with Ellsbury and Crawford at the top of the lineup. As the pair continues to...

How Many Home Runs Will Cody Ross Hit This Season?

No one put up much of a fuss when the Red Sox signed Cody Ross to a one-year, $3 million contract in January. The 31-year-old outfielder had had his moments, including hitting .294 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 playoff games in the San Francisco Giants' run to the World Series in 2010. He earned National League Championship Series MVP honors along the way. But Ross had...

Jason Varitek Believes It's 'A Joy' To Watch Jarrod Saltalamacchia Fill His Role as Catcher

BOSTON -- This is Jarrod Saltalamacchia's pitching staff now. For 15 years, that distinction belonged to former captain and catcher Jason Varitek. As Saltalamacchia has inherited the duties full-time for the first time in his career, he's certainly impressed his tutor. "To see those things is such a joy, just watching him catch at the beginning of the season," Varitek...

Boston Red Sox Walk-Off with 3-1 Win Behind Cody Ross

Cody Ross’ three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth helped the Red Sox steal a 3-1 victory from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. The bomb was Ross’ third three-run homer in the last two nights, but none was bigger than the one tonight. Clay Buchholtz posted another solid outing for the Red Sox in his second start since returning from the DL. Buchholtz...

Mike Aviles Deals With A Slight Case Of Turf Toe, Shouldn't Miss Much Time

BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Aviles were each offered days off on Saturday. But the breathers were for two different reasons. Since Ellsbury is still easing his body back into major league action, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine gave the outfielder "a planned" respite from the medical staff. Aviles, however, needed the rest after suffering turf toe when he made a...

Red Sox' Tough Loss After Magical Win a Reminder That Baseball Really Is a Grind

BOSTON -- Cody Ross' majestic walk-off blast on Thursday night had some Red Sox fans mapping out their World Series plans. Friday night's lackluster performance against the Blue Jays has those same fans gearing up for a long offseason. That's baseball. And "that's baseball" is all you can really chalk things up as after standing around the Boston clubhouse...

Sunday Red Sox Delight - 7/22

A few bad pitches by Aaron Cook ended up costing the Boston Red Sox last night in a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Today, the Red Sox look to salvage the finale of a three-game series at historic Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Blue Jays television market, you can watch...

Cody Ross cements himself as the new Red Sox folk hero, while carrying Boston past Chicago

Cody Ross hit three separate three run homers in the last two games against the White Sox, while carrying the Red Sox to a series victory over Chicago. The series was marked by the return of two other All Star Outfielders with Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford making their way back into the lineup, but [...]

Aaron Cook Yields Two Bad Pitches on a Night That Demanded Perfection

Editor's note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Aaron Cook had set down 11 Toronto Blue Jays in a row when the wheels came off. After throwing a first-pitch strike to center fielder Colby Rasmus, Cook threw four consecutive balls to...

Red Sox Live Blog: Aaron Cook Brings Dominant Stretch Into Series With Blue Jays

11 am. ET: Aaron Cook has become the Red Sox' shutdown man. After fighting past injuries to claw his way into the Red Sox' rotation this year, Cook has been the best of the bunch. In his four starts since coming off the disabled list, he's allowed just five earned runs, including two scoreless outings. Last Monday, he pitched a speedy seven innings, inducing groundout...

Game 96: Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Time: 1:35 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI Red Sox (48-47) Ellsbury CF Nava LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross DH Saltalamacchia C Sweeney RF Aviles SS Punto 3B Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-7, 4.80) Blue Jays (47-47) Lawrie 3B Escobar SS Rasmus CF Encarnacion 1B Arencibia DH Davis RF Snider LF Mathis C Vizquel 2B Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (5-7, 4.29)
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