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As each day approaches, a new name swirls into the Red Sox closer discussion. While Ben Cherington has made progress on that front -- dealing for Mark Melancon -- the first-year general manager isn't tipping his hand on the final candidates. But the offseason is the time for gambles. With many candidates in play to replace Jonathan Papelbon, we decided to handicap the race to be Boston’s closer in 2012 Check out who has the best odds of becoming the Red Sox closer>> Photo via Flickr/duke_two

Daniel Bard's Training as Starter Presents Win-Win Situation if Red Sox Decide to Keep Him in Bullpen

Daniel Bard's role for the upcoming Red Sox season may be in doubt, but the impact he will have on this team should not be. Whether he ends up staying in the starting rotation, closing games or returning to his set-up role, his preparation for 2012 as a starter should present the team with a win-win situation when making the decision of where Bard will pitch. When Bard enters...

Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy Among NESN Baseball Analysts Sending Special Holiday Present to Red Sox Fans

Dennis Eckersley is a Hall of Fame pitcher who is never afraid to give his opinion when working as an analyst for NESN. But did you know that he can also bake a mean pumpkin pie? Or how about the fact that Jim Rice can rock out on the drums, and you probably had no clue that Don Orsillo knows his way around a saxophone. And when it comes to Christmas trees, is there anyone better...

Bogar to Become Red Sox Bench Coach

Tim Bogar will have to wave runners in from the dugout since he is being promoted to bench coach.  Bogar made some questionable decisions about sending runners last season but he is a well repected coach and should be a great help to Bobby Valentine.  Jerry Royster is the guy rumored to take Bogar's place as third base coach.

Valentine making Crawford a priority in 2012

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thinks that helping Carl Crawford bounce back is a "front-burner" issue for Boston and plans to visit the left fielder shortly after Jan. 1.

Royster new Red Sox 3B coach; Bogar to bench

Former big leaguer Jerry Royster will be joining Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's staff as third-base coach, replacing Tim Bogar, who will move to bench coach, according to team sources.

Boston to announce additions to coaching staff

By the end of the week, the Red Sox will unveil the three new additions to manager Bobby Valentine's coaching staff. That is when the team will formally announce that Tim Bogar is being promoted from third-base coach to bench coach.

Bob McClure to take over as Red Sox’s pitching coach

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Holiday Gratitude

<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">With the Christmas holiday just a few days away I think this is a good time to consider our good fortune as baseball fans.  Being a Red Sox fan has long been a misunderstood experience even by some local media.  When the Sox won the American League pennant in 2007 I wrote;<span...

AL East Notes: Upton, Red Sox, Kuroda, Gio, Bard

The latest news and notes out of the AL East: The Rays have talked about trading B.J. Upton but will likely end up keeping him, according to Buster Olney of (Insider link). While Upton is becoming more expensive, the Rays would have difficulty replacing his offensive and defensive production on the cheap. The Red Sox are "kicking around their preference"...

Cubs hire 2 scouts from Red Sox

Epstein taps former co-workers Dorey and EvansThe Cubs reportedly have hired two scouts from Theo Epstein's old team, one to be a national cross-checker, although there has been no confirmation from the team.

Fantasy Baseball Effects of Mark Melancon, Jed Lowrie Trade

SOX SWAP: Jed Lowrie and Mark Melancon swap laundry. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox made a trade last week that sent Astros’ closer Mark Melancon to the Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland. Who Will Nab Red Sox Closer Role? Mark Melancon had 20 saves for Houston this year, going 8-4 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 71 relief outings during his...
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