Found October 27, 2012 on The Baseball Page:
The Red Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for the first two games of the 2004 World Series, because the American League team had won the All-Star Game in July. The Sox had come back from Yankee Stadium, giddy over winning four games in a row over New York to take the A. L. pennant. They had momentum on their side. But the Cardinals weren’t going to be any pushover. They’d had the best record of any team in all of baseball: 105-75, finishing 13 games ahead of the second-place Houston Astros –who were so strong they won the Wild Card. The Cards had fairly easily set aside the Dodgers in the Division Series, with scores of 8-3, 8-3, and 6-2, around the one game they lost, a 4-0 shutout. In the NLCS, they prevailed in a hard-fought series against the Astros – and they’d been down three games to two. It took them 12 innings to win Game Six, and they were down 2-0 in Game Seven before rallying to win. It was the firm time St. Louis had won the pennant since 1987. So they were in fightin...

David Ortiz Primed to Anchor Middle of Boston's Lineup Despite Injury-Plagued Ending to Last Season

Editor's note: Didier Morais will review each position for the Red Sox for the 2013 season. Contract negotiations are ongoing to bring David Ortiz back to Boston. After playing on one-year deals for two consecutive seasons, the designated hitter is seeking a two-year contract with the Red Sox this offseason with the intent of finishing his career in Boston. ...

John Farrell Expects 'Fairly Quick Turnaround' for Red Sox Under His Watch if Players Return to Form

BOSTON –– The Red Sox have missed three consecutive postseasons. One of the squandered opportunities came during John Farrell's tenure as Boston's pitching coach in 2010. But Farrell watched the Red Sox organization's last two trying seasons from afar with the Blue Jays. He can sympathize, considering injuries decimated Toronto's starting rotation...

Your Morning Dump...Where the Sox are still unsure about Iglesias

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Having dropped far out of contention last month, the Red Sox gave Iglesias 15 starts over the season’s final 18 games, an audition designed to gauge his readiness to be an everyday shortstop. And although...

Carl Crawford says he felt pressure from Red Sox fans to play hurt

From the moment he was pouring sweat uncontrollably when the Boston Red Sox announced him as their newest signing in 2010, you had to wonder if Carl Crawford could handle the pressures of playing in Boston. Looking back on his year-and-a-half with the team, one would come to the conclusion that he could not. Part of the reason Crawford struggled was that he could not stay healthy...

The Search for the Next Red Sox First Baseman

John Farrell is in now back in Boston. The front office hopes that it has found the stability at manager that it has missed for the last 162 games of baseball.  Farrell has now officially named Torey Lovullo as his bench coach, as expected and he will be naming his other coaches and staff member [...]

Red Sox name Lovullo bench coach under Farrell

The Boston Red Sox have named Torey Lovullo as bench coach under new manager John Farrell. The team made the announcement on Friday, six days after Farrell was named manager after the Red Sox went 69-93 in their only season under Bobby Valentine, who was fired the day after it ended. Lovullo, 47 was Toronto's first base coach the past two seasons when Farrell managed the Blue...

John Farrell Plans to Speak With Alfredo Aceves, 'Exhaust Every Avenue' Before Making Decision

Alfredo Aceves' 2012 season began and ended miserably. With some controversial moments thrown in the middle, it's fair to wonder what his future holds. It'd be easy to say the Red Sox should part ways with Aceves before taking the field in 2013, but the righty has at times proven he has good stuff. Red Sox manager John Farrell said during an interview...

Andrew Bailey Will Be Red Sox' Closer in 2013 If Healthy, According to John Farrell

While it's not exactly earth-shattering news, Andrew Bailey will likely be the Red Sox' closer in 2013. John Farrell revealed such during a WEEI interview on Thursday. Bailey, of course, was expected to be Boston's closer after coming over from Oakland, but injuries sidelined him for a good portion of the 2012 season. The 28-year-old was then eased back...

Report: Tim Bogar Informed He Will Not Be Retained by Red Sox in 2013

New Red Sox skipper John Farrell will be bringing in one of his own to be Boston's bench coach next season. According to, Tim Bogar said that he has been informed by the club that his services will not be retained in 2013. The widespread belief is that Torey Lovullo, who spent two seasons as Farrell's first base coach in Toronto and managed Triple...

OF Che-Hsuan Lin Claimed off Waivers by Astros

Former Red Sox outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on Friday, less than ten days after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox in a move to clear a 40-man roster spot for newly claimed pitcher Sandy Rosario. Lin, 24, was once regarded as a top Red Sox outfield [...]

Red Sox Interview For Pitching Coach

The Red Sox have begun to look for a new pitching coach and are starting the interview process with Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson.  In the past Peterson was the pitching coach for the Mets, A's and Brewers.

Red Sox Name Torey Lovullo Bench Coach

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and new skipper John Farrell have completed their first act together in compiling a field staff for Farrell. Today, they named Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo as Farrell's bench coach. Luvullo was the manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010. I had told Steve when Farrell was hired that I thought Lovullo...

5 ‘Sexier’ Choices for Boston Red Sox Manager

A.B. When the Boston Red Sox hired John Farrell to be their 46th manager in the history of the franchise this week, I wasn’t thrilled. After all, it wasn’t going to take too much managerial talent to replace Bobby V. And while Farrell may be the safe choice to man the dugout, I’m sure there are still a lot of Sox fans out there who aren’t overly excited. If the Fenway...

Justin Eiswirth steps down as Regina Red Sox manager Read more:

From the Leader-Post There is more to life than baseball. Justin Eiswirth knows that, but it didn't make his decision any easier when he chose to step down as manager of the Regina Red Sox. Eiswirth, who guided the Red Sox to their second consecutive Western Major Baseball League championship this past summer, made that announcement on Monday. "It was one of...

David Ortiz's Constant Support of Bobby Valentine Makes It Hard to Understand Former Skipper's Claims (Video)

While Bobby Valentine received criticism throughout the season, it was David Ortiz who was always front and center when it came time to defend his manager. Ortiz constantly emphasized that Valentine wasn't to blame for the Red Sox' struggles, which even went against the philosophy of some fans. Apparently, Ortiz's consistent support wasn't enough, though, as Valentine...
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