Found May 05, 2012 on The Flagrant Fan:
PLAYERS: David OrtizCody Ross
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
There is no doubt that David Ortiz is the best designated hitter in the game. The guy can flat out rake. He is batting .371 with an on-base percentage of .426 and a slugging percentage of .670. Unlike a couple of years ago, there seems no safe place or way to pitch him. He is quick inside again. He works the count to his favor. He is just a great hitter. But there is only one other thing he can do to help his team as a DH. Run. The guy can't run. In fact, he runs like Walter Brennan. And David Ortiz is supposed to be in the best shape of his life. At least that is what the spring reports told us. And that great work Ortiz has done has seemed to do wonders to maintain his acumen at the plate. But did he forget his wheels? From a personal standpoint, it is well known here what a 56 year old man runs like. Ortiz runs like that. The legs are moving, but they aren't going anywhere. There is a hitch and a giddy-up in the attempt. Ortiz looks like that. Take the eighth inning of...

In the first week of May the Red Sox are ready for Plan B, but what was Plan A?

Oft-injured Aaron Cook will be at Fenway by Saturday. Alfredo Aceves is the team’s closer and Marlon Byrd is the starting centerfielder. This is Plan B for the Red Sox. When 2011 ended, many people believed that the Red Sox had a very talented team that had a terrible run of misfortune causing them to miss the playoffs. Certainly, they couldn’t start as poorly as they did in...

Cody Ross tosses bat deep into the stands (Video)

Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross lost the grip on his bat and sent it flying into the stands at Fenway Park during the fifth inning of Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Your browser does not support iframes. Ross swung and missed a pitch from Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. The bat flew pretty far from home plate (about 100 feet, give or take), but...

Video: Will Middlebrooks Hits Grand Slam For First Career HR

When Kevin Youkilis went on the 15-day DL with a bad back, the Boston Red Sox brought up their top prospect in Will Middlebrooks to play third base while he was out. After gathering three hits, two of them doubles, in his first two games, Middlebrooks sat out Saturday's game with a tight hamstring. But on Sunday, he made his return to the lineup and had the biggest moment...

Red Sox place Cook on DL, activate Miller

Right-hander Aaron Cook has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox, the team announced Sunday. Cook, who was recently called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, sustained a left knee laceration. He was replaced on the roster by left-hander Aaron Miller, who was activated from the 15-day DL. Cook was called up last week after a clause in his minor-league contract...

Destination Red Sox Nation - 5/4

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...

Will Middlebrooks Hitting Second, Dustin Pedroia in Cleanup Spot As Red Sox Welcome Orioles

Will Middlebrooks' second major league start will come from the second spot in the Red Sox batting order. The recently called up Middlebrooks will man be in the second spot for Bobby Valentine as the Sox welcome the second-place Baltimore Orioles to town for the first meeting of the season between the AL East rivals. With Middlebrooks moving up to the No. 2 spot in the order...

Clay Buchholz Drawing Concern After Latest Rough Start

BOSTON -- There is reason to be concerned with Clay Buchholz. Lost in the shuffle of Sunday's 9-6 loss in 17 innings was the looming story that Buchholz wasn't hitting his spots. Buchholz yielded two early blasts to J.J. Hardy, and then the issues came to a head in the fourth inning, when Buchholz allowed Robert Andino -- yes, that Andino -- to crush a three-run homer. In...

Dustin Pedroia Lauds Bullpen's Effort as Red Sox Offense Falls Short (Video)

Dustin Pedroia was putting the blame on the Red Sox after the Orioles outlasted the home team in Sunday's 17-inning win. But Pedroia tipped his cap to the bullpen, too. He talks about the relievers' performance and also what it felt like to see Marlon Byrd cut down at the plate as the Sox tried to win the game in extra innings. See what he had to say after the game in Red Sox Final.

Duffy Lewis Remains One of the Most Underrated Players in Red Sox History (Video)

Before there was Ted Williams or Jim Rice, there was Duffy Lewis. Lewis patrolled left field in a Red Sox uniform for eight seasons, forming one of the best outfields in baseball history with Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper. Lewis was known mostly for his defense and his ability to play the left-field wall with expertise, although he did drive in 109 runs in 1912. Speaker and Hooper...

Bernie Carbo Recalls Hitting Second Most Famous Home Run of Game 6 in 1975 World Series (Video)

1975. Red Sox-Reds. Game 6. A Boston hitter steps to the plate and drills a home run to save Boston. But wait -- it wasn't Carlton Fisk. Bernie Carbo was the player who hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to keep the Red Sox in the game until Fisk could appear for his heroics later. Carbo remembers that fateful day and where that home run has taken him since for NESN Daily.

Will Middlebrooks Returns to Lineup As Red Sox Look to Stop Four-Game Skid Against Orioles

It didn't take long for Mike Aviles to resume his leadoff duties, or for Will Middlebrooks to find his way back into the Red Sox lineup. Aviles will be the first Boston batter to step up to the plate on Sunday, leading things off against Tommy Hunter and the Orioles. Middlebrooks, meanwhile, returns to the lineup after being scratched on Saturday due to some hamstring tightness...

Afternoon Red Sox Delight - 5/4

After enjoying the day off on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox will finish up their six game, seven day homestand starting tonight when they welcome the Baltimore Orioles for the first of a three-game set at Historic Fenway Park First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Orioles television market...

Vote: What Was the Biggest Storyline From Sunday’s 17-Inning Red Sox Game?

Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles offered plenty that fans don't usually get to see on a given afternoon. The obvious one was that the game went 17 innings and about six hours. But it never would have gotten there if not for Will Middlebrooks, who returned to the lineup and hit a bomb of a grand slam well over the Green Monster to get the Red Sox back in it. Middlebrooks...

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  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. Asked if he was surprised that the team had seemingly failed to sustain the momentum accumulated during the roadtrip, Valentine objected. "I don’t believe in that nonsense," he said. "...
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