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Jarrod Saltalamacchia has already hit 15 home runs on the year in 2012. That's one less than he hit in the entirety of the 2011 season. Jed Lowrie, meanwhile, has finally found his health and apparently his stroke too since moving to the Astros during the offseason. Lowrie has 14 home runs, a career high, and 33 RBIs during the first-half of 2012. Both players have been pleasant surprises for fantasy baseball owners and have had an unbelievable impact for some. NESN's Julie Wetherbee takes a look at some of the other unknowns that have turned into fantasy studs so...

Vote: Should Jarrod Saltalamacchia Have Been Picked for the All-Star Game?

Jarrod Saltalamacchia knew he had massive shoes to fill when he took over the role of starting catcher from former captain and longtime Red Sox stalwart Jason Varitek. Not many people, however, expected he'd fill them so capably. Salty enters Sunday's tilt against the Mariners hitting .254 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs, along with an .838 OPS. The home runs lead American...

David Ortiz Says All-Star Game an Honor, Calls Tim Wakefield 'Old-Timer' (Video)

David Ortiz is the lone member of the Red Sox to be voted to the All-Star game this year. He chatted with Tom Caron, Jim Rice and Tim Wakefield about the honor on Sunday, when he also welcomed Wakefield to the desk. Ortiz insisted that Wakefield wasn't part of the same "media" he criticized earlier in the season. The group shared plenty of laughs and also talked about...

Cook Pitches Complete Game Shutout in Win!

Aaron Cook was making his first back to back starts in 2012 and he also got his first back to back win.  Cook pitched wonderfully and walked away with a complete game shutout win. Cook looked in control from the first inning and kept rolling.  Cook didn't give up his first hit until the 4th inning when he gave up a leadoff single to Ichiro.  The next time Cook would see a...

Fanklin Morales' Efficiency, Dominance Deserving of Permanent Spot in Red Sox Rotation

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. I know it's still early, but Franklin Morales has earned it. While the majority of the Red Sox starting rotation continues in their search for consistency, Morales has epitomized the...

Astros' Altuve won't be back before Sunday

Houston Astros manager Brad Mills adjusted his outlook on the return of second baseman Jose Altuve from a right hamstring injury. "He hasn't had a setback, but I probably was too optimistic hoping for Saturday," Mills said Thursday before the Astros' 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. "And like I said, it's not a setback. Nothing is wrong with him. It...

Red Sox Suffer Second Walk Off Loss of Series in Pitching-Dominant Game (Video)

It was a tough Saturday night for the Boston Red Sox. For one, it was their second walk off loss in three nights, which is a jolting way to lose any ballgame. However, the Red Sox did have their chances, wasting a couple opportunities with the bases loaded, including putting their first two men on base in the 10th inning. However, pitching was clearly the name of the game, as Josh...

Jim Rice, Tim Wakefield Share Secrets to Big League Success With Narragansett Little League Team (Video)

The Narragansett Little League team was reverential of the baseball legends in the NESN studio during the team's visit on Sunday, but that doesn't mean the players were mincing their opinions. One player acknowledged that he's a Yankees fan, while others wanted to know how Jim Rice became such a great player or how Tim Wakefield crafted his knuckleball. Hear all of the...

Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Aaron Cook threw a two-hitter in the finest performance of his career, Will Middlebrooks, Cody Ross and Daniel Nava all hit solo homers in the fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Friday night. Making his third start of the season, Cook (2-1) struck out two, walked none and needed just 81 pitches for his third career shutout and 12th complete game...

Young Astros fan catches foul ball in popcorn bucket (Video)

During Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and the San Diego Chargers, a foul ball hit by Houston's Jed Lowrie landed in foul territory behind home plate. Keep an eye on the kid in blue as he makes the play by raising his popcorn bucket to catch the ball: Your browser does not support iframes.

Do You Want David Ortiz to Hit His 400th Career Home Run at Fenway Park?

Four different Red Sox players hit home runs in Friday night's 5-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, but David Ortiz was not among them. As you may know, the next home run Ortiz hits will be the 400th of his MLB career, a milestone that only 48 other players have reached. Many fans would love to be able to watch Ortiz hit that home run in person, but with the Sox...

Kid attending Padres-Astros game snags foul ball with popcorn bucket (video)

A young man sitting in the stands munching on some popcorn utilized the container that held his buttery and salty snack to snag a foul ball hit in his direction during the 8th inning of the San Diego Padres-Houston Astros tilt at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. Your browser does not support iframes. Nicely [...]

Game 79: Boston Red Sox @ Seattle Mariners

Time: 4:10 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI Red Sox (41-37) Aviles SS Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Ross RF Gonzalez 1B Middlebrooks 3B Nava LF Shoppach C Lillibridge CF Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.54) MARINERS (34-46) TBA Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (7-7, 4.54)

Cubs 4, Astros 0

Paul Maholm pitched into the ninth inning to earn his first win in seven weeks and the Chicago Cubs hit three homers in a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday. Maholm (5-6) allowed four hits over 8 1-3 innings in his 200th major league start, earning his first win since he tossed seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on May 9. The left-hander was 0-4 with...

Astros-Cubs Preview

Paul Maholm is winless in his last eight starts for the Chicago Cubs, while Houston Astros starter Bud Norris has failed to win in his last four. Both pitchers, however, have had some success against the other's club, and they'll oppose each other Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game set at Wrigley Field. Maholm (4-6, 5.38 ERA) is 11-6 with a 3.31 ERA in 20 career...
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