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It’s nearing September in Major League Baseball, and that means a playoff push for the Red Sox. Boston is happy to be in the postseason race after last August’s slide, but the final weeks of the season are filled with challenges. None of those challenges are bigger than the other teams in the American League East who are also vying for playoff spots, including the always-dangerous Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox have 21 games remaining against AL East foes out of the 29 games left this season. Just three of those games are against the Rays, who have been the Red Sox’ biggest challengers atop the division for most of the season. Let’s look at that and more in this week’s mailbag.
How do you feel about the Rays? Wild card or more?
– Sean Malaney
I think the Rays are the Sox’ No. 1 concern. I knew their pitching was going to be great, but I did not count on their offense being as good as it has been. I think every year, you can just go ahead and make Joe Maddon a candidate for manager of t...
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The HorrorAccording to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, The Evil Empire (AKA The Pinstriped Posers, Evil Ones, Bronx Embalmers) could be a "wild card" contender for the free agency services of Jacoby Ellsbury. In an article listing the top 50 2014 free agents (Ellsbury is ranked #2 just behind Robinson Cano), Heyman states that Boston, Seattle or Toronto are the most likely...
The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned Jeremy Hellickson to Class A Charlotte to allow the right-hander some extra rest before the September stretch run.
The team announced the move before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Hellickson, whom Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon says is healthy, is not expected to pitch in the minors and should rejoin the team early next...
Those itching to see Clay Buchholz back on the mound will have to hold on a little while longer. Manager John Farrell said Thursday that Buchholz will likely make two more minor league rehab starts before returning to the major league roster.
The right-hander struggled last Sunday in his first rehab start, walking three batters and allowing three runs (one earned) in 2/3 of an inning...
SUBWAY® is celebrating ‘The Boys in the Hall’ this season and Boston’s lefty ace is on its radar.
Jon Lester, who has been mowing down opponents since 2006, has won 97 games in his first 214 career starts. Nearly a Cy Young Award winner in 2010, Lester went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. The 29-year-old from Washington has won at least 15 games in four seasons and is just three wins...
Fenway Ennui?Jon Tomase of The Boston Herald raises an interesting question. If the first-place Red Sox are such a hot ticket—with their Idiots II demeanor and 20-last-at-bat wins—how come they can't sell out Fenway Park on a late August night against a division rival? Yesterday's thrilling 4-3 comeback win drew just 31,962 (5,531 below the 37,493 capacity) in what was...
We're not exactly sure what it means, but the Red Sox consummated a trade today—acquiring outfielder Quintin Berry from the Kansas City Royals for Clayton Mortensen. Berry's only MLB experience came in 2012 with the Tigers—hitting .258 in 94 games for Detroit. Berry had been designated for assignment by the Royals in June. Your guess is as good as ours!
(USA Today Sports)According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, if all goes as planned, Clay Buchholz could be back on the hill for Boston on September 10th in Tampa against the Rays. After today's start for Pawtucket, the right-hander is scheduled for another rehab start on September 4th and thus would line up for the start on the 10th. You have to wonder if it's worth throwing...
Mike Carp drove in the winning run Wednesday to give Boston a 4-3
victory over the visiting Orioles (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Don’t be surprised if you spot Boston starter John Lackey on the corner of Lansdowne Street one day soon with a tin cup and a cardboard sign reading “Brother, can you spare a run?"
The Sox have scored...
No matter where Jacoby Ellsbury ends up during his free agency this offseason, one thing's for sure: He’s going to get a huge contract.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Jon Heyman of CBSSports named Ellsbury number two on his list of the top 50 MLB free agents, right after Robinson Cano of course. Many MLB teams are expected to come running for Ellsbury...
David Price wore a Vanderbilt football jersey and a helmet to his bullpen session Wednesday. He had his cleats taped liked the football players do on game day each with a happy birthday message to his mom.
Kelly Johnson tried on his Texas Longhorns jersey. Sean Rodriguez had five Miami Hurricanes jerseys in his locker.
Yeah the three-game losing streak was really eating at the...
NESN announced today that Dennis Eckersley would continue pairing up with Don Orsillo on TV broadcasts of Red Sox games through Thursday. Then, Friday through Monday, Orsillo will be joined by Jon Rish—who quit WEEI last April before that radio station experienced its major shake-ups (that persist to this day). Also on Friday, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons will be...
A successful trip to the West Coast yielded a 4-2 record for the Red Sox, who won both series in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boston returns home tonight with a 1.5-game lead in the AL East and will be facing a team that has been a thorn in its side for the past two seasons.
The Baltimore Orioles have been hovering around 5 games back for a while...
Vanderbilt alum and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price decked himself out in Commodores gear for the start of the 2013 football season.
Shane Victorino points out toward the Green Monster, where he deposited
a Wei-Yin Chen fastball for his 100th career homer Tuesday (AP photo)
The Red Sox had a little something to prove against Baltimore Tuesday night.
Boston boasts a winning record against all their American League East Division foes save the O’s, who came into...
12 p.m.: The Red Sox can go a long way in squashing the playoff hopes of one of their division rivals starting Tuesday night in Boston.
The Sox return home from a West Coast road trip Monday night to host the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. The O’s come into Boston having lost eight of their last 14 games, and they begin the day 5 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the American...