Found April 09, 2013 on
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
The Red Sox kicked off their home schedule in a big way on Monday.
Fenway Park has been known to give the Red Sox a major home-field advantage over the years, but last season was much different, as Boston struggled mightily in front of the home crowd. Fenway was bumping on Monday, though, and it’s clear that this year’s team is already winning folks over.
And how could it not? The Red Sox are off to a 5-2 start, and they’re playing with the type of passion and energy that Boston fans appreciate. We’ll have to wait and see if they can sustain this success throughout the season, but there are plenty of positive vibes going around the Red Sox’ clubhouse.
Now that the Red Sox’ home opener is in the rearview mirror and the season is officially in full swing, let’s dive into another edition of the mailbag.
Is the Red Sox’ pitching actually reliable enough for a playoff appearance this year?
– Eric Morin, via Facebook
It certainly looks that way early on, so until we see otherwise, I think...
BEST OF MAXIM
Clay Buchholz has become the best pitcher in the Red Sox rotation after years of disappointment
I never was a huge fan of Clay Buchholz. He started his Red Sox career with a no-hitter and every body who sort of followed the Boston Red Sox thought that they had an ace in the hole. Forget for a second that there have been plenty of middle of the road pitchers who have pitched no-hitters...
Jon Lester was the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter, and he’s considered the team’s ace in the minds of many. Clay Buchholz, the starter for Monday’s home opener, continues to match the southpaw step for step.
Buchholz tossed seven shutout innings against the Orioles on Monday. It marks the second straight outing Buchholz has gone seven innings, and he and Lester now hold a combined...
Jon Lester has gone up against two Cy Young winners to begin the season. He’s 2-0.
Yet while Lester’s Opening Day performance in the Bronx against CC Sabathia was fairly solid, Sunday’s victory over R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays was much more impressive.
Lester never faced any trouble on Sunday, as the Red Sox’ offense gave him a five-run lead before he ever took the mound...
Clay Buchholz followed Jon Lester‘s strong performance Sunday with seven shutout innings of his own Monday afternoon, which bodes well for the Red Sox’ starting staff this year.
After sputtering last season, the starters will now be under the tutelage of John Farrell in Boston, which many onlookers theorized would result in a return to form that the Sox badly needed. With John...
The Red Sox were not short on offense Sunday afternoon as they led a 13-0 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on their home field. Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks launched three home runs in the matchup, the youngest Boston player to go deep three times in a game since Jim Rice in 1977.
That offensive power took some pressure off of starting pitcher Jon Lester, who came away with...
Daniel Nava hit a three run homer in the bottom of the seventh was all that Clay Buchholz needed as the Red Sox have won their third straight, beating the Orioles, 3-1.
It was a pitcher's duel between Buchholz and Wei-Yin Chen, as both of them only allowed a couple of singles and walks until the seventh when Dustin Pedroia started the rally with a single and Mike Napoli getting...
Sunday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox was incredibly exciting — if you’re a Boston fan. The Red Sox destroyed the Jays by a score of 13-0, with Jon Lester pitching a fantastic game and Will Middlebrooks leading the way on offense with three home runs and a double.
Perhaps it was the lopsided affair that inspired one fan as the Rodgers Centre to provide...
Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Boston Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener, 3-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Nava broke open a scoreless duel between Buchholz (2-0) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) in the seventh inning with his second homer in two days. He hit a shot over the Green Monster in left after Dustin...
The First Pitch
Paul Maholm and Clay Buchholz followed up solid season debuts with excellent second starts yesterday. They each went seven innings, allowed no runs and got a win. As a result, their ownership percentages are on the rise. But should you hop on the bandwagon and add them? Yes and no.
Yes to Maholm. He’s obviously going to give up some runs at some point, but...
The Red Sox just completed their first week of the season, a 6 game road trip starting in New York and ending in Toronto. The team went 4-2 on the trip and return to Fenway for a 7 game home stand against Baltimore and then Tampa Bay.
Wei-Yin Chen vs Clay Buchholz
Buchholz had a great outing in his first start of the season in the Bronx. He went 7 strong innings allowing...
First Pitch: Monday 2:05, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10
Arms: Monday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (0-0, 3.18 ERA)
Wednesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA)
Thursday: Felix Doubront, LHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta RHP (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
After going 4-2 on their season opening road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home for a seven-game homestand. They'll start off with the home opener this afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles at historic Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pregame show will start on NESN at 12 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, April 8 @ 2:05 PM
Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (0-0, 3.18) vs Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-0, 1.29)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:10 PM
Jake Arrieta, RHP (0-0, 9.00) vs Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
Will Middlebrooks had himself a ballgame with three home runs and Jon Lester was outstanding on the mound as the Boston Red Sox went on to a 13-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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(AP PHOTO/THE CANADIAN PRESS,Chris Young)
Will Middlebrooks hit 3 of the Red Sox' 5 homers in a 13-0 rout in Toronto. The Sox welcomed R.A. Dickey to the AL East by knocking him out of game in the 5th after he surrendered 8 runs on 10 hits. Jays reliever, David Bush, couldn't stop the bleeding, surrendering 5 runs on 4 homers in 3 innings of work. Jon Lester countered with...