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Through mid-May, Jon Lester was one of best pitchers in the majors. More than a month later, he is getting desperate for a win.
The lefty started off 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA, but is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in his previous six starts. Lester will look to end his dry spell and earn his first career win against the Detroit Tigers on Friday. In his five career starts against the Tigers, he’s 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA.
But Lester isn’t the only one who’s in a bit of a slump. Will Middlebrooks, who went 0-4 Thursday –lowering his batting average to .192 on the season — will be watching Friday’s game from the dugout, as Jose Iglesias will gets the start at third base. Iglesias has had a hot bat as of late, hitting safely in height of his last 23 plate appearances. Iglesias will look to continue to provide offense against Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister, who flirted with a no-hitter on Sunday against the Twins.
Check out the team’s starting lineups below.
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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
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Papa 'Not-So' GrandeThere's still no word on exactly who will close out games for the Boston Red Sox. All we do know is that it won't be Andrew Bailey. Junichi Tazawa is the likely first choice to migrate to the end of the bullpen—but Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara are also possibilities. Even Rubby De La Rosa has the stuff to do the job. An intriguing new possibility...
Andrew Bailey is no longer the Red Sox’ closer. He doesn’t think that will be the case very long, though.
Bailey, who has been relieved of Boston’s ninth-inning duties after blowing another save on Thursday, said before Friday’s game that he expects to regain the closer’s role at some point this season.
“One bad week doesn’t necessarily make a bad year,” Bailey told...
Boston's Clay Buchholz was able to throw a bit Thursday, and the Red Sox hope the unbeaten right-hander will be able to come off the disabled list and start next week.
Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA. The Red Sox put him on the 15-day DL on Tuesday because of a strained neck, but the move was retroactive to June 9. Manager John Farrell says Buchholz could start Tuesday, but...
(Jesse Costa/WBUR Radio)Reading 'between the lines' of the 'tea leaves', it appears that Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz will be able to make his next start on Tuesday night at home against the Colorado Rockies. Barring any unforeseen problems between now and then, the 9-0 righty will look to maintain his major-league leading 1.71 ERA in that inter-league tilt. Yesterday...
Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is not expected to start Tuesday, and there's no timetable for when the unbeaten right-hander might be ready to return from a strained neck.
Buchholz (9-0) did not throw a bullpen session Saturday, although he did do some flat-ground work. He's been on the disabled list since June 9.
"It's likely that at some point we're...
Andrew Bailey has had a rough go of it recently.
The Red Sox closer has blown four saves in 24 games (three in his last five chances), the most recent being giving up a one-run lead in the ninth inning Thursday against the Tigers. Manager John Farrell said on Wednesday that Bailey was “definitely our closer.” It seems those feelings have changed, though, as Farrell said after...
The Boston Red Sox may have to place pitcher Franklin Morales on the disabled list after he departed early from Saturday's loss to the Detroit Tigers. Evan Drellich of MassLive.com said that although manager John Farrell cited a shoulder problem as the cause, Morales himself said it was the left pectoral, an area he has already had issues with this season. Either way, a DL...
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is planning to see Dr. James Andrews for a lingering neck strain that's had him on the disabled list since early June.
Manager John Farrell made the announcement before Sunday night's game against the New York Yankees. He said the 28-year old Buchholz was expected to be on the field throwing when the team took batting practice, but he was...
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Andrew Bailey blew his second consecutive save on Thursday night – and his third over his last five attempts – which was enough for Red Sox manager John Farrel to pull the plug.
Entering the ninth inning the Red Sox held a 3-2 lead but Bailey quickly coughed it up when Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run home run to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.
Bailey was calm post...
Andrew Bailey. They say to never go to bed angry. I believe you should never write angry either, which is why I have waited a full 24 hours before discussing the Boston Red Sox’ closer situation. Thursday night, Andrew Bailey entered a 3-2 contest against a tough Detroit Tigers team in hopes of putting his [...]
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Boston's top pitching prospect, Allen Webster, will be recalled from Triple A Pawtucket to make a spot start on Saturday in place of the injured Clay Buchholz. Webster has made three starts for the Red Sox this season posting a 0-1 record with a horrendous 11.74 ERA. Two out of those three starts the youngster had a hard time finding the plate...
In what was a very quick three game homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox took two out of three from them including sweeping the day/night doubleheader on Tuesday. By sweeping the doubleheader, it marked the first time the Red Sox swept a doubleheader at Fenway Park since beating the Oakland Athletics on August 27, 2011. Despite falling 6-2 to the Rays on Wednesday...
It's safe to say Andrew Bailey has reached embattled territory.
So, yes: The Embattled Andrew Bailey came in for the 9th with a one-run lead in Detroit tonight. He threw three straight balls to Victor Martinez, got one over, and then walked Martinez. Jhonny Peralta stepped to the plate and promptly dispatched what appeared to me to be a 1-2 hanging breaking ball over the left...
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Jacoby Ellsbury is finally back to the player that we know and love. So what's that mean? Well, if you're a fan of another team, that means trouble. If you're a Red Sox fan (at least if you're like me), you're thinking "Yeah, playoffs here we come!" Having Jacoby as a leadoff guy means trouble for opposition because you...
Eric D. Schabell
If you had to choose a closer right now, replacing Andrew Bailey, what would you do?
We have seen the lack of focus.
Have we reached Closerpocalypse yet, suggesting it is time to put the 9th inning into the hands of Andrew Miller?
It seems that Koji Uehara might be the guy to lean on, or is he?
Luckily the General Manager has the closer issue...