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Carl Crawford was pulled in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's win in favor of getting Daniel Nava some reps in the field. But Crawford is back in the in Red Sox lineup on Wednesday night, and he's hitting seven spot once again. While Crawford drops down to balance out the bottom of the Boston batting order, Pedro Ciriaco gets his second straight start at the DH and will be hitting in the No. 2 hole again. Ciriaco, Crawford and the Red Sox will be up against a tough test from Rangers starter Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84). And as Boston...

Mike Napoli 'Twin' Spotted at Rangers Game With Sign Proclaiming Resemblance (Photo)

Mike Napoli has a history of hurting the Red Sox on the field, but he was sitting out of Wednesday's game in Texas. Whether he was sitting in the dugout or in the stands, however, was a little difficult to determine. NESN cameras spotted a fan at Wednesday night's game with a sign proclaiming his resemblance to the Rangers catcher and we have to hand it to him, he's right...

Cop Who Yelled Racial Slur at Carl Crawford Gets Fired by Leominster Mayor

Officer John Perreault has been fired. Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella terminated Perreault on Thursday, according to Perreault allegedly yelled a racial slur at Red Sox player Carl Crawford during a minor league game in New Hampshire earlier this month. The mayor wrote Perreault a letter on Thursday. "As Mayor, it is my expectation that City employees of any department...

Josh Beckett is one of the most overrated pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball

Following another bush league start by testy Boston “ace” Josh Beckett, the feeble Red Sox lost to the Rangers 5-3 last night at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The 32-year-old Beckett (5-9, 4.57 ERA), who has won 130 games, in … Continue reading →

Crawford grudgingly accepts No. 7 spot in Boston's order

Carl Crawford rarely concealed his displeasure with former manager Terry Francona for frequently batting him seventh in the Boston Red Sox's order last season. "He doesn't seem to be as sensitive talking to me about it," manager Bobby Valentine said. Valentine met with Crawford on Tuesday before posting a lineup card that had the left fielder batting in the...

Carl Crawford Moved to Seventh in Red Sox Order, Pedro Ciriaco Hitting Second Against Rangers

Carl Crawford's return to the Red Sox was met with great fanfare, as the All-Star outfielder was expected to instill a new life into a struggling offensive unit. Crawford has fallen on hard times in recent games, though, going just 2-for-16 in the past four games. Manager Bobby Valentine has adjusted his roster accordingly, moving Crawford down to seventh in the batting order...

Recap: Beckett can't build on Buchholz's win, Sox lose 5-3

A night after Clay Buchholz confirmed he was the man in the Sox rotation, Josh Beckett couldn't keep the momentum going. Beckett pitched a quality start through six, but fell apart in the 7th. Tied at 3, Beckett hit Elvis Andrus with a two-seamer that got away from him (no, it was not retaliation for the retaliation of the retaliation, as some talking heads will undoubtedly...

Red Sox Live Blog: Josh Beckett Looks to Pull Red Sox Back Above .500 Mark, Turn Around Own Season

8 a.m. ET: Here we go again. All season the Red Sox have been counting on Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53), and based on his past performance, the team has every right to do so. However, Beckett -- along with fellow starter Jon Lester -- has just not been himself throughout this entire year, showing occasional flashes of his old, ace form, but largely falling somewhere in between disappointing...

Carl Crawford Gives the Red Sox Lineup Flexibility With David Ortiz Injured (Video)

Carl Crawford's Red Sox tenure has been heavily scrutinized, but Bobby Valentine has made it a point to make the veteran outfielder feel more comfortable in his second season with the club. In order to find that comfort, Valentine has decided to bat Crawford No. 7 in the lineup, a spot where he had success in 2011, hitting .315 with eight doubles, six home runs and 27 RBI in...

Game 99: Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers

Time: 8:05 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI Red Sox (49-49) Ellsbury CF Ciriaco DH Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross RF Middlebrooks 3B Crawford LF Shoppach C Aviles SS Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53) Rangers (57-39) TBA Pitching: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84)

Thoughts I thought: Boston Red Sox leave me thoughtless

Josh Beckett took the loss on Wednesday night The longest running piece on this blog is “Thoughts I thought” a bullet point recap of a previous night’s game in the Boston sports world. Here’s the thing: I’m out of thoughts when it comes to the 2012 Boston Red Sox. I’m thoughtless, I’m tapped out, I just have no ideas with the Boston Red Sox anymore. The only thing I’m...

Sox Pounded, 9-1

It had errors, it had Pedroia caught stealing, it had a long homer by Mike Napoli. An ugly night in Texas.Scott Feldman (pictured), 3-6 coming into this game with an ERA of nearly six, made the start to cover for the injured Roy Oswalt. He pitched seven innings for the win.Felix Doubront, the most consistent starter the Sox have had all year, struggled throughout his five-plus innings...

Is Zach Greinke the Best Available Starting Pitcher at This Year's Trade Deadline?

The July 31 trade deadline is quickly approaching. With the second wild card added this year, many teams that normally wouldn't be in contention find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt and the competition for help is getting fierce. The Red Sox may be a .500 team entering Wednesday, but with a new arm in the rotation, they could make a run at a postseason berth. Josh...

Your Morning Dump... Where there's not much to be excited about

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. As the Red Sox take the field on Friday at Yankee Stadium, they’ll be one game under .500. They need to go 41-22 — a .650 clip — the rest of the way just to win 90 games. If the Red Sox lose two out...

Prodigal Sox Should Stand Pat

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!’” The Parable of the Prodigal Son The quote above comes from the turning point in the life of the initial focal character in the parable of the Prodigal Son. He has finally hit rock bottom after a string of outrageous days and nights... MLB power rankings

By Eric Luchetti and Jase Bandelow 1 Rangers 57-38 1 Mike Napoli continued to wreak havoc against his former team, the Angels, hitting .455 with two home runs over the weekend. That, however, translated to only one win for the Rangers. 2 Yankees 58-38 -1 A four-game sweep at the hands of the Athletics dampened the excitement from a sweep of the Blue Jays...
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