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The Boston Red Sox arguably have the best 1-2 punch in baseball right now and it's the same two guys that were on the club last year. Same pitchers, different results and Juan Nieves is a big reason why. When ownership kicked the tiny demented monkey, Bobby V, off the Sox shoulders, the pitching staff instantly got better. Bringing back John Farrell immediately gave them a renewed confidence in themselves knowing there previous issues on the mound would be worked on by a true professional. With Juan Nieves coming into the mix this staff was rejuvenated and ready for a fresh start in this 2013 season.
Nieves has brought a quiet, yet strong and forceful focus back into the minds of the Red Sox pitching staff. Jon Lester said he noticed the difference between the 2012 an 2013 season from the jump in spring training.
"It was a lot different,” Lester said. “We all know what we have to do, but sometimes it helps when somebody gives you direction, especially guys that have been...
BEST OF MAXIM
Jon Lester has struggled recently, including giving up six runs
in a 9-7 loss to the Blue Jays in his most recent start.
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Jon Lester’s best start of his young 2013 campaign came in Toronto’s Rogers Centre. It is also the place of his worst.
Just over three weeks ago, Lester threw...
The Sox' early season success has been a result of -- more than anything -- starting pitching.
Yes, the bullpen is better. The chemistry is great. David Ortiz is hitting like Barry Bonds. And as far as management goes, John Farrell is a slightly better tactician and motivator than Bobby Valentine. Did I say slightly? I meant, the gulf is immeasurable.
But the starting pitching...
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether good minor-league teams could beat bad major-league teams, the Braves and Ks, whether the Jays should regret letting John Farrell go, and more.
8 a.m. ET: Don’t look now, but 25 games into the 2013 season, the 18-7 Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball.
After going a combined 3-3 in two series with the Royals and A’s, the Sox ripped off four straight wins against the lowly Astros — outscoring Houston 28-10 — and come out of Monday’s off day on their second five-game winning streak of the season.
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“It looked like he got tied up with [home plate umpire] Clint [Fagan] behind the plate,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He goes to **** his arm, had his hand hits the mask. After conferring...
The Red Sox celebrated Maine Day at Fenway Park on Sunday, and some of the state’s littlest Sox fans got the chance to ask manager John Farrell some tough questions.
Farrell fielded questions on Red Sox Small Talk like, “What is your favorite musician?” and “Is managing the Red Sox like managing the Krusty Krab on Spongebob Squarepants?”
Bruce Springsteen is Farrell’s...
At the beginning of the season, The Boston Red Sox were picked to finish last by many magazines and publications. As the month of April comes to a close, the Red Sox have the best record in baseball at 18-7. The Red Sox also are an MLB best 7-2 on the road this season. The question is what is the reason for their early success? You can't answer this with just...
Toronto fans released waves upon waves of boos on John Farrell when the Red Sox visited Toronto when the Red Sox visited in early April. Will the Boo Jays come back? Or will they be replaced by the traditional empty blue seats the Red Sox are used to seeing in Toronto?
The Toronto team is not the team the Red Sox saw earlier this month. José Reyes is on the 60-Day Disabled List...
After a long home stand the Boston Red Sox have a day of travel before they play 6 straight days on the road. The team performed excellently this past week winning 6 of their 7 games they played, including a sweep of the Houston Astros. This week will be slightly more difficult, going north of the border to Toronto and then traveling to Texas to face the Rangers.
After going 7-3 on a 10-game homestand, the Boston Red Sox (18-7) hit the road, starting with a three-game series in Toronto. Jon Lester gets the nod tonight. He went 7 innings, allowing five hits, no runs with six strikeouts in his last outing against the Blue Jays. With a win tonight, the Sox would set the club record for wins in the month of...
The Red Sox power could not lead the team to victory tonight as they lost the first game of the series against Toronto. Starting pitcher Jon Lester did not have a fantastic performance and the teams home runs came with no runners on the bases. The Blue Jays simply outplayed the Red Sox tonight and earned the victory. Here are your three stars of the game:
Star 3: Jose Bautista
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Tuesday April 30 @ 7:07 PM
Jon Lester, LHP (4-0, 2.27) vs Brandon Morrow, RHP (0-2, 5.27)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:07 PM
Clay Buchholz, RHP (5-0, 1.19) vs Mark Buehrle, LHP (1-1, 6.35)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
The 1995 season is a dividing line of sorts when evaluating recent baseball history. It is the year immediately after the disastrous strike that cost baseball the 1994 races and World Series. It was also the first season of the current three divisional format.
Since that time the Red Sox have won the AL East exactly twice: the World Series championship season of 2007, and the aforementioned...
After going 7-3 on their last homestand and enjoying a day off on Monday, the Boston Red Sox hit the road for their next six games. They'll kick if off tonight with the first game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I predict the Red Sox will win 7-4 (Red Sox -122).
First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. If you...
Boom! Whack! Pow!
Those were some of the sound effects from the five total home runs in tonight’s game. The Red Sox started from behind and just could not garner enough offense to keep the winning streak alive.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: After starting off really fast, Jon Lester and Mike Napoli have hit a little bit of a wall. Napoli’s last three game have slammed...