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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - B.J. Upton hit a walk-off three-run home run off Vicente Padilla, and the Tampa Bay Rays spoiled a stellar outing by Clay Buchholz with a 7-4 victory over Boston onThursday night at Tropicana Field. The Rays went to the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-1 after Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings, but Tampa Bay rallied against Andrew Bailey. Desmond Jennings' two-run single off Bailey tied the game, and Upton's 24th homer gave the Rays a 2-2 split in the series. Buchholz allowed only two legitimate hits in his marquee matchup against David Price, a single to Jennings and a double to Luke Scott. Doubles by Evan Longoria and Upton came on misplays by center fielder Pedro Ciriaco. Price again didn't get any help from his offense at home. After pitching eight shutout innings in each of his previous two Tropicana Field starts without getting decisions in 1-0 losses, the major league leader in ERA left this one trailing 2-0 with one out in t...
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense scored runs in bunches Friday night to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention with a 12-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina homered in support of Shields (15-9), who limited the Blue Jays to six singles...
BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was scheduled for a day off. With the team charter landing in Boston at 4 a.m. on Friday from St. Petersburg, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine planned to give the second baseman a breather in the series opener against the Orioles to spend time alongside his newborn child. "I was thinking about playing [Mike Aviles] at second base today and giving Dustin...
Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. Jacoby Ellsbury has had another injury-plagued season, and thus, his numbers are a far cry from 2011 when he warranted MVP consideration. However, Ellsbury has shown signs of reverting to that...
Baseball players are often times all about style, but Cody Ross took things to a new level earlier this week. The Red Sox outfielder wore his 5-year-old son's baseball pants to batting practice, and the result was, well, interesting. Ross appeared on MLB Network's Intentional Talk on Thursday, and he explained that the change in pants was actually a mix-up. He told Kevin...
Yup after entering the bottom of the 9th last night with a 4-1 lead, that happened to the Boston Red Sox.
At this point, do we even need to say anything else about 2012?
We'll be back later today with today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day. So for now, let's take at look at the overnight links from the media by clicking on the read more button...
Walking hitters is never a good idea, and doing it a double-digit number of times is even worse. Red Sox pitchers walked a whopping 10 batters on Wednesday night, paving the way for a blowout loss to Tampa Bay. Of course, some sloppy plays in the field and on the basepaths didn't help either. At least Scott Atchison was able to escape unscathed, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless...
For days, Jose Iglesias insisted he was feeling comfortable at the plate, even though he didn't have any hits to show for it. On Thursday night, the Boston Red Sox shortstop finally got some results. Iglesias notched a pair of singles against Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, then clocked his first major league homer against reliever J.P. Howell in the ninth inning of a 7-4...
The Red Sox and the Orioles open a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night, and it has major implications in the race for the American League East title. Of course, it's the O's -- not the Sox -- who are still in the hunt. Improbably, Baltimore has been able to hold on all season, and enters this weekend just a game behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East....
Apparently the Red Sox don’t draw quite like they used to. In an attempt to bump up their attendance for last night’s game, the Rays decided to host “Star Trek Night At The Trop”. Fans were encouraged to come to the game decked out in Star Trek costumes and accessories. There’s no other way to put it. The freaks were out. One guy even brought in some sword type weapon which...
With Wednesday's loss to the Rays, the Red Sox officially squashed any miraculous dreams of them finishing over .500 in their 2012 campaign. In doing so, the Yankees will remain as the only team since 1997 to finish every season with at least 81 victories. The two hated rivals were the only two teams the last 14 seasons to consistenly finish above .500. Now, the Evil Empire will...
8 a.m. ET: Is it over yet? That's how much of New England feels about the 2012 Red Sox season. But not the Red Sox. After taking two of three in Toronto last weekend, Boston came within two outs of taking three of four from the Rays before splitting the four-game series in St. Petersburg. Now, the Red Sox (69-82) return to Fenway Park for a three-game series with the Orioles...
The Boston Red Sox loss on Tuesday assures them of a losing season
Since 1997, the Boston Red Sox have done one thing consistently, not lose. That’s not completely true. The Boston Red Sox have lost games and playoff series, but usually at least half of Major League Baseball has a losing season in any given season. The odds that a team could go 15 years without any of those seasons...
The Red Sox are trying something new on Thursday night, which seems to be a recurring theme for the squad as they wind down the season. Pedro Ciriaco is going to give center field a whirl while Mike Aviles mans third base, while Bobby Valentine tries his players in some unusual spots to see what they can handle. Meanwhile, Rays pitcher David Price will be waiting on the mound, and...
All good things, they say, must come to an end. For Jon Lester, his good fortune against the Baltimore Orioles came to an abrupt halt on Friday night. The Red Sox left-hander lost to the Orioles for the first time in 21 career starts, dropping his record to 14-1 against the Birds. Yes, the numbers are still good, but if this isn't a sign that the Orioles aren't who they used...
“State Of The Sox” is a weekly Friday piece detailing where the Red Sox currently stand in Major League Baseball and whether or not they can be successful going forward. We apologize if, at times, it comes across as a bit harsh.
I stared blankly at my computer screen for about 35 minutes before writing a single word of this column, which is actually a pretty good way to sum...