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For 23 starts, we watched Jon Lester struggle like we've never seen before in his career. But for the first time this season yesterday afternoon, we watched the Boston Red Sox starter dominate a team in the Cleveland Indians.
Of course it didn't hurt that the offense got him 14 runs in the first five innings, five of them coming in the first two innings. And with a lead like that Lester could do no wrong.
Honestly, it was fun to watch Lester pitch. And given how he started the game, you probably wouldn't have thought he'd end allowing one run on three hits, two walks and 12 strikeouts.
The offense got him three runs in the top half of the 1st inning and back-to-back singles by Jason Donald and Asdrubal Cabrera, it looked like he'd give them back. But he struck out Shin-Soo Choo and then Carlos Santana brought in Donald with a sac fly. After a walk to Shelley Duncan, he got yesterday's hero Brent Lillibridge to ground into a fielder's choice.
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Johnny Pesky's legacy in Boston is one unmatched by nearly any other athlete in the city's long and storied history. On Monday the Red Sox legendary shortstop passed away at age 92, but while his physical presence may be absent from the team facility his spirit will live on in the form of players, coaches and fans everywhere. Pesky was not the most talented player in Red...
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has a juicy, gossip-filled article about the unrest on Yawkey Way. It culminates around a meeting that took place in July at the behest of a group of Red Sox players, including Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia, at which they expressed displeasure with many of Bobby Valentine's tactics.
Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the meeting...
The Red Sox are making the most of their wealth of talent behind the plate. Kelly Shoppach has been traded to the Mets for a player to be named later, general manager Ben Cherington announced in a news release Tuesday afternoon. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting the bulk of the starts behind the plate this season and catcher-of-the-future Ryan Lavarnway being called up this month...
After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury had a tough game 2, but he looked good in the other 3. Ellsbury contributed 5 hits in those 3 games, giving the Sox some chances to make things happen.
Carl Crawford: Only 1 good game for Carl Crawford, then we hear more about surgery...
A group of Boston Red Sox player were highly critical of manager Bobby Valentine in a meeting with Red Sox owners last month, and some even said they did not want to play for Valentine anymore, Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday. According to the report, which used three unnamed sources, a meeting with owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino was called after a text message was sent...
Johnny Pesky was so much bigger than just a player for the Boston Red Sox. And Red Sox nation made sure to recognize that fact after the legendary shortstop passed away on Monday. Fans stopped by Fenway Park, even though the Red Sox were off for the day, after learning of the news and paid their respects to Pesky. Many of those fans dropped by the "Teammates" statue out...
Catcher Kelly Shoppach was acquired Tuesday by the New York Mets from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named following a waiver claim.
The 32-year-old Shoppach is hitting .250 with five homers, 12 doubles and 17 RBI in 48 games this year. He was signed by Boston as a free agent last December after spending the previous two season with Tampa Bay.
The Mets wanted the right-handed...
When the Red Sox made the trade for Andrew Bailey I thought, “nice.” He’s a young closer with great stuff and, despite his injury problems, had put up really good numbers for a pretty average Oakland A’s team. The injuries were a worry for sure, but the Sox had acquired Mark Melancon as a security blanket. The same Mark Melancon who had 25 saves after being thrust in to the...
The Boston Red Sox placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers Friday, giving life again to clamoring by fans of the New York Mets to deal for the righty-hitting catcher they targeted before the trade deadline.
But what’s really interesting is that the Shoppach news has also reborn some of the Jason Bay to the Red Sox debate, especially in a deal for underperforming Carl Crawford...
After splitting a four-game set in Cleveland, the Boston Red Sox continue their 10-game road trip in Baltimore. Tonight, they'll kick off the first game of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Orioles television market...
Every Red Sox fans know how important 2011 first round pick Matt Barnes means to the organization but it’s another pitcher prospect in right hander Brandon Workman who is making big strides in 2012. Workman has pitched with High-A Salem Red Sox this season and is finally living up to expectations after being drafted in [...]
Johnny Pesky, who spent most of his 60-plus years in pro
baseball with the Boston Red Sox and was beloved by the team's
fans, has died. He was 92.
The third part of my birthday box break extravaganza is upon us. First came the Panini All Goalies throw-in from D&A, followed by the first of my two boxes of 2010 Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats, which produced a Junichi Tazawa blonde bat #'d /20. Here's box and bat number two, and needless to say, I had no idea what the signature said.Because it wasn't written in...
It used to seem as though Johnny Pesky’s relationship with the Red Sox was a little one-sided, like he was just some old man that couldn’t take the hint that he wasn’t needed anymore, so he just kept coming around until he was finally told to leave. It came across as charity work. The Red Sox were being nice, until they finally got fed up and had to focus on other things rather...