Found May 17, 2012 on
It's the pitching. Which is exactly what we've been saying all along. Despite a 2-1 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night, the Red Sox have won five out of six and are showing signs of life. It's not their best run of the season –- they won six straight in Minnesota and Chicago in late April -- but for the first time this season the Sox are showing they can win games without putting 10 or 12 runs on the board. On Wednesday night, Bobby Valentine had a quick hook and denied Clay Buchholz a chance to extend the...
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Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. There's the fire that Red Sox Nation is looking for. Bobby Valentine has finally been ejected from a game as manager of the Red Sox. It took 39 games for the first-year Boston skipper...
Bobby Valentine has been ejected 38 times as a big league manager. Friday's ejection was his first as skipper of the Red Sox. Valentine was ejected following an argument stemming from a close play at first base in the ninth inning. Marlon Byrd appeared to beat out a throw to first, but first-base umpire Gary Darling ruled the baserunner, Jimmy Rollins, was safe. That led to Valentine...
The Red Sox pitching rotation was the focus of great scrutiny to start the season, as neither the rotation nor the bullpen could seemingly get their act together. Recently, the Red Sox have looked solid in both factes of their pitching staff and manager Bobby Valentine feels much more confident in his decision making, given the strong performances. Valentine told NESN's Tom Caron...
Clay Buchholz was lifted from Wednesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in just the third inning. But the Red Sox No. 3 starter showed off some impressive stuff during his five-plus innings of work, resembling shades of the former All-Star fans had expected. Buchholz spoke about the improved velocity and command of his pitches after the 2-1 loss during Red Sox Clubhouse Uncut. Check...
Clay Buchholz took a step in the right direction. He didn't earn the victory in Wednesday's 2-1 loss against the Rays –– he's been awarded his fair share of 'W's' this season amid lackluster stretches anyway –– but he showed shades of the old pitcher the Red Sox have known and revered. Through five innings, he demonstrated a sense comfort with his...
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox (17-19) steamrolled through their competition at home and will be looking to keep firing on all cylinders against the Rays (22-14). When they last squared off in April, the Red Sox took three out of four games of the series in Fenway. Now, Boston is hungry for more as it continues to climb back to a .500 record. The Red Sox will have Clay Buchholz on the mound...
Clay Buchholz took the mound hoping to build upon his last strong outing and keep the winning streak alive for the Sox. Clay pitched well and it could easily be seen as another step forward, however he would not get a win for his efforts.
Clay seemed to have his best outing stuff wise. He was throwing all of his pitches for strikes and doing well. However, a mistake in the...
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Red Sox (17-19)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31)
In the ninth inning of last night's Phillies-Red Sox game, Marlon Byrd grounded out to Jimmy Rollins, who's throw appeared to beat Byrd to the bag by maybe half a step. The throw also appeared to pull Ty Wigginton off of the bag, but first base umpire Gary Darling still called Byrd out. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine went nuclear after the call, wildly gesturing at Darling...
Bobby Valentine is in a bit of a bind. Kevin Youkilis is currently hitting the comeback trail and after a strong debut in the minors on Wednesday, he appears to be inching closer to reclaiming his spot in the Red Sox lineup as the everyday third baseman. At least, he would if Will Middlebrooks wasn't currently occupying it to considerable success. Since Middlebrooks was called...
The Red Sox dropped a tight one in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, and a big part of the loss was due to a Cody Ross' misplay in the outfield. Ross ultimately caught the ball, but the misplay caused his throw home to be delayed and the Rays' runner scored from third to give the Rays the 2-1 lead. NESN's Jenny Dell caught up with Bobby Valentine after the game to discuss...
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. When the Red Sox first signed Cody Ross over the offseason, many fans wondered if the career journeyman outfielder was even worth the time. Ross was a 31-year-old outfielder, who was joining...
If someone out there is enjoying Clay Buchholz's season so far, it would have to be the SABRmetrics guys (and gals). They've been saying for a while that wins don't matter. The classic example is closers; even the best are liable to end up with a losing record.Clay's record is 4-1, still the best percentage among the starters. But his other numbers are worrisome....
A string of impressive pitching performances is helping the Boston Red Sox make their recent struggles a distant memory.
As they seek to match their longest win streak of the season, the Red Sox will try to get a better outing from Clay Buchholz, or at least continue to provide the right-hander with some of the most generous run support in the majors Wednesday night against the...
First Pitch: Wedneday 7:10, Thursday 7:10
Arms: Wednesday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (4-1, 8.31 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (3-0, 2.95 ERA)
Thursday: Felix Doubront, LHP (3-1, 4.46 ERA) vs. Matt Moore, LHP (1-3, 5.31 ERA)
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