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Red Sox manager John Farrell seems ready to manage his first postseason game Friday.
When Danny Salazar toes the rubber for the first pitch of the Wild Card game Red Sox fans will be watching eagerly to find out the opponent their team will face this Friday in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Alex Cobb will be pitching for the Rays as they look to advance to the ALDS. Cobb and Salazar are relatively new to the big game seen and some have to wonder what will come from these inexperienced pitchers.
The Red Sox had a inter squad workout today with Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz on the mound. Buchholz most likely will go in Game 3 of the ALDS in either Tampa or Cleveland while Peavy will go in Game 4. Jon Lester is all but certain to start Game 1 on Friday with John Lackey on the mound for Game 2 Saturday. Lackey is a much better pitcher at home and if the Fenway crowd is anything like Pittsburgh last night the advantage could go to the Sox.
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BOSTON — Quick. What’s the Red Sox’ biggest weakness?
A lot of you probably said their bullpen, and understandably so. The bridge to Koji Uehara has stood out in recent weeks as the biggest flaw on a team built on balance and consistency, and it’s the one area that’s a cause for concern going into the postseason. John Farrell is not among those concerned about the unit...
BOSTON — The Red Sox aren’t exactly sitting around with their feet up.
Four days separate Sunday’s regular season finale and Friday’s ALDS opener. While the break presents an opportunity for the Red Sox to get some rest, the club also seems to understand the importance of staying in game mode while the Rays and Indians vie for an opportunity to play Boston in a best-of-five...
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for taking care of the Reds in the play-in game to earn the right to play in the NLDS. I picked the game incorrectly as I thought Johnny Cueto would have more to offer than what he did. But I could not be happier for the city of Pittsburgh for ending their long drought. Of course, it was kind of wistful watching Russell Martin perform so...
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the AL division series for the Boston Red Sox.
Manager John Farrell confirmed the rotation on Wednesday after the team's played an intersquad simulated game. John Lackey will start the second game, followed by Clay Buchholz. Jake Peavy would start a fourth game if it is necessary.
The rotation had been suspected ever since the Red Sox lined up...
BOSTON — It was safe to assume that Jon Lester would get the nod for Game 1 of the ALDS. The only question was which pitcher would take the ball in Game 2.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Wednesday that John Lackey will start Game 2 of the ALDS in Boston. The move wasn’t too surprising given how Farrell managed his rotation during the final week of the regular season,...
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The Boston Red Sox didn’t mind waiting a few days to start their playoffs.
Not after missing them for the past three seasons.
Not after the September collapse that ruined their chances in 2011.
Tampa Bay at ClevelandAlex Cobb (11-3, 2.76) vs. Danny Salazar (2-3, 3.12)Led by two of the best managers in baseball, the Indians and Rays will...
It might as well be Game 7 of a playoff series.
Matched up for the first time since June 2, Cleveland (92-70) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) in a one-game wild card playoff Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The winner goes on to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series, while the loser ends their quest for baseball glory by packing their bags for...
t happened four times during the regular season and based on everything Red Sox manager John Farrell has been saying it will be a regular occurrence in the playoffs.
Get ready to see closer Koji Uehara for more than three outs in a save situation.
“We’re certainly willing to go more than a three-out save” Farrell said. “Hell there might be a six-out save at some point....
The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing for their postseason lives on a game-to-game basis since Sunday in Toronto. Having a five game series with the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series should come as a relief.
Of course, these two teams are no strangers to each other as they battled 19 times with the Red Sox winning the season series, 12-7. Those 12 wins were part...
Yesterday, the nation got to watch Francisco Liriano go up against Johnny Cueto. Come Thursday, Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw are going to pitch, albeit not opposite each other. This is the playoffs, meaning the teams left are good, which means the players left are good, which means the pitchers left are good. There are going to be some incredible potential pitchers’ duels...
A packed Progressive Field was rocking at the start of last night’s AL Wildcard game between the Rays and Indians, but it was not enough as the Indians fell short 4-0. With the win, the Rays move on to face the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday in Fenway Par. With the loss, the Indians get set to pack their bags and head home for the season.
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Time to settle the score over in the American League.
The Rays beat the Rangers in a convincing fashion on game 163 in Texas. Now the tenacious Rays prepare to duke it out with the surging Indians, in Cleveland.
The Rays will have Alex Cobb on the mound. Cobb has been one of the most dominate pitchers in the AL with an 11-3 record and 2.76 ERA. While Cobb hasn’t seen much of...
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Manager John Farrell has not been coy about his plans with Koji Uehara.
They will be relying on him for more than the normal closers three out save in the ninth inning. There have been just too many blown bridge attempts to get through the seventh and eighth innings with the game on the line this season.
It is probably...