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Believe it or not, July is almost here.
That’s crazy to think about. It seems like just yesterday we had no idea what offseason direction the Red Sox were going to go in, and now the question is whether they’ll consider making a splash at the trade deadline as they march toward a potential division crown. The season is still young, but it’s aging fast, and the Red Sox have shown that they’re for real.
Boston — like any team, really — has some issues. The Sox aren’t perfect, even if they have fired on all cylinders for the majority of 2013. The biggest concern might be the team’s bullpen, which was shaken up a bit by Andrew Bailey‘s struggles. Now, with Bailey out as closer, the Red Sox must decide what their long-term plan is at the position. Could their next move involve checking on an old friend?
You asked that and more in this week’s mailbag. Let’s get down to it, shall we?
There’s such a different feeling with the Red Sox this year than in the past couple of seasons. Is it John Far
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Will Middlebrooks (left) has been demoted to Pawtucket, while Jose Iglesias is staying put (Getty Images)
Another day, another twist in the ongoing Red Sox saga at the hot corner.
Tuesday afternoon, the Sox optioned struggling incumbent third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket, adding more security to Jose Iglesias’s tenure...
The Red Sox have recently had trouble finding regular at-bats for the trio of Stephen Drew, Jose Iglesias and Will Middlebrooks. With Drew playing very well at shortstop and Iglesias and Middlebrooks being young players who need regular plate appearances to develop, something had to give.
Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Red Sox announced that they had optioned Middlebrooks to Triple...
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So much for using Andrew Bailey in low-pressure situations.
After blowing three saves in a 10-day span, Bailey was displaced from the Red Sox’ closer role last Friday, at which time manager John Farrell admitted...
It seemed inevitable, and it happened. Will Middlebrooks has been optioned to Pawtucket due to terrible offensive numbers this season.
The Red Sox have optioned third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple A
Pawtucket and purchased the contract of infielder Brandon Snyder.
Middlebrooks is hitting .192 this season with a .617 OPS and lost his
position to Jose Iglesias...
Daniel Nava was burned by a controversial call late in the Detroit Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The two teams were tied at four in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Detroit’s Avisail Garcia lifted a flyball to the warning track in right. Nava drifted back, then appeared to make a basket catch, before dropping the ball as he readied to throw it back into...
Despite dropping three out of four games in Detroit over the weekend, the Red Sox begin their eight game homestand in first place by two and half games and welcome the surprising Colorado Rockies to Fenway Park for a brief two game series. This series will mark the first both teams have faced each other in Boston since Game 1 and 2 of the 2007 World Series, in which the Red Sox won...
The Boston Red Sox may have to place pitcher Franklin Morales on the disabled list after he departed early from Saturday's loss to the Detroit Tigers. Evan Drellich of MassLive.com said that although manager John Farrell cited a shoulder problem as the cause, Morales himself said it was the left pectoral, an area he has already had issues with this season. Either way, a DL...
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is planning to see Dr. James Andrews for a lingering neck strain that's had him on the disabled list since early June.
Manager John Farrell made the announcement before Sunday night's game against the New York Yankees. He said the 28-year old Buchholz was expected to be on the field throwing when the team took batting practice, but he was...
The trade rumors are flying in and fast. First we heard about Ricky Nolasco, then we heard about Matt Garza. Now it's Jonathan Papelbon's turn to be involved in the rumors.
The Phillies are in talks with the Red Sox and Tigers about a potential deal surrounding Jonathan Papelbon, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
Papelbon has struggled recently as he has blown...
For most of the first three months of the Major League Baseball season, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had been excellent. But for some reason, over his past few outings, the 32-year-old right-hander has fallen apart. On Monday night, Papelbon entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead over the San Diego Padres. He proceeded to blow his third save in a...
Game 78: Poor Defense + bad bullpen = loss
Boston just can't get it done right now. With closer Andrew Bailey blowing game one of the series, and poor pitching throughout the four games with Detroit, Boston has a lot of pitching planning to do if they want to stay at the top of the AL East. Boston lead in this afternoon's game until the seventh, and then things got out of...
Welcome home, Red Sox.
The American League-leading Boston Red Sox (45-33) return to Fenway Park for nine-game home-stand and get it kicked off with an interleague matchup against the Colorado Rockies (39-38). The Sox and Rox clash at Fenway for the first time since the 2007 World Series, when the Red Sox swept the first two games on their way to...
That was awful...again.
The Sox traded early punches with the Tigers, then came out with a 4-3 lead in the 4th that lasted into the 7th. The Tigers tied it in the 7th, added 3 in the 8th, and Boston's 1 run in the 9th wasn't nearly enough, ending the final game at 7-5.
The Sox looked terrible in the series. Blowing saves, leads, leaving men on base. It was especially frustrating...
Most of the time, umpire error has minor significance on the outcome of an MLB game. This is not once of those instances.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Red Sox and Tigers were all knotted up at 4-4. Avisail Garcia led off the inning by skying a fly ball deep to right field. Daniel Nava camped under it and pulled the ball in basket style. As he was taking the baseball out...
Red Sox Recall is a new weekly feature focusing on the vast array of colorful characters that have played for and against the Red Sox, poignant moments in Sox lore and other, perhaps forgotten, memories that make up the rich history of the Olde Town Team.
This week marks the 32nd anniversary of the longest game in professional baseball history. ...