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The 2013 Red Sox have done what so many thought was impossible to do in today’s era of baseball.
No big stars, just a bunch of scrappy players pieced together, with some ace pitchers and a manager who some have said overachieved.
The Red Sox are going back to the post season for the first time since 2009. Their Thursday night win over the Orioles led them to clinch a playoff spot.
The comeback year from John Lackey was the theme of the night, giving up just two hits and two walks on the night.
The Bobby Valentine days are far in the distance, with the squad now nestled nicely with 93 wins. But even with all that celebration is being put off for the team.
“We didn’t even talk about it,” David Ortiz quipped after the tremendous victory. Many of his teammates echoed his sentiments on the matter.
The tireless squad refuses to celebrate now, instead focusing on their bigger goal. This is a long way from the fried chicken and beers days, this is a new look Red Sox which has gotten back to basics.
H/T: Boston Globe
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(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)John Lackey was about as good as he's been all year—no-hitting the Orioles for 6 1/3 innings in tonight's 3-1 Red Sox win. The right-hander secured a complete game win giving up just two hits, and striking out eight. Both the no-no and the shutout were ended with a mammoth homerun off the bat of Adam Jones in the seventh. Boston started...
It's fitting that the successful-beyond-expectations Red Sox clinch a playoff berth on a night in which their previously most reviled player -- one who had been a complete bust at $18 million per year -- tosses a complete-game two-hitter.
John Lackey was a strike machine tonight. He had a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and after an Adam Jones solo homer he settled back in. He...
After spending the past three seasons painfully watching the postseason from the outside the Red Sox punched their playoff ticket.
A 3-1 win over an Orioles team that dealt the Red Sox their share of September heartbreak the past two years guaranteed the Sox their first trip to the postseason since 2009.
Taking a no-hitter into the seventh John Lackey put the Sox on his back in...
BOSTON — The 2013 Red Sox arrived in spring training with a chip on their shoulder, and no player — outside of maybe Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz — had more to prove than John Lackey.
Lackey has responded by putting together a terrific season. The 34-year-old has been focused, consistent and effective, and he has won back a fan base that was understandably disgruntled following...
Listen, I love what John Lackey has done for the Red Sox this year, but did you see him after the game? What a goofball. Other than characters in some eighties valley girl B-movie, who says “fer sher?” But whatever. I can’t believe I’m about to say this – that dude can pitch!
The Lackster pitched a complete game two-hitter, allowing just one measly run. Throw in eight...
The Boston Red Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2009, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Thursday night behind John Lackey's two-hitter.
Coming off a last-place finish and a 69-93 record -- their most losses since 1965, the Red Sox have rebounded under first-year manager John Farrell and ensured at least a wild-card berth in the postseason. They lowered their magic...
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The Red Sox clinched a playoff spot off the back of John Lackey's gem of a game. That's great. We're going back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, and after the train wreck that was the 2012 Red Sox, it's a great feeling. It really is. But my wish, and the Red Sox's wish, is to clinch the...
Is tonight the night the Boston Red Sox (92-61) clinch a postseason berth? Or is it the night the Baltimore Orioles (81-70) win the season series against the Sox, taking their 10th game in 16 tries?
Only time will tell us that answer, but the past two nights have produced outstanding baseball games. The Sox wound up on the losing end of both and...
Every year in Major League Baseball, one random team that did not make the playoffs or win their division in the previous season makes a miracle run to the top of their division and into the post-season. A lot of times, this “mystery team” is someone with a lot of young players or a team that woefully underachieved the last year, but most pundits still do not expect them to be...
The Red Sox clinched at least a wild card playoff spot with the 3-1 win over the Orioles at Fenway last night. John Lackey pitched what might’ve been his best game in a Red Sox uniform, limiting the O’s to just two hits and going the complete nine innings.
How John Lackey became an improbable symbol of an improbable (and playoff-bound) team – Alex Speier looks at how the once...
5:43 p.m.: OK, so here’s the deal when it comes to the Red Sox clinching a playoff spot tonight.
The Red Sox must win in order to clinch at least a wild card spot. The Indians losing essentially is irrelevant. The Orioles would move ahead of the Indians with a win and a Cleveland loss, thus changing things.
5:06 p.m.: Need further proof that this is a loose bunch?
HIGH-FIVE! THEY'RE IN! (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Pop that cork, Red Sox Nation!
The bearded boys from Beantown clinched the team’s first postseason slot since 2009 on Thursday night at Fenway Park behind a valiant, complete-game effort from John Lackey, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.
While the team exchanged the requisite...
While the Boston Red Sox are officially headed back to the postseason, they aren't satisfied just yet.
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All business for the Sox after clinching a playoff spot last night, expect the celebration once they clinch the division.
This years version of the Boston Red Sox will be in the playoffs with a legitimate shot at a World Series title. Last night the Sox clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2009, when they lost to John Lackey’s Angels in the Division Series. The...
Three grueling years and no playoffs for the Boston Red Sox and their fans was a daunting situation to deal until Thursday night. Excitement filled Fenway Park after the Red Sox 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to clinch their first playoff spot since 2009. Not many fans expected this team to have the kind of success they have had this year but with ownership turning full reins...