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As the Boston Red Sox push towards the playoffs, manager John Farrell has some difficult decisions ahead. Who remains in the starting rotation, who goes to the bullpen and who's the eighth inning guy? But one of the managers most difficult decision may be who is the starting shortstop going forward? Is it veteran Stephen Drew or rookie Xander Bogaerts?
In today's Red Sox Life Poll, we let you decide.
Drew has a .244 average, .326 OBP and .426 slugging mark with 12 homers this season. However, over the past week he's hitting just .200 and over the past month he's hitting .237 with seven RBI. Against left-handed pitching this year Drew is batting just .184 with a slugging percentage of just .338. While not having the range or the flash in the field of say Jose Iglesias, Drew does make consistent plays in the field.
Bogaerts may be a 20-year-old rookie, but he has shown the poise of a veteran thus far. There is no doubt that Xander is...
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(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Now that we can start talking about playoff rotations, Jon Lester is making it real tough not to assign him the #1 spot. In another stellar eight-inning performance, Lester gave up just one run on three hits while striking out five in a 5-1 smiting of The Evil Ones. Lester used a mid-90s fastball and his devastating cutter to make The Bronx...
BOSTON — It might be time to pencil Jon Lester in as the Red Sox’ Game 1 starter.
The Red Sox’ focus is still on locking up a playoff spot and Clay Buchholz could very well prove down the stretch that he’s the ace that he was before landing on the disabled list. But Lester has the look and feel of a legitimate No. 1 starter right now despite a rough patch in the middle of...
BOSTON – John Farrell had a full plate when the season started. He’s done a good job of devouring each challenge, but there’s still one major helping that he must scarf down over the final couple of weeks and into the postseason. It involves the bullpen.
When Farrell took over as Red Sox manager, he needed to set a tempo, instill a winning attitude and figure out how to maximize...
BOSTON — Boston isn’t for everyone. (Looking at you, Carl Crawford.) But it’s for these guys.
The players that the Red Sox brought in over the offseason have embraced the challenge of playing in front of a passionate — and sometimes critical — fan base. As a result, Fenway Park is once again a difficult place for opponents to play.
“The one thing that stands out is that...
BOSTON — This year’s American League wild card race is going to be — get this — wild. Six teams are vying for two spots, and the madness will culminate with a one-game playoff to determine who will join the three division winners in the ALDS.
The Red Sox have a stranglehold on the AL East and shouldn’t have to worry too much about the wild card race, but it’d be understandable...
(Photo: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts has made the prestigious Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team as the starting shortstop. Bogaerts was the only representative from the Boston organization to make the team—although 2B Mookie Betts and SP Henry Owens made the second team. The publication lists Bogaerts as the sixth best overall prospect...
The Red Sox begin their final home stand of the regular season on Friday with the first game of three against the Yankees. The Sox will also host the Orioles and Blue Jays over the 10-day stretch on their quest for October.
With the best at-home record in the American League, manager John Farrell says that there’s no place like home when it comes to tough games.
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The most coveted international prospect this offseason will be Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Teams are scouting the dominant pitcher and it looks like he is set for a big pay day this offseason if he does in fact come to the Major Leagues.
The teams that were scouting Masahiro Tanaka during his last start were the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Braves and Diamondbacks, according...
Guest article from our pals at TiqIQ:
Things are looking good at Fenway Park, where the mood has been set back to triumph and hope instead of despair and indignation. The Red Sox have enjoyed a strident streak since late August, going 13-4 in their last 17 games, on the back of great pitching and power contributions from all over the diamond.
The Sox’s season-long resurgence...
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The Red Sox have the largest lead in the AL East since 2004. Did the scoreboard operators in Tampa check that? Because this is reality - the Red Sox have been red hot as of late, hence the huge lead over Tampa Bay. In 2004, the Yankees had a 9.5 game lead over the Red Sox, then the Red Sox closed...
Mike Carp connected for a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning as the Red Sox put another nail in the Rays playoff coffin with a 7-3 win Wednesday night.
Carp sent the first pitch from the former Fausto Carmona over the center-field fence. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar in 2003.
Carp said, "He hung a slider...
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam to power the Red Sox to an 8-4
win over the Yankees Friday night at Fenway Park (AP photo)
The Red Sox sent the New York Yankees to the showers with a Salty aftertaste in their mouths last night in the opening game of the final regular-series home stand at Fenway Park.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit...
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Offense held down by Jon Lester in today’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
CC Sabathia got today’s start and had a perfect first inning but it went downhill from there. Mike Napoli would hit an infield single that Mark Reynolds would field at third base. The throw from Reynolds would go wide of first and...
The Red Sox announced that Wednesday, Sept. 18 will be “Dollar Beard Night” at Fenway Park. Any fan who shows up with a beard — real or fake — will receive one $1 ticket to that night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Red Sox brain trust has taken a lot of heat over the past couple of years for their approach to marketing. The Sox...