Found August 24, 2013 on Ted's Army:
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey always looks like he just smelled something bad. Now, I don't mean to pick on the guy. The big righthander this season has been one of Boston's most reliable starting pitchers. The vast majority of his starts have resulted in the opposition putting up little or no offense. But where opponents have scored few runs in Lackey's starts, the Red Sox have managed to score fewer runs. And maybe Lackey has that look on his face because the Boston offense flat-out reeks when he's pitching. scribe Gordon Edes writes in a column that Lackey "should rank as one of baseball's big winner's this season." In 18 of 23 starts, Lackey has held opposing teams to three runs or fewer. His record, however, is 8-11. In last night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, the Red Sox mustered just two hits and plated exactly zero runs. Former Red Sox Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run bomb that would be the only offense the Dodgers needed to dispatch the boys from Boston. (An aside - the Red Sox are now percentage points behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East. If you listen, you can hear all 14 of their fans cheering). Edes notes that last night's game was the tenth time Boston has been shut out this season. The losing pitcher in five of those games? You guessed it: John Derran Lackey. Jon Lester, who's looking for his twelfth win, will take on the Dodgers and starter Hyun-Jin Ryu at 4:05 p.m. Here's to hoping Lester gets more run support today than has been given to Lackey this season.

Bobby Valentine talks Dustin Pedroia at bar

A.B. That my friends is what you call a compliment sandwich. Usually a great way to soften the blow when critiquing/insulting someone. Unless of course your name is Bobby V and some kids are secretly filming a drunken bar conversation. Compliment Pedroia - “I’d love to have him everyday.” Insult Pedroia – “His handshake is much worse than the waitress waiting on you....

Lackey hard-luck loser in Boston's 2-0 loss to LA

The Red Sox just can't scratch out runs when John Lackey's on the mound. For the sixth time this season, they gave the right-hander no offensive support in losing 2-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in the opener of the interleague series. Lackey (8-11) tossed his first complete game in nearly four years, but was the tough-luck loser despite allowing just two...

Boston Red Sox activate Matt Thornton From Disabled List

(Getty Images) BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox have activated Matt Thornton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Pawtucket the team announced on Sunday. Villarreal was optioned after Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Thornton is expected to be available for Sunday night’s contest as the Red Sox wrap up their series in...

Shut Down Kings

The Red Sox spend the better part of August on the road, so I really wasn’t expecting a 28-0 month out of them. And at 10-11 so far on the month, they’re playing at about the clip I’d figured. What’s more alarming are the thin margins they’re losing games by, coupled with the offense’s maddening propensity to get shut down. So far in August, the Sox have lost seven games...

Kruk leaves booth on a stretcher

Sunday Night Baseball had a scary situation tonight as broadcaster, John Kruk, had to be taken from the booth on a stretcher due to what is being reported as dehydration.

Jon Lester Records Another Quality Start, Continues Streak of Dominance Since All-Star Break (Video)

A four-run first inning was all the offense Jon Lester needed to lead the Red Sox past the surging Dodgers Saturday afternoon. Jonny Gomes‘ three run homer capped the productive inning, and Lester was dominant on the mound, allowing only 3 hits and one earned run, while striking out six over 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander has found his groove in the second half of the season, posting...

Jerry Remy to Miss More Boston Red Sox Games

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Game 130: Red Sox at Dodgers - Reunited

The Guru Contributing Writer One year after completing one of the biggest trades in baseball history, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers stand at the top of their respective divisions. The old band gets together tonight at Dodger Stadium for the first time since that blockbuster deal. The Red Sox (75-54) currently hold a one-game edge over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL...

Red Sox Lester shuts down Dodgers, 4-2

There were some anxious moments in the late innings but the Red Sox pitchers rode to the rescue Saturday helping to deliver a 4-2 victory over the white-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. Jon Lester allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings to win his second straight starts and four relievers combined to get the final five outs as the Dodgers lost for just for just the fourth time in 23 games...

Josh Beckett Says Criticism Got ‘Too Personal’ Near End of Red Sox Tenure, Resents Clubhouse ‘Pity Party’

With the Red Sox set to meet the Dodgers this weekend, almost exactly after last year’s franchise-shaking trade, all the major players in the deal have been asked to reflect upon their time in Boston. Josh Beckett did so in an interview with’s Rob Bradford earlier this week, and his depiction of the atmosphere surrounding the Red Sox clubhouse was not a favorable one...

Dodgers lose to Red Sox 4-2

Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox. Eventually, the rookie settled down but his team mounted its comeback too late. Ryu lost consecutive decisions for the first time in his career, giving up four runs and five hits in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-2 loss on Sunday that ended their four-game winning streak. Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer off...

Report: Red Sox Discussed Trading Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury for Derek Holland Before Megadeal With Dodgers

The Red Sox effectively pressed the reset button and turned their entire situation around last August when they completed their big trade with the Dodgers. It wasn’t the only deal that Boston considered, though. The Red Sox discovered that there was interest in Josh Beckett last season, and they explored at some length a number of different trade combinations with the Rangers,...

Red Sox-Dodgers Live: Jake Peavy Gets Nod As Sox Battle Dodgers in Big Rubber Match

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Your Morning Dump...where we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the "Megatrade"

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. One year ago today, the Red Sox were on the verge of completing a nine-player trade with the Dodgers that stunned all of baseball. Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez — three All-Star players...

Four Real: Red Sox vs Dodgers 8-25-13

Jake Peavy pitched a complete game for Boston on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP photo Marcio Jose Sanchez) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer To be honest, the Dodgers didn’t really get a fair Jake in the Game Three finale of the weekend series out in Los Angeles. Newly acquired hurler Jake Peavy was reminiscent of his 2007 Cy Young award-winning self...
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