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I have a lot of admiration for Jackie Bradley, Jr. There’s nothing better than a rookie who plays his heart out and can put in some production for the team. The reason I’m gushing though is because I’m about to say something that makes me a little sad to say: Jackie Bradley, Jr. cannot replace Jacoby Ellsbury.
Before you get mad and tell me that he’s the next big thing, I’ll go ahead and tell you that you’re probably right. But the chances of him getting himself up to an Ellsbury level of play in one offseason aren’t necessarily very likely.
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
As of today, Jacoby Ellsbury and JBJ have played in the same amount of games (33) in their rookie seasons (which is a lovely coincidence to make this comparison). Ellsbury batted .353 in his first short season, while JBJ is batting .191 right now. I understand that not too many rookies bat .353, but that’s still a stark difference.
Do I think JBJ would do better than .191 next season, ...
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rest after John Farrell’s bunch clinched their first AL East crown in six years
(Photo By The Nosebleeds.com)Everybody loved it when Jonny Gomes drop-kicked his helmet into the air while rounding third on a game-winning HR. And, it was sort of cool when he was punting beer cans into the crowd on Friday night after the Red Sox clinched the AL East. But, in a classic case of unintended consequences, one of those errant Bud Lights struck a Red Sox fan in the face...
As the last days of the Red Sox regular season wind down, the possibility that Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the lineup before the playoffs gets slimmer and slimmer.
The American League Division Series opens Oct. 4.
Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Ellsbury, out since Sept. 5 with a fractured bone in his right foot, could return to the field...
After defeating Toronto in their last regular-season game at Fenway Park, the Red Sox took part in the Picnic in the Park event. The veterans may have enjoyed the relaxing activity more than the rookies, though.
Before kicking off their final road trip of the season, the Red Sox rookies got a little taste of hazing as dress-up day made its way into the Boston clubhouse. Rookies returned...
Colorado denied Boston a chance at 100 wins with an 8-3 win at Coors Field.
Tyler Chatwood shut down the Sox, giving up just three hits (and a walk) over seven innings. The Sox roughed up the Rockies bullpen a little, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia homering in the 9th, but overall the offense just wasn't there tonight.
Meanwhile, the pitching wasn't there either. John Lackey...
The Red Sox announced their 2013 minor league award winners Saturday.
Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero were among those who received hardware for their contributions this season. The awards were selected by the Red Sox’ baseball operations department and minor league roving instructors.
It’s been a successful season for the major league club, but the...
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The Red Sox were partying like it was 1999 on the field Friday night after clinching the American League East with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. During the celebration, an Army helmeted Jonny Gomes kicked can of beer into the crowd. It seems the fans...
It’s the final mailbag of the regular season. Let that sink in for a minute.
It seems like just yesterday we were discussing whether Jackie Bradley Jr. should crack Boston’s Opening Day roster and if Joel Hanrahan or Andrew Bailey was the right guy for the Red Sox’ ninth-inning duties. Oh, how things have changed.
Fortunately for Red Sox fans, October will bring more baseball...
The night before the Red Sox brought out the champagne, John Lackey led his team to their first playoff berth since 2009.
Lackey tossed a gem against the Orioles on Thursday night, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and going the distance to record the one-run complete game.
The right-hander surrendered only two hits on the night while striking out eight and walking two...
The Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound on Tuesday night at Coors Field. He will be opposed by Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Jake Peavy will be the Red Sox starter on Wednesday night against veteran Roy Oswalt. Both games will start at 8:40 p.m. Eastern Time. After the brief two-game set, Boston will head to Camden Yards for the final three games of the season.
The Red Sox worst-to-first story is just getting better. Not only have the Red Sox exceeded expectations but they should also be considered World Series favorites.
The Red Sox are arguably the hottest team in baseball right now going 27-9 since Aug. 18 when they lost two out of three from the Yankees, losing their third series in a row.
Since that time, the Red Sox have won eight...
The Red Sox’ bats were cooled in Denver on Tuesday night, with the team managing just three runs against one of worst pitching staffs in Major League Baseball.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia accounted for two of those runs with one swing, as his home run cut Boston’s deficit to 8-3 in the top of the ninth. That’s as close as the Sox would get, however. Josh Outman and Manny Corpas combined...
A handful of knuckleballs cost R.A. Dickey.
David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered to lead the AL East champion Boston Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the last-place Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in the regular-season finale at Fenway Park.
''I threw really two or three that I regret, and two of them got hit out for home runs,'' Dickey said. ''It's just...
With home-field advantage in the AL still up for grabs, the Boston Red Sox won't take it easy during the final week of the regular season.
John Lackey looks to build on his best start of the year when the Red Sox visit the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night looking for an eighth win in 10 road games.
Headed to the postseason for first time in four years as East champions, Boston...
Pedro Martinez is back in baseball just in time for the Red Sox to hit the postseason.
The former Sox ace will serve as a studio analyst on TBS during Major League Baseball playoffs starting in October with the NL Wild Card play-in game, according to CBS Boston. Martinez will join host Keith Olbermann in studio.
The 41-year-old Martinez last took the mound the last in the 2009 World...