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Reflecting back, there’s a critical period in the Red Sox development which is largely under-remembered due to what happened in October, 2004. But it began in November, 1997 when the Sox actually traded for a young star – Pedro Martinez – as opposed to their typical coveting of used-to-be-stars approach. And it ended in July, 2004 when the new-era Sox traded away oft injured Nomar Garciaparra. Between those pivotal events the Sox bandwagon became heavy, but not many noticed (outside of the fact that seats suddenly became hard to come by) because the Sox were still the lovable losers at that time as opposed to recent World Series Champions.
Pedro joined the Sox immediately following Nomar’s Rookie-of-the-Year, All Star, Silver Slugger campaign of 1996. And suddenly the Red Sox had the best young starter in the game, complemented by one of the best young position players.
In that first year Pedro (Age: 26) went 19-7, 2.89, and Nomar (Age: 24) hit .323/35/122 with a .946 OPS. T...
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Via @ESPNStatsInfo comes this fun nugget: Mike Napoli hit two 460+-foot bombs last night and was the first player to do so in eight years. Or maybe they just haven't looked at data beyond 2004. OK, the tweet is pretty vague and I'm not finding any info online.
But look: They even made a nice graph of it!
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Clay Buchholz has been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, and some think he is cheating to gain an unfair advantage.
After the Red Sox pitcher improved to 6-0 on the season following Boston’s 10-1 win in Toronto on Wednesday night, accusations came from Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz was doctoring the baseball with a substance he kept on his...
No player on the Red Sox has had as tumultuous a time with the team than John Lackey. He posted a 14-11 record in his first year in Boston in 2010, with a 4.40 ERA -- although his 3.85 FIP suggests he was the victim of bad luck. That bad luck was no excuse for his terrible 2011; his 6.41 ERA was by far the worst for a Red Sox starter with at least 150 innings. It now appears that...
After a much needed day off on Wednesday the Pawtucket Red Sox return to action on Thursday night to begin a four game set with the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium. Alfredo Aceves will make his first start for the Pawsox tonight and it will be his first Triple-A start since April 29, 2011. Durham Bulls lineup Rich Thompson LF Jason Bourgeois CF Wil Myers RF Leslie Anderson DH Chris...
Fans have been calling for Red Sox SS Stephen Drew's head after roughly three games as the starter. After missing much of Spring Training and the opening games of the season with a concussion, Jose Iglesias won over the hearts of fans. The young SS had to take a backseat however, once Drew returned to reclaim his position. Many people (including myself) thought that Iglesias...
The Red Sox hope to get Shane Victorino back Friday.
Boston's Shane Victorino has missed six games since leaving last Wednesday's game against the Athletics with a back injury.
The right fielder said he's had no trouble swinging the bat in recent days. Earlier this week, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he expected
Victorino to play...
What better way to honor a Red Sox reporter than to turn her into a bobblehead doll?
That’s exactly what the Lowell Spinners are doing for NESN’s very own Jenny Dell, as the Single-A Red Sox affiliate will be passing out Dell bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans at their July 1 game.
Check out the figurine below.
A preview of your @JennyDellNESN Bobble Head that the first 1...
This contest was made for Mike Napoli. While he has never been among the league leaders in home runs, and to my knowledge has never been invited, seeing Napoli in the Home Run Derby would be awesome.
When the Red Sox signed Napoli we all expected him to hit his share of dingers, what has surprised me is the man's sheer strength. His second home run was as huge of a blast as...
Sure, the Red Sox did well enough against J.A. Happ to leave him on the hook for a loss, but it could have been so much better.
Despite walking seven batters, Happ only allowed two runs to the Red Sox — which means Boston could be vulnerable to a Blue Jays comeback after failing to capitalize on the early chances they had.
NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette is a little worried about...
After a loss there is 1 person who you want to start the next game, Clay Buchholz. Luckily for the Red Sox that is the situation that unfolded today and Buchholz did not disappoint. Buchholz became the first 6 game winner in the Major Leagues this season after pitching an absolute gem tonight against Toronto going 7 innings allowing only 2 hits. The offense also provided a little...
In my mind, Clay Buchholz has been an ace since 2012.
I began working for NESN right around June 1, 2012, and shortly thereafter began regularly live blogging Red Sox games for the duration of the season. So while Buchholz’s numbers on the season — 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP — look pretty middling, in June and July he posted ERAs of 2.40 and 2.45, respectively, and after a 3.72 August...
After going 7-3 on their last homestand and enjoying a day off on Monday, the Boston Red Sox hit the road for their next six games. They'll kick if off tonight with the first game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I predict the Red Sox will win 7-4 (Red Sox -122).
First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. If you...
Ryan Dempster has always had success pitching in his native Canada, but that all came at Olympic Stadium against the old Montreal Expos. He had never faced the only current Canadian team, the Toronto Blue Jays, north of the border until Thursday, when he made the start for Red Sox at Rogers Centre.
NESN’s Jamie Erdahl caught up with the British Columbia native during Red Sox Gameday...
Edwin Encarnacion's 2-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa - his 2nd home run of the game - proved to be the difference as the Red Sox lost to Toronto 9-7 at the Rogers Centre. The loss snapped a 5-game Boston winning streak.Jon Lester (pictured) started for Boston. He lasted 6 innings and allowed 6 runs...
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“It looked like he got tied up with [home plate umpire] Clint [Fagan] behind the plate,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He goes to **** his arm, had his hand hits the mask. After conferring...