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BOSTON -- There isn't much chance of the Minnesota Twins rallying to get into the American League's postseason races. After all, being 16 games under .500 on July 19 tends to drop a team into the role of spoiler. Guess what: The Twins are spoiling. From July 27-29, Minnesota swept a three-game series from Cleveland, sending the Indians into a tailspin that has seen them lose seven games in a row to fall into also-ran position. This week, the Twins came into Fenway Park, a place where they had lost 10 of their last 11 games. They were facing a struggling Red Sox team that still has hopes of getting in the wild-card chase. Two games, two Minnesota victories. And even though the Twins are just 46-60 and still a mile away from contention, they're feeling good about themselves. "When you play well, you feel that way, and obviously that's been the case," veteran infielder Jamey Carroll said after his RBI single, his fourth hit of the night, in the 10th ...
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The 2012 Red Sox season continues to take one embarassing turn after another. The latest incident involves a comment Bobby Valentine made to Will Middlebrooks and one anonymous tattle-tale who felt the need to tell the front office:
"It's silly, whatever. I don't even remember when it was, but if you need it, because if you don't talk about it then it becomes a...
A picture from Jamey Carroll's first major league game, as he attempts to tag out Honus Wagner. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
There's two things you need to know about Twins infielder Jamey Carroll: He looks really old, and he kicked the holy bajeezus out of the Red Sox tonight, as Minnesota took down Boston 6-5 in the 10th. Both Carroll and Morneau went 4-4 tonight...
Stick a fork in them.They're done.The Minnesota Twins scored 5 runs in the final two innings, highlighted by Joe Mauer's 3-run homer off Alfredo Aceves with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning to beat the Red Sox 6-4 at Fenway Park. Aceves thought he had struck out Mauer looking on the previous pitch, only to have his 2-2 offering called a ball by home plate umpire David...
Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. Despite the tough 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night, the Red Sox are still winners of four of their last six, and have won four of six series since the All-Star break. Now they welcome...
The Red Sox usually score runs for Felix Doubront -- and that's been a big factor in his success this year. He's also pitched well on his own, but the offensive support helps, for sure. After getting shut out on Thursday night, the Red Sox might be saving up all their runs for a big win on Friday. That's the hope, at least. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette has more in the...
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Red Sox (53-55)
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (2-2, 3.32)
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (4-6, 7.43)
I attended my first Boston Red Sox game in 1972, a 13 inning spectacular punctuated by a Rico Petrocelli grand slam to win it. I was the young little leaguer mimicking Freddie Lynn's dives in the outfield, Butch Hobson's bare handed grabs at third. I cried when they lost the one game playoff to New York, the Bucky Bleepin' Dent game. I stood on the railing outside...
Samuel Deduno allowed two hits in six innings in his third straight strong performance and the Minnesota Twins spoiled a rare solid outing by Jon Lester and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Thursday night.
Brian Dozier had three hits for Minnesota, including a two-run homer in the ninth.
Deduno, making his sixth major league start, has given up just two earned runs and 10 hits in...
BOSTON -- Franklin Morales excelled in his opening audition as a starting pitcher. Now, he'll look to be effective in the follow-up. When he starts against the Twins on Sunday, it'll signal his fourth different role change of the season. Morales has switched duties nearly as often as he switches socks, going from relieving to starting to relieving to starting once again....
Even though Curt Schilling has been in the news for some lousy reasons as of late, it doesn't diminish the appreciation Red Sox Nation has for his achievements in a Boston uniform. In four years with the team, after all, Schill was 53-29 with a 3.95 ERA and 574 strikeouts, garnering an All-Star appearance and second-place finish in the Cy Young voting along the way. More than...
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. With two outs in the ninth inning and a man standing at second base, Will Middlebrooks fought through arguably the best at-bat of his young, major league career. The battle went on for...
BOSTON -- In 16 years of managing, Bobby Valentine never once had three catchers at the same time. After promoting Ryan Lavarnway earlier this week, it placed the Red Sox manager in unfamiliar territory, considering Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach are each healthy and also in the catching fold. "I don't know how permanent a three-catcher situation is going to be...
The Red Sox hoped to be able to make a move up the standing with the Twins coming to town for 4 days, however when they are unable to score a single run it does not usually work out all that well.
Jon Lester took the mound for the Sox and we all collectively crossed our fingers that he would show signs of being that ace pitcher we need him to be. Lester pitched well, however...
After dropping their second straight to the pathetic Minnesota Twins, the Orioles had fallen to 46-44. After being 39-27 and on top of the world, the O’s had lost 17 of their last 24 games. I assumed that the eventual freefall that O’s fans have become accustomed to had begun and another 90 loss season [...]
Eddie Kasko and the 1972 Red Sox deserved a better fate than lazy schedule-makers handed them.
This past Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox caught a break. Leading the Detroit Tigers 4-1 at Fenway Park, with the game in the sixth inning, Detroit loaded the bases with one out. Then the rain came and pounded the field. Ninety minutes the game was called and Boston was awarded the win...