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The Boston Red Sox appeared to have found their groove before coming up short their last time out.
A visit from the Minnesota Twins could be just what they need to regroup.
The Red Sox open a four-game set Thursday night against a Twins club hoping to avoid an 11th loss in 12 games at Fenway Park.
Boston (53-52) had won four straight by a combined 22-12 score before falling 7-5 to Detroit in Wednesday's series finale. Carl Crawford hit his second homer but another shaky outing from Aaron Cook proved too much to overcome.
"We keep winning series and we're going to be just fine," manager Bobby Valentine said.
The Red Sox have only lost one of their last eight series against the Twins (44-60), winning 18 of 24 while batting .300. Boston has outscored Minnesota 68-33 in taking 10 of 11 meetings at Fenway over that stretch.
Keeping things going, though, could prove difficult with struggling Jon Lester (5-8, 5.49 ERA) on the mound. The left-hander has been especial...
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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...
Josh Beckett has left the Boston Red Sox game in the third inning with an apparent lower back injury.
Beckett motioned for the trainer to come to the mound after walking Miguel Cabrera to force in the first run Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers. His lower left back was checked and Beckett walked slowly off the mound. He was replaced with two outs by Clayton Mortensen, who...
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...
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. A little trip to New York seemed to help the Red Sox find their mojo, and they've carried it back to Fenway Park. Coming off their third win in a row, the Red Sox will look to ride the hot...
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...
Josh Beckett has been scratched by the Boston Red Sox from his scheduled start Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
Beckett left Tuesday night's game against Detroit after 2 2/3 innings because of a back spasm.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Friday that he didn't think the right-hander will go on the disabled list. Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA in 18 starts this season...
The Red Sox had a relatively quiet trade deadline, but that doesn't mean the team is going to pack it in the rest of the way. In fact, the team might actually be gearing up for a significant run at the playoffs following July 31, but not from the usual strategy of bringing in a big name to shake up the clubhouse. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers for...
It was precisely the type of situation for which the Boston Red Sox traded for left-handed reliever Craig Breslow. Yet Breslow didn't pitch. With lefty-hitting slugger Prince Fielder coming to the plate in the fifth inning Wednesday night and the Red Sox trailing the Detroit Tigers 5-1 after Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer, manager Bobby Valentine elected to stick with...
MINNEAPOLIS Denard Span was sweating it.
The Twins center fielder read Twitter and saw his name mentioned in trade rumors, and received texts from family and friends about it.But 3 p.m. rolled around Tuesday, and Span wasn't dealt. He remained a Minnesota Twin. So, too, did the rest of his teammates, as Minnesota stood pat on the final day before baseball's non-waiver...
Going into spring training 2009, the Red Sox thought that first base prospect Lars Anderson had a bright future with the big league club as he was named their number one prospect by Baseball America but all that changed with inconsistent play in the minors and the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez in December 2010. Now after seven [...]
Somehow, some way, Samuel Deduno is 3-0 for the Minnesota Twins.Deduno stymied the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in just his fifth career start, holding them to only two hits in six scoreless innings as the Twins beat Boston 5-0 at Fenway Park. Oddly enough, Deduno threw fewer than half of his pitches for strikes. He finished with 101 pitches in six innings; only 50 of them went for...
MINNEAPOLIS Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was at Target Field on Tuesday to speak at a luncheon for the 20th anniversary of the RBI World Series, which will be hosted by the Minnesota Twins.
Inevitably, Selig was asked about the MLB All-Star Game in 2014. Selig has yet to announce where that year's All-Star Game will be hosted, but many indications are that Target...
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...
After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Four hits and a couple walks, plus an amazing catch last night in center. Ells is starting to come around.
Carl Crawford: Carl's in the middle of a five-game hitting streak, and clubbed a homer last night, so maybe I'm being harsh...
After taking two-of-three from the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox will continue their 10-game homestand with the first game of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Twins television market, you can catch the game on FOX Sports...