Found May 29, 2013 on
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Even when the Phillies win, it seems we can find something to bicker about. Debating every decision made by a manager as a game is unfolding is one of the beauties of the game of baseball, and last night presented quite the situation for some. Cliff Lee, having thrown eight dominant innings and reaching a pitch count of 95 pitches thrown likely would have started the ninth inning nine times out of ten for manager Charlie Manuel. But Tuesday night in Boston Manuel played the sentimental hand and opted for his closer, Jonathan Papelbon, giving the former Boston Red Sox closer an opportunity to pitch for the first time in Fenway Park since leaving the Red Sox for the Phillies in the offseason between 2011 and 2012.
@kevincooney @dennisdeitch I'd start with Lee and bring Pap in if needed. But Charlie's sometimes sentimental, will bring Pap in.
— Macho Row (@Macho_Row) May 29, 2013
Sending out Lee for the ninth in...
BEST OF MAXIM
The last time Jonathan Papelbon walked off the mound for the Red Sox, Boston had just completed the worst collapse in team history. Less than three months later, Papelbon, the Sox all-time saves leader, walked out of Fenway for good, signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Before last night’s game Papelbon was back...
I heard this a couple of hours ago and I have been debating whether or not to talk about it. The reason is, I really don't care. If you haven't heard, The Red Sox have made Jonathan Papelbon's list of teams on his no-trade list included in his contract with the Phillies.
According to a major league source, Jonathan Papelbon has the Red Sox as one of the eight teams...
Cliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.
The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Michael Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as he snaps an 0-21 hitless streak, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game up at one-all in their half of the...
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Could the Red Sox make a move for CLiff Lee? That is a possibility, according to WEEI, but only if a number of factors fall into place. I'll admit that the possibility appeals to me, but I wonder what we might have to give up. Jacoby Ellsbury would be a logical choice, since Jackie Bradley Jr. has been called up and he is clearly the future, so that might...
“Cinco loves that!” How fun is it to watch Jonathan Papelbon in a postgame interview? May be as fun as watching him pitch! http://www.mtrphilly.com. Talk #Phillies now on the MTR Nightcap on MTRRadio.com!
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"Sibling Rivalry." I like that term for the little rivalry that Jonathan Papelbon has with the Red Sox. It went to a new level last night when the Red Sox were able to mount a rally against Pap, but Pap was able to finish us. Well, he's one of the best closers in the game. He's like Mariano Rivera, in that if you happen to get a win off...
The Red Sox will technically go for a sweep on Tuesday night at a Fenway Park.
Fresh off of pounding the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a two-game series Tuesday night in Boston. The Sox are hoping to get an effort similar to Monday night where they defeated Philly 9-3. The two teams will then head to Philadelphia for another two-game set on Wednesday and Thursday.
There are only a few elite aces in the majors like Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. What other divisional hurlers are in that group?
TAL’S HANDY STATS
I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the MLB 5 periodically. The number of games played by the Phillies is in the headline at the end.
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Ryan Dempster became the Dempster of April again Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Dempster was opposed by a rejuvenated Cliff Lee that appears to have completely put last year’s disappointing campaign behind him.
Dempster was very solid after three straight subpar performances, allowing just two runs in a seven-inning start for the first time since April 15 and giving...
Domonic Brown has always been a highly touted prospect in the Philadelphia system. Against the Red Sox, he’s showing why.
Brown homered twice to lead a four-home-run Phillie attack against John Lackey and the Sox, and a late rally in the ninth against old friend Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t enough for Boston. Despite some late heroics, the power display from Philadelphia won the...
The Cleveland Indians have announced that catcher Lou Marson will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday night with Double-A Akron. If there are no setbacks, his rehab assignment will be transferred to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
Marson, 26, has been limited to just three games and five total plate appearances with the Indians this season. He has spent time on the...
The Red Sox stumbled against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Fenway Park as former Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon closed out the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion.
Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster didn’t have his best outing of the season, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits. The right-hander falls to 2-6 on the season, and acknowledged after the game that he struggled...
The Boston Red Sox (32-22) will try to earn a split in their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies (26-27) tonight, as they have lost two out of the first three. The Sox tried to make a ninth-inning comeback Wednesday, but they fell one run short, as Jonathan Papelbon got his second save in as many nights. Tonight, Franklin Morales gets...
The first inter-league game of the series didn’t exactly go as planned. With the pitcher hitting, the Red Sox lacked some punch, and now have to hope for a series split. Worst of all, the Red Sox saw the Jonathan Papelbon super fist pump.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: His story may have some cobwebs on it, but I still find Daniel Nava‘s tale entrancing from time to time...
First Pitch: Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 7:05
Arms: Wednesday: John Lackey, RHP (3-4, 2.72 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick, RHP (4-3, 3.29 ERA)
Thursday: Jon Lester, LHP (6-1, 3.34 ERA) vs. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP (3-0, 3.21 ERA)
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