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The Monday Takeaway
As the ESPN crew signed off from its Monday Night Baseball broadcast of the series opener between the Red Sox and Marlins, color man Rick Sutcliffe summed up the 4-1 Miami victory in four words: “Josh Johnson is back.”
Though Ozzie Guillen’s team won six consecutive Johnson starts between May 4 and May 30, the big right-hander struggled for two months to regain his dominant form of years past. His fastball velocity went in and out, and his command eluded him at times—such as the 2 2/3-inning, six-run clunker at Petco Park that, ironically, served as the springboard for the aforementioned winning streak.
A healthy Johnson is arguably the best pitcher in the National League, but the rust from a season lost to shoulder trouble was impeding his return to dominance.
Last night, up against the man he replaced at the front of the Marlins’ rotation, Johnson snapped Miami’s six-game skid with a performance worthy of Sutcliffe’s praise. He hit the mid-90s on the r...
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What's Josh Johnson's problem? When the Marlins ace was asked about Josh Beckett, he expressed admiration for his former teammate, admitting he was a legend... almost. Almost? What else does Beckett have to do, Josh? NESN Nation's Dan Duquette has more in the video above. Join NESN Nation: In-game home page | Twitter | Facebook
Miami Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano says his stiff lower back feels much better, less than 24 hours after he had to leave a game in the third inning.
Zambrano, who has had back trouble before, said he began the game Saturday in discomfort and then aggravated the problem. He departed after allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings against Tampa Bay and took the loss, which left...
Mark Buehrle was magnificent for the Miami Marlins outside of one inning but that was enough for the Boston Red Sox who won 2-1 on Tuesday. The loss moved the Marlins to 3-8 in June as they continued to bring back memories of June 2011. Miami is now back in fourth place in the division and has also fallen six games behind the fist place Washington Nationals after starting...
The Miami Marlins put an end to their six game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Playing with the roof open at Marlins Park for the first time since April, Miami was able to move into a third place tie with the idle New York Mets. The Marlins are now 3-7 in June.
Josh Johnson continued his run of terrific starts with a seven inning effort...
MIAMI -- Josh Johnson allowed one run in seven innings as the Miami Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Rookie Donovan Solano drove in two runs and Gaby Sanchez knocked in one for the Marlins. Former Marlin Josh Beckett fell to 4-7, allowing four runs in seven innings in his first start against his former club. Beckett went 41...
The Marlins' new ballpark, for better or for worse, gets people talking. People always seem to have an opinion about Fenway Park, too, although the two stadiums won't often be compared in the same sentence. Nevertheless, NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers if there was anything about Marlins Park that fans wouldn't mind seeing back in Boston. Check...
MIAMI (AP) -- Desperate for a turnaround, the Miami Marlins opened their retractable roof for the first time in nearly two months Monday night, took to the outdoor setting and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox.
Josh Johnson outpitched his former teammate, and rookie Donovan Solano drove in two runs as the Marlins improved to...
MIAMI (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano, one of baseball's best-hitting pitchers, is now under orders to cool it in batting practice.
Zambrano complained of a stiff back in his most recent start Saturday, and manager Ozzie Guillen said lusty swings can't help.
Zambrano is a career .239 hitter with 24 home runs, including one this season. He's expected to make his next scheduled...
Right-hander Carlos Zambrano insists he will be ready for his next start Friday in Tampa -- even though he was taken out of his start Saturday night with one out in the third inning because of lower back stiffness. Zambrano, who allowed seven runs in a 13-4 loss to the Rays, said he came to the park Saturday in discomfort but decided to pitch anyway. "I learned something...
The Miami Marlins' retractable roof is open for their game against the Boston Red Sox, a surprising development with South Florida's steamy rainy season under way.
A high-pressure system brought unusually dry weather to the area, and half an hour before Monday's night game started, workers at the Marlins' new ballpark opened the roof, treating fans to clear skies...
Yep, this team is playing like crap again.
Josh Beckett made his return to Florida and the Marlins welcomed him by dropped scored all four of their runs in the first two innings while Josh Johnson contained the offense as Miami gets the 4-1 win.
It started real quick as Jose Reyes got a leadoff triple off of Beckett and Donovan Solano managed to get enough of a Beckett pitch...
Clay Buchholz outpitched Mark Buehrle and the Boston Red Sox beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Tuesday night, ending a four-game losing streak.
The game was scoreless until Kelly Shoppach hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and came home on a single by Mike Aviles.
Logan Morrison hit a leadoff home run in the Miami seventh.
Buchholz (7-2) allowed five hits and struck out a season...
After missing out on two earlier chances to face his former team, Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett will finally get his first matchup with the Miami Marlins.
The 2003 World Series MVP will try to help stop Boston's three-game skid while sending the Marlins to a season-high seventh consecutive defeat Monday night.
Beckett's turn in the rotation came one game after...
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RED SOX (29-32)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (6-2, 5.77)
Pitching: LHP Mark Buehrle (5-6, 3.49)
The Tuesday Takeaway
Yesterday’s takeaway from the series between the Red Sox and the Marlins in Miami was Josh Johnson’s return to form. After Tuesday’s 2-1 Boston victory, perhaps the same can be said of Clay Buchholz.
The 27-year-old Buchholz was dreadful from the start of the season through May 21. He coughed up seven runs in four innings to the Tigers on April 8 and...