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Clutch!

Despite improving their roster on paper in many ways after their World Championship 2013 season, the Boston Red Sox are on the verge of falling out of contention in 2014, less than halfway through the season. Overall, it's not the pitching. Yes, Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront have disappointed mightily, and yes, Jake Peavy has run into some really hard luck, but Jon Lester...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Papi Is Angry

Papi is really pissed. While Workman has appealed his suspension, Papi has gone off on Price and MLB: "He started everything up and we've got to pay for it basically," he said in Cleveland on Tuesday. "Is that the message that I'm getting right? So I don't have any answer about that, but it's like I say man, way too much evidence now that he hit...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Turnaround! Who Made the Improbable Comeback Possible?

When a team loses ten games in a row, one can be 99.9% sure that they were worse than a .500 team through that stretch of games. When a team wins seven games in a row, you can be 99% sure that they're better than a .500 team through that stretch of games. When the two streaks come back-to-back... ...look, I've been living and dying with the Boston Red Sox and their...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blame Game! Whose Fault Was The Losing Streak?

The Red Sox have ended their losing streak at ten in a row. It's still May, and the team is fewer than ten games back, so anything can happen, especially after winning three in a row to recover. Still, win or lose this season, this is a losing streak that will be remembered for years. Whose fault was it? And how is it being reversed now? Before looking to...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew Questions and Answers

Stephen Drew is going to be back with the Red Sox. Let's look at some questions and answers. Q: What can we expect? A: Over the past three seasons, Drew has hit .245/.322/.403 while fielding his position at a near-MLB-average level. That's a reasonable expectation. Q: How does that translate into wins for the Red Sox? A: The big gain...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Instant Replays Malaise

Major League Baseball has instituted an instant replay appeal system for the 2014 Season that permits managers of 29 teams to appeal critical calls that appear to be incorrect, with a special team of umpires in New York reviewing the plays from all available angles and returning a definitive judgment in a couple of minutes. The slight delay of game is balanced by the knowledge...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Return of the Flyin' Hawaiian: Upcoming Red Sox Roster Moves

Shane Victorino comes back to Boston soon. His rehab assignment has already begun and he’s eligible to return anytime. We'll probably see him in the line-up later this week. To make room on the roster, who will go? Assuming that the Red Sox cannot go to a smaller bullpen, and considering their limited depth already at infield and catcher, here are some options...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Schedule for the Red Sox home opener

The Red Sox have announced their schedule for their home opener at Fenway Park on Friday. The festivities will include the presentation of the World Series rings and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with the first pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers coming at 2:05 p.m. The players themselves will wear gold-trimmed jerseys with gold stitching around the World Series Championship...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia headline best-selling jerseys in the MLB

Stop the presses. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are really popular. Also, Red Sox fandom is impossible to match. Those were the takeaways from the number of jerseys sold from October 31, 2013 to March 30, 2014. The best selling jersey in the MLB during that time period was David Ortiz. The second best-selling jersey was that of Dustin Pedroia. Both managed to beat out...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pros and Cons of Opening Day

This article is written by Fenway Refugees Insider Sean Connor: Only one game into the 2014 season and there were a lot of pros and cons for the Red Sox. For starters, the pros. Jon Lester looked amazing in his 4th season opening start. Sure, he gave up the deciding home run in the bottom of the 7th to Nelson Cruz, but that should overshadow his work the rest of the game...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes to auction or donate White House blazer to charity

One of the most colorful elements of the Red Sox's visit to the White House will find a new home. A Red Sox spokesperson told TMZ that Jonny Gomes will either donate or auction off his star-spangled blazer for a charity: Gomes hasn’t decided where the jacket will end up, the Red Sox spokesperson told TMZ, but it’s bound to go for much more than the original $395...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

President Obama's remarks to the Red Sox

On Tuesday, the Red Sox made their ceremonial visit to the White House for winning the World Series. President Obama had a speech prepared for the Sox and it is provided below, per ESPN Boston: Hello, everybody! Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. I got a few things to say here. First of all, it’s great to see you as we kick off the 2014 baseball season. Now, I thought...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox may don red, white and blue blazers for White House visit

The Red Sox are set to visit the White House on Tuesday for winning the World Series and they may be wearing some appropriate clothes for the occasion. And by "appropriate", we mean thematically: The red, white and blue blazers, apparently, are on deck. No official word yet, but there is increasing evidence that the gift bestowed by Jonny Gomes on his...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox set Opening Day Lineup

The Red Sox have announced the team's 25 man Opening Day lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles. Per boston.com: PITCHERS (12): Burke Badenhop, Clay Buchholz, Chris Capuano, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Andrew Miller, Edward Mujica, Jake Peavy, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, and Brandon Workman. CATCHERS (2): A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Splitting the Outfield

How will the Red Sox distribute plate appearances for the outfield and corner infield positions? The Sox enter the 2014 season with a wealth of outfield talent offering a variety of strengths and weaknesses. It will be interesting to see how the the Sox divide the plate appearances between these positions. If Grady Sizemore should make the 25-man roster, the team would break...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting the 25-Man Roster

The World Series champs are at it again. Although Jacoby Ellsbury was lost, to the Evil Empire no less, the pain of losing Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew has been tempered by the anticipation of finally seeing some prospects from the 4th best farm system in baseball (according to Baseball Prospectus). A.J. Pierzynski is a capable filler and a veteran backstop until Christian...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting the 2014 Red Sox 25-Man Roster

The World Series champs are at it again. Although Jacoby Ellsbury was lost, to the Evil Empire no less, the pain of losing Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew has been tempered by the anticipation of finally seeing some prospects from the 4th best farm system in baseball (according to Baseball Prospectus). A.J. Pierzynski is a capable filler and a veteran backstop until Christian...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Soul Searching: Ellsbury in Pinstripes as a Sox fan in New York

Its not that I hate Jacoby Ellsbury. But today I saw the first t-shirt. It was all green with the number 22 on the back and Jacoby Ellsbury's face on the chest. It was a Yankee T-shirt. The green was for Saint Patrick's day. It was being sold in my local super market and I just felt betrayed. Living in NY as a Boston fan has been a tough life, in baseball terms...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill James: Beyond the Stats

Winning three championships in less than 10 years is not luck. It had nothing to do with breaking the curse either. And even though the new ownership deserves credit for embracing some outside-the-box theories, even they would have to admit they never expected these results. Then how? The Red Sox have made arguably the best use of a (now) not-so-secret weapon -- statistics. ...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Red Sox Starters

The Boston Red Sox approached the 2014 spring training with an unusual bounty. While most teams enter Spring Training looking for their fifth starting pitcher, Boston had six reliable, veteran starters. That changed on day one, as Ryan Dempster made the classy decision of sitting out the season on the restricted list and forfeiting his salary, rather than trying to overcome a couple...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Luis Tiant: The Exception to the Red Sox Rule

I couldn't help but smile when I saw this photo of none other than Luis Tiant—El Tiante—at Red Sox Spring Training today. About a year ago, I wrote an essay about Red Sox Breakups for a book titled "How the Red Sox Explain New England," and I thought some of you might enjoy the excerpt I wrote about good old Luis. This part of the essay was speaking about...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2014 Red Sox Outfield

Predicting the 2014 Red Sox Outfield Jacoby Ellsbury is gone. As a critical late-season call-up in 2007 and as an All Star-caliber regular in 2013, Jacoby Ellsbury was one of the key players of two World Champion Boston Red Sox teams. Sadly, he chose to sell his soul once eligible for free agency, and the long-time anchor of the outfield has traded the chance for immortality...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Projections OF/DH

Time for my 2014 OF and DH predictions for the Red Sox and from around the league. There some questions around the OF, most importantly the question of who will patrol center field. Will it be second year rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., or two time Gold Glove winner Grady Sizemore? There's an enticing position battle in Ft. Meyers between Bradley Jr., the top prospect who broke in...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Dempster to Take 2014 Off

Remember when the Red Sox had too much pitching heading into 2014 (I know, you can never have too much pitching)? But remember how us fans were debating whether or not they should try to trade one of them? Well, it's already looking good that GM Ben Cherington decided to stick with what he had because the Sox are already down one: Ryan Dempster. Dempster announced this...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Say They'd Be Accepting of a Gay Player

When NFL prospect Michael Sam announced he was gay this week (just about six months after NBA player Jason Collins came out and made headlines), I started to wonder when we'd have the first openly gay baseball player. As more and more brave men come forward in a cut throat sports world, it's bound to happen in baseball too. And I've also been wondering what if that player...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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