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Sox 99 – Final Games

One of the most dramatic performances in postseason history enabled the Red Sox to defeat Cleveland in the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS. Pedro Martinez, who had been sidelined with back pain since game 1, came out of the bullpen to hurl 6 hitless innings as the Sox prevailed, 12-8. Starter Bret Saberhagen had been ineffective, touched for 5 runs in 1-plus frames.The Tribe...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bring Back Koji

The Red Sox have signed relief pitcher Koji Uehara to a 2-year $18 million dollar contract.  The Sox had exclusive rights to negotiate with him until Tuesday and were able to work out the deal before other teams got in the mix. Koji went from unhittable during 2013 and part of 2014 to an inconsistent reliever in the second half of 2014.  Most of this can be blamed on a lower back...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Division Series 2

The Red Sox’ potent bats, so quiet in two losses in Cleveland, exploded at Fenway to tie the series 2-2. The team got another jolt before game 3 when it was announced that Nomar Garciaparra would sit with a sore wrist. But the Sox, behind Ramon Martinez and Derek Lowe, stayed close and put it away with 6 in the seventh for a 9-3 win.  John Valentin, hitless in his first 10 at...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Division Series

The Red Sox ended the 99 season as the AL wild card, riding a hot September to finish 94-68. They finished 4 games behind the Yankees and 7 ahead of the Oakland A’s, their top WC challengers. It was the most wins for Boston since 1986. The Sox were paced by two men with tremendous seasons. Pedro Martinez went 23-4, capturing a unanimous Cy Young. He accomplished the pitchers...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New Hitting Coach

With the season over, the final Sox offensive stats are in, and they are not good. 634 runs (11th in the AL). 123 homers (12th), a .316 OBP (8th). a .369 slugging percentage (14th). 1337 strikeouts (a club record). a .237 average with runners in scoring position (last in the league). The stats are more baffling when you examine the 2013 totals, including 97 victories and a World...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – September Hot Streak

The Red Sox continued as one of the hottest teams in baseball as September unfolded. They first took 2 of 3 from Cleveland, owner of the best record in the majors. In a battle of hot-hitting clubs, the Tribe prevailed in the first constest 11-7 before over 43,000 at Jacobs Field. The home squad went up 8-1, but had to hang on as Boston continued to pound the ball. Starter Tim Wakefield...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaughnessy- Not Quite Right

As is his style, Dan Shaughnessy had a rant last weekend on the state of the Red Sox. “Nobody’s mad at the local nine, ” he wrote. “After all, they’ve won the World Series three times in 10 years and they won it last year…everybody is happy just to enjoy another day in America’s most beloved ballpark..” “Fenway fans, ” he goes on, “don’t mind paying the highest...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Pitchers – Don’t Judge Yet

How have the Red Sox young hurlers done since THE TRADES? If you go on stats, not very well. Through Saturday, Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman, Anthony Renaudo and Allen Webster have made 49 starts. Their record is 12-23 with a 5.06 ERA and only 6 strikeouts per 9 innings. The latest disappointment is De La Rosa, who has faded badly after a good start. But numbers do not tell...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Toward Postseason

The Red Sox made a big leap toward the postseason by taking three from the Yankees in the Stadium behind solid pitching and strong hitting. It was Boston’s first sweep in the Big Apple in 15 years, and started with perhaps Pedro Martinez’ best of many great performances. On September 10 he tossed a one-hitter in a 3-1 win, walking none and fanning a career-high 17. Pedey fanned...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Season Goes Out With A Whimper in Loss to Yanks

The Red Sox played their last game of 2014 this afternoon before closing the book on a disappointing season.  Before the game started the Sox had a ceremony honoring Derek Jeter and then gave him the gift of having Clay Buchholz not only give up a hit to Jeter, but an RBI hit.  The Sox went down early to the Yankees and were playing behind the whole game.  The Sox went from worst...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Bat Around Against Tanaka in Easy Win

This weekend seems to be about anything and everything to do with Derek Jeter and his last few days of baseball, however the Sox lineup and Joe Kelly decided to play and win a ballgame anyways.  Tanaka tanked and didn’t even make it out of the 2nd inning and the Sox bats ran away with this one.  Derek Jeter might have gotten a standing ovation during his at bats, but that wasn’t...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Take Opener in Final Series

The Red Sox and the Yankees headed into the final 3 games knowing they would not see October baseball.  Both teams probably had less major league players than they would if it were a spring training game.  The Sox had knuckleballer Steven Wright on the mound vs. former Sox Chris Capuano for the Yankees. The Red Sox cracked the scoreboard first when Capuano gave up an RBI single...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 159 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Rays 9/25/14

Here is tonight’s lineup vs. the Rays: Red Sox (69-89) Betts 2B Bogaerts SS Nava RF Cespedes DH Craig 1B Cecchini 3B Castillo CF Brentz LF Vazquez C Webster SP Game time is at 7:10pm EST.
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Beat Rays 11-3 As Season Comes to A Close

The Red Sox had Anthony Ranaudo on the mound and while he ended up giving up a couple of runs in the 1st inning, the Sox took the end and never looked back.  The Sox scored 5 runs in the 4th inning and then 4 more runs in the 6th inning taking advantage of some poor pitching and some defensive mistakes from the Rays. The Rays jumped out to an early lead when Ranaudo gave up 2 runs...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 158 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Rays 9/24/14

Here is tonight’s lineup vs. the Rays: Red Sox (68-89) Betts 2B Bogaerts SS Nava RF Cespedes DH Craig 1B Cecchini 3B Castillo CF Brentz LF Vazquez C Ranaudo SP Game time is at 7:10pm EST.
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Falters in the Late Innings and Give Away Game to the Rays

The Red Sox headed back to Fenway for the final homestand of the season.  The Sox have a series against the Rays and then a series against the Yankees.  The Sox had Clay Buchholz on the mound against Alex Cobb of the Rays.  Clay had a lead going into the 8th inning, however the Rays would turn that around scoring 5 runs and turn his positive performance into just another loss...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 157 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Rays 9/23/14

Here is tonight’s lineup vs. the Rays: Red Sox (68-88) Betts 2B Weeks SS Ortiz DH Cespedes LF Nava 1B Castillo CF Cecchini 3B Vazquez C Bradley Jr. RF Buchholz SP Game time is at 7:10pm EST.
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Take Series Against O’s Behind Joe Kelly’s Strong Start

The Red Sox finished their last away game with a Sunday day game against the Orioles.  The game was Joe Kelly on the mound for the Sox vs. Miguel Gonzalez for the O’s.  Joe Kelly looks to be in the mix of the arms competing for the 2015 rotation and he made a pretty strong case in his performance yesterday. The Sox got on the board right off the bat.  Mookie Betts hit a leadoff...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 156 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Orioles 9/21/14

Here is today’s lineup vs. the Orioles: Red Sox (67-88) Betts 2B Bogaerts SS Nava 1B Cespedes LF Middlebrooks 3B Castillo CF Cecchini DH Ross C Brentz RF Kelly SP Game time is at 1:35pm EST.
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Jones Takes a Page From Big Papi and Hits 2 Homers in Sox Loss

The Red Sox the night before when David Ortiz took the team on his back and hit 2 homers.  Last night, the Orioles would so similarly when Adam Jones hit 2 homers and the O’s easily coasted to victory.  The Sox had Rubby De La Rosa on the mound and he continued to struggle down the stretch.  De La Rosa was lauded as one of the stellar young arms early in the season, but so far...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – September Surge

Boston’s late-August surge continued into September, as they swept three from the struggling Kansas City Royals and split a four-gamer with Seattle. Pedro Martinez took care of things in the opener, fanning 11 and walking one while allowing 4 hits and a run in 6 frames as the Sox breezed 7-1. They broke open a 2-1 contest with 4 in the fifth on 3 hits and 2 errors, with Butch...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Keep Mookie

Twice last week, Peter Abraham, Globe Sox beat writer and NESN contributor, suggested that Mookie Betts could be a trading chip over the winter. Though I respect Peter very much, I have to strongly disagree. As of Sunday (the day the Globe pubishes expanded stats), Betts had played 39 games with the Sox. His .283 average was by far the best of the Sox “young hopefuls”, including...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Bouncing Back

After being swept in Texas, the Red Sox bounced back in late August against much weaker competiton. The Minnesota Twins, 51-72 and 25 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, fell in the first game 4-1. The Sox rode two-run homers from Trot Nixon in the second and Troy O’Leary in the fifth. Pat Rapp, doing some of his best pitching of the year, went 6 frames allowing 8 hits...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 155 Lineup: Red Sox vs. Orioles 9/20/14

Here is tonight’s lineup vs. the O’s: Red Sox (67-87) Betts 2B Bogaerts SS Ortiz DH Craig 1B Nava LF Castillo CF Bradley Jr RF Middlebrooks 3B Vazquez C De La Rosa SP Game time is at 7:05pm EST.
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

It Took Extra Innings and Two Homers from Papi, but Sox Take Opener Against O’s!

The Red Sox headed into Camden Yards to play the winners of the Al East pennant, the Baltimore Orioles.  The Sox had just been swept by the Pirates and had rookie Allen Webster on the mound.  Webster pitched well, however the Sox would give up their lead in the 7th and end up having to head into extra innings for the win.  Luckily for the Sox, David Ortiz hit not one, but two...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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