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Andrew Bailey Encounters Hiccup in Bullpen Session But Cites Slight Arm Tightness, Not Thumb Issues

BOSTON -- Andrew Bailey has encountered a slight bump in his rehab. During his scheduled session on Friday, the Red Sox closer felt some fatigue in his right arm, not with his thumb. Considering the team was already accelerating Bailey's rehabilitation, they elected to slow it down. "It didn't go perfectly," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said of Friday's session...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Franklin Morales' Second Consecutive Strong Outing Enough to Win Amica Pitcher of the Week

Boston's starting pitching may finally be starting to turn it around, going 3-1 on the week. Even that loss -- suffered by Jon Lester at the hands of the Atlanta Braves on Friday -- was deemed a quality start, with the lefty giving up three earned runs in seven innings of work. Scott Atchison even got in on the fun, hurling two scoreless innings of relief on Thursday to pick...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein's Stats and Data No Match for Problems of Chicago Cubs

Theo Epstein made a name for himself in Boston as he harnessed the power of sabermetrics to spur the Red Sox on to two World Series titles. But the former Boston general manager has an uphill task waiting for him at his next job, with the Chicago Cubs. Like the Red Sox, the Cubs have endured years of missed opportunities, but they have many more cracks in their baseball foundation...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz Headed to Disabled List With Gastrointestinal Issue

A bug -- injury, flu or otherwise -- has bit the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz is the latest Red Sox pitcher to take some time off, as he is headed to the disabled list, NESN's Didier Morais reports. Buchholz was already scratched from Sunday's start against the Atlanta Braves due to illness, and he is being sidelined with a gastrointestinal issue, according to NESN's Tom Caron...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis in Lineup, Cody Ross Batting Cleanup as Aaron Cook Returns to Mound for Red Sox

To say the Red Sox' lineup is a little shook up for Sunday's game would be an understatement. A day after much upheaval over the status of Kevin Youkilis, the third baseman is back in the lineup for the final contest in a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Rather than bumping Will Middlebrooks out of the batting order, though, Youkilis will start at third, and...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Should the Red Sox Pursue More Starting Pitching Before the Trade Deadline?

The Red Sox' fortunes have seemingly taken a turn for the much better lately, as Boston has gone 8-2 over its past 10 games and finds itself now sitting just 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. But this recent success is masking an issue that has hampered the team all season long: starting pitching. Currently sporting an ERA of 4.83 -- which ranks 27th in the majors ahead of...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Ashton Eaton, Michael Phelps Are Good Reasons for Any Sports Fans to Get Into Olympics Early This Time

Most Americans respect the jogger they see gutting it out on the side of the road as they make their morning commute. Imagine their admiration if they knew the extent of what Ashton Eaton did on Saturday night. Eaton broke the world record for the decathlon Saturday, amassing 9,309 points at the U.S. Olympic trials. In his final event, the 1,500 meters, he not only surpassed his...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis Starting at Designated Hitter Against Braves While Will Middlebrooks Plays Third Base

Hold on those trade talks, kids. Kevin Youkilis is still here. A day after declaring that he wasn't dead yet, Youkilis has returned to the Red Sox lineup. He'll be playing third base, and Will Middlebrooks will start at designated hitter on Sunday, Jenny Dell reports. It's been an uncertain weekend for Youkilis and the Red Sox, as trade rumors heated up Saturday with...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Calls Scott Brooks 'My Guy for Life' as Thunder Look Toward Offseason Decisions

OKLAHOMA CITY -- By keeping largely the same group together and building over time, the Oklahoma City Thunder climbed from the bottom of the league to the NBA Finals. They were so close to the pinnacle. Now it gets only more difficult to keep all the pieces in place to try to finish the job. The Thunder enter the offseason with coach Scott Brooks' contract about to expire, Sixth...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Euro 2012 Kills Chinese Man Who Stayed Up 11 Straight Nights to Watch Games on TV

Yes, too much sports watching can be bad for your health. A Chinese man has died after staying up 11 straight nights to watch every game of Euro 2012, according to a newspaper report from Hunan province, as reported by USA Today. Ireland's 2-0 loss to Italy on June 18 was the match that put him over the edge, the Telegraph reports. The 26-year-old had been staying up through...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Ashton Eaton Sets World Record in Decathlon at U.S. Olympic Trials, Breaks 11-Year-Old Mark

EUGENE, Ore. -- Ashton Eaton likes to compare decathlons to life -- the ups and downs, the good and bad, the setbacks and comebacks. Over two dreary days that finally closed with a bright ray of sunshine, Eaton found out just how good life can be. He's the world-record holder in the decathlon, the cream of the crop in the hallowed and history-filled event that has long identified...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Red Sox Hoping to Finish Interleague Off With A Win

8 a.m. ET: Making his second career start for the Red Sox (37-34), Aaron Cook returns to Fenway Park to take on the Braves (38-33). The hurler was sidelined since May 5, when he suffered a left knee laceration that required 11 stitches and a stint on the disabled list. Before suffering the injury, Cook dazzled with his sinkerball. Afterward, he imploded against the Orioles, yielding...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia's Potential Return to Form a Boon for Red Sox' Lineup

Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. It's the little things that seem to feel different right before busting out of a slump. It's just a little more comfort in the batter's box, maybe taking a pitch just off the...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia's Three-Hit Game Could Be the Trigger Needed for a Hot Stretch

BOSTON –– This could the jumpstart that Dustin Pedroia needed. Since returning on June 5 –– after missing six games with a torn adductor muscle in his thumb –– Pedroia has sputtered at the plate, collecting just nine hits through 14 games heading into Saturday's 8-4 win over the Braves. But he finally exploded on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. In his second...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Aaron Cook Plans to Turn Heads In Return to the Red Sox With New Secret Weapon

BOSTON -- For the first time since May 5, Aaron Cook will start for the Red Sox. After recovering from a gash on his leg that required 11 stitches, the 33-year-old was purposely scratched from Saturday's start in Pawtucket to start Sunday's game against Atlanta in place of Clay Buchholz, who is battling an undisclosed illness. When Cook takes the mound at Fenway Park, expect...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Euro 2012 Has Local Impact on Lingerie Sales as Women Compete for Their Men's Affections

It's an old sports adage that you're not supposed to, uhm, 'do it' the night before the big game. While there's little evidence to back up the claim that it really does any harm to the competitive spirit (or competitive biology) sex and sport are apparently in competition with each other in a more direct way during Euro 2012. According to the UK tabloid The Sun...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Complains to Reporters About Reporters Manufacturing Controversy (Video)

There has to be a little irony in the fact that David Ortiz took a chance to vent his frustrations about reporters drumming up controversy -- by going on a tirade to reporters, as he did Thursday. Well, rather than being a case of controversy begetting controversy, NESN.com's Didier Morais thinks that Ortiz's rant may have been a little more premediated than it seemed. Was...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Already Benefitting From MLB's New Two Wild Card Format

We’re not yet to the halfway point of the 2012 season, but already the ramifications of baseball’s new two wild card format are starting to come in to focus -- and those changes may well benefit the Boston Red Sox. In years past, hanging around the .500 mark 70 games in to the season would have been time to hit the panic button, and set up some even more interesting decisions...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Fenway Park Better Ballpark Than Milwaukee's Miller Park, Despite ESPN Vote

Fenway Park is old fashioned, but the ownership group of John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner has drastically improved the 100-year-old ballpark since they took over the team in 2002. With additions such as EMC Club, Right Field Roof Deck and new video boards while keeping old traditions such as the manual scoreboard in left field, Fenway is baseball’s most unique ballpark...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss
DOLLAR DOLLAR BILLS

Thome cashes in on walk-off HR

Jim Thome hit a walk-off home run to beat the Rays, and he reportedly cashed in thanks to an offer from one of his teammates. 

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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones Farewell Tour Touches Down at Fenway

BOSTON –– Chipper Jones' farewell tour has been recognized in Boston. After announcing that 2012 would be his final season –– during spring training –– the Braves third baseman was honored before Saturday's game. Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner presented Jones with a No. 10 in a pregame tribute. The No. 10 plaque was off the Green Monster scoreboard...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis Says He's 'Not Dead' Despite Trade Talk, Notes Communication Error with Bobby Valentine

BOSTON -- The trade chatter around Kevin Youkilis is growing louder. Shortly after Friday's game against the Braves, reports circulated and claimed the Red Sox were nearing closer to trading the third baseman. The White Sox and Pirates were considered possible suitors. After guiding the Red Sox to two championships in nine seasons, Youkilis' tenure could be ending. As he...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Scott Atchison Receives All-Star Support in the Clubhouse, With First Base Coach Alex Ochoa As Primary Witness

BOSTON -- At 36, Scott Atchison is putting together a career year. Through 38 1/3 innings this season, Atchison has turned heads with his performance, striking out 29 batters while surrendering just five runs en route to posting a miniscule 1.17 ERA. Unlike most in the majors, Red Sox first base coach Alex Ochoa anticipated Atchison's success. After facing Atchison in Japan,...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Jamie Moyer Released by Orioles, 49-Year-Old Was Oldest Ever to Play in Majors

The Baltimore Orioles did not promote 49-year-old Jamie Moyer from the minor leagues after three starts. Moyer requested a move, and that’s just what the Orioles did. Baltimore released the oldest active player in professional baseball on Saturday. He was released by the Rockies on May 30 and signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on June 6. When Moyer signed the contract...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Vote: Which NHL Team Made the Biggest Wave in This Year's Draft?

Some the NHL's best teams made moves in the draft to improve their playoff chances. The Bruins were unquestionable winners in the 2010 draft when they chose Tyler Seguin with the No. 2 overall pick. However, this year’s draft was a little different. The Carolina Hurricanes picked left winger Phillip Di Giuseppe with the 38th overall pick in this year's draft. The 18-year...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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