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  1. Red Sox defeat Braves, snap 10-game losing streak

    May 26, 2014, 6:32 PM EST

    David Ortiz Getty

    The Red Sox dug out of an early hole this afternoon to snap their 10-game losing streak.

  2. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  3. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Junichi Tazawa, Mike Carp, and Jonathan Herrera

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:09 PM EST

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, and infielder Jonathan Herrera, WEEI’s Alex Speier reports. All three deals are non-guaranteed. Tazawa, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, will take home $1.275 million on a one-year deal. He finished 2013 with a 3.16 ERA and a six-to-one strikeout-to-walk…

  4. Wally the Green Monster to take a tour of Japan

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:21 PM EST

    Wally the Green Monster

    I get a lot of press releases about promotional things, odd events, weird ceremonies, goodwill trips and the like. Most of them are kind of boring. This one is fun: Red Sox relief pitchers Junichi Tazawa and closer Koji Uehara, who was named the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, and Wally the Green Monster will visit…

  5. Red Sox could non-tender Andrew Bailey

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Andrew Bailey

    Reliever Andrew Bailey‘s days with the Red Sox could be numbered. After moving to Boston in the Josh Reddick deal with the Athletics prior to the 2012 season, Bailey has made just 49 appearances in his two seasons with the Sox. He missed most of the 2012 season with a thumb injury, then had his…

  6. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  7. Red Sox crowned 2013 World Series champions after 6-1 Game 6 victory over Cardinals

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:23 PM EST

    john lackey getty

    The Red Sox are World Series champions, and they’re celebrating that accomplishment in front of their hometown fans for the first time since 1918. Red Sox starter John Lackey battled through a bit of early shakiness to deliver 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the inspired Boston offense pounded rookie sensation Michael Wacha in…

  8. The million fluky things that go into winning a World Series game

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EST

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    - Allen Craig, hobbled by a painful foot injury that nearly ruled him out for the postseason, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday on the first ever obstruction call to end a postseason game. – Craig scored because Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whom manager John Farrell forgot to take out of the…

  9. Matt Holliday comes up big against Junichi Tazawa as Cardinals retake lead in the 7th

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:06 PM EST

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    The Red Sox couldn’t hold the tie game Daniel Nava generously gave them after the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Will Middlebrooks took over at third base and Xander Bogaerts moved to shortstop in lieu of Stephen Drew. Meanwhile, lefty Craig Breslow toed the rubber to start the inning. Important details. Matt…

  10. Do the Red Sox or the Cardinals have the World Series pitching edge?

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    This postseason has been dominated by pitching, so who has the arms advantage in the World Series? During the regular season the Red Sox ranked sixth among AL teams in runs allowed and the Cardinals ranked fifth among NL teams in runs allowed, but overall totals can be misleading when it comes to evaluating the…

  11. Tigers pull within one run of Red Sox, but miss chance at bigger inning

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    The Tigers pulled within one run of the Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they squandered a chance at a bigger rally. Jose Iglesias and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back singles off Junichi Tazawa, setting up Miguel Cabrera to hit with runners at first and third and nobody out. However, the air…

  12. Tigers continue to chip away in Game 5 against Red Sox

    Oct 17, 2013, 10:43 PM EST

    Brayan Pena AP

    The Tigers are inching closer to the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS. After Jon Lester walked Victor Martinez to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, he bounced back by striking out Jhonny Peralta swinging. However, Omar Infante followed with a bloop single which dropped in front of a diving Jacoby…

  13. Overmatched Miguel Cabrera sees record on-base streak end

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:16 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Junichi Tazawa

    Miguel Cabrera‘s record streak of having reached base in 31 straight postseason games was snapped Tuesday when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. Obviously, there’s no shame in that. Even Cabrera mixes in an 0-for every once in a while. But the fashion in which it happened…

  14. John Lackey and Mike Napoli help Red Sox defeat Justin Verlander in Game 3 of ALCS

    Oct 15, 2013, 7:47 PM EST

    justin verlander getty

    Tigers ace Justin Verlander whiffed 10 batters and allowed just one run on four hits over eight innings in Tuesday’s ALCS Game 3 against the Red Sox, becoming the first pitcher in postseason history to fan 10 batters and yield four-or-fewer hits in three consecutive outings. But that’s not the story here. The Red Sox…

  15. Anibal Sanchez hands his no-hitter over to the Tigers’ bullpen in the seventh

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:57 PM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings in ALCS Game 1, but he will not be allowed to complete it. Sanchez threw 116 pitches, prompting Tigers manager Jim Leyland to lift him from the game with the larger goal in mind. Reliever Al Alburquerque will be the first out of the…

  16. The Rays’ all just wasn’t quite enough

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EST

    Will Middlebrooks, Yunel Escobar

    The Rays used 22 of their 25 players in Tuesday’s loss, and they were one inning away from turning to their Game 5 starter. Still, no matter how much Joe Maddon maneuvered, there was no outgunning the Red Sox this week. It was plenty close. The Rays got the break they needed in the second…

  17. Red Sox advance to ALCS with 3-1 defeat of Rays

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:30 AM EST

    ellsbury

    Boston will play for the American League pennant. Jake Peavy yielded just one run over 5 2/3 innings and the Red Sox offense managed a couple of key hits to dismiss the Rays from the 2013 postseason mix with a 3-1 defeat in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday night at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana…

  18. Red Sox guilty of a little too much playoff baseball

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:08 PM EST

    Division Series - Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three

    The Red Sox could have played this one straight up tonight. Instead, they made concessions to it being a postseason games. Because postseason games are rarely won 12-2 or 7-4. – In the seventh, with the score tied at 3, the Red Sox used Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa to get three outs. Those are…

  19. Behind David Ortiz’s two-homer night, Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:52 PM EST

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The Red Sox will head down to Tampa Bay happy campers. After a thorough 12-2 dismantling of the Rays in Game 1, the Sox scored seven runs against 2012 AL Cy Young award winner David Price in seven-plus innings, just enough run support for John Lackey. The scoring started early, with Jacoby Ellsbury leading off…

  20. Are there any holes to be punched in these Red Sox?

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    With the ability to start David Price twice and Alex Cobb once in the next four games, the Rays aren’t sunk after dropping Game 1 to Boston on Friday. The Red Sox, though, seemed pretty unbeatable today with the offense in sync despite four days off and Jon Lester limiting the damage besides a couple…

  21. Red Sox rout Rays to take 1-0 lead in ALDS

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    After falling behind 2-0 after four innings, the Red Sox scored 12 unanswered runs in support of Jon Lester to emerge victorious in Game 1 of the ALDS. Lester had surrendered two solo home runs, one in the second inning to Sean Rodriguez and one in the fourth inning to Ben Zobrist. But the Red…

  22. Red Sox’s turnaround more about incumbents than newcomers

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:15 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v San Francisco Giants

    We’ve heard it a million times now: the Red Sox changed the clubhouse culture for the better when they brought in Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Dempster over the winter. And that’s certainly true. I imagine this has been the best Red Sox team to cover in several years, and they do,…

  23. Red Sox beat Blue Jays to clinch AL East

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings and Koji Uehara picked up a five-out save Friday as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday and clinched the AL East title. Lester allowed just one run in seven innings to improve to 5-1 in his last seven starts. He’s turned in nine…

  24. Salty’s slam sends Sox surging to 90th victory

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a seventh-inning grand slam against Yankees reliever Preston Claiborne to break a 4-4 tie. The blast, which came on an 0-1, 92 MPH fastball, cleared the fence in right field at Fenway Park with plenty of room to spare. The Yankees, despite massive bullpen issues, had won their last…

  25. Clay Buchholz throws five shutout innings in return

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    clay buccholz getty

    Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz made his first start since June 8 on Tuesday night versus the Rays. And it went as well as anyone could have expected. Featuring a steady 93 mph fastball and a very sharp changeup, Buchholz tossed five scoreless innings at Tropicana Field, yielding only three hits and one walk while…

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