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  1. Don’t make Will Middlebrooks the goat for last night’s game

    Oct 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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

    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post ponders whether or not Will Middlebrooks will become a goat after last night’s obstruction play. The headline — which I’m certain Davidoff did not write: Davidoff himself does not believe that Middlebrooks should not be a goat, saying “Middlebrooks “faces a future in which he might known be…

  2. Jake Peavy rips umpire Dana DeMuth, calls the game-ending play “a joke”

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

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

    You mad, bro? Yeah, Jake Peavy is definitely mad about the game-ending obstruction call last night. Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse after the game, the Red Sox’ Game 3 starter was incredulous, calling home plate umpire Dana DeMuth’s ruling that Allen Craig would have scored cleanly from third base but for the obstruction of…

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

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having the worst of weeks

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

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

    Don’t blame Will Middlebrooks for the fluky obstruction call that ended Game 3. Don’t blame umpire Jim Joyce, who made the gutsy choice to call it and give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory. Blame the guy who made the bad throw in the first place: Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The struggling Saltalamacchia shouldn’t have even been in…

  5. More on Rule 7.06, Obstruction

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

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

    The Cardinals just won Game 3 of the World Series on an obstruction call by third base umpire Jim Joyce. You can read how the play went down in the recap right here or watch this video: This post will deal with the intricacies of the rule for those of you who may find the jargon…

  6. The night John Farrell embraced chaos

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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

    ST. LOUIS — There’s a cliche about managers putting their players in the best position to succeed. A corollary to that is having the best players in the right position, at the right time. Do those things as often as possible and you’re more likely than not to win, right? Well, sometimes. The Red Sox tested…

  7. Cardinals win Game 3 of the World Series on an obstruction call

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Jim Joyce

    Oh boy. You’re going to be hearing a lot about the ending of this one for a long time. Let’s set up the scene: Brandon Workman in for his second inning of relief. Matt Adams strikes out on a dropped third strike. Yadier Molina bloops a single to shallow right-center. Allen Craig pinch-hits. Reliever Koji…

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

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Looking ahead to ALCS Game 6: Tigers-Red Sox

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Clay Buchholz Getty

    After defeating the Tigers 4-3 in Game 5 on Thursday night, the Red Sox are just one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2007. They’ll attempt to finish things off in Game 6 of the ALCS tonight at Fenway Park in Boston. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET while the…

  10. ALCS, Game 5: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    Lineups for Game 5 in Detroit … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Jonny Gomes SS Stephen Drew 3B Xander Bogaerts C David Ross SP Jon Lester There was lots of post-Game 4 talk about benching someone from the left side of the…

  11. The Red Sox may put Xander Bogaerts in the lineup for Game 5

    Oct 17, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox' Bogaerts singles in the seventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Red Sox have scored ten runs in four games, four of which came on David Ortiz‘s grand slam in Game 2. They could use some shaking up, and the Boston Herald reports this morning that that the shakeup could come in the form of Xander Bogaerts in the lineup. Third vs. short is a…

  12. ALCS, Game 4: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    Lineups for Game 4 in Detroit … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Jake Peavy Switch-hitter Daniel Nava and his .322 batting average versus right-handed pitching is finally back in the…

  13. ALCS, Game 3: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

    Oct 15, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jim Leyland

    Lineups for this afternoon’s Game 3 in Detroit … Tigers: CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez SS Jhonny Peralta C Alex Avila 2B Omar Infante LF Andy Dirks SP Justin Verlander Tigers manager Jim Leyland is sticking with Jhonny Peralta at shortstop, but has made a…

  14. The Four-Pitcher Slam

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    My pal Bob Ryan brought this up first, but it’s worth reliving for a moment. Sunday night, David Ortiz hit one of the coolest home runs in postseason baseball history. There are many reasons for this. One, is the obvious: The game seemed over. The series, really, seemed over. The Tigers led 5-0, the probable…

  15. The David Ortiz home run through the eyes of a Tigers fan: a play in one act

    Oct 14, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    The scene: the Calcaterra fortified compound during last night’s Tigers-Red Sox game. The lady of the house is a Tigers fan. She is enjoying some bourbon. She is also enjoying the Tigers’ 5-1 lead over the Red Sox. But she is only enjoying it so much. For the bottom of the eighth inning is beginning…

  16. David Ortiz puts the Red Sox back in the game with a game-tying grand slam

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    The narrative of the ALCS through nine innings of Game 1 and seven innings of Game 2 was all about the Tigers’ pitching dominance and the Red Sox offensive futility. That came to a screeching halt in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Sox mounted a potentially series-altering rally against the Tiger bullpen.…

  17. Red Sox end Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid, get on board in the sixth

    Oct 13, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    It took nearly 15 innings, but the Red Sox are finally on the board in the ALCS. After the Tigers put up a four-spot in the top half of the sixth, the Red Sox mounted a two-out rally against Max Scherzer to end his no-hit bid and keep hope alive in Game 2 of the…

  18. ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Red Sox

    Oct 13, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    fenway park getty

    Below are the starting lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for just after 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Detroit leads the best-of-seven Championship Series 1-0 after Saturday’s victory. Detroit Tigers CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B…

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

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    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…

  20. Tigers’ poor base running costs them twice in the fifth inning of ALCS Game 1

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew, Jhonny Peralta

    The Tigers were twice in good position to break a scoreless tie against Jon Lester and the Red Sox in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS, but poor base running decisions left them with nothing at the end of the inning. Jhonny Peralta led off with a double to left-center. Omar Infante…

  21. ALCS, Game 1: Tigers-Red Sox lineups

    Oct 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    ALCS 2013

    Lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS in Boston … Tigers: CF Austin Jackson RF Torii Hunter 3B Miguel Cabrera 1B Prince Fielder DH Victor Martinez LF Jhonny Peralta 2B Omar Infante C Alex Avila SS Jose Iglesias As expected, Jose Iglesias is back at shortstop after Jhonny Peralta made the start there in Game…

  22. ALDS, Game 4: Red Sox-Rays lineups

    Oct 8, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Lineups as the Rays try to keep their season alive … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Jake Peavy Red Sox manager John Farrell declined to make any lineup or batting…

  23. Over-managing playoff managers and bunts that “work”

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    jimmy dugan

    If I ever owned a baseball team, I’d want to hire Jimmy Dugan from “A League of their Own” as my manager. This isn’t only because he dislikes the bunt, though that helps — you probably remember the scene where he finally notices what’s happening on the field and calls off Geena Davis’ bunt sign…

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

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    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…

  25. ALDS, Game 3: Red Sox-Rays lineup

    Oct 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Lineups as the Rays try to avoid a sweep … Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury RF Shane Victorino 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli LF Daniel Nava C Jarrod Saltalamacchia SS Stephen Drew 3B Will Middlebrooks SP Clay Buchholz After facing left-handers in the first two games of the series the Red…

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