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Sox Bullpen Blows Lead, Sox Lose 9-8

Brought in to protect a three-run lead in the top of the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up three hits, a walk and the lead. Manny Delcarmen surrendered two runs in the top of the eleventh inning, and took the loss, as the visiting Oakland A’s defeated Boston 9-8. All told, the Sox bullpen gave up […]

A Penny Saved is a Penny Lost

As every day trader knows, the key to success is having a knack for buying low and selling high. As far as Brad Penny is concerned, the Red Sox have likely missed their chance to execute this most basic of strategies. Signing Penny was an excellent move. Although coming off an injury-plagued season, it was […]

Roethlisberger Accused of Sexual Assault

Multiple news sources report that Andrea McNulty, an employee of Harrah’s Casino, filed a lawsuit last week in Nevada accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in July 2008. Roethlisberger is not under criminal investigation, and it is not yet clear if Ms. McNulty filed a criminal complaint. Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett […]

Sox Bats Go Quiet in Loss to Rangers

The difference in Monday night’s game (a 6-3 loss to the Rangers) was that the Red Sox hit two “near miss” home runs that turned into doubles, while the Texas Rangers hit three of the real thing…in one inning…off future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, no less. It must be something in the water down there […]

Buchholz, Sox Defeat Blue Jays 4-1

Clay Buchholz answered some questions last night. The Red Sox right-hander pitched 5 2/3 effective innings last night to earn his first big league win since May of 2008. Afterwards, Buchholz said it felt like “about three years” since his last victory. Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and David Ortiz […]

Will the Real Clay Buchholz Please Stand Up?

So who is Clay Buchholz, really? Is he the guy who threw a no-hitter against the Orioles in his second Major League game, or is he the guy who went 2-9 with a staggering 6.75 ERA last season? So far this year, Buchholz has looked more like the former, albeit against Triple A competition. With […]

Tim Wakefield: An All-Star for the Rest of Us

Let’s get one thing straight right off the top, shall we? Using traditional criteria, Tim Wakefield did not necessarily deserve to be in the All-Star Game. Sure, he is tied for the American League lead with 10 wins, but we all know that wins are one of the most over-rated statistics in baseball, if not […]

Sox Win Slightly More Interesting Than “House” Rerun

About the only excitement in last night’s Red Sox win over the A’s was Jonathan Papelbon striking out the side in the ninth for this 21st save. Other than that, the 5-2 victory was a ho-hum affair. Josh Beckett was not particularly sharp, but he still managed to hold Oakland to two runs in 6 […]

Sox Lose Battle of the Bullpens

It was one of those improbable pitching match-ups that make baseball such a wonderful game. Tim Wakefield, making his club-record 383rd start for the Red Sox, opposed by the Seattle Mariners’ young flamethrower Felix Hernandez. Naturally, Mariners catcher Rob Johnson was the star of the game. Johnson, who entered the game hitting below .200, smacked […]

Is Josh Beckett an Ace?

After Tuesday night’s unbelievable 11-10 loss to the Orioles, which featured the best bullpen in baseball surrendering an astounding 13 hits and 10 runs in two innings, the Sox needed, above all, a stout performance by staff ace Josh Beckett. Depended upon to play the role of stopper, Beckett was hit hard, giving up five […]

Was Signing Dice-K a Mistake?

Now that Daisuke Matsuzaka’s third season with the Boston Red Sox has been suspended indefinitely with “shoulder fatigue,” it is time to ask the question: did Theo blow it? Judging by Dice-K’s exit from the game last Friday night amidst a chorus of boos, a majority of the Fenway faithful certainly think Sox General Manager […]