// Daniel Bard

Pink Bats Explode for Red Sox in Dominant Mother’s Day Blowout

Mother’s Day has a good ring to it at Fenway Park. The most memorable game the Sox played was the “Mother’s Day miracle”, when they scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 for a dramatic win. Sunday’s game between Boston and the Cleveland Indians might not […]

Doubront Shines in 4-1 Victory, Pedroia Keeps Streaking

The Red Sox aren’t accustomed to winning games at Fenway Park this season. In fact, Boston won consecutive games at their home park for the first time all year on Friday night. The 4-1 win over Cleveland was highlighted by a terrific outing by southpaw Felix Doubront, who held the Indians lineup to just three […]

Dice-K: Was it Worth the Hype and Money?

Daisuke Matsuzaka cost the Boston Red Sox over $100 million, with $51.1 million allotted for the posting fee and another $52 million for the six-year contract. With only 49 wins in 105 starts to go along with a 4.25 earned run average, the $100 million seems like a little bit too much for that production. […]

Ross Homers Twice in Red Sox Victory Over Twins

Cody Ross must be quite the social animal. Through his first four home runs this season, at least one teammate had always been on base, waiting at the plate to celebrate with him. But sometimes, even Ross has to go it alone. Ross homered twice – one two-run, one solo – tying and then giving […]

Bobby Valentine is the Red Sox Manager, So Let Him Manage!

Owner John Henry said this in October of 2011: “Larry Lucchino runs the Red Sox.’’ That was made clear when new general manager Ben Cherington was sent on a hunt for a new manager of the Red Sox soon after Terry Francona was fired. Cherington soon found out that Lucchino was making the decision on […]

Red Sox Lose 1-0 on Bases Loaded Walk, Blown Strike Calls

Cody Ross slammed his helmet down in frustration before sharing a few choice words with home plate umpire Larry Vanover after making the final out on a called third strike. And for good reason. With the tying run on second and the go-ahead run on first, Ross stood helplessly at the plate as Vanover rung him […]

Daniel Bard Loses First Major League Start

Despite the fact he had not thrown a pitch all season until Tuesday night, Daniel Bard was definitely among the most-discussed players during the team’s 1-3 start this season. Should he start? Should he close? Well, for now, he’ll be starting, and that’s what he did for the first time in his major league career […]

With Bailey Out, Aceves Named Sox Closer

In a surprising move, manager Bobby Valentine has named Alfredo Aceves the replacement closer for the Boston Red Sox. With expected closer Andrew Bailey out for 3-4 months after surgery on his injured thumb, Aceves takes over the closer role despite very little experience closing games. For his career, Aceves has just four saves under […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (Final Week): Bailey and Beckett Injure Thumbs

Opening Day may be Thursday, but first the Boston Red Sox had to wrap up their final week of Spring Training. And while Boston won its final two games, finishing Spring Training with a respectable 16-11-4 record, thumb injuries to Josh Beckett and Andrew Bailey overshadowed the victories. Beckett may yet make his first start, […]

Closer Andrew Bailey to Undergo Thumb Surgery

So much for starting the season off on a good note. The Boston Red Sox kick off their 2012 season on Thursday afternoon in Detroit, but they will have to do it without their new closer, Andrew Bailey. After receiving a second opinion in Cleveland, Bailey will undergo surgery Wednesday on his injured thumb. Dr. Thomas […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/26-4/1): Boston Sets Rotation, Infield

Opening Day is less than a week away. Who’ll be starting Thursday in Detroit became a lot clearer this week, when the Red Sox hammered out their infield and starting rotation. They optioned both Jose Iglesias (.200 BA, five RBIs in nine games) and Lars Anderson (.343 AVG, eight RBIs in 18 games) to Pawtucket […]

Valentine-Management Power Struggle Already Defining Red Sox Season

In the middle of November, hopeful managerial candidate Dale Sveum met with Ben Cherington in Milwaukee. He was joined in the meeting by owners John Henry, Tom Werner, and President of Baseball Operations Larry Lucchino. Cherington had already met with Sveum once, and the second meeting undoubtedly served as a way for Cherington to present […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/19-25): Lester to Start Opening Day, Jenks Charged with DUI

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Spring Training Player of the Week! With a .571 batting average, three runs, four doubles and an RBI in four games, Mike Aviles takes over. Hopefully this award propels him to a fantastic season, finally giving the Red Sox some stability at shortstop. In other Spring Training news, […]

Is Daniel Bard Headed Back to the Red Sox Bullpen?

According to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam, the Red Sox front office is preparing for the possibility that Daniel Bard returns to the bullpen for 2012, rather than take a place in the starting rotation. Instead, Alfredo Aceves, the swingman from 2011, could complete his own transition from relief to starting. In 12.2 innings this spring, Bard […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/12-18): Ciriaco Continues to Shine

Non-roster shortstop Pedro Ciriaco gave the Boston Red Sox some pretty good reasons to keep on the squad come opening day. After winning SoB’s inaugural “Spring Training Player of the Week,” Ciriaco followed it up by batting .538 with two doubles and a home run in six games this week. He scored four runs and […]