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2012 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitchers

A big storyline heading into this new season is how the Red Sox bullpen will perform given significant personal changes. Gone is four-time All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency. A big change awaits former dominate set up man Daniel Bard as he is stretched out to start this year to help a limited rotation. […]

Red Sox 2012 Starting Rotation Preview: Daniel Bard

Daniel Bard (2-9, 3.33 ERA, 73 IP, 74 K, 24 BB) Another starting pitcher, another question mark. As it had been speculated for months, Bard entered Spring Training preparing to be a starter. Last year’s set-up man was initially groomed as a starter in the minors, but it wasn’t exactly pretty (3-7 with a 7.08 […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/5-11): Offense Clicking Early

One thing is clear a week into Spring Training: this Red Sox team can hit. In going 4-2-1 this week, the Red Sox averaged over five runs a game. Even with Jose Iglesias missing Sunday’s “B” game with a strained right groin, this crop of hitters look just as formidable as the league-leading 2011 Red […]

Andrew Bailey Strengthens Red Sox Pitching Staff

The Red Sox finally made a big move this offseason. On Wednesday evening it was reported that the team was involved in a 5-player deal that sent outfielder Josh Reddick and two prospects to the Athletics in exchange for closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. There have been questions as to how the Red […]

Results Mixed for Previous Relievers-Turned-Starters

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and GM Ben Cherington announced last week that RHP Daniel Bard will be used as a starter in Spring Training, to see if he would be a good fit for the rotation on a permanent basis. While I have already stated my reasons why I think that this move […]

Exploring the Closer Market for Red Sox: Bell, Madson, Cordero, Others

After Jonathan Papelbon accepted a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, Ben Cherington and the Red Sox must now find a new closer. There is a great multitude of options this offseason, including big name free agents and possible trade targets. There is also the greatly discussed possibility of transitioning set up man Daniel Bard to […]

How Would Aceves and Bard Work in the 2012 Starting Rotation?

Nobody will deny that the Red Sox’ starting rotation needs a major overhaul after last month’s epic collapse that caused the Red Sox to miss the playoffs despite being nine games ahead in the wild card race at the beginning of the month. Opinions vary on exactly how to fix it, however. On Wednesday, Rob […]

Red Sox Need to Re-Sign Jonathan Papelbon

After a disastrous September torpedoed the Red Sox in the playoff race, a significant number of decisions will have to be made this offseason to impact the future of the franchise. The end of Terry Francona’s run as manager was the first notable change, and now with the emptiness of October baseball in the background […]

MLB Playoff Predictions: What the Red Sox Woulda/Coulda/Shoulda Done

Despite doing everything they possibly could to throw away their chances at the postseason in the month of September, the Boston Red Sox somehow still found themselves one strike away from at least forcing a one-game play-in against the Tampa Bay Rays. Then, in the course of three agonizing minutes, two walk-off wins left the […]

Ellsbury’s 3-Run Home Run in 14th Downs Yankees

Ellsbury Lifts Red Sox As the Red Sox playoff hopes are dwindling by the minute, Jacoby Ellsbury kept the Red sox head above water late Sunday night belting a three-run home run in the top of the 14th inning to down the Yankees 7-4. Lackey Slow Start, Strong Finish John Lackey took the mound in […]

Red Sox Win Pivotal Game, Push Wild Card Lead to 4 Games Over Rays

Beckett Returns, Bullpen Strong Josh Beckett returned in his most anticipated start of the year versus the Tampa Bay Rays in a crucial game in the Wild Card race. Beckett did not disappoint after a slow start, throwing six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, walking one and striking out seven. […]

Daniel Bard Blows Another Game, Blue Jays Win Late

For most of the game, Boston was in firm control, but the 8th inning was rough, as Daniel Bard blew the lead and gave Toronto a 5-4 win. Toronto seized the early lead in addition to the late one, scoring twice off John Lackey. With two on and two outs, Toronto put two more singles […]

Lester Gives up Three in First, Rays Complete Sweep

The Red Sox are in absolute free fall, and by the time they hit the ground, they might be looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoff race. Rays starter James Shields allowed just one earned run in 8.1 innings Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, and the Rays battered Jon Lester and the […]

Wakefield Again Denied 200th Win in 11-10 Loss to Blue Jays

The second heart-breaking loss in the last three games was arguably harder to swallow than the first, if for no other reason than that Tim Wakefield was so close—closer than he’s ever been—to his 200th win. Even so, this was an ugly game from the get-go, and both sides were to blame. When the dust […]

Sox Offense Backs Lester For Matinee Victory

With several stars of the Boston lineup battered and bruised, it took a complete team effort to bounce back against the Royals on Sunday. The Red Sox’ patchwork lineup was able to do just that, cracking 10 hits and 2 home runs in a 6-1 victory over Kansas City. The win moved ace Jon Lester […]