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Lester Dominates, Ellsbury Homers to Give Red Sox Game 1 Victory in Rays Doubleheader

The Red Sox only hit against Rays starter James Shields in one inning Tuesday afternoon at Fenway, but sometimes one inning is all it takes. Jacoby Ellsbury‘s three-run home run capped a three-hit third inning, and Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings to pick up his 12th win. The Red Sox beat the […]

Red Sox Rally Late to Down White Sox 5-3 on Deadline Day

No matter his performance, the Red Sox have had a penchant for winning with Andrew Miller on the mound. The team entered Sunday 6-1 in Miller’s first 7 starts, and a late rally stretched that to 7-1 as Boston squeaked past Chicago 5-3. It was a gutsy performance for Miller, who gave up a season […]

Red Sox Falter, Lose To Royals In 14-Inning Marathon

Over the course of a 162-game season, there’s a game or two in the mix where it feels like no matter what the Red Sox do, they simply come up short. Last night against the Royals fell right into that category, as the Red Sox stranded the winning run in scoring position in four of […]

Ellsbury Homers Twice in the Heat to Give Red Sox Series Win in Baltimore

It was hot in Baltimore on Wednesday: 92 degrees, with enough humidity and sunshine to make it feel like 100. But not even the high temperatures could match the heat of Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury homered twice Wednesday afternoon, leading the the Red Sox to a 4-0 victory against the Orioles. The win gave Boston its […]

Red Sox Shut Down Orioles to Remain Atop the AL East

Many of us were likely nervous when John Lackey took the mound, given his horrible performances lately. Fortunately, those nerves were unfounded. Lackey went 6.2 scoreless innings of very good baseball, and was backed up by an even better bullpen. Boston got just one big inning themselves against the O’s pitching, but that was all […]

McDonald Guns Down Encarnacion in Ninth to Secure Red Sox Win; Lester Exits with Back Strain

For eight innings of Tuesday’s game against Toronto, Red Sox pitchers held the Blue Jays completely in check. In the ninth, it was the defense’s turn. Darnell McDonald threw out designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion at home, ending the Blue Jays’ ninth-inning comeback one run short and securing the 3-2 Red Sox victory. McDonald Saves Shaky […]

Gonzalez Homers in Ninth, Red Sox Win Series in Tampa Bay

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays played two pitchers’ duels for the first two games of their series, each winning one. A third pitchers’ duel was not in the cards Thursday night, with neither starting pitcher making it to the sixth. Luckily, Boston’s bullpen was slightly better. The Red Sox got a ninth-inning […]

Buchholz, Bullpen Shut Out Twins Despite Long Rain Delay

The rain pelted Fenway Park for over two hours Saturday afternoon, suspending play after two innings. It looked like another strong start by a Red Sox pitcher would be washed away, and Terry Francona would have to cobble seven innings from an already overworked bullpen. Problem is, nobody told Clay Buchholz. Buchholz threw five scoreless […]

Beckett, Bullpen Carry Red Sox Over Angels; Youkilis Injured

The Boston Red Sox needed a strong bullpen performance Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 10 innings, the offense had left 13 men on base. Luckily, a strong performance is exactly what they got. The Red Sox relief trio of Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks and Jonathan Papelbon combined to allow just […]

Beckett Comes Through as Red Sox Beat Blue Jays

Somehow, the Red Sox managed to get the 4-1 win over Toronto. You can thank Toronto starter Jo-Jo Reyes for that, thanks to his early struggles. Boston really had trouble afterwards, but they had enough to win thanks to Beckett’s help. A single, walk, single and double to start the 1st gave Boston the 2-0 […]

Red Sox Still On Track For 0-162 After Loss to Indians

The Red Sox just love finding new ways to lose. They’ve lost on terrible pitching and terrible hitting, and now in a 1-0 loss to the Indians, you can throw terrible base running and terrible umpiring into the mix. Both pitching staffs did quite well in the game, especially the starters, so scoring chances were […]

Lester, Bard Roughed Up As Rangers Beat Red Sox

Once the clock struck midnight Friday morning, April was upon us. In the past, April has not been a kind month for Opening Day starter Jon Lester (16 starts, 3-5, 4.58 ERA in his career), but the big lefty was looking to buck that trend Friday afternoon against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Lester blew […]

In Defense of Theo Epstein After Buck Showalter’s Criticism

Also Read: SoB’s Mike Carlucci thinks Buck Showalter brought up some good points about Theo Epstein and the Red Sox fat wallet. Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is no fan of Theo Epstein. In the April edition of Men’s Journal, Showalter said that overpaying for players because you have the highest payroll in Major League […]

Red Sox Spring Training (3/7-3/13): Roster Trimmed, Gonzalez Debuts Saturday

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s continuing coverage of the Red Sox’s Spring Training! Opening Day is less than four weeks away, and we’ll be be right there every day leading up to it. Nine games in seven days is a lot of games, but we’ve got recaps for every one of them. But even […]

Red Sox Spring Training (2/28-3/6): Lester Gets Flu, Gonzalez Takes BP

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly recap of all things spring training. After sweeping Boston College and Northeastern University, the Boston Red Sox began Grapefruit League action with an 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins to round out opening weekend. This week the team played a full slate of games, and we’re happy to […]