// Evan Longoria

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 […]

Shields Baffles Red Sox All Night Long, Hands Boston First Loss in 10 Games

Having won their last nine games by a combined 47 runs, the Red Sox were on a roll heading into Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Then they faced James Shields, and everything rolled to a halt. Shields pitched a complete-game shutout, holding the Red Sox to just five hits, and left fielder Justin […]

Fantasy News Flash: Evan Longoria Placed on DL

Earlier today, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria was placed on the 15-day DLwith an oblique strain. The stud 3B left Saturday’s game against Baltimore for pain in his side. After an evaluation, the team decided it would be best to put him on the disabled list. Longoria is expected to miss at least three […]

Red Sox Spring Training (3/14-3/20): Rotation Set Thursday, Roster Trimmed Twice

Sports of Boston’s coverage of Red Sox Spring Training rolls on! April 1 fast approaches, and the Red Sox Opening Day roster is definitely taking shape. Terry Francona announced Wednesday that Jon Lester would open the regular season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. On Thursday, Francona set the rest of the starting rotation. John […]

Rays Score Every Which Way in Clobbering of Red Sox

When they weren’t taking first base on a walk, the Tampa Bay Rays were taking home plate via home runs. The Rays homered five times and walked seven times Tuesday night at Fenway Park as they defeated the Red Sox, 14-5. The Red Sox began the game well, with the first two Boston hitters reaching […]

Crawford Crushes Red Sox; Boston Now 6 1/2 Back in Both Races

It’s been almost five years since any Boston Red Sox catcher threw out Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carl Crawford. He has stolen 35 consecutive bases. Sunday night, when the Red Sox and Rays played the rubber match of their three-game series at Tropicana Field, he stole no bases. Instead, he did his damage with his […]

Wakefield, Sloppy Sox Swept Away by Rays

And just like that, the team held together by strings finally fell apart. The Red Sox, who are fielding practically half of what they had in mind for the Opening Day lineup, dropped their third straight game in Tampa on Wednesday, falling to David Price, who earned his 12th win of the season. Price allowed […]

Video: Longoria, Upton Nearly Fight in Dugout

In case you missed it, Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton got into a heated exchange in the dugout on Sunday after Upton lazily chased a ball in the gap in left-center that ended up being a triple. The Rays have hit the skids lately, and the Red Sox have now surpassed them in the AL […]

Sox Give Rays a Taste of Their Own Medicine

It was a beautiful sight for Red Sox Nation to see them sweep the top team in the AL East this week, but will this 3-game sweep over the Rays be enough to motivate the Sox to keep on trucking up the treacherous AL ladder?

Handicapping the AL MVP Race

Seeing as there’s less than a month left to the season, we can begin to predict what the award winners are going to look like. The one I’d like to take a look at is the AL MVP race, and this is because it will divide old school baseball fans and more sabermetrically-inclined fans for […]

Longoria Home Runs Lead to Tired Sox Bullpen

Despite finishing with four strikeouts, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit two home runs, one to tie the game in the eighth inning off Daniel Bard, and one to win it in the 13th inning off Takashi Saito in a 4-2 Rays win. Jon Lester was magnificent on the mound yet again, allowing just three […]

Pablo Sandoval Showing Some Signs of Power

Quick Hits Cody Ross (OF), Florida Marlins Cody Ross has quietly put up great numbers in the last two months. Since May 1st he has hit .302 with 11 homers and 34 RBI. The power numbers are legit, Ross hit 22 homers in 145 games last year. However, the .300 batting average is a mirage […]

My 2009 MLB All-Star Ballot

It’s the time of year again when somehow ESPN believes John Kruk, Steve Phillips, and many other wannabe experts can tell you who should be on the MLB All-Star team. The other night I was trying to catch highlights of an Albert Pujols home run and Baseball Tonight was trying to push the meme of […]

TGIF: 2009 BABIP Leaders and Losers

One of my favorite tools for assessing players in fantasy baseball is Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP). A great piece done on BABIP can be found here. To those unfamiliar, here is a brief synopsis: “Simple logic states that once a ball is hit into play, there is nothing a hitter can do […]

Lineup Card Error Forces Rays Pitcher to Hit

Rays manager Joe Maddon made a critical mistake in his lineup card before Sunday’s game against the Indians. The Rays penciled in Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria to play third base, while Maddon had intended Longoria play DH. When Ben Zobrist took the field in the top of the first, the umpires took more than […]