// James Shields

Rays Winners in Blockbuster Trade with Stronger Royals

The Tampa Bay Rays were already a powerful nemesis to the Red Sox in the American League East, but the franchise that could once be penciled in for last place in the division has made a few moves this winter to ensure that they’ll be competing for many more years. In a blockbuster driven by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sputtering Red Sox Come Out Flat Against Jays, Lose Again

For the second straight night, the Red Sox faltered North of the border, dropping the series finale to the Blue Jays 7-4. Ricky Romero finally managed to beat Boston, surrendering 3 runs in 6.2 innings. All of those runs came late for the Red Sox as Romero had batters guessing for most of the night. […]

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 […]

Baseball Brawls: Are They Necessary?

Coming off of their series win in Baltimore, the Red Sox faced the possibility of a repeated controversy from their last series with the Orioles. Before the All-Star Break, David Ortiz received a four-game suspension for his dispute with pitcher Kevin Gregg. Incidents involving fighting in baseball have been happening for years, and Boston fans […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ortiz, Hall Homer in Red Sox Victory

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays faced off Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were coming off a series in San Francisco in which they won two of three games, but suffered several key injuries along the way. The stories of the night would be whether those injuries would hamper their […]

Lester, Bullpen, Combine to One-Hit Rays

The Boston Red Sox faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. On the mound for the Red Sox was Jon Lester, who was coming off of a complete game, one earned run victory against the Minnesota Twins. Opposing him was Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields, who was coming off an […]

Burrell Helps Rays Beat Red Sox Twice on Saturday

Yikes, what an ugly weekend it has been for baseball. While the Bruins and Celtics won their games indoors on Saturday, the Red Sox managed to lose two games outdoors in the rain at Fenway Park. In the first “game,” play resumed in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 1-1. The struggling […]

2009 Fantasy Baseball Season Wrap-Up

Aaaaaaannnnnnnnnnd that does it! The baseball season has officially come to an end. This of course means that fantasy baseball has officially closed in the year 2009. If we all want a taste of this game again, we will have to wait a few months until the 2010 draft preparations begin. Congratulations to all of […]

Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Rays, 9-11

UPDATE: Game postponed due to rain! Well the game has just been canceled, at long last. No Charlie Moore re-run. (But they are showing the Pedro Fight Game against the Devil Rays from like 7 years ago.) The game will be replayed from the start, so at least the Sox won’t have to face the […]

Sox Rough Up Shields, Defeat Rays 7-3

Tampa Bay’s James Shields just can’t pitch at Fenway Park. Coming into Friday’s game, Shields had a career record of 0-4 at Fenway with a 9.56 ERA. The story was more of the same on Friday night as Shields was once again dominated by the Sox offense. Shields pitched five shutout innings and then he […]

James Shields Leads Rays in Game 2 Win

Big Game James Shields lived up to his name, pitching 5.2 shutout innings in the Rays 4-2 victory in Game 2. Sheilds allowed seven hits, but mostly held the Phillies bats at bay. He also walked two and struck out four in the victory. B.J. Upton woke up after a quiet Game 1 and a […]